United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) Early Response Team
Ovilla United Methodist Church has approximately 28 trained Early Response Team (ERT) volunteers that respond to disasters within central Texas.
The mission of the Early Response Team is to provide a caring presence in the aftermath of a disaster, under very specific guidelines to be productive and caring while causing no further harm and not being a burden to the affected community.
For more information, contact Murray Allen.
Sager Brown Distribution Center in Baldwin, LA
The Sager Brown Depot is the headquarters for United Methodist Committee on Relief’s relief-supply operations. Each year in May, adult volunteers travel to the Baldwin, LA facility to prepare supplies for shipment and to perform outreach in the local community.
For more information, contact Cheryl Sullivan.
Sewing for Missions
A group of both recreational seamstresses and non-seamstresses gather often to make school bags and baby blankets which are taken to Sager Brown in May with our adult mission trip.
In addition, pillowcase dresses and shorts are sewn and given to missionaries who go to foreign countries (Africa, Haiti, etc.). Another group of ladies crochet around fleece panels. These fleece blankets are given to the palliative care unit at Charlton Hospital, Texas Oncology chemo unit, and Children’s Hospital.
For more information, contact Peggy Schieffer.
Central Texas Conference Youth in Mission Trips (CTCYM)
Each summer, Junior high and Senior high youth each participate in CTCYM (Central Texas Conference Youth in Mission) mission trips. The Junior high will travel to locations in Texas while the Senior High destinations are out-of-state.
CTCYM brings more than 2,500 youth and adults together to put Christian faith into action by repairing and rebuilding homes weathered by age, poverty or natural disaster.
The CTCYM experience is brought together by the spirit of God and a volunteer task force of youth and adults from around the Central Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church. This group identifies a geographical area of need, a theme for the week, and the steps to achieve both.
Then, for two separate weeks, youth groups from across the Conference blend together to become CTCYM Living Centers. Each Center is led by a well-trained, all-volunteer staff dedicated to providing participants with a spirit-filled week of service.
Coupons for Military Bases in Germany
In partnership with the Military Family Coupon Program, coupons from local newspapers are clipped and organized before being sent to the military bases in Germany. Even if you’re not a "couponer," we still need your coupons because they can be used by service men and women overseas up to six months after the expiration date. For more information, contact Sandra Guilliams.
We’ve partnered with Veterans Affairs to help veterans at the VA Hospital. We regularly visit, doing things such as playing bingo with the veterans. Currently, we’re collecting the following items for distribution: new socks, tshirts, undergarments, and sports bras; reading glasses; stamps; shaving cream; toothbrushes and toothpaste; lotion; powder; and lip balm. $10 Walmart gift cards are donated to veterans, enabling them to purchase gas and drive to and from treatments and doctor visits. The missions fund donates $200 in gift cards quarterly. For more information, contact Peggy Schieffer.