GUMC has been an adopt-a-school partner with Caldwell-Guthrie Elementary School in north Memphis for four years. This mission project offers many volunteer opportunities for church members throughout the school year to provide mentoring and tutoring for these children to better their chances for being successful students.
The primary focus during the last few years is coaching second grade students in reading. It requires a weekly commitment of 1 hour at the school, plus the driving time to and from. The volunteer typically spends 30 minutes each with 2 different students. A required summer training session is provided. For further information or to volunteer call Jackie Flaum, 748-3706, .
Germantown UMC volunteers began a program in April of 2013, to provide food on the weekends to food-insecure children—children who often do not know where or what they will have to eat on the weekend. Currently, we are serving 150 children (identified as those most in need) due to the generosity of many in our church and community!
It takes $300 to sponsor one child for the school year. The food comes from the Mid-South Food Bank and is a nutritional assortment of cereal, fruits, vegetables, milk, juice, rice, protein foods; all child-friendly, and easy to prepare! The volunteer team packs the food and delivers it to Caldwell-Guthrie Elementary School, and the children receive the food on Friday afternoon—6 meals for the weekend!
Here are what some of the parents of these children told the Food Bank:
“It helps him to understand the importance of food. I always tell him not to throw any food away. He looks forward to Friday every week. It is an awesome program.”
“…I worried about how I was going to stretch what food I had for my children. I don’t have to worry. My children get healthy and wholesome foods each weekend.”
To support a child, give a check payable to GUMC and note it is for “Weekend Food Program.” Questions? Contact Barbara Schanson at .
Single educational event opportunities are also available:
Read For The Record – a national reading program for Kindergarten through Grade 2 held in October. Volunteers read a book, then lead the students in an activity related to the story.
ThinkShow. Volunteers serve as jurors to evaluate the teacher led, creative works of individual or team members. This event usually occurs in March.
TCAP Week. Volunteer proctors are needed in April to observe in the classrooms while students are taking achievement tests.
Contact Ruth King, 853-0511, or Shirlee Clark, 867-4029, for information about these three events or any other questions about the project.
Financial support is always welcomed for special projects throughout the year, such as Weekend Backpacks program (backpacks of food sent home with the students on Friday because of their family situation). $300 will feed one student for the 9 months of school year. Contact Barbara Schanson, 755-7608, or go to the GUMC website to make a donation.
We welcome your interest and invite you to consider joining with the many volunteers who feel blessed by the impact this ministry has made in both our students’ and our lives.
Contact Ruth King at 901-853-0511 for volunteer opportunities.