Wesley Distribution Ministry
“We opened up our first distribution in January 2018 to anyone in need. We had 24 families that first distribution. We are now serving over 300 families. And we anticipate the ministry growing even more.” - Karen Daudelin, Wesley Distribution Ministry
Wesley United Methodist Church, in partnership with the Midwest Food Bank, mapped out a way to provide household paper products for families in need through the Wesley Distribution Ministry. Low income families were initially made aware of this program, a no-cost paper pantry open to anyone in need, through local social service agencies and social workers/family coordinators in Unit 5 and District 87. The Wesley congregation continually collects paper products including: paper towels, toilet paper, diapers, wipes, and paper feminine hygiene products for monthly distribution.
The Wesley Distribution Ministry is held the third Saturday of every month from 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM. Collected paper products are available free at Wesley UMC’s smaller annex, Wesley West, located at 413 E Washington Street, Bloomington, across McLean Street and just west of the church. The entire church is involved in collecting products, donations, and others who want to give their time. All Wesley members have the opportunity to particiae and serve. Join us as we continue to increase the impact of the Wesley Distribution Ministry and move forward with plans for the expansion and improvement of this facility for the better of our community
Wesley West is located on the corner of McLean and Washington Streets, across from Wesley United Methodist at 413 E. Washington, Bloomington, IL. Parking is available around the Wesley West building and in all Wesley UMC Bloomington lots. Karen Daudelin is the Wesley Distribution Ministry Coorinator and she can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
THIS MONTH AT WESLEY DISTRIBUTION MINISTRY
Giving items to the Distribution Ministry is a wonderful and generous way to show how much you care about our community. On your next trip to the grocery store, pick up one or two of the items listed below for the Distribution Ministry and become part of the solution for hardship in our neighbor's lives.
Diaper Wipes (singles or boxes of 10+)
Diapers (sizes newborn, 4, 5, 6, 3T, and 4T)
We are always looking for additional items for donations to our local community. Please feel free to contact Karen for information on how you can go the extra mile for your favorite distribution center right here at Wesley UMC Bloomington!
Helping with the Distribution Ministry is a great way to show first hand how much you care for your community. If you have a group who would like to help, please click on the date or dates you would like to offer a little time to and fill out the convenient form to join in on our efforts!
Thursday, April 15 - Packing Bags for distribution
Saturday April 17 - Distribution Day!
Saturday, May 15 - Distribution Day!
Saturday, June 19 - Distribution Day!
We are always looking for help on the third Saturday of each month with our great team of Wesley members and friends. Join our Action Team of Volunteers and be a part of what makes Wesley UMC Bloomington so great- YOU!
March was a month that truly showed up the need for our Wesley Distribution Ministry. At our March 20th distribution, we had 32 volunteers and 393 families were served. We ran out of feminine hygiene products, gave away all we had, some 197 items. We gave 468 packages of diapers to our families. Diapers alone represented $5,000 worth of products. In addition, we were able to assist 2 families in crisis with paper goods, clothing and shoes for a 5 year old little girl who needed shoes for school. We gave 292 pairs of socks to Cedar Ridge school. Several of our volunteers took bags of paper goods and food boxes to people they know who are in need and unable to come to our distribution. We encourage anyone who knows of a family in need to contact Karen Daudelin to arrange a pick-up time
We are currently looking for helpful volunteers who enjoy seeing first hand just how much Wesley UMC Bloomington can do for our community. Gathering and handing out donation bags to our friends in need is a monthly effort that has proven to show what a difference we can make together. The Distribution Ministry is growing and we will be expanding our facility this year! CLICK HERE for more information on our exciting newest expansion!