Outreach and missions know no boundaries at Willowbrook UMC. Getting involved and working for causes is as natural as breathing for members of our congregation.
Scores of Willowbrookers regularly volunteer at various facilities in Sun City, Peoria, and Phoenix. As a congregation, we support activities and organizations that help to relieve the plight of the homeless, the hungry, and the poor. We belief in outreach that touches those in our neighborhoods, in our country, and in foreign lands.
Willowbrook is a church where God’s love becomes action.
Angel Tree Ministry
Each year at Christmas, Willowbrookers choose a child’s name from our Angel Tree. These are the names of children whose parents are incarcerated and cannot purchase gifts for their own children. Gifts are purchased, wrapped and delivered to the child’s home. In 2017 we provided gifts to 52 children.
Food Bank Support
Willowbrook collects food and funds the first Sunday of every month. Food donations are given to the Salvation Army in Sun City for re-distribution while monetary donations are used to support Valley View Community Food Bank. In addition, Outreach designates a portion of its annual budget to support the West Valley Salvation Army Center.
Habitat for Humanity
Currently, Willowbrook, in conjunction with the Mighty United Methodist Coalition (a coalition of valley Methodist churches), is working with Habitat for Humanity on a new home build this spring. To date, Willowbrook has helped build through financial and/or manpower twelve homes with Habitat. We will be working on a house on May 12, 2018 and June 2, 2018.
This ministry helps struggling families overcome a life of hunger and poverty by providing healthy animals and the training of their care. In 2017, Willowbrook dedicated its Christmas offering to Heifer International with the goal of relieving hunger beyond our border/
This is a day resource center in downtown Phoenix serving senior citizens who are homeless. We support Justa Center through our annual budget.
We support the Sun City chapter of The Salvation Army financially as part of our budgeted commitments. In addition, Willowbrook also designates our summer loose change collection for the Army’s back-to-school clothing drive. Annually, Willowbrookers participate in the Salvation Army’s Christmas bell ringing program. In 2017 over $2,200 was raised by our kettle bell volunteers.
Sidewalk Sunday School
This ministry focuses on teaching urban children and their families the basic fundamentals of Christianity: teaching empowerment through Christ to turn away from the negative community cycles that face them, and turn their hearts, minds and actions toward a lifestyle that contains promise and hope for the future. Willowbrook financially supports this ministry. During the spring and summer months, funds collected through the Benji/Loose change drive are used to underwrite summer camperships. In addition, each Christmas, Willowbrook parishioners purchase gift cards for over 100 Sidewalk Sunday School teens.
United Methodist Outreach Ministries – New Day Center
The mission of UMOM is to provide homeless and low-income families with food, shelter and tools to build a bridge to self-sufficiency. In addition to budgeted financial support, Willowbrook also promotes the annual Birdsong Tea/Luncheon and sells UMOM Christmas/Tribute cards.
Wesley Community Center
Located in South Central Phoenix, Wesley Community Center provides programs for children, youth, adults, families, and senior adults. In addition to budgeted financial support, during the spring and summer months, funds collected through the Benji/Loose change drive are used to underwrite summer camperships.