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.
Bethesda Mission provides shelter, clothing, food, and other services to the homeless in Harrisburg. Their vision is the 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 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.
First UMC partners with Derry Presbyterian and Hershey Seventh Day Adventist Church to care for homeless families for one-week blocks approximately 4 times per year. Opportunities to serve during those weeks include providing meals, helping with transportation, and being an overnight chaperone with families when they stay at the Seventh Day Adventist Church. For more information, contact Vicki Holbrook
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.
She’s Somebody’s Daughter
She's Somebody's Daughter, a 501(c)(3) based out of central PA, started in 2012. Originally, SSD was an awareness campaign focused on sharing the truth about sexual exploitation and the many forms it takes in our world today. Then in 2013, they launched an Intervention Initiative with the goal of erasing the lines of separation that isolate women in the industry. Our Beautiful Exchange, a group of women who seek to help other women find resources and support in their time of need, began in 2014. They help carry the load of life, connect to community resources, and walk alongside each other in the journey toward wholeness and healing.
UNITE Youth exists to be a connectional ministry of churches in the greater Hershey area, committed to uniting youth by sharing the Love of Jesus and Hope of the Gospel. UNITE Youth is open to all youth 6th-12th grade, and they do not need to be part of a church or a youth group to participate. UNITE Youth exists to connect students in the Hershey area to relationships that will help them understand the love of Jesus and Hope of the Gospel.
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.