FINANCIAL & ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES
The following projects were adopted to be promoted as East Ohio Conference Advance Specials for support by the East Ohio United Methodist Churches. Note: grouped by ministry or mission type.
The Board of Missions is offering a #GivingTuesday Match on November 28 for all Advances listed below, please see the Mission Opportunities page for details.
East Ohio Health & Well-Being Agencies
historically affiliated with and in a covenant relationship with the EOCUMC
Canton For All People | EOC 9978
Canton for All People is a Community Development Corporation formed by Crossroads UMC in partnership with the Lemmon and DeHoff family foundations and other area UMC churches to bring quality housing and opportunities for all people to downtown Canton.
Copeland Oaks Care Fund, Sebring | EOC 9172
The Life Care Fund is an on-going program that provides financial assistance to aging folks in our care who can no longer afford to pay for housing, meals, prescriptions, and healthcare needs.
Epworth Center, Bethesda | EOC 9140
Epworth Center Work Mission helps our neighbors who apply for assistance during the summer months. Mission teams come to Epworth for 3 to 5 days and work mostly on outdoor projects: ramps, porches, fences, yards, or painting for those who can't physically or financially do the work themselves.
Flat Rock Homes & Care Center, Flat Rock | EOC 9174
Flat Rock provides health care, day programming, vocational services, and employment services for adults with significant developmental disabilities and severe behavioral disorders in nine counties in Ohio. This project provides much needed free, charitable care and services not covered by Medicaid or other programs.
Heart 4 the City, Akron | EOC 9941
Building the front porch to the kingdom of God by prioritizing relationships and establishing programs that address needs in our community.
Nehemiah Mission, Cleveland | EOC 9136
The Nehemiah Mission of Cleveland (a Health & Welfare organization of the EOCUMC and The North Coast District) serves low-income persons and neighborhoods by providing community enhancement, home maintenance, and targeted programming. People served include: refugees; the elderly; disabled persons; and people without shelter, food, and clothing.
OhioGuidestone, Berea | EOC 9173
OhioGuidestone's mission is to provide pathways for growth, achievement, and lifelong success by helping those we serve overcome barriers to success and find the joy that comes with self-sufficiency and accomplishment.
Urban Mission Ministries, Steubenville | EOC 9107
Provides a holistic ministry approach to ending poverty in the Ohio Valley by providing hunger relief, housing, community development, neighborhood revitalization, and spiritual care for individuals and families. Our vision is to end poverty one fresh start at a time.
West Side Community House (WSCH), Cleveland | EOC 9933
West Side Community House transforms lives in the community through an array of model programs and services that strengthen and stabilize the family, encourage lifelong learning and economic self-sufficiency, promote health and wellness, foster independence, and renew the life spirit.
Local Ministry Partners
UMC-affiliated ecumenical or community ministries relating to EOCUMC district strategy.
ACCESS Ashland Emergency Shelter, Ashland County | EOC 9953
Provides temporary shelter and meals in a loving Christian environment to homeless women and families with children, while connecting them to resources to become empowered for self-sufficiency and family stability.
Bike Hope Love, Rootstown | EOC 9180
Started in 1987 and formerly known as Pedaling Parsons, Bike Hope Love is a group of Methodist clergy and lay people who organize bike trip fundraisers for various missions.
Blue Rose Mission, Mansfield | EOC 9940
To provide opportunities for people to bring Christ to homeowners in need in Richland County through home improvement projects. Our purpose is to use community and church groups to do housing repair for people in need.
Brookdale Orchard, Cleveland | EOC 9983
Birthed out of St. Matthews UMC located in the Hough neighborhood of Cleveland, the primary goal for Brookdale Orchard is to provide living wage employment opportunities for residents within the immediate Orchard community, beginning with on-the-job education and training in agricultural development, agribusiness management, and food product preparation, service, and sales. With an additional goal to also eliminate barriers deterring access to education and training, the Orchard is implementing our program on-site.
Christian Children’s Home of Ohio, Wooster | EOC 9977
Provides a safe and structured environment to meet the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual needs of children across Ohio that have been abused, neglected, or traumatized by the people they should be able to trust the most. Also offers foster care and counseling services for youth not living on campus.
Covered Bridge Mission, Ashtabula County | EOC 9975
This mission addresses small home improvement projects that other charitable organizations don’t always provide, such as wheelchair ramps. Helping the economically disadvantaged in the rural and urban areas of Ashtabula County, Ohio’s largest geographic county. Contact Jefferson UMC for more details.
Gifted Gaits, Quaker City | EOC 9919
Gifted Gaits is a ministry in the Southern Hills District. It provides equine assisted therapy, caregiver support, and workforce development that is rooted in prayer, relationships, and horses.
Wayfinders (formerly Harmony House), Mansfield | EOC 9134
Our mission at Harmony House is to provide the homeless citizens in Richland County with a clear path to housing and hope.
Interchurch Social Services of Knox County, Knox County | EOC 9196
Interchurch Social Services provides emergency assistance to residents of Knox County including rent assistance, utility assistance, prescription assistance, pantry service, clothing, gasoline vouchers for medical appointments, and Christmas assistance.
Journey’s End Ministries, Newcomerstown | EOC 9931
Journey’s End operates a food pantry to feed the less fortunate in Newcomerstown and the surrounding area. We also offer used clothing and household items.
Martha’s Cupboard, Fresno | EOC 9964
To follow Jesus’ command to love our neighbors as ourselves by helping those who have lost their jobs or are low income. Provides cleaning supplies, personal hygiene supplies, diapers, and school supplies that can't be purchased with food stamps.
Multicultural Ministries in Cuyahoga Falls | EOC 9923
Christian education for children and adults who speak English as a second language, including those who speak Nepali or Bhutanese as a first language.
