Community Ministries

Food Pantry

            Open Monday and Friday mornings, our food pantry serves residents in the area, who call for an appointment beginning at 9:00 a.m. on days the pantry is open.  Clients are entered into the Virtual Case Manager program, which coordinates services with other agencies and pantries in the area.  Identification for each person in the household is required, as is proof of residence.  Families and individuals are eligible to be served by one pantry in the Foodbank system monthly.  The Fairview Pantry does not receive funds from sources outside the congregation.  The faithfulness of our members and friends provides food for our neighbors on an ongoing basis.

Christmas Store

            Each year, the Christmas Store adopts families in need who are related to the congregation through our various ministries.  Gifts, clothing and food are provided to the selected families.  We coordinate with the Salvation Army’s listing service; families may only be adopted by one agency.

Legal Clinic

             Volunteer attorneys provide advice to persons who may have a legal problem, and refer them to private attorneys, Legal Aid, or other sources as needed.  The Legal Clinic operates on a limited schedule.  Please call the church office for the next date, and for additional information about the clinic.

Fairview/Fairview Partnership

            Volunteers from Fairview UMC partner with Fairview PK-8 School on numerous projects, including weekly tutoring, providing required uniforms for students, sharing Christmas gifts and Valentine cards, and an annual Book Give-Away, where each student selects at least one free book for their personal library.  Support is also provided for teachers and staff, through appreciation gifts throughout the year.  Our Summer Fun Club (see Children’s Ministries) is an outgrowth of our Fairview/Fairview partnership.

Community Partnerships

            The Neighborhood Youth Leadership Academy, a summer educational program for youth aged 12-15, meets in our facility for the education portion of the program.  In addition to academic tutoring, youth who are selected for the program work in the community garden, and receive training in computers and at the library. 

            FROC Priority Board holds meetings and special events in our facility, including their annual recognition banquet. 

            The Phoenix Project, a development cooperative whose primary partners are Good Samaritan Hospital and City-Wide Development Corporation, sponsor meetings and community events, and have provided financial assistance for some Fairview UMC programs, including our Summer Fun Club outing to the Dayton Dragons in 2011. 

            Anchored in Peace is a connection of faith communities in Northwest Dayton that works to eliminate violence in our neighborhood.  We have participated in events with the Dayton Police Department and other city organizations, such as the Miami Valley Community Problem-Oriented Policing Conference.  We have also advocated for other programs such as CIRGV (Community Initiative to Reduce Gun Violence), and called for stricter background checks at local gun shows.

            Fairview is a supporting member of the Dayton International Peace Museum.

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