Tuscaloosa church hosts event highlighting community service

Community Missions

By WVUA 23 News Reporter Aajene Robinson

First United Methodist Church in Tuscaloosa spent the weekend showcasing how community members can step up and support others.

The mission engagement event highlighted different community services around Tuscaloosa, including Tuscaloosa Community Soup Bowl,Turning Point Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services, Phoenix House of Tuscaloosa and others.

Tuscaloosa Community Soup Bowl Executive Director Susan Lavender said the event is important because it showcases how residents can support others in need.

“You have so many different nonprofit organizations that are here and representative, and it’s wonderful for Tuscaloosa to see all the different nonprofit groups that are here and looking for volunteers, looking for help,” Lavender said. “So we’re excited to be a part of the event and so grateful to the church for having us all.”

Here to Serve Tuscaloosa representative Michael Anderson said his organization helps those in need after disasters strike.

“If we have a tornado in Alabama, then we go there and serve first responders and we serve people who are affected by the storm,” Anderson said. “We just got back last week from serving Louisiana after hurricane Ida. We served 6,200 meals in five days.”

Love, Inc. representative Cathy Vanderford said First United is one of her organization’s biggest supporters.

“We have come to this event because they are such a big supporter to us,” Vanderford said. “We also have our Thursday night programs where we are working with people in the detention center or from (the Department of Human Resources) and people who come through our clearinghouse.”

This was the first Get Engaged with Missions event for the church, but organizers said they’ll continue the trend.

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