St. Andrew's focuses on both local and non-local opportunities to help those in need. 

Throughout the year we offer multiple opportunities to connect with our neighbors near and far. 

Here is a summary of typical outreach. 

  1. We continuously collect for the food pantry called Fishes and Loaves at Lehman UMC in Hatboro. Non-perishable items may be dropped off in Zion Hall. 
  2. We offer fundraisers to help support Healthy Neighbors International whose goal is to improve the lives of those in need in villages and others out in the mission field. 
  3. In the late summer we collect children’s school supplies to be donated locally. 
  4. The fall season brings the opportunity for Operation Christmas Child. We put Shoeboxes together for Samaritan’s Purse which are sent globally. 
  5. Last year was the first year, we signed Christmas cards for those that are incarcerated to share our love and peace and as a reminder of God’s grace. 
  6. Prior to Thanksgiving we gather food items for Thanksgiving Dinners.
  7. At Christmas time we have opportunities to give for those in need.

In addition we offer community wide events with our annual fall and spring fests. 

And each Christmas and Easter Season we have a light show with music.

Here are the organizations we actively support and work with to meet current community needs.

Valley Youth House (https://www.valleyyouthhouse.org/) [Less than 3 miles from the church]. This is a youth transitional shelter.

Areas of need:

  • Small, medium, large, XL sweatpants and sweatshirts for male and female
  • Small, medium, large, XL underwear for male and female
  • Towels and washcloths (sets preferred)
  • Comforters and twin sheet sets
  • Gift cards ($10-$25)
  • Painting projects
  • Carpet cleaning
  • Large Curtain Rod
  • Various small handyperson fix it projects
  • A computer or two for the residents
  • Gardening
  • Bibles
  • Attic cleaning and organizing
  • Replace furniture in common areas (couches, chairs, pillows)
  • Meals (or food and snack donations)
  • Easter Baskets

Recurring Opportunities

  • Providing meals
  • Inviting youth to youth group
  • Holiday support (Christmas, Easter, etc.)

The Grace Project (https://teamgraceproject.org/)

The Grace Project aims to bring hope through acts of kindness to children and adults impacted by sickness, poverty, or addiction. 

 Areas of need:

  • Kensington Outreach program. We go out to the Kensington section of Philadelphia every Thursday and bring supplies to the homeless. We also help place individuals in treatment and conclude each of our trips by sweeping up a section of the neighborhood.
  • Give a “Little” Hope Program is designed solely for children in need of a little hope and allows us to give them an entire day tailored specifically to them.
  • Hope for the Holidays program which brings a memorable holiday to families in need.

Access Services (https://www.accessservices.org/)

Areas of need:

  • Intersect program
  • Foster Care
  • In-home Supports
  • Lifesaring or IBHS (Intensive Behavioral Health Services)
  • Twining Day Program
  • Street Outreach
    • Toiletry kits (adding notes to each kit)
    • Volunteers for Code Blue (or handout toiletry kits at a code blue location)

Sauers Cares (https://www.sauerscares.org/)

Sauers Cares is a catalyst for change, tailoring local community resources to solve local community problems.

They partner with other organizations to help them achieve their goals.

Between Friends Outreach (https://www.bfoutreach.net/)

Areas of need:

  • Support for 600 clients of low income, housing and food insecurities, domestic violence survivors, Veteran families, etc.
  • Pastoral Support
  • Prayer Support
  • Support for their adult transitional housing
  • Support for family support (food, clothing, furniture, etc.)

Beds for Kids (One Home at a Time) (https://www.ohaat.org/contact-us/)

Areas of need:

  • Twin beds
  • Twin sheets
  • Blankets
  • Pillows
  • Age-appropriate books
  • Hygiene Kits
  • Educational materials
  • Stuffed animals

St. Andrew’s UMC Homebound Initiative

  • Making cookies
  • Wrapping cookies
  • Adding small messages to the cookie package
  • Delivering cookies

United Women in Faith Mission U 2023

In July 2023, United Women in Faith will host their Mission U and support the Neighborhood Services (UMNS) project by collecting school supplies and women's hygiene items.

Contact Polly Riddle for more information and the specifics of their needs.