Ongoing Service Opportunities

Out of Our Bounty Donations

Through Out of Our Bounty, we serve the poor of the world out of the great abundance that God has given to us. This ministry began in 2005 in response to an urgent appeal by Rev. Mel West for shoes for the children of Nicaragua exposed to parasitic worms through cuts on their bare feet. Within two weeks the Salem community had contributed over 400 pairs of shoes, and Out of Our Bounty was born!

The ministry has grown to serve not only the people of Nicaragua, but also those in our local community and state. New and used items are brought to the Out of Our Bounty room on the lower level of the church in Room 101. From there they are screened, sorted, and delivered to agencies such as Kingdom House, Metro Ministry, Rainbow Network and Employee Connection.

Out of Our Bounty gives us the opportunity to be responsible and gener­ous stewards of our God given gifts and to provide critical assistance to the most needy and under served populations.

Donate new and gently used items such as:
· sheets and towels
· blankets, pillows, comforters
· clothing for babies, children and adults
· shoes and socks
· baby layettes, cloth diapers
· business, interview attire
· warm jackets, sweaters, hats & gloves
· prom dresses
· children’s toys (no battery operated toys please)
· soccer or tennis balls and frisbees
· dolls and jump ropes
· baseball gloves
· notebooks for school, pens, pencils
· crayons and coloring books
· sewing machines and notions
· yarn, fabric, needles, thread
· deodorant, shampoo, toothpaste
· rubbing alcohol, antiseptic creams
· rolls of bandages
· sterile gloves
· crutches, walkers, wheelchairs
· teen magazines
· children’s books

Items We Don’t Accept
· furniture
· electronics
· battery operated toys
· appliances 

Paper & Aluminum Cans Recycling

Recycle Your Paper at Salem
Did you know that you can recycle newspaper, magazines, catalogs, office & school papers and mail: 24 hours/7days a week at Salem? This is an easy way for you to recycle your paper every week and help us raise money for missions. It’s easy, just bring us your paper! Our Abitibi Paper Retriever® bin is located in the grass on the south side of the Chapel. Thank you for your continued support!

We Need Aluminum Cans
Did you know that Salem collects aluminum cans? Aluminum cans are collected to benefit Epworth Children and Family Services. Epworth uses the funds for dental and dermatology needs for the children and youth living at their facility. Please donate your aluminum cans to the church by placing them by the air conditioning units (behind the fence at the back of the church).

Rocking Babies

Can you give three hours a month to help out at Kingdom House? A group of volunteers go to KH the first wednesay of each month and spend an hour and a half watching the children in the daycare while the teachers attend professional development meetings. The older children should be napping so bring a good book. If you want to rock the babies, they are not on a schedule so you will be busy caring for them. We meet in the church parking lot at 12:10 p.m.,to carpool to KH. We help from 12:45 to 2:15. We are usually back at church by 3:00. For more information please contact the church office.

Tutoring

Salem in Ladue United Methodist Church is once again partnering with the St. Louis Public Schools and New Sunny Mount Missionary Baptist Church to provide tutors in reading and math for the students of Yeatman Liddell Middle School and Walbridge Elementary.

The ministry requires at least one hour a week during the school semester. An orientation for all volunteers in the tutoring program will start off the school year this fall. Details will be coming soon.

It is necessary for all volunteers to attend the orientation so we can fill out needed paperwork for the year. If you are interested in tutoring or have questions contact Mary Jarvis, Tutor Coordinator, at 314-965-3613.

Walbridge Elementary Book Recordings

Would you like to help children learn how to read by creating audio recordings? If you have any sort of media device capable of recording audio, such as an iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, laptop, or desktop computer, please consider this simple way to help enhance the educational experience of the students at Walbridge Elementary. If you are interested in making audio recordings or have questions contact Mary Jarvis, Tutor Coordinator, at 314-965-3613.