Social Justice & Missions

Our congregation addresses important issues facing our community and the world by engaging in projects that assist persons beyond our church doors.  For more information and to get involved, contact the Church Office at 310-479-1379 and Chairpersons Mark and Helen Holmes will return your call.

Church members are currently engaged in the following service to others:

Missionary Support
We financially support two United Methodist Missionaries: Rev. Claudia Genung Yamamoto as she works with low-income persons in the 100 year old mission established by the legendary Toyohiko Kagawa in Kobe, Japan, and Deaconess Joy Prim as she provides resources and support for migrant workers in Hong Kong.

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 or facing food insecurity.

Sack Lunch Ministry
West LA UMC partners with leaders at Kardia UMC to provide sack lunches and toiletry kits to unhoused persons and families living in the West Los Angeles neighborhood.

School Supplies
Church members donate backpacks and school supplies to low-income elementary school students each fall.

Earth Stewardship
Environmental awareness and action is central to our Christian mission. Educational events are scheduled throughout the year for church and community members. Church members are encouraged recycling at home as well as at church, including on-site collection of paper, plastic, bottles and aluminum as well as batteries, small electronics and printer cartridges.

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. Church members periodically volunteer at the Habitat ReStore in Torrance, assembling furniture and organizing inventory.

Public Forums
The church presents forums on topical issues that offer insights for our faith and how we best support meaningful 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 extra cost to participants!

Amazon Smile
Purchases made through Amazon Smile provide financial resources for the church’s many social justice ministries. Sign up with Amazon Smile to benefit the church at no cost to participants!

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 2022 Work Camp has been postponed.