Serving Others

Habitat For Humanity

Habitat for Humanity of Eastern Connecticut, HFHECT, in the spirit of sharing, creates decent and affordable homes in partnership with families in need. We do this through the dedicated efforts of community volunteers, financial sponsors and partner families who find rewarding experiences by sharing their time, talents and resources. The goal is to make a difference in the lives of others, fulfill the dream of home ownership and help eliminate sub-standard housing in Eastern Connecticut.
HFHECT works to build or rehabilitate houses using volunteer labor and donated building materials or materials purchased with donated money. The affiliate’s financial backing comes from private citizens, foundations, corporations, and area churches. Future homeowners work side by side with volunteers from the community and, once they move into their house, they make regular payments on a no-interest mortgage. Our UMCGF congregation covenants with Habitat to pray for the program, provide volunteers, and give financial support; UMCGF Quilters make and present a beautiful quilt for each new Habitat family. Our church has supported the local Habitat affiliate since it began in 1987.

CROP Hunger Walk

United Methodist Church of Gales Ferry is one of six sponsoring churches for the annual Ledyard-Gales Ferry CROP Hunger Walk, held in mid-October. The purpose of the Walk is to educate others and ourselves, increase awareness about the seriousness of hunger, and to raise funds that are allocated globally (Church World Service) and locally (Gemma Moran Food Center) to address hunger and its causes. Our congregation gives good support to this community event by providing many walkers and many financial backers who sponsor the walkers.
More Information Coming Soon about the 2019 Walk!

Ledyard Food Pantry

The Ledyard Food Pantry is available to any Ledyard or Gales Ferry resident who can, through the Ledyard Social Services Department, demonstrate financial need. The food pantry is stocked entirely through donations. Non-perishable food, personal hygiene items, and financial contributions are always welcome. Donations can be placed in the large kettle in our sanctuary narthex. Items particularly needed include canned meals, soups, canned meats and tuna, boxed mac and cheese, peanut butter, jelly, healthy snacks, healthy hot or cold cereals, and canned fruit.

Home Repair Mission Trip

Each summer we conduct a one-week mission trip to do home repair work for elderly, disabled or low-income families who are unable to maintain or repair their homes. Participants include adults and youth ages 14 and older. Those under 14 may participate if accompanied by a parent. The work could include: tearing down existing structures such as decks and porches; installation of insulation; installation of drywall; interior trim and painting; construction of porches, decks, stairs and wheelchair ramps; exterior painting; and debris cleanup.   

New London Community Meal Center

The New London Community Meal Center was established in 1985 to respond to the needs of New London’s most vulnerable residents by providing nutritious meals in a kind, hospitable and clean environment. The organization currently provides lunch five days a week and dinner six days a week. Volunteers from our UMCGF congregation help prepare and serve the evening meal on the third Wednesday of each month.  For more information about The new London Community Meal Center Click Here