Initiatives We Support

The world is full of wonderful people who dedicate their time and energy to bettering the world. We see the value in these selfless causes, and often support them with prayers, donations, and volunteering.

Air Mobile Ministries »

Delivers disaster relief supplies and water purification systems to the Bahamas, Haiti, and dozens of other countries around the world.

Carpenter’s House for Children »

Provides food, shelter, clothing, medical care, school supplies, and toys to the children it has rescued from orphanages in third-world countries. Over the past four decades, the Leesburg-based house has been home to more than 140 at-risk children. 

Guardian ad Litem »

This volunteer-driven program provides children and young adults in foster care with a consistent, caring adult to help represent and guide them through the legal system. Children with Guardian ad Litems are not only more likely to find a safe, permanent home. They are also more likely to be adopted, perform better in school, receive appropriate services and spend less time in foster care.

Haven of Lake and Sumter Counties »

The Haven provides shelter and other assistance to victims of domestic violence and their families, as well as offering community and education programs about domestic and sexual violence. FUMC shows support through clothing, furniture and other items to its thrift shop

Habitat for Humanity of Lake and Sumter Counties »

Habitat for Humanity has been building and restoring homes for low-income households in the community since 1989. The group’s four thrift store locations accept donations of items, furniture and homebuilding supplies.

Henderson Settlement »

Helping underserved families in the Appalachian Mountains through work missions, youth programs, housing, and ministry. Barefoot Youth ministries have traveled to the Frakes, Kentucky community on multiple missions in order to assist with homebuilding and other outreach efforts.

Lake Cares »

Lake Cares Food Pantry provides food and other necessary items directly to the people who need assistance in Lake County. Mount Dora First United Methodist Church supports Lake Cares by hosting semiannual food drives and and collecting donations. The church also volunteers in the pantry and at the bimonthly food distributions at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center.

Lake County Schools »

Help local students in a variety of ways as teacher assistants, field trip chaperones, volunteer coaches, mentors, and more. Lake County Schools volunteers must have an application and background clearance on record before attending an event or working in the classroom.

OneBlood »

Provides safe blood to hospitals throughout the southeast. Once every other month, the Big Red Bus parks in our main parking lot to accept donations from our members. Every blood donation saves two lives.

Project Linus »

Provides homemade blankets to children in need. Over the past 25 years, the group has delivered nearly 8 million blankets. Our United Methodist Women regularly make and donate blankets to this cause.

Rafiki Foundation »

This nonprofit supports 10 orphanages and education centers in countries throughout Africa. Meaning “friend” in Swahili, the Rafiki Foundation befriends orphans and widows and trains them to transform Africa for Christ.

Reach out to Haiti »

Provides humanitarian needs such as clothing, food, homes, and more, in Haiti. The group’s shelter, and orphanage, Ruuska Village, has completed thousands of adoptions and has allowed thousands of Haitian women and children a second chance at life.

Operation: Christmas Child »

Each year, our church collects Christmas shoeboxes filled with gifts such as toys, hygiene items, and school supplies, to donate to Samaritan’s Purse. The group then sends these shoeboxes to disadvantaged children in 100 countries around the world.

Vision India Ministries »

Vision India trains and equips indigenous Christian workers so they can evangelize and disciple the unreached people of India.

Waterman Hospital Volunteer »

Volunteers at AdventHealth Waterman assist as front desk ambassadors, office aids, cafe staff, patient care and comfort, transportation, and more.