In first Peter, we are called to use whatever gift we have received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms. Explore the various ways use can utilize your gifts and talents in our local community.
Mentor, tutor, love and make a difference in a child’s life at school.
Local Outreach Volunteer Educators mentor and tutor children at Isle of Hope Elementary School. A weekly commitment to a child in need of a one-on-one relationship with a caring adult is the only qualification. Thirty minutes at a time of your choosing, once or twice a week, could be a life changing gift for a child. For more information, contact Betsy Hines at (912) 354-8957.
Fill a bag to keep a belly full!
America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia’s BackPack Program was created to help alleviate child hunger by addressing the lack of food resources on weekends and holidays for children who are at-risk for hunger through the provision of groceries for them to prepare and consume at home.
Isle of Hope UMC volunteers pack nutritious, child-friendly foods in plastic bags which are placed in the children’s backpack at school on Friday afternoons. This ensures that the children, enrolled at Isle of Hope Elementary School have something to eat until they return for breakfast at school on Monday morning. If you would like to volunteer or have questions please call Starr Horn at (912) 713-5780.
Pray, share Christ’s love and forgiveness, share meals and fellowship with inmates.
Kairos is a Christian, lay-led, ecumenical, volunteer international prison ministry; where volunteers bring Christ’s love and forgiveness to incarcerated individuals and their families. Kairos volunteers go into prisons in teams of 30-40 to pray, share Christ’s love and forgiveness, share meals and fellowship with the inmates on a one-to-one basis. If you are interested in serving with Kairos, would like to sponsor an incarcerated resident for a Kairos weekend or have questions, please contact Fred Daniel at (912) 658-2452.
Grade Bible study test papers of inmates in the comfort of your own home!
The Coastal Jail Ministries of Georgia, Inc. was organized to provide a locally based Christian Bible based Life Learning Program and ministry at the Chatham County Detention Center. Inmates who choose to be a part of the program live in separate dormitories and receive intensive teaching, counseling and mentoring by their chaplains and volunteers and participate in intensive Bible study and worship. Our reach is also throughout the jail in teaching and Bible study and to the jail officers and staff.
Volunteers are needed to grade Bible study tests papers for inmates involved in this prison ministry. A grading score is provided and you may pick up and return the tests at the church and do the grading in the comfort of your own home. Last year our ministry graded about 20,000 Bible study test papers completed by inmates. Volunteers are also needed to teach Bible study to the inmates in the detention center. Please contact Sydney Rangeley at (912) 598-9088 if interested in this powerful opportunity.
the least of these MINISTRIES
The Christ Child’s Nest
The Christ Child’s Nest is an orphanage in Guatemala overseen by two Catholic nuns who provide love and excellent care for these children. Currently, the home cares for over 70 children. IOHUMC is a primary source of funds (through our sponsorship program and the missions budget) for their daily living expenses. To find out how you can sponsor a child, contact Shannon Baxter at sbaxter(at)iohumc.com or (912) 355-8527.
Son Rise Servers
Start your day off right by serving food to the hungry and enjoying a time of fellowship.
The first two Saturdays of the month from 8:15-9:15 AM, volunteers provide breakfast in the parking lot of Inner City Night Shelter to people living in poverty. If you would like to volunteer or would like to make a donation please call Marjo Zelinsky at (912) 355-8527.
Inner City Night Shelter
Inner City Night Shelter, located in downtown Savannah, provides emergency shelter for homeless men and women. The shelter also provides a hot meal to men, women and children every night. Isle of Hope UMC sends volunteers to serve dinner on the second Sunday of each month from 4:30-6:00 PM. We also provide 20 gallons of soup and 150 sandwiches. Sign up in your Sunday School class or call Karen Daniel at (912) 354-8757 (or email kmd3(at)comcast.net) for more information.
Fresh Market Bread Ministry
Help provide donated bread and pastries to area mission ministries in the community.
Every Sunday between 11:00 AM and 1:00 PM volunteers pick up donated bread from Fresh Market. The volunteers sort the bread and deliver it to area mission ministries on Sunday or Monday. If you’d like to volunteer, please contact Shannon Baxter at sbaxter(at)iohumc.com.
Meals on Wheels
Pick up and deliver hot meals to homebound residents in need.
Every client enrolled in the Meals on Wheels program receives a hot noontime meal that provides one third of the daily nutritional requirements, as well as personal contact to homebound persons.
