Serving Locally

alternative gifts

Join CUMC in giving an Alternative Gift this holiday season. Purchase a gift from one of our SERVE ministries and your donation will change lives in our community and beyond. 100% of your donation will be used in the ministry you choose. 
2020 Alternative Gifts Brochure

Angel Tree

CUMC partners with Cumberland County Children and Youth Services (CYS) and Salvation Army by being "Angels" at Christmas. 

If you would like to donate to the Angel Tree, watch the bulletin for when we are collecting items. If you would like to donate beyond November/December, or are interested in helping decorate and/or deliver gifts, contact Pastor Mira.

blessed to serve

Blessed to Serve is a ministry in our church to assist with minor home repair projects that improve the quality of life for those in our community.  Projects may include painting, minor home repairs, raking or yard work, adding safety features and more. Requests from elderly and low-income persons will be prioritized. Projects should take 4-6 hours.  To learn more and complete an application, or volunteer to help with the repairs, contact Bill Yufer.   

Carlisle 4 kids

Organized by the United Way and Project SHARE, Carlisle 4 Kids brings together religious and business communities with our school districts to provide school supplies to 1000 area students in need every August.  CUMC collects school items in July and coordinates registration for the event.  To volunteer for this one day event, contact Lisa Myers. To register your child for this event, contact Project SHARE


CUMC supports Community CARES, a local non-profit that provides emergency shelter and resource services for our community's homeless population. Our CARES team welcomes guests in our Multi-Purpose Room as the CARES staff check in guests.
Full Shelter (women, men and families) - March & May
Family Shelter (women and children) - July & December
CUMC's ministry with Community CARES Video
Shelter Host Volunteers are needed. Kendra Hatch coordinates our hosts to welcome CARES guests as they settle in for the evening.  All volunteers must have Safe Sanctuaries clearances to protect the guests staying at CUMC.  Contact Kendra Hatch to help provide a staff and warm place to stay overnight in our community.  

emergency assistance

Carlisle has many resources to help our neighbors in need. Please see this brochure for help with housing, food, electricity, and other basic needs. 
PA211 - the phone number for finding many forms of assistance within PA. Dial "211" and follow the prompts regarding the assistance that is needed.
EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE FUNDS - This fund allows CUMC to support those with emergency needs that cannot be met in an appropriate time frame or way through community agencies. Assistance is provided on Thursdays, 9-11am for the community.
Funds and resources are given confidentially and made possible through the generosity of our church family.

fruitbelt farmworkers

Each fall hundreds of migrant workers come to Cumberland and Adams County to help pick the area's plentiful harvest of apples. CUMC partners with the Fruitbelt Farmworkers ministry to share meals; collect and provide blankets, sweatshirts, health kits and Spanish Bibles for 40 migrant workers each fall. Read more about the expectations of our Fruitbelt Team here. If you are interested in helping, contact Fred Burgess.

homeless to home

In partnership with The Cumberland County Housing Authority Special Needs Department, Safe Harbour and Salvation Army, Homeless to Home assists people moving from a homeless situation into a home. More...

homework clubs tutoring

Each Wednesday during the school year from 6:00-7:30pm, 2 teams of tutors from CUMC work with the children of Safe Harbour and children in the community near Hope Station in one-on-one homework help. Focus is on math and reading skills, completing homework first and then playing educational games for kids Kindergarten thru 8th grade. Volunteers are asked to commit for at least one school year and must have Safe Sanctuaries clearances before tutoring. Contact Kendra Hatch to volunteer. 

letort snacks

CUMC has a partnership with LeTort Elementary to provide after-school tutoring and snacks during the school year. CUMC pays for teachers to provide this tutoring program once a week and the church volunteers provide the snack between school and tutoring. Our snack team prepares, delivers, services, and cleans-up the snack time once a week during the school year. This team needs 6-8 people to run smoothly. Volunteers are required to complete the Safe Sanctuaries Clearance process before going into the school. To help, contact Jane Boley, .

little lights readers

Our Little Lights Readers partner with a classroom to build relationships with the kids and staff of our daycare and Pre-School programs. Depending on the room and ages of the kids, this can include reading, playing, or assisting with classroom projects. Readers visit the classroom 1-2 times per month at times that work for the reader and teachers.  All volunteers must have Safe Sanctuaries clearances. To share Jesus' love with our Little Lights kids and teachers, contact Paula Patrick, .

my Brother's table salvation army

CUMC has two teams that serve consistently at My Brother's Table, providing a dinner meal for those who do not have the resources or means to provide their own. Volunteers plan the menu, cook, and serve the meal. They pray together with our guests prior to eating. While guests eat, CUMC volunteers mingle and receive prayer requests.   Our student team serves the 4th Sunday every other month and an intergenerational team serves the 3rd Wednesday ever month. Requires a willingness to serve not only food but also share God's love with guests. To help on Wednesdays, contact Ron Chipriano,

Project share

Each month Project SHARE provides food to over 3,000 individuals in our local community.
Beef Stew Church - at Project SHARE each local church is assigned a food for collection to help feed our community. CUMC is the "beef stew church." Donations are always collected in the Gathering at The Bridge. 
Thanksgiving Bags - Each November, CUMC participates in the community's effort to make sure each family has a Thanksgiving meal. In October, a list of items needed for the meal is provided and then in November all the items, or financial sponsorship of dinners, are collected. Coupons for free turkeys from local grocery stores  are also accepted.

samaritan kids busy bags

Every Saturday at CUMC we host Samaritan Fellowship, (Samaritan Fellowship procedures during Covid-19) a local non-profit started in 1958, that strives to help our neighbor's in need. More...