Serve Others

A commitment to help others in need in our community, our nation, and around the world is a pillar of Downers Grove First United Methodist Church’s mission and vision. We are a faith community that provides opportunities to people of all ages, interests, and abilities to help make a difference in the lives of others. Everyone is invited to be a part of the efforts that perform God’s work.

    Adopt-a-Stream Annual Volunteer Clean-up Day

    Join the Environmental Stewardship Work Area on June 22 for a fun nature adventure that will make a difference! This year we will be trying out a NEW stream clean-up site through The Conservation Foundation’s Adopt-a-Stream program. We will be picking up trash to beautify a section of Prentiss Creek that runs along the south boundary of Downers Grove South High School between Dunham Road and Springside Avenue. This site is located close to the church, needs a lot of help, and will be easier to access than our previous adopted stream.

    All you need to bring are waterproof boots or shoes you won’t mind getting muddy; tools, gloves, and bags will be provided. This is a great activity for kids aged 7 and up to participate in with a parent or guardian. Email Vera Miller at to sign up or sign up on the sheet found on the clipboard by the kitchen in the Parlor!

    Thank you for supporting this important Downers Grove First United Methodist Church environmental initiative, and helping to keep our local waterways clean and healthy!

    South DuPage Crop Hunger Walk

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    • More than 800 million people in the world go hungry every day.
    • More than one billion people lack access to safe drinking water and more than two billion lack sanitation.
    • In the last 50 years, almost 400 million people worldwide have died from hunger and poor sanitation – that’s three times the number of people killed in all wars fought in the 20th century.

    The South DuPage CROP Hunger Walk is a 5 km (3.1 mile) walk held annually in October, with participants asking friends and family to sponsor them. The South DuPage community have raised nearly $600,000 over the past 25 years through holding this annual CROP Hunger Walk, which helps to support the grassroots, hunger-fighting development efforts of Church World Service (CWS) partner agencies in more than 80 countries.

    CROP Hunger Walks help to provide tools of hope that empower people to meet their own needs. From seeds and tools, to wells and water systems, to nutrition-enhancing Moringa trees, to technical training and micro-enterprise loans, the key is people working together to identify their own development priorities – something CWS has learned through 58 years of working in partnership around the world.

    Community Kitchen Dinners

    Our church hosts Thursday evening dinners to help neighbors facing food insecurity in our community. The group especially needs help with preparing the main dish for Thursday nights!

    Volunteer help to set up, serve, and clean up on Thursdays from 5:15 – 6:45 p.m. also is appreciated weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly – whatever your schedule permits. See the sign-up form.

    This effort is our church’s way of providing assistance as close to our previous service as a PADS host church and is in conjunction with six other churches that now offer five nights of meals in Downers Grove throughout each week.

    For questions or more information, contact Marty Wronkiewicz at or Kim Bosch at Thank you for your generosity.