Cokesbury participates in a number of outreach programs as well as mission projects across the world.
Here are some of the outreach projects we engage in:
The Food Pantry, helping to feed the 180+ households that come to Cokesbury on the second and fourth Mondays of the month for free groceries (4.30-6.00 pm). Food comes from:
Thumb’s Up Thursday, tutoring and mentoring children from Margate Elementary School through the school calendar year (2.15-5.15 pm). Love and listening is combined with homework help, reading support, cooperative games, snacks, etc. This program won the Broward County Community Group Award for Volunteerism in 2015.
Classroom Volunteering at Margate Elementary School, as many times a week as available! We also supply Margate Elementary with back-to-school resources, tutoring, parking, etc.
GALS (God’s Angels, Loving Servants) support efforts for mission, ministry and fellowship. Coming together monthly (usually on the first Saturday), the intergenerational GALS meet their goals through both playful and serious gatherings such as picnics, hosting speakers on subjects such as fraud, Arts & Crafts Shows and numerous events throughout the year.
MICAH (Margate Initiative for Community Action and Hope) is an alliance of churches, schools and service organizations with the goal to improve the social fabric of Margate through resource sharing and combining strengths. Sponsors of a Prayer Breakfast in January and the Margate observation of the National Day of Prayer in May, MICAH pairs churches and schools to help supply children with food, learning materials, tutors, etc. MICAH also participates in City events such as Winterfest.
Bread Angels “glean” bread early from a partner Publix three times a week. To be used only by those in need the products must be marked before distribution through the Food Pantry, senior centers and a HUD location.
God’s Creature Keepers educate and work for the wellbeing of animals. Supporting the efforts of local shelters, hosting a pet blessing and studying animal welfare topics the group is part of Cokesbury’s care for creation.
Christmas-in-a-Shoe Box, is our way of collecting toys, toiletries, and school supplies for underserved children through our sister churches, Parkway UMC in Pompano Beach and Branches Ministry in Florida City. We collect items throughout the year, have a boxing party in December, and deliver them in time to delight children at Christmas. For some, this is their only Christmas present.
Computer Classes are offered in our on-campus lab for FREE. Each session consists of six, once-a-week classes. Contact the Church Office for times and dates of the next sessions.
Green Earth Community Garden is a volunteer driven community garden utilizing otherwise unused land generously provided by Cokesbury United Methodist Church in Margate, Florida. Aside from donating at least half of all produce to those in need, they feed the volunteer crew and our supporters from the Green Earth Community Garden. In 2014 they broke ground and partnered with The Fruitful Field, Inc. to facilitate our birth into the non-profit world. Over 300 lbs of organic produce was grown in that inaugural season. They have since incorporated independently and with your support they hope to double the amount of produce grown, donated, and sold.
Victory Living, an independent non-profit organization, has a weekday Adult Day Training Program with a “home” at Cokesbury. They provide opportunities for adults with disabilities to learn new skills, volunteer in the community and form friendships in a fun environment. Meeting year-round Monday through Friday from 8.00 am - 2.30 pm, background checked volunteers support
Victory Living’s program includes:
1. Community-wide volunteer opportunities;
2. Arts & crafts projects which support other area non profit causes and events;
3. Computer skills;
4. Cooking & baking;
5. Victory Living’s community garden providing fresh vegetables for local food pantries;
6. Housekeeping skills;
7. Music and dance classes;
8. Sewing skills; and
9. “After hours” social events such as game nights and dinners.
Drew Parenting, an alternative school for teen parents, always needs speakers, advocates, collection of resources, and time given to the teens and their babies. Recent activities include our GALS group collecting gifts for the babies, and other folks staffing the nursery for school’s graduation.
PACE Center of Broward provides girls at risk alternative education, counseling, training and advocacy. Cokesbury provides PACE with wish list items to brighten the girls’ lives.
St. Laurence Chapel for the Homeless Shelter does great work which we support through collecting travel size toiletries and volunteering labor. If you have a special call to work with homeless people we encourage you to get involved with this vital ministry.
Outreach Collection Project includes collecting the following items at Cokesbury:
Old or broken hearing aids– used by Sertoma Speech and Hearing Foundation
Old eyeglasses – benefits the Lions Club International to give to clients worldwide
Campbell Soup Labels– support Red Bird Missions in Appalachia.
Cell phones– are reprogrammed for Women in Distress
Pop/soda Tabs from aluminum help fund the Ronald McDonald house in Ft. Lauderdale
Box Tops to support local schools in the area
Computer ink cartridges—are collected and submitted to Quill Company to defray our office costs. Thank you for your donations!
Also meeting on the Cokesbury campus:
Anglo Alcoholics Anonymous, Wednesdays and Fridays, 7-8 p.m.
Cub Scouts, certain Mondays and Tuesdays,7.00- 8.00pm.
Digital Photo Discovery Group, third Mondays, 7 p.m. (no meetings June, July and August)
Food Pantry, second and fourth Mondays, 4.30-6.00 p.m.
Spanish Al-Anon, Thursdays, 8-10 p.m.
Spanish Alcoholics Anonymous, Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays, 8-10 p.m.