Volunteer Needs at United Christian Ministries


Volunteer Needs at United Christian Ministries 

Food Pantry Worker – This person assists the client with the selection of food.

Stocker --  This person checks food expiration dates, accepts food from donors, and stocks shelves.    

Shopper -- Takes list and make purchases of needed items and shelves these items. Picks up food from grocery store, donated pizzas, etc.

Food Transport Assistant --  Loads food from Manna Food Truck, brings to UCM and unloads it.

Front Desk Assistant  --  Greets everyone.  Gets information, pulls folders, and records services given.

Counselor  --  Talks with each client to assess needs.

Talk to Kathy Cross, Director of UCM at 586-8228 or go by 191 Skyland Drive. 

Did You Know?

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In 2018 United Christian Ministries had 10,423 client contacts; THAT IS 40 LESS CLIENTS THAN THE PREVIOUS YEAR.  We are pleased that 40 clients from the previous year did not need our services again in 2018.    One of our goals is to help our clients have sufficient resources and the ability to care for themselves.

Seventy-one percent were over the age of 18.  Twenty nine percent were children in the household.

United Christian Ministries gave out more than 271,670 pounds of food.  Four hundred fifty school break bags were delivered to our elementary schools in December.  Our ministry also furnished 130 households with a turkey for their thanksgiving meal. 

 Food donations were abundant during the year.

Our ministry helped with electric bills for 243 families in the amount of $33,448.78.
Thirty- four families received $4966.29 in heating assistance.
Fifty- three families received help in the amount of $9918.50 to pay rent and prevent eviction.
Forty- eight families received $1266.78 for medical assistance.
Diapers/depends were given 186 times.
Household items and personal items were given 2799 times; our ministry spent $2522.38 purchasing these items during the year.  Many donations were also received during the year.
One thousand five hundred forty-eight dollars and forty cents helped 28 families with their water bills.
In addition to all the food donations, $19,046.86 was spent for food.
Transportation assistance was given to 6 families in the amount of $230.00
Donated linens, bed covers, furniture, and kitchen items were also given to our clients.
Six hundred twenty- six families were assisted with clothing.
Two hundred eight individuals were first time clients to our ministry in 2018.


Did You Know?

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United Christian Ministries is celebrating its 30th year of serving Jackson County folk who have many needs. Let us help with the celebration by donating “30 Somethings”. Use your imagination – 30 rolls of toilet tissue, $30, 30 pounds of potatoes, etc. Work together with your Sunday School class, or your mission group, or the choir, or the staff. Let Tia know what you have done so it will be acknowledged as a challenge to others. In March fill the UCM donation box with “30 Somethings”.

These folks have responded! 

Faith/Grace SS Class    $30
Joy SS Class                    30 lbs. potatoes + 20 bags coffee + cooking oil
Forrest Bryson Class     Case of Ramen noodles
Senior Men SS Class     120 Teabags
Ruth SS Class 30 boxes of macaroni and cheese
Individuals                     2 $30 checks + bags of flour + boxes of raisins
Choir bags of sugar
Staff canned veggies

Watch the Missions bulletin board for updates and the great poster by Andrew Beck, our artist in residence!

March 31st is the last day of our “30 Somethings” celebration, so, if you haven’t finished your donation yet, try to get it in.  We have done so well!!!  Don’t be left out.

Spaghettios and Ravioli

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Time is running out! Deadline, December 9.
Our church has pledged 450 cans of Spaghettios and Ravioli to help fill the Christmas break bags that United Christian Ministries is preparing to help feed Jackson County School children during the long break when lunches are not provided. At last count we had only 172 cans.
Donations are due in the Loving Kindness Room no later than Sunday, December 9. If you have no time to shop, a monetary donation of $1.00 per can will let someone else purchase the cans for you.


If our attendance at church is 125 and we need 450 cans of Spaghettios and Ravioli to meet our pledge in filling the Christmas Break Bags, how many cans do YOU need to bring?

Answer: 450 divided by 125 = 3.6 cans PER PERSON
(family of 4 = 15 cans, family of 3 = 11 cans, family of 2 = 7 cans, etc.) Of course, you may bring more!

Donations go into the UCM box in the Loving Kindness Room.

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Christmas Break Bags

Our church has been asked to provide 450 cans of Spaghettios and Ravioli for the United Christian Ministries break bags which will be distributed to the 46% of the children who qualify for free breakfast and lunch when school is in session. Meeting the needs of hungry children locally is our way of responding to Jesus’ command to “go first to Jerusalem”. Donations are to be put in the UCM box in the Kindness Room.

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UCM Fundraiser at Krismart Fashions


Krismart Fashions at 56 East Main Street (beside Kelsave) is again sponsoring a FUNDRAISER FOR UNITED CHRISTIAN MINISTRIES. 
For A $10 donation, you can receive 50 percent off any 1 item at Krismart. Your purchase must be made on Thursday, May 31 or Friday, June 1 only. Sale hours will be 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on both days. LIMIT 1 TICKET PER CUSTOMER. THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING UNITED CHRISTIAN MINISTRIES.