ABOUT THE PROGRAM
The Center First UMC Dollar-A-Week Campaign began in February 2017 with donations earmarked for awarding grants assisting our community in significant ways and allowing reachable goals for church ministries and organizations. Have a passion for what hurts God’s heart in our community? Want seed money to kick-off a ministry that addresses that need? Know of an area non-profit organization in need? Know of a teacher that has a creative project that exceeds beyond the school budget?
Donations are collected throughout the year from $1 dollar bills placed in the church’s offering plate, and then individuals and groups in the church and in our community can apply to receive grants to be used to meet specific needs for their projects.
Here’s how this program works: Members place $1 dollar bills in the collection plate above and beyond your regular tithe or giving. This money will be collected throughout the year and then individuals and groups in the church, and in the community, can apply to receive grants that can be used to meet needs in our community.
Example: If 100 people give $1 a week for 52 weeks, we will have $5,200 at the end of the year. If 120 people put $1 in the collection plate each week, we would have a total of $6,240 to be used to serve our neighbors in new and creative ways. We were asked if a $52 check could be written to cover the $1/week goal. ABSOLUTELY! Begin praying about how you will participate in both giving and finding needs we should address.
As of August 2019, approximately $4,000 has been collected and awarded in grants to community organizations and church ministries.
Dollar-A-Week grant submission guidelines and applications are available by contacting Rev. Karen Jones at Center First UMC (936) 598-2707.
Center First United Methodist Church awards Dollar-A-Week Campaign Grants
On Sunday, August 11, 2019, the Center First United Methodist Church (UMC) presented grant awards totaling $3,250 from their 2019 Dollar-A-Week Campaign to recipients representing community organizations and ongoing Center First UMC ministries. Those receiving grant awards included:
- $500: F.L. Moffett for their Reading Recovery Program
- $500: Center Elementary for their Reading Recovery Program
- $500: Excelsior ISD for a Little Free Library to serve the school and the Akin Community
- $500: Edi Miller, Center High School Health Science Teacher to purchase an EKG machine
- $250: Janell Gibson, Elementary Reading Teacher for books for the Dyslexia program
- $250: Tracy Galindo, Center High School Teacher for classroom presentation materials
- $250: Ashley Wulf, Center High School to assist with student needs
- $250: Center First UMC Nursing Home Ministry for gifts for the nursing home residents
- $250: Center First UMC BINGO Ministry to purchase prizes for the participants