United Methodist Women is the largest denominational faith organization for women with approximately 800,000 members whose mission is fostering spiritual growth, developing leaders and advocating for justice. One of the WLAUMC United Methodist Women’s main functions is supporting mission projects within our community and around the globe. Funds are raised through their bi-annual Holiday Boutique and other fundraising projects.
United Methodist Women shall be a community of women whose purpose is to know God and to experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ; to develop a creative, supportive fellowship; and to expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church.
The WLAUMC United Methodist Women support mission projects within our community and around the globe.
The UMW supports the annual church’s Women’s Retreat, prepares meals for PATH, assembles and donates new layette sets for the newborn babies in Alaska, and supports the UCLA Wesley Foundation Food Pantry with food items and personal grooming kits. We also have occasional speakers on various topics related to women’s health and well-being, and are always involved with the various activities of the church.
Presently, our women meet to work on projects and enjoy regularly meeting to discuss important current issues.
YOU CAN BECOME A MEMBER of the United Methodist Women by submitting a Membership Form and $10 Membership Fee to Lois Tateishi, UMW Treasurer. Every woman of the congregation is welcome to participate in UMW meetings, craft workshops, the annual Women’s Retreat, and other special events. Join today and become a part of this global organization that supports missions and fellowship!
Here are some of the organizations and programs that the United Methodist Women have supported:
ASIAN PACIFIC WOMEN’S CENTER provides safe transitional housing for Asian and Pacific Island domestic violence survivors. Through the Center’s various programs/services, these individuals have the opportunity “to acquire the necessary skills and personal strength for self-sufficiency and violence-free lives.” This center is located in Los Angeles.
DAVID AND MARGARET HOME provides a wide range of services for youth and families that foster emotional, spiritual and identity development. The home originally began in 1910 as an orphanage, transitioned into a treatment center for girls, and now has varied programs for both girls and boys, such as foster family placement, learning problems center, mental health counseling and services, and a Transitional Living and Care Program to provide housing and support services for young adults who have come of age to leave foster care. David and Margaret Home is located in LaVerne, Calif
PATH – PEOPLE ASSISTING THE HOMELESS provides transitional housing and employment assistance to help veterans become self-sufficient in their journey to becoming independent, productive citizens. UMW members prepare and serve dinner for these residents once or twice during this year. PATH is located here in West Los Angeles.
CHILDREN, YOUTH AND FAMILY COLLABORATIVE provides services to youth in foster care between the ages of 12 and 18. The partnership of several organizations, including the United Methodist Church, has also enhanced services to the young people who are getting ready to leave the foster care program. The Collaborative is located in Los Angeles
CLINICA MONSONOR OSCAR A. ROMERO is a Community Health Center that provides affordable primary health and dental care and related services to “primarily low-income, uninsured and underserved clientele”. Over 45,000 people have been serviced by this Center. This clinic is located in Los Angeles.
CONVALESCENT HOSPITALS – Keiro and Culver West residents have been the recipients of monetary donations and visits by our members.
STEP UP ON SECOND provides services, programs, education, and support for persons with mental illness and their families to reintegrate the recovering individuals into the community. Step Up is committed to increasing the public’s understanding and acceptance of mental illness. Step Up On Second is located in Santa Monica.
SOJOURN SERVICES FOR BATTERED WOMEN AND THEIR CHILDREN is a program of the Ocean Park Community Center in Santa Monica whose mission is to “empower people to rebuild their lives”. Sojourn focuses on the needs of battered women and their children and the need to stop the cycle of domestic violence. Last year Sojourn helped 3,56l women and children with services, provided housing for 104 women and 109 children, and answered 2,458 calls on their hotline.
TOBERMAN SETTLEMENT HOUSE serves youth, families, adults, and seniors. Their goal is to “move people beyond poverty, work toward reclaiming gang members, and develop urban peace and inter-ethnic harmony” with their programs of child care, emergency food and clothing, and an after school program of tutoring, homework help, reading development, computer lab, and recreation. Toberman was begun in 1903 and is the oldest United Methodist mission project in Southern California. It is located in San Pedro.
A3M – ASIANS FOR MIRACLE MARROW MATCHES provides education, assistance, and help in facilitating access to potential marrow and blood cell donors especially within the Asian and Pacific Island population. A3M is the largest Asian Pacific Island recruitment group of the National Marrow Donor Program. A3M is located in Little Tokyo.