Nepali Speaking Ministry in Cuyahoga Falls | EOC 9923
Christian education for children and adults who speak English as a second language, specifically those who speak Nepali as a first language.
O.P.E.N. M, Akron | EOC 9102
O.P.E.N. M Community Works Akron (CWA) assists those in poverty to become economically self-sufficient through holistic employment assistance, prioritizing financial literacy, job retention, and mentorship to reduce
individual barriers to employment.
Project Hope for the Homeless (Ecumenical Shelter Network of Lake County) | EOC 9143
Project Hope Restoring Hope & Renewing Lives is a 50-bed emergency shelter, which includes a 12-bed family wing with extended hours (Families Moving Forward), as well as comprehensive services and aftercare services upon exit.
Senior Adult Ministries of Cuyahoga Falls | EOC 9980
Intergenerational ministry to provide spiritual care for senior adults in Cuyahoga Falls.
South Street Ministries, Inc., Akron | EOC 9195
South Street Ministries assists unemployed adults and addresses the spectrum of youth education and mentoring needs in the South Akron community with its many programs.
The Vine Food Pantry, Alliance | EOC 9981
Choice fresh food pantry started by The Vine UMC in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Thrive 10:10, Girard | EOC 9979
Through Ruth's Boutique, Thrive 10:10 serves the economically disenfranchised. We have served clients from diverse cultural backgrounds including Hispanic, African American, Asian American, and Caucasian. We have served women of all ages. We are currently serving women and teen girls, but looking to expand to families in future.
Trials for Hope, Cleveland | EOC 9982
Delivering dignity and hope to those who fall between the cracks by delivering wholesome food, personal care items, and warmth to the Greater Cleveland, Ohio area.
Missions-Not Designated | EOC 9001
Funds to be used where most needed for missions, Board of Missions approves any spending from this fund.
United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) Disaster Response
Midwest Mission, Illinois | EOC 9944
A facility for collecting, processing, sorting, and shipping material goods for disaster response.
Mission Barn, New Castle, PA | EOC 9918
Established in 2008 as a ministry of Eastbrook UMC, our mission is 4-fold: collect, process, package, and ship UMCOR kits in a tri-state region; construct handicap access ramps and help with local needs; provide material support for ERT (Early Response Teams) doing disaster response; and provide education about Christian mission, especially UMCOR and UMVIM.
UMCOR US Disaster Response and Recovery | EOC 1327
The conference forwards 100% of donations to this fund to General Advance 901670 for US Disaster Response. Please indicate if your donation is for a specific disaster/event.
UMCOR International Disaster Response and Recovery | EOC 1301
The conference forwards 100% of donations to this fund to General Advance 982450 for International Disaster Response. Please indicate if your donation is for a specific disaster/event.
General Church, National, and International Mission Partners
CHOAIDS (Caring for Haitian Orphans with AIDS), Haiti | EOC 9922
CHOAIDS provides shelter, food, access to education, transportation, and medical treatment for neglected children in Haiti who are HIV positive. They also employ HIV positive women as ‘house moms’ to provide direct care to these orphans.
Farmer to Farmer, Liberia | EOC 9026
Farmer to Farmer supports mission partners in Harrisburg, Liberia, whose work includes providing farm equipment and training to the Liberian farming community.
North Central Jurisdiction (NCJ) UMVIM | EOC 9177
North Central Jurisdiction UMVIM encourages and empowers individuals and teams, team leaders and local churches, districts, conferences, and project sites in all things mission through resourcing, training, networking, and connecting.
North Coast of Haiti Mission, Haiti | EOC 9947
Improve the lives of the people of the Cap Haitian Circuit of Eglise Methodiste du Haiti, with a primary focus on the Methodist School and Church in Dondon.
EOCUMC Staff-Administered Ministries
Approved by the Conference Council on Ministries
Disaster Response in Ohio | EOC 9200
Provides immediate and long‐term recovery for the community and the survivors of a disaster in the East Ohio Conference or neighboring areas.
Disaster Response Leadership Development | EOC 9648
Funding for Early Response Team (ERT UMCOR) training, scholarships, and leadership development sponsored by the East Ohio Disaster Response Committee.
East Ohio Conference Camps | EOC 9899
East Ohio Conference camps provides for camperships and subsidizes other needs at the camp sites to provide a quality Christian camping program.
East Ohio Conference Camps - L.O.T. Campership Program | EOC 9186
The L.O.T. (Least Of These) Campership Endowment fund provides camperships for children, youth, young adults, and families from poverty situations.
East Ohio Volunteers in Mission-Leadership | EOC 9046
Provides funding for training, scholarships, and leadership development of East Ohio Volunteers in Mission. Please do not use fund 9633.
East Ohio Volunteers in Mission-Teams | EOC 9643
Funding for team travel, materials, and participant expenses of teams planned and organized by an UMVIM-trained Team Leader. You can make a general donation to this fund or support a specific team by indicating the location and date of the trip.
John M. Roseberry Scholarship Fund | EOC 9976
Scholarships are awarded to racial-ethnic students who have been members of the UMC for at least three years and do not have the access to higher education that others may have.
The following have been discontinued as Advance Projects with reason listed. Please do not use these funds.
Otterbein Marblehead | EOC 9175: declined to renew
Partners in Mission | EOC 9948: discontinued by Board of Missions action, use Fund 9046 East Ohio Volunteers in Mission Leadership
General Advance Projects
Churches may give directly to Conference Advance Projects and to General Advance Projects by indicating the project number on the church statement/remittance form. General Church Advance Projects and numbers can be found here.
The Connectional Table Executive Committee, upon recommendation by the Board of Missions, is authorized to revise this list of Conference Advance Projects between sessions of Annual Conference.
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