Helping Annually

Once a Year Opportunities

For more information on any of the ministries below, please contact the church office at 661.255.1301 or email umcv@umcv.org.

UMC Change the World Weekend in May

Change the World is a weekend of simple acts of kindness with our neighbors to our community — to truly change lives.   Participate in this global Rethink Church event every May and build community locally.  It’s easy:  look close to home tap your circle of influence give a couple hours to your community.  In 2012 volunteers from VUMC helped Family Promise of Santa Clarita, the Emergency Winter Shelter, Towsley Canyon clean-up and Special Olympics.  For more information, visit http://rethinkchurch.org/changetheworld.

Santa Clarita Winter Shelter, a Bridge to Home Service

santa clarita winter shelterAt the heart of the Bridge to Home’s activities is its operation of the Santa Clarita Shelter.  The Santa Clarita Shelter, currently an emergency winter shelter, is open from approximately December 1 through March 15 each year.  When the shelter is in operation, clients check in from 6-10 p.m. (later with proof of after-hours work or school) and must check out by 8 a.m. The shelter accepts clients delivered or referred by the sheriff at any time. All clients staying at the shelter are required to obey posted rules, including zero tolerance for alcohol, drugs, weapons, theft, and aggressive, disrespectful, or violent behavior; smoking only in a designated area; and abiding by the call for lights and smoking lamp out at 10 p.m.

Valencia UMC unpaid servants help staff the shelter as needed. Volunteers can participate as greeters, food servers or security patrols. Individuals can also help by providing needed items such as food, kitchen, hygiene, and office supplies or cash.

For more information about the shelter contact www.santaclaritashelter.com.