Our congregation addresses important issues facing our community and the world by engaging in projects that assist persons beyond our church doors. We are currently engaged in the following service to others:
We continue to support a United Methodist Missionary in Kobe, Japan. Rev. Claudia Genung Yamamoto is engaged in working with lower income population in the 100 year old mission established by the legendary Toyohiko Kagawa.
Food for Students
West LA UMC provides food, snacks, and grocery gift cards for students participating in The 580 Café at UCLA. Our historic connection with this Wesley Foundation Campus Ministry continues to support college students, particularly those who are low-income.
In August 2021, church members donated countless school supplies to students attending Sherman Indian High School in Riverside, CA.
Camp Colby Ranch Work Retreat
In October 2019, 22 church members and friends volunteered to restore parts of our United Methodist Camp by painting historic cabins and clearing hiking trails. Due to the pandemic, our 2021 Work Camp has been postponed.
Environmental awareness and action is central to our Christian mission. We work with members of the church to encourage the recycling at home as well as at church. Activities include on-site collection of paper, plastic, bottles and aluminum as well as batteries, small electronics and printer cartridges.
The church presents forums on topical issues that offer insights for our faith and how we best support meaninful improvements within our community, nation, and world.
Ralph’s Community Contribution Card
West LA UMC participates in Ralph’s Community Contribution Program. Members and friends register their Ralph’s cards on-line each year, beginning September 1. A percentage of all Ralph’s purchases are donated to the church, providing funds for missions and outreach. It is simple to register using the church’s scan-bar and your Ralph’s card. Remember, this is a community service provided by Ralph’s at no cost to participants!
Habitat for Humanity
Volunteers have worked on numerous homes in the greater LA area and donated generously for the purchase of building supplies and household items.