Local Mission

 

 Bus Stop After School Program

Bus Stop After-School Program serves Pleasant Hill Elementary School children grades 1 through 5 who live in nearby housing. Many of the children come from recent immigrant and/or low-income families.

The volunteers of this Program provide assistance in helping the children complete their homework and helping with art enrichment activities.  In addition, the Program offers nutritious snacks and supervised playtime.

Bus Stop is held throughout the school year on Mondays and Tuesdays from 2:45 “ 4:45 pm.  Additional volunteers are especially needed when assisting with homework and art activities, which is from 3:30 - 4:45 pm.

If you love working with children, are an adult, or a youth at least 15 years old, and are able to make a commitment for several months, you are an IDEAL Bus Stop Volunteer!

Questions?  Contact Corrie Binker, Director of Children's Ministries at 925-934-4208 x211 or via email.

 

Extended Family Program

In 1993, Lyle Morris, a long standing member of Walnut Creek United Methodist Church, began the Extended Family Program.  Lyle's leadership led to a partnership with Shelter, Inc., who provides previously homeless people with housing.  With  Lyle's guidance and passion to serve others, we began Extended Family as a way to assist a family who was transitioning out of homelessness with the furniture and furnishings for a new beginning in their home.

 

    Since then the people of Walnut Creek United Methodist Church have moved 202 families (and growing). A group of volunteers meets at various times with moves happening on a Saturday morning. These volunteers load vehicles with the needed furnishings, and then deliver items to the newly transitioned recipient's home. The team sets the home up with unpacking dishes, making beds, and offering a listening ear to a family that has gone through difficult circumstances. Each move is rewarding and a profound experience for all involved.

As you can imagine each move represents hundreds of volunteers and dozens of different trucks, vans and cars sharing their time and energy with a family to make a new apartment or house a "home for them. And the work continues!

Anyone interested in knowing more about the program, or how you can help (it's not all "heavy-lifting “ there are phone calls to be made, dusting and cleaning, shopping “ lots of things that can be done other than on Saturday mornings)  please email Cortne Bui or call the church office at 925-934-4208 x201.