2016-07 Mission News

John Wesley 2016 07


Midwest Distribution Center
Supporting the center that provides relief supplies to people throughout the United States and the world.


Project Fresh Clothes
Project Fresh Clothes, a United Methodist Church – Stevens Point and Plover inter-generational effort, is in full swing to get 10,000 pieces of school clothing into the hands of children who need them in our community.

The project’s goal is to provide several pieces of clothing for Kindergarten through 12th grade students who come to the distribution on August 13 at  Ben Franklin Jr. High.  This project runs in conjunction with Project Fresh Start, which provides registered children with school supplies and is coordinated by the United Way of Portage Country Volunteer Center.  We anticipate over 1000 children this year.  Families are in need of support.

We are asking for donations of school-aged clothing in good condition to be dropped off at St. Paul’s, Stevens Point YMCA or First Weber Realtors on Hwy 10 now until August 8.

We will be in need of helpers on Wednesday nights starting June 15 at 6:30-8:00 PM.  We sort clothes by sizes and gender and have fun doing this!  Come and join us if you can.

Monetary donations are also welcomed so we can purchase clothing sizes we need.  Checks can be made out to St. Pauls UMC/Project Fresh Clothes.

Later we will be asking for volunteers to help with setting up, distributing and tearing down the week of August 13.

Whether you contribute your time, dollars or clothing, PFC is a unique opportunity to make a direct impact of the children in our community.  Please consider being a part of this effort to make this project a success for its 13th year!

Questions? Contact Cathy Martin: 715-341-8426 or jcmartin@charter.net, Mary Schultz: 715-345-1438 or mary.schultz@wrps.net, Liz Hayden: 715-592-3611, Maggie Watson: 715-343-9153 or maggie.watson@uwsp.edu, and Gini Wurtzel: 715-343-2776 or rogini@att.net



Interfaith Food Pantry

The purpose of the pantry is to act as hands of the community to serve the  Portage County residents in need of supplemental food.

The pantry serves any resident of Portage County, commonly including unemployed, underemployed, elderly, handicapped, single parent or large households.

The pantry provides regular service twice per month, the second and fourth Tuesday of each month from 6 to 8 PM.

The pantry serves an average of 650 persons (about 160 households) at each pantry or about 1,300 persons (320 households) per month.

Each household receives food in proportion to household size: about 50 to 80 pounds of food per each pantry.

Items distributed include meat, potatoes, frozen products, canned and boxed items, fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy items, eggs, bread and bakery items.