A Legacy of Working Together
The relationship between the United Methodist Church and UMFS goes back to the very beginning, when UMFS was founded as the Virginia Methodist Orphanage. UMFS has a long history of support from local churches and their members across the state in the form of financial gifts, prayers, and volunteers.
Although we are no longer a formal part of the United Methodist Church, we continue to be a ministry of the church and local churches play a huge role in helping the high-risk children and families that UMFS serves. Church partners help us meet the needs of our foster and adoptive families. Volunteers from the churches provide critical support. In addition, UMFS helps meet needs of families in local congregations that are beyond the expertise of the pastoral staff and lay leaders.
At UMFS, our mission is to be unwavering champions for high-risk children and families. Local churches join in our mission by providing critical financial support, passionate volunteers, much needed prayers, and valuable donations to support the high-risk children and families we serve. We deeply appreciate this partnership.
The primary support local churches give UMFS are:
- Identifying people who share our passion for children and youth.
- Promoting and advocating for our ministries in their community, including the urgent need for foster and/or adoptive families.
- Providing a link to www.umfs.org on the church website.
- Encouraging participation in UMFS volunteer projects and events.
- Responding to needs for tangible donations, including school supplies and clothing.
- Promoting and participating in the UMFS Offering.
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