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​​​​​​Missions + Outreach + Community Service

Garden St. United Methodist Church has a long history of advocacy and community service on the local and global level. We welcome the involvement of all who wish to volunteer or support our missions.  Contact the church office to donate or ​​be connected with any of these mission/outreach/service projects.

Bellingham Food Bank. Our members bring financial and nonperishable donations on the first Sunday of each month for the Bellingham Food Bank.

Covenant Missionaries. Garden Street United Methodist Church provides financial and prayer support for Roman and Daria Hofer, working in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

CROP Hunger Walk. GSUMC is an active participant in this annual community-wide event sponsored by Church World Service and organized by religious groups, businesses, schools and others to raise funds to end hunger in the U.S. and around the world.

Equal Exchange - Fair Trade. Garden Street United Methodist Church purchases and sells fair trade, organic coffee, tea and chocolates on the third Sunday of each month, in between worship services in our Lounge. The program benefits small, organic farmers.

Faith Action Network. Garden Street United Methodist Church is proud to be a member of Faith Action Network (FAN), a statewide interfaith advocacy 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization through which thousands of people and more than 80 faith communities across Washington State partner for the common good. Together, we are a powerful voice of the faithful building a more just, peaceful, and sustainable world.

Interfaith Coalition - Auction. Garden Street United Methodist Church is a proud member of Interfaith Coalition of Whatcom County, a group of 44 diverse congregations devoted to healthcare and homes for all. We attend and provide annual donations to the organization's fund raising auction.

Interfaith Coalition - Coat Drive. Each fall, GSUMC members share gently used winter coats, mitterns, hats and scarves as part of Interfaith's annual coat drive. Approximately 3,000 people are given warm coats each year through the program.

Interfaith Coalition - Gifts for Homeless Families. GSUMC collects personalized Christmas gifts for families living in Interfaith emergency and transitional housing each year.

​Interfaith Coalition - Tiffany Heimberger House​. Garden Street United Methodist Church is proud to partner with Interfaith Coaltion and the Opportunity Council to provide housing and case management services for homeless families with children in a house maintained and supplied by our church.

Jamaa Letu Orphanage.​ Each spring, GSUMC collects special offerings to support this United Methodist orphanage in the South Congo which serves children from infancy to completion of secondary school who have been orphaned by war, disease (including HIV/AIDS), abuse and abandonment. The orphanage provides shelter, food, clothing, supplies, health care, spiritual guidance and school fees. 

Layette Program. A layette is commonly given as a baby gift upon the birth of a newborn. The official definition of a layette is, "an outfit of clothing, bedding, etc. for a newborn baby."
Found in all major department stores and many boutique baby shops, a layette set is often sold as a prepackaged set containing things such as a blanket, pajamas, booties, onesies, and a cap. Our members hold regular collections of layette items, including diapers, and package them for distribution to homeless, at-risk families who have newborns. ​

Lydia Place. Garden Street members regularly make in-kind and financial donations to Lydia Place, to support women and children living in transitional housing in Bellingham.

Opportunity Council School Supply Drive. Our members collect ​school supplies for homeless and low-income children each August.

Pride Parade. You'll see members of Garden Street UMC walking together in the Pride Parade every July in Bellingham.

Puget Sound Blood Center. Our members host an annual blood drive at the church during the summer months.

Special Offerings. Every year, the Mission Outreach Team collects special offerings on Christmas Day, Easter Sunday, and Thanksgiving to benefit local outreach programs that serve low-income, homeless and at risk populations.