Isle of Hope UMC volunteers are responsible for delivering Meals on Wheels midday to homebound residents in the Isle of Hope area Mondays-Fridays. The meals are picked up at the church between 10:30 AM – 11:15 PM. The delivery route usually takes a maximum of one and a half hours to complete. If you are interested in serving, please call Phillis Curlee at (912) 354-8964.
We Care Meals
Provide comfort and pray with family members of patients in Intensive Care at Memorial University Medical Center.
Once a month, our church pays for a hot lunch (prepared by Memorial) for family members of patients in the Intensive Care Units at Memorial University Medical Center. Isle of Hope UMC volunteers are there the first Tuesday of every month from 10:45 AM – 12:15 PM to help serve the meal to the family members and to provide support and compassion in Jesus’ name. Please email Joy Gainer at jgainer12(at)gmail.com if you are interested in serving.
Prayer Shawl “Friends ‘n Needles”
Knit for a cause!
Prayer Shawls are knitted and crocheted for people in need of comfort, solace, encouragement or celebration. Knitters pray for the recipient while they are making the shawls. Baby blankets, knit hats and chemo turbans are other items that can be prayerfully made. Extra items are made and are for sell throughout the year. The proceeds go directly to children’s missions. This is a ministry that you can participate in as part of a group or individually when convenient for you. The Prayer Shawl group, Friends ‘n’ Needles, meets the second Thursday of every month at 11:00 AM in the Seekers Classroom. Contact Nancy Hartmann at (912) 598-3934 for more information.
A great way for parents and children to serve together and minister to families in need.
Interfaith Hospitality Network of Coastal Georgia is an independent, non-profit organization that works to alleviate family homelessness by providing shelter, meals and intensive support through the faith community of Savannah and Coastal Georgia. Isle of Hope UMC is a host congregation for IHN. We provide overnight lodging and meals for three families for one week at a time in the Green House every three to four months. Volunteers are needed to help with set-up, prepare meals, play with the children, serve as evening and overnight hosts and clean up. This is a great way for families to volunteer together! Call Joan Connelly at (912) 398-3807 to volunteer.
The Living Vine
Let your spare change make a change.
The Living Vine is a Christian maternity home that ministers to women in crisis pregnancies by offering a safe and loving home environment. Along with providing their basic needs this organization also offers counseling, educational opportunities and biblical instruction through their extensive program.
Isle of Hope UMC supports this ministry through a “Baby Bottle Fundraiser”. Pick up a baby bottle at the church office and return it with your spare change to support the Vine. Volunteers are also needed at their Blessingdales Thrift Store to sort and shelve items and for ongoing maintenance and grounds keeping. This is a great opportunity for families and groups to work together. Call the Living Vine at (912) 352-9998 to volunteer.
Wesley Community Center
Clean out your pantry and make a difference!
Wesley Community Centers of Savannah, Inc. is celebrating 60 years of service to women, children and families in our community. Wesley’s Early Childhood Education and Development Center serves children ages 1-4 and is nationally accredited through NAEYC. Wesley also operates and manages the Lady Bamford Center for Early Childhood Development. Wesley has several other programs including crisis intervention, quilting classes and a summer youth arts program, which all operate out of the Wesley Women’s Center.
The Isle of Hope UMC church family collects non-perishable food items and paper bags the first Sunday of every month for Wesley. We also collect Campbell’s soup labels to help Wesley receive items needed in the child care center. To volunteer, contact them at (912) 447-5711.
Home Repair Ministries
The Sawdust Gang
“The Sawdust Gang” is a group of men from the United Methodist Men’s group that seek to help those connected to Isle of Hope with minor home repair needs that they are unable to do themselves or do not have the funds to hire a professional. The group typically meets once a month after the leadership determines appropriate prjoects for the group.
They also sponsor services days for local mission agencies and events. Most recently, Wesley Community Center has received a lot of our attention, as this vital ministry to our community is in need of repair to its physical campus. To get involved, contact Shannon Baxter, Jr. at sbaxter(at)iohumc.com, (912) 355-8527.
Early Response Team (ERT)
To assist those in our community and around the southeast, Isle of Hope has formed and Early Response Team that will travel to areas hit by natural disasters. The team participates in mucking out homes, tarping rooves, and minor repairs. The team is open to any adult willing to travel when needed.
ERT Training is required to participate. Trainings are available at various times and locations, sponsored by the South Georgia United Methodist Annual Conference. Click here for a list of available trainings and other ways the Conference engages in Disaster Response. All team members must have a Safe Sanctuaries training and Background check on record with the church office to participate. To get involved, contact Shannon Baxter, Jr. at sbaxter(at)iohumc.com or (912) 355-8527.