Volunteer Opportunities Serving the Community

A free community breakfast open to anyone.
Restaurant-style service
Tuesdays & Fridays 7:00-8:00 am
First Church, Downtown Brady Hall
946 Vermont St 66044.

Volunteers help with cooking, plating, serving and clean-up.
Volunteer Hours  5:45-8:00 am.
No training necessary. Please sign-up in advance.

Outdoor mobile food pantry that provides
nutritious, fresh food to people in need.
2nd Saturday Every Month 10:30am-12:30pm
First Church, West Campus 867 Hwy 40, 66049

Volunteers help load food into vehicles
as they drive through the serve line.
(must be able to lift 5-20 lbs. repetitively)

A partnership hosting families experiencing homelessness for one week four times a year. 

Volunteer Needs: food and supply donations, overnight hosts, and set up and clean up.

Due to COVID restrictions, First Church will be funding groceries for families during our week.

Volunteer Sign-up opens a few weeks before we host.

2021 DATES: Feb 21-28, May 23-30, Aug 22-29, Nov 14-21


To Sign-Up Enter Code: "1234" for access

Lawrence Family Promise Website:

L.I.N.K. (Lawrence Interdenominational Nutrition Kitchen)

A free community hot lunch for those in need.
First Church serves 1:00PM on 3rd Sundays every other month 
First Christian Church 10th & Kentucky 66044

Volunteer needs: Food Donations and Volunteers
to help prepare & serve food to approx 150-200 LINK guests.

2021 DATES: JAN 17, MAR 21, MAY 16, JUL 18, SEP 19, NOV 21

New Sign Up Link will be posted a few weeks before serving.

Learn about LINK donation requirements:


Prison Ministry
Clothing Closet

This ministry housed at First Church provides women

being released from the Topeka Correctional Facility

clothing and a purse to empower a fresh start.

Volunteers are needed once a month to select clothing from our clothing closet and package it for delivery to the prison. 
Flexible Hours / Training Provided

Prison Ministry Volunteer Sign-Up

Trinity Interfaith Food Pantry

Providing food for people
in Lawrence & Douglas County
part of a local church partnership

Grocery carts are located at both campuses

to collect non-perishable food donations

April, July, and October are special food collection months.

For further information, contact Stan Hughes.

TIFP needs plastic gloves for volunteers to distribute food. If you help, email: barrymolineux@gmail.com

Providing needed school supplies to elementary school students for the past 15 years.

The Backpack Ministry thanks you for another successful year.

Because of your generous donations, we were able to put together 150 backpacks (25 per grade).  Our awesome volunteers helped us get the backpacks packed and delivered to New York School in 2½ hours.  The Ballard Center picked up 13 of the backpacks for their kindergarteners.  After backpacks were delivered, Pastor Kay did a special blessing for all the kids who will receive backpacks along with their families, the teachers, and staff.

MORE FAMILIES COMING SOON - Click image for adoption sign-up.

Adopt-a-Family  First Church has participated in this community effort for many years.  Local agencies provide lists of families who wish to be adopted.  Each family list includes family members, ages, clothing sizes, and requested gifts.  Gifts include clothing, housewares, toys, etc.

Volunteers help adopt, fund, shop for gifts and more.

To donate in support of this important ministry, please
GIVE ONLINE HERE, select the “Adopt-a-Family” fund.
OR mail a check to FUMC Adopt-a-Family Ministry
946 Vermont St, Lawrence, Ks 66044. 

Thanks in advance for your support!


“Thank you so very much for supporting the children of our community and make their Christmas wishes come true!  Ballard Center could not participate in our communities

Adopt-a-family without your support.”  With Gratitude, Becky