Grace United Church


2017 Outreach work

We are a congregation that is aware of and responsive to the needs of the world around us.  Whether it’s serving meals at a soup kitchen (hosted in our Mission Center), building access ramps for neighbors, reaching out to the wider world through our own connections with Haiti, or via our denominations and other organizations, we try to be connected with the needs of our sisters and brothers.

Locally, we raise funds for the hungry, give gifts for needy children at Christmas  and through our Congregational Samaritans we assist folks in the community with emergency needs.

We have a unique relationship with communities in the highlands of Haiti.  One of our former members now lives there, assisting Haitians with access to clean water.  Several of our members have been there for a variety of projects.   This relationship is most directly embodied in the group Christian Sojourners, which sends funds to help with the water projects as well as the work of a medical clinic.  We are endeavoring to become a "Global Mission Church" as described by the group

We share both of our buildings with a number of community groups and organizations, charging well below the market rate for most users.  Our Disciples roots were steeped in using church buildings as community centers and we continue to endorse that part of our mission.

Built 8 access ramps  (church group with both local funds and outside grants)

Supported Meals-on-wheels and Community Kitchen by:

   Putting on 2 fund-raising concerts

   Serving fund-raising lunches

   Hosting Community Kitchen

   Providing Worship Center for county Senior  

      Luncheon site at low cost


100% of main fund-raising dinner proceeds

    went to Puerto Rican Hurricane relief

Sponsored 4 students in Haiti

Supported Haiti Outreach

Supported Lifespring (a rural medical clinic in Haiti)

Supported the education of 3 children of missionaries in Haiti.

Supported a local adult college student (not a  

   member) who needed a computer

Supported a local, non-member homeowner  

   with sewer issues

Purchased Christmas presents for 22 children

Regularly stocked the Salvation Army's food


Organized 2 Rummage Sales providing

   inexpensive household goods at very low

   cost.  The leftover goods were donated to the

   Community Action Angels and a local clothing


Supported our community by allowing the following groups to use our facilities:

     Office for the Aging

     Genesee Valley Chorus

     Wellsville Garden Club

     Allegany County Bird Club

     LaLeche League


     Growing Stronger Exercise program

     Youth for Christ

     Alcoholics Anonymous

     