Current and Ongoing Mission Opportunities
Please also visit our 'Reach Out' page for more groups
that serve in mission to the community
Kairos Prison Ministries
The mission of the Kairos Prison Ministry is to bring Christ's love and forgiveness to all incarcerated individuals, their families and those who work with them, as well as to assist in the transition of becoming a productive citizen. Kairos missionaries use homemade cookies to draw the candidates into the program. These are something they would otherwise never be able to enjoy. The cookies may be the draw, but many prisoners find the experience fulfilling beyond just a satisfaction of their sweet tooth. Click here to read more about the mission of Kairos and the many ways you can help the missionaries who go into the prison.
The Interfaith Shelter is a rotating shelter for homeless people who are actively working towards bettering their lives and finding a job. Foothills hosts the shelter for two weeks each year, usually in February. Many volunteers are needed to make this incredible program a success. Email our missions coordinator, Carolyn Wetzel, if you are interested in helping as an overnight host, providing meals, transportation, laundry services or hygiene packets for the next shelter.
Common Ground Collaborative
Common Ground Collaborative is an interdenominational outreach effort of three churches - Santa Sophia Catholic Church, Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church and Foothills United Methodist Church. The Collaborative has adopted five underprivileged elementary schools in the Spring Valley area and serves a broad spectrum of needs including providing volunteers in the classroom, emergency family needs of food or clothing, and facilitating each student with a personal home library.
Volunteering in the classroom is a great gift contribution to a child's life, providing both support in their education, but also a compassionate adult role model. There is much more we do, and much more we hope to do in the future. For Foothills specific information, contact chairperson John Parsons at (619)-469-7169.
Good Neighbor Center
Good Neighbor Center is a ministry of METRO Urban Ministries. Started by San Diego First UMC in Mission Valley over 40 years ago. The ministry reaches the people with the most need, specifically in the Euclid and Nestor areas of San Diego. Foothills has had a long tradition of supporting the GNC by donating needed items, offering volunteers, and collecting food once a month. Nearly 3,000 people a month seek aid from the two GNC locations. Please bring your contributions of non-perishable food items and place them in the Good Neighbor red wagon on any Sunday. For more information, contact Joanna Schwend or Don Jenkinson.
What does Good Neighbor Center especially need at this time?
- Canned vegetables
- Canned fruit
- 1 lb. bags of rice
- 1 lb. bags of beans
- 1 lb. packages of pasta
- Spaghettis sauce
- Macaroni and cheese
- Canned tuna
- Dry milk
- Peanut butter
- Canned soups
- Disposable diapers (large sizes)
- Chili beans
- Pork & beans
- Corned beef
- Dry cereal
- Top Ramen
Missions On Call List
The Missions Committee is collecting the names of people who want to be “on call” to help when a need arises in our community. This might be something as little as driving our Interfaith Shelter guests to the Transit Center (20 minute commitment) or as big as cleaning out the storeroom at the Good Neighbor Center (several hour project). When we are alerted of a need, we can put the communication system in motion and contact you. If you can help at that time, great! If not, you can surround the need in your prayers. Please contact Susan Naslund if you want to move beyond the church walls in mission to our community.
La Roca is a ministry in Tijuana that has been serving their neighboring community for over 20 years. For many of those years Foothills has partnered with La Roca, helping it serve as a foster home, a home for single mothers and their children, as well as providing a school for neighborhood children. During a time of transition La Roca is currently shifting its focus to providing a free dental care clinic to neighborhood children. Foothills UMC is supporting this mission by helping to renovate and maintain the dental clinic and building and providing dental equipment and supplies. The clinic is being staffed by volunteer Mexican dentists and serves around 30 children per week. Clinical supplies and equipment from US dentists, as well as donations of consumables such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, gloves, etc. are needed. Please contact Scott Tulloch, 619-504-9580, for further information.