Love God, Love Neighbor, Change the World
Pulaski Heights has a rich history of reaching beyond our walls to serve those with whom Jesus called us to be in ministry: the poor, the hungry, the sick, the oppressed, the marginalized, and those in prison.
Here are opportunities for you to serve Christ in the community and world.
Cooking Matters A program to empower children and families to purchase and prepare healthy snacks and meals. Volunteers needed.
Contact – Kathy Roberts or Beverly Villines, firstname.lastname@example.org
PH Food Pantry stocks non-perishable foods supplied. Donate food in a church collection receptacle or volunteer to package food.
Contact – Crata Castleberry, email@example.com
Wakefield Elementary School Pantry (see Community Partnerships below for more info.)
Pulaski Heights – St. Luke UMC Meals Volunteers help organize meals Thursday meals at the St. Luke campus to feed children and families. A food pantry is also offered twice monthly on Thursdays.
Contact – Rev. Andrea’ Cummings, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Monica at Stluke6@att.net.
Feed My Starving Children/Tacos for Life Annual food packing event lasting two hours to provide thousands of meals to children around the world who are living in hunger. Great project for families.
Contact – Rev. Betsy Snyder, email@example.com
Wholeness for Children and Families
Family Promise provides housing in our main building, meals, and support for families with children who are seeking jobs and permanent housing. A week-long family-friendly mission held four times a year.
Contact – Rev. Singleton Snyder, firstname.lastname@example.org, or 664-3600
For the Love of a Child Cooperates with agencies that provide physical, emotional, and material support for foster children, adoptive and foster parents and homeless youth who have aged out of foster care.
Contact – Kim McDonough 501-831-4820, email@example.com, or Dale Fiske 501-837-5306, firstname.lastname@example.org
St. Luke Learning Center Provides early childhood learning environment housed at St. Luke UMC, PHUMC’s second campus. The learning center serves lower income working parents who need quality childcare for children 0-3 years. Gifts for the endowment and donations for supplies and volunteers needed.
Contact – Courtney Carlee, email@example.com, 664-3600.
Diaper Drive/Bank – Outreach that assists families in need by providing free diapers.
Contact – Erin Newbolt-Hawley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Book Drives – Help collect books for low-income student in LRSD to be shared among local schools,
Contact – Rev. Singleton Snyder, email@example.com
MIWatch Seeks to build and maintain the relationship between mothers and their children. Occurs the third Saturday of the month. Volunteers drive children to visit their mother in prison. Must be over 18 years of age to drive the church vehicle.
Contact – Gwen Efird – (501) 666-8446 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Arkansas Dept. of Community Correction Ministry to incarcerated men, including Bible study, visitation, donations, and Christmas Eve Worship.
Contact – Jane Schwartz, email@example.com, 501-223-2462.
PHUMC Rings the Bell at Christmas. Partner with the Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign to help with donations for Christmas one Sunday each year.
Contact—Susan Wood, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Nancy Archer, email@example.com
Wakefield Elementary School There are several ways to support PHUMC’s partner school:
- Give a Kid a Chance— Give school supplies, backpacks, and uniforms for nearly 400 children. Help order, unload, and sort supplies. Contact—Natalie Graumann, 501-920-9380 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Tutoring Much needed tutors assist students with reading and homework. Contact—Judy Goss, email@example.com
- Food Pantry— More than 99% of the students are eligible for free or reduced lunches; hunger is a real problem. Help bag food and/or deliver to the school. Contact—Jamie Goss Dempsey, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Christmas — Sponsor one of 250 children for Christmas. Contact— Nancy Delacerda, email@example.com
Hall High School – Hygiene products are needed for youth, including shampoo, body wash, feminine products and deodorant.
Contact – Lupita Chavarria 501-240-6816, firstname.lastname@example.org
Pet Ministry – Therapy dog classes twice a year for service in the community, at schools, rehab and nursing care facilities, etc. (Handlers and animals take an examination through Therapy Dogs International at end of 8 weeks.)
Blessing of the Animals, donations to areas shelters and pet organizations, grief support and prayers for pets and their humans.
Contact – Gayle Fiser, 501-766-3810, email@example.com
United Methodist Women Small Groups – Join a community of women who are committed to knowing God, developing fellowship, expanding concepts of mission.
Contact – Bev Villines, 501-350-5053 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Arkansas Ingathering – Join the annual November event in which churches “gather in” and help bag supplies, such as potatoes and beans for pantries.
