WHERE YOUR TIME MATTERS!
We want to see you connected with Wesley! All of us here in the Wesley community have great and unique skills to be utilized for the better of those who need our help. Creating a wonderful moment in someone's day quickly becomes a memory you will both treasure for a lifetime. Whether you are enthusiastically greeting Wesley UMC members back to church, Leading the Wesley Action Team, handing out Wesley Distribution Ministry's household item bags, or taking pictures to be used in social media, every person who gives a small part of their week takes part in the life of changing someone else's life for the better. Join our team and experience the joy of knowing God wants your life to make an impact on those around you!
There is no better way to feel great about the time in your day than to spend a moment helping your friends and families. When you join the Action Team at Wesley, you are giving the most valuable gift that can be offered- your time. This is a great way to meet new friends as well as keep up with those who you already know! Learn new skills or show those around you just how much you enjoy leading with your community group. The Action Team at Wesley members are encouraged to serve once per week when possible though it is not uncommon to have members rotating weeks with a friend. Nothing makes us happier than seeing you participate in our activities and events! Simply fill out the form below to get started and we will help match you with your best fit.
Here at Wesley, we are a proud participant with Safe Gatherings Education Center. We abide by the standards checked and used by Safe Gatherings in training of all of our staff, clergy, and volunteers. To volunteer at Wesley, you will be asked to complete the necessary information at no cost to you. This process is in place to ensure that our children, youth, and vulnerable adults are surrounded by those who, above all, seek their safety and security. We look forward to working with you and seeing just how wonderful your skillsets meet the needs of our community. Thank you for offering your most valuable asset- your time! Click below to complete your Safe Gatherings application.
There are many ways serve both our church and community through our gifts, time and talents and joining our volunteer team (Action Team) is the way to give with purpose. Please see the descriptions below and click on the red titles for opportunities to give back!
WESLEY DISTRIBUTION MINISTRY (15+)
Every third Saturday of each month, we meet at Wesley West from 9:30-11:30 am to distribute FREE paper goods and food boxes to those in need from our community. Volunteers are needed to help unload the truck, organize and sort donations prior to the event, and additional help is needed that morning to distribute (currently we are hosting a DRIVE-THRU DISTRIBUTION for the safety of our volunteers and patrons). Items needed include diapers, wipes, facial tissues, feminine hygiene products, adult diapers, and printed religious items. For more details about how to donate or volunteer please contact Karen Daudelin at 309-838-5723 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
CLICK HERE to make a financial donation to support this ministry (please note WDM in the memo) or mail your gift to Wesley UMC at 502 East Front Street, Bloomington IL 61701
DONATION DROP-OFF DATES:
Monday - Friday before the third Saturday of the month at any time
We often have mailers which need stuffed, packets needing rubber banded, general organization of supplies and many other important duties like data entry.
We need delivery people to get items out to members such as the church directory, for those who have not picked it up yet, to assist in personal transportation to service, drivers for our van and bus.
We love having extra hands sorting and laying out snacks and drinks for fellowship visits. We always need an extra person or two to help with cleanup as well.
FOOD SERVICES AND BAKE SALES (16+)
We are in great need for people who love to help with food service! Please give a few hours per week and help us make it possible to serve and help with cleanup for Wednesdays at Wesley. There are also often opportunities for bake sales and other events you could be very much needed!
FUNDRAISING and OUTREACH (All ages)
Those of you who have a knack for coming up with great fundraising or communication opportunities- this is for you! Organization, leadership, planning, and hitting the streets. These are what make a great team!
For events inside and outside the church, we need people to greet attendees and help with check-in: ask people how they are feeling, sign them in, and make certain that everyone is ready to participate. Individuals who woule like to give some time to food services may also use this as their volunteer category.
Every month we have openings for over 30 volunteers just for our Ministries. From handing out items to those in need, to learning how and utilizing knitting skills, our Ministries always need extra people.
With such a large community need for getting our friends out of their homes and into the fresh air, the Healing Rides program is perfect for those who like to bike-ride. We also coul use time to simply make a phone call and reach out to those who may want to have conversation. This is a more personal time people.
TECH HELP (15+)
Team members are needed on any given Sunday and right away to help with videography, sound, lighting, etc. No experience necessary, just a passion to learn! If this is up your alley, fill out the form and we'll be in touch!
Many gifts are needed in the ways of teaching, service, encouragement and in areas we may not have mentioned. If you or someone you know enjoys giving the gift of time, please ask them to fill out the form in the main link above and become part of the Wesley Action Team!
LOADS OF LOVE LAUNDROMAT MINISTRY (18+)
Help us SHARE THE LOAD with those in need by helping with an everyday task - LAUNDRY! We gather at The Wash House (609 N. Clinton Street, Bloomington) on the FOURTH TUESDAY OF EACH MONTH from 4:30-8:00 pm to lend a hand and a few quarters! Donations are always welcome to support this important ministry, both detergent AND quarters help keep it going!
Contact Gary Thompson for more details about how you can help at email@example.com.
PLEASE NOTE: Due to the current shelter in place order, we will not be gathering to volunteer but DONATIONS are ALWAYS welcome to keep this ministry going!
CLICK HERE to make a financial donation to support this ministry (please note LOADS OF LOVE in the memo) or mail your gift to Wesley UMC at 502 East Front Street, Bloomington IL 61701
HEALING RIDES (18+)
Healing Rides is growing in need, especially after the year we all have had with COVID. We are looking for volunteers for the summer. We ride June through September.
Qualifications to be a Healing Rides Volunteer
1. Available one or two days a week, Monday through Friday between 12:30 to 3:30.
2. Must have a heart to brighten the day of those who need fresh air and sunshine in our community.
3. Must be 18 or older.
MIDWEST FOOD BANK (18+)
Our friends at Midwest Food Bank also need volunteers to work onsite as they continue to serve our community during this difficult times. If you are able to help, call 309-663-5350.
WESTERN AVENUE COMMUNITY CENTER (18+)
Western Avenue Community Center is a non-profit organization whose success is dependent on the generous donations of the community. We are always looking for volunteers to help with our many programs. If you are unable to volunteer your time, you can still be of assistance by making a donation whether it be monetary or items from one of our Wish Lists. You can help by making a donation to support our programs that support our community. CLICK HERE to learn more, make a donation or sign up to volunteer.
FEEDING BN AND BEYOND (18+)
Feeding BN and Beyond is an organization collaborating with United Way, local school districts and other non-profit partners to address solutions and food security issues within greater McLean County. Western Avenue Community Center is one of 11 organizations providing free meals during the pandemic, and they need YOUR HELP!