Local and National Missions

The following organizations receive financial support from First UMC. We strive to maintain ongoing relationships with these ministries and the people they serve. Please refer to the church bulletin, events page, or contact the church office to learn about hands-on mission and outreach opportunities with these mission partners and others.


Current Needs

Love INC Pie Auction: Calling all pie bakers, those who love pie, or those who want to support Love INC’s outreach to the needy in our community! The 8th annual Love INC Pie Auction is on Friday, October 12, 6:30 - 9:30 pm at the Hershey Country Club.  For more information or to register, please visit http://loveincgreaterhershey.org/2018-baked-with-love-inc-pie-auction/ or call Love INC at 717-835-0101.

Area residents in need: During the month of October, First UMC is having a special collection of personal care items for Love INC's Personal Care Closet.  The Personal Care Closet is a place where neighbors in need who use one of our partner food banks can receive personal care, household, and baby items like toothpaste, laundry detergent, and diapers—items not covered by food stamps. Please place donated items in the baskets in the Narthex.

Bethesda Mission

Bethesda Mission provides shelter, clothing, food, and other services to the homeless in Harrisburg. Their vision is to Rescue,
Redeem, and Restore in the name of Christ.

Hershey Food Bank

Hershey Food Bank is a volunteer organization that provides management and oversight of funds, supplies and donated items for the social ministry for Derry Township residents.

Family Promise (Harrisburg Capital Region)

Family Promise Harrisburg is a local affiliate of a national nonprofit agency serving families who recently lost their homes. Their mission is to empower families through relationships and skill building to move out of homelessness.

Love, INC (Greater Hershey Area)

Love, INC of Hershey  is a local chapter of a national organization uniting the resources of multiple local churches to provide support and direction to community people in need.

Neighborhood Center


Neighborhood Center is a United Methodist organization serving at risk, low income, and inner city children, youth and families in Harrisburg with educational, cultural, human service, basic needs and recreational programs.

Someone To Tell It To

Someone To Tell It To is a Non-profit ministry, co-founded by former Hershey First UMC pastor, Rev. Michael Gingerich, offering people compassionate listening and care.

United Methodist Home for Children

United Methodist Home for Children located in Mechanicsburg, provides community-based care services including safe housing, food, clothing, educational support, and counseling to youth ages 12-20 and families in need in central and southeastern PA.


Mission Central, Mechanicsburg PA

Connecting God’s Resources with Human Need.

Mission Central is the mission warehouse affiliate of the Susquehanna Conference of the UMC located in Mechanicsburg that provides resources and logistical support for disaster response, mission outreach, and mission education.

Red Bird Mission & Christian School

Red Bird Mission is an institution of the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church. Ministry in the heart of Kentucky's Appalachia that seeks to provide spiritual, physical, educational and economic needs for people without opportunities and struggling to live day by day.