Community Partners

Methodist Home for Children cares for about 1,200 children and families each year, regardless of their ability to pay. We rely on the support of individuals, churches, businesses, foundations, government contracts and civic groups to sustain our services and ensure them for future generations. Our community partners—many of them giving consistently year after year—are the backbone of our program. We gratefully recognize them twice a year in Spotlight magazine.

See past partners:  Fall 2014  |  Summer 2014  |  Fall 2013  |  Summer 2013  |  Fall 2012  |  Spring 2012  |

SUMMER 2015 | 1K FOR 1KID

Tuna Run 200

TUNA RUN 200: Wesley’s Midnight Runners, top, finished in 32 hours and 22 minutes, with Looney Tunas clocking in at
33 hours and 53 minutes. Together, they raised $3,055 for Methodist Home for Children in the 200-mile overnight race
from Raleigh to Atlantic Beach.

Dr. Josh McMillon and the Proactive Health & Wellness staff, Raleigh, donated $4,000 through new-patient assessments and a patient-appreciation program.

Sarah, a 16-year-old in Burgaw, raised $2,000 from friends and family in honor of her milestone birthday. Read her story at mhfc.org/sweet16.

Seeds of Faith Preschool at Fuquay-Varina UMC successfully completed its third consecutive 1K FOR 1KID campaign! Thanks to director Lynn Sorrels, her staff and generous parents.

Seekers Sunday School Class at Apex UMC gave $2,000 in December.

Rev. Hope Vickers challenged her congregation at Epworth UMC, Durham, to raise $1,000 for children in our care. Their response? More than $3,000!

INTO THEIR HANDS

Check out these personalized “sweet-cases” for foster children! Big thanks to Ali, Kate and Clare—three UNC-CH freshmen who fundraised for months to create 42 journey bags through their internships at Together We Rise. The bags are stuffed with blankets, coloring books, hygiene kits and teddy bears for children as they come into our care. Very sweet, indeed!

Check out these personalized “sweet-cases” for foster children! Big thanks to Ali, Kate and Clare—three UNC-CH freshmen who fund-raised for months to create 42 journey bags through their internships at Together We Rise. The
bags are stuffed with blankets, coloring books, hygiene kits and teddy bears for children as they come into our care. Very sweet, indeed!

Family Preservation: Parents and children in our family preservation program sometimes lack important household items—beds, clothing, rugs, pillows, towels, toys and more. Thank you to our community partners who help these families get up on their feet: Dorcas Group at Wesley’s Chapel, Elizabethtown; The Good Samaritan House, a clothes closet of Wesleyan Chapel UMC, Wilmington; Island Chic Consignment, Carolina Beach; Harbor Thrift Store of Faith Harbor UMC, Surf City; S.H.A.R.E., Wilmington; A Carolina Wedding, Wilmington.

Harbor District churches made sure our children were ready for school with “Pack the Backpack” donations. Special thanks to Devon Park UMC, Grace UMCPine Valley UMC and Wrightsboro UMC, Wilmington; Wrightsville UMC, Wrightsville Beach; and Wesley UMC, Riegelwood. Thanks also to St. Paul UMC, Carolina Beach, for its weekly food ministry—delivering groceries, produce, bread and toiletries to our families.

The rooms in our Wayne multipurpose home are a lot more cheerful thanks to bedding donations by the Officer and Civilian Spouses’ Club at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base. Partnering with Belk, they set us up with bright, new comforters, sheet sets, pillows and rugs. Thanks also to the SJAFB Vehicle Maintenance Division for spending a Saturday painting the walls with our kids. The place looks great!

Children who are removed from their homes often arrive into foster care empty-handed. Thank you to partners who donate kits and bags to help comfort these children: Bags of Love at Wilmington Seventh Day Adventist Church and Kids In Mission at Windborne UMC in Raleigh.

FUN FOR A CAUSE

Thank you to N.C. State’s Students Advocating for Youth (SAY) mentors— and their energetic elementary and middle school partners in Raleigh. Together, they raised $500 to help children in need of stable and loving homes. Their rally and walkathon is a year-end celebration of the mentoring program.

Thank you to N.C. State’s Students Advocating for Youth (SAY) mentors—and their energetic elementary and middle school partners in Raleigh. Together, they raised $500 to help children in need of stable and loving homes. Their
rally and walkathon is a year-end celebration of the mentoring program.

Edenton Street UMW, Raleigh, raised $3,500 in September with its annual barbecue fundraiser.

Goshen UMC, Newton Grove, and the Electrolyte Depletion Cycling Group raised more than $2,000 with Ride for a Reason, a charity bike ride, in May.

Kids Caring About Kids, a concert by kids for kids, raised $1,150 in April in Wilmington. Big thanks to the band and chorus at Williston Middle School and the jazz band at New Hanover High School! We’re grateful also for organizer Shirley Clawson, Williston Band Director Gwen Fitzpatrick and for Lear Corporation’s generous support of the concert.

Paula & Angie Music Ministries, Wilmington, donated $200 from an October gospel performance.

Wakefield UMC, Raleigh, donated croquet, bocce ball and badminton sets to our North Hills Transitional Living Home, along with other sports gear.

Wrightsville UMC, Wrightsville Beach, donated $3,000 from its annual Son Run 5K in October.

GETTING CREATIVE
Sophie and John Pellizzari, Raleigh, raised $425 from a $30 Mina Project investment at Hope Community Church. They used their “mina” to create 48 Frozen-themed ornaments and exchanged them for donations.

Charlene Hein, Clayton, donated $100 from the fall/winter sales of her coastal-themed crafts.

Thanks to our church partners for donating space as we’ve needed it: St. Mark’s UMC in Raleigh and Jarvis UMC in Greenville for our foster care and group home Christmas parties, St. James UMC in Greenville and First UMC in Cary for our foster parent appreciation dinners, and Grace UMC in Wilmington for our parenting sessions.

CAMPAIGN COUNTS
North Carolina State Employees’ Combined Campaign raised nearly $15,300 for MHC. Tell your state-employed friends that MHC is charity #1588.

Combined Federal Campaign raised about $5,650 for MHC. Tell your federally employed and military friends that MHC is charity #28619.

HOLIDAY HELPERS
Children in our family preservation program woke up Easter morning to baskets loaded with goodies from the Walk in Faith Sunday School Class at Wrightsville UMC. Thanks also to Lunchbox Love for donating Easter totes to children in our foster care program.

Christmas Angels delivered! Thank you to all who made the holidays brighter for our children. Thanks also to the Scott Hannon Memorial Foundation for raising $9,000 to take 75 children and teens on a $120 shopping spree and to Target for covering the $600 in taxes. See Christmas Angels at mhfc.org/christmas2014.