United Methodist Churchof Westlake Village

A Caring Christian Community

Outreach & Social Concerns

Outreach and Social Concerns
This group focuses on reaching the world (dimensions of global involvement) with prayers, concern, time, financial gifts and service. It serves as an advocate for peace and justice in social issues. In addition to supporting mission activities throughout the world and disaster relief, contributions are made to many local agencies, like Manna, Many Mansions and the Westminster Free Clinic.  

Conejo Valley Free Meal Program & Winter Shelter
UMCWV regularly participates in Conejo Valley programs that help local people who are homeless and hungry. Along with 28 local churches and synagogues, our church provides staffing and meals one evening per month. The Winter Shelter (overnight) operates from Dec. 1 through March 31 and the free Meal Program operates from April 1 through Nov. 30.

Alternative Christmas Gift Market
This annual holiday market allows shoppers to contribute to local, national and worldwide charities that help provide others’ basic needs.  By purchasing a gift in a person’s honor, the “gift” is sent to the charity.  In lieu of a gift, an honor card is sent to the person in whose honor the “gift” was given.

This annual Church World Service event is held in March of each year.  Walkers recruit sponsors for this 10-kilometer “walk” and that income is used to help support hunger programs locally, nationally and globally.  The CROP Walk meets at Cal Lutheran University with others from the Conejo Valley.

Mission of the Month
The Outreach and Social Concerns Committee selects one project to be highlighted each month.  The purpose is to educate, develop awareness and gain financial support for the project.  Articles are published in the Covenant (the church newsletter) and on the second Sunday of the month a presentation is made during the Celebration of Worship.

MYF Work Trip
Each year the high school youth and their adult leaders give of their time during Spring Break to participate in a work trip. Work teams the last several years have served in a variety of locations. Trips have included serving individual families and churches in the communities of Big Pine, Calif., Echo, Oregon, Stockton, Calif., and San Diego, Calif.