Opportunities to Serve

Opportunities to Serve

Hands-On Opportunities:


UMVIM LogoVirtual Mission Team Leader Training
A great way to put your faith into action is by organizing and leading a mission team.  Mission teams address all kinds of needs in the world.

To help you prepare to lead a mission team, join us on Saturday, October 22, 2022 for the next session of the United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM) Team Leader Training.  This two-part online session will be 10am-12PM and 1-3pm. It will include discussion of common organizing tasks, recruiting team members, execution challenges and how to close out a meaningful mission. 

To register, click here.

Registration closes October 12, 2022.  The cost is $35.

Early Response Teams (ERTs) typically provide assistance after the “first responders” and before the rebuilding process. ERTs are assigned tasks relating to safety and cleanup in preparation for rebuilding. ERTs also provide items such as wildfire buckets to survivors. Must be at least 18 years old to participate.

ERT Basic Training (Virtual):
Date: November 5-6, 2022, 1-5 pm,
Location: Zoom (instructions will be sent after registration)
Cost: $15 plus $41 for online background check and Safe
Sanctuaries training through Safe Gatherings
For more information and to register, click here.
Questions? Contact Leslie.

Winter Nights logoWINTER NIGHTS

We will be hosting Winter Nights, a shelter for people experiencing homelessness December 12-19th.

Our biggest needs are for meal providers and overnight hosts.  We might have up to 7 families, or 18 – 24 guests.  All volunteers must be vaccinated; masks are recommended but not required.
Please contact Nancy Garnick or Kal Peters if interested. 

Ukrainian Flag

United Methodists and others wishing to provide humanitarian assistance to the Ukrainian people in the wake of the Russian invasion of their country may contribute to Advance #982450, UMCOR International Disaster Response and Recovery. This fund will provide direct assistance to those in Ukraine as well as assistance to Ukrainians fleeing to neighboring countries.

Gifts to support the people of Ukraine can be made in the following ways:

  • Online here.
  • By toll-free telephone: 888-252-6174
  • By check with “Advance #982450-Ukraine” written on the memo line, either mailed and addressed to Global Ministries/UMCOR, GPO, P.O. Box 9068, New York, NY, 10087-9068 or given at or through any United Methodist church.

100% of all Advance contributions go to the designated cause.

Previous Missions:

Food Bank ParticipantsCONTRA COSTA FOOD BANK
The Food Bank of Contra Costa provides ongoing nutritional support throughout the region. It was a bit warm sorting breads from bins to pallets, and then bagging onions, potatoes, and apples into bags, or crating the completed bags. We handled with care about 7,300 pounds of bread and produce. Thanks to our church mission team for organizing this opportunity to serve! 

Area Destroyed by Wildfire
Area Destroyed by Wildfire


The Camp Fire in November 2018, was the deadliest and most destructive wildfire in California history. 

We helped rebuild. We worked in the town of Paradise alongside Hope Crisis Response Network (HCRN).


San Ramon Valley United Methodist Church helped at-risk students start the school year off right by donating 50 backpacks with $800 worth of supplies!  Donations benefited Monument Crisis Center, a family resource center in Concord that provides food, and education to individuals, families, and children in need. 

Habitat for Humanity collageHABITAT FOR HUMANITY
On June 25th, volunteers served at the affordable housing project called Esperanza Place with Habitat for Humanity!  Despite the blistering sun, volunteers wired rebar together for the concrete foundation.  That’s teamwork!




Monument Crisis Center


On April 20th 2022, a group of 5 volunteers helped assemble packages of food for over 120 Monument Crisis Center (MCC) clients in Concord, CA.  Our church supports MCC’s work via volunteer opportunities and monetary donations.  Join us for further opportunities as they become available.



Hope UMC has been serving Sacramento for nearly 100 years. With a modest sized congregation it needs some help with maintenance. The proposed work is to remodel several Sunday School rooms – painting and new flooring, plus a few other things.  All tools and supplies will be provided. All you need to do is show up ready to paint. 


Early Response Teams (ERTs) provide assistance after the “first
responders” and before recovery and rebuilding. ERTs are assigned various tasks; usually relating to safety, mitigation of further property damage and cleanup tasks. ERTs also serve in Local Assistance Centers providing comfort and items such as wildfire buckets to survivors.

Blood Drive February 2022


The February Red Cross Blood Drive was a HUGE success! Thank you to all our awesome volunteers, donors, and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints for hosting!



NOMADS (Nomads On a Mission Active in Divine Service) are individuals and couples with Recreational Vehicles (RVs) who travel to places that need volunteer repairs and construction.

ALTERNATIVE GIFT CATALOG Give two gifts in one this Christmas with our Alternative Gift Catalog!

This catalog offers 10 ministries that are making a difference locally and globally.  Simply fill out the form in the catalog, total your donation, and write one check payable to San Ramon Valley United Methodist Church.  Mail your form and your check or drop them off at the church office.  SRVUMC will send your donations to the ministries of your choice.

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY PLAYHOUSE BUILD PROJECT is an aspect of Habitat for Humanity that invites groups to build and donate playhouses to charities or individual families. The money raised goes towards the building of homes by Habitat For Humanity. To sponsor a playhouse, a group raises $2000 per playhouse, and then builds the playhouse themselves. The playhouses to be constructed are prefabricated, meaning most of the measuring and cutting has already been done. SRVUMC’s effort will focus on painting the playhouse and final assembly. Creative and artistic volunteers love this project! The theme of the playhouse is selected by the child or children who will be receiving the playhouse. Once a playhouse is designed, decorated, and assembled, it’s donated to the local children who requested the house’s theme. That moment—seeing children run in and out of their new, custom-designed playhouse—is the most memorable part of volunteering with the Playhouse program. 

MEALS WITH GRACE is our own home-grown program created to deliver meals to people both inside and outside of the church to make the COVID-19 crisis just a little bit better.