Our Mission Outreach begins close to home with support of:
Dinuba Youth for Christ – Established in 1968, YFC provides ministry to teens in our community. In 2015, a new program launched in Dinuba. The Dinuba Unified School District contracted Campus Life to provide mentoring services to at risk elementary school kids. Because of an increasing number of very young students starting gang involvement in elementary school, we are now working on two elementary school campuses to prevent this from happening.
Youth for Christ staff in Dinuba include Al Serna, Darren Reed, Ben Smith and Jack Haldeman. The most unique part of our Dinuba ministry is the City Life Youth Center, which is open to youth from elementary school through high school. It is located on 214 south L Street. Each week, hundreds of students go through this youth center. Dinuba’s biggest need right now is fathers. There is such a need for positive male role models on campuses.
Gleanings For The Hungry – This is a local Christian organization located in nearby Sultana that uses the help of over 3000 volunteers annually to harvest, clean, and package produce gleaned from crops of the San Joaquin Valley. Dried fruit and soup mix are sent to missionary projects in over 90 countries, to nourish the poor and needy. Check out one of their videos.
Open Gate Ministries – A local project providing services to people in the Northern Tulare County communities of Dinuba, Cutler and Orosi. Primary services include a shelter for families and a food pantry. Open Gate also operates a thrift store in Dinuba. The shelter provides a variety of counseling and coordinates training with other local agencies. Our congregation has supported this project since it’s beginnings 46 years ago as a vision of First UMC church member Vivian Martzen. Our members are privileged to serve in many ways as volunteers and on their advisory board.
Traditionally we have hosted a fundraising luncheon for Open Gate in February, which has been cancelled this year. As an alternative, we encourage encourage donations to Open Gate through our website. Please visit our Give page to do so. online.