Church World Service
was born in 1946, in the aftermath of World War II. Seventeen denominations came together to form an agency “to do in partnership what none of us could hope to do as well alone.” What was the mission? Feed the hungry, clothe the naked, heal the sick, comfort the aged, shelter the homeless. More than 65+ years later the mission remains and the UMC of Monroe is a part of it!
The “Blankets+ Program” is also a special mission opportunity of CWS. Congregations and groups across the U.S. hold Blankets+ events, providing funds to help people in need around the world. Here at the UMC of Monroe we have participated for many years. We have used Mother’s Day as our “Blanket Sunday” wherein individuals donate $5 toward a blanket in memory or in honor of loved ones. The funds are then used by CWS to purchase the blankets at a very low rate and then distribute those blankets around the world in the wake of a disaster. The Blankets+ program also encompasses the former “Tool Kits” or “Tools+”. We have often participated by using Father’s Day as our collection time for funds to cover tools and seeds to replant fields, install wells for clean and safe water, and training.