Contact – Rev. Snyder, email@example.com, 664-3600
New Mac-N-Cheez Mania Food Festival – A church-wide event at War Memorial in which all are invited to participate in hosting pro and homestyle chefs who offer samples of their best mac-and-cheese, with the proceeds going to five nonprofit, partner organizations. Volunteers needed.
Contact -Rev. Snyder, firstname.lastname@example.org
Social Justice Ministries
Martin Luther King, Jr. Marade – Church members and guests are encouraged to ride as a group through the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Marade, part parade, part march. The event supports racial diversity and harmony in greater Little Rock. Wrapped candy donations always needed.
Contact – Rev. Betsy Snyder, email@example.com, or 664-3600.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service An opportunity to collaborate with other non-profits and volunteer for several hours for a “day on” in honor of Dr. King, while serving, instead of a “day off.” On-site at St. Luke,Campus of PHUMC.
Contact -Rev. Betsy Snyder, firstname.lastname@example.org, or 664-3600.
Latino Ministries Supporting organizations and outreach events, such as Dia Del Ninos (The Day of the Child) and Dia de Muertos (The Day of the Dead) and other Latina affiliated UMC congregations.
Contact – Lupita Chavarria 501-240-6816, email@example.com
Peace with Justice League A group of PHUMC Methodists who are concerned with social justice and peace-making. This group participates in local events and works toward unjust policies. Rev. Betsy Snyder, firstname.lastname@example.org
Disaster Relief and Home Repair
ERT (Early Response Teams) Disaster Relief The Arkansas Conference Disaster Coordinators train Early Response Teams in times of need in areas flooded, hit by storms and other disasters.
Contact – Byron and Janice Mann, Conference Coordinators, email@example.com
Volunteers in Mission Teams of volunteers from churches work together on storm clean-up, home repairs, etc. for those in need.
Contact – firstname.lastname@example.org
Moscow Seminary Educating future pastors in the Methodist Church of Russia, annual scholarship.
Contact – Freddie Nixon, email@example.com, 501-590-1223
Guatemala Summer Medical Mission Trips. Doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and PHyouth helpers travel to the highlands of Southwest Guatemala providing medical care and support to native Mayan people who have limited access to health care.
Honduras Medical Mission Medical mission trip in January to serve families and people without access to quality healthcare.
Contact – Nancy and Lee Archer, 501-912-7706, firstname.lastname@example.org
Tanzania Support for education and family ministries in Tanzania through UMC Missionary, Rev. Eric Soard.
Contact Rev. Betsy Snyder at email@example.com or 664-3600.
Children’s Ministry Mission Opportunities
Vacation Bible School Children will be asked to bring donations each day for Our House. The rising 5th and 6th graders will participate in missions in the community each morning.
PEEPS (Pulaski Heights UMC Evening Excursion for Parents of children with Special Needs). Youth and adult volunteers are needed to host this special evening on Saturdays from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. 3-4 times a year.
Easter Egg Hunt. Collection of canned goods for PHUMC Food Pantry
Breakfast in Bethlehem. Homemade cards for home bound members made by our children and donations collected for a non-profit.
Friends at Methodist Family Health are invited to all major children’s events-van drivers and hosts needed and welcomed.
Youth Mission Opportunities
Jr. High Ozark Mission Project Ozark Mission Project actively teaches youth how to get involved in their own communities and give back to others by providing them with firsthand experience at camp. Join teams of other youth from around the state helping neighbors in the community. Contact — phyouth office, 501-978-0540
Sr. High Ozark Mission Project Ozark Mission Project actively teaches youth how to get involved in their own communities and give back to others by providing them with firsthand experience at camp. Join teams of other youth from around the state helping neighbors in the community. Contact — phyouth office, 501-978-0540
Local Mission Week Spend 1 day or the whole week working with different local organizations around Little Rock. Some days are hands-on work and some days are more educational — phyouth office, 501-978-0540
Guatemala Medical Mission Trip – Each year, we send a phyouth team with our medical mission team. Phyouth who go must have completed other mission criteria and an application. Priority given to graduates and those interested in the medical field. A great intergenerational mission — phyouth office, 501-978-0540
Youth Prison Ministry— The third Sunday of each month, high school phyouth members go to lead worship at the Alexander youth facility — phyouth office, 501-978-0540
Miracle League Buddy— Two Saturdays each year (April/October), phyouth goes to Miracle League Field to support and be a buddy to young people with special needs playing baseball. Spend the day getting to know these kids and filling them with encouragement — phyouth office, 501-978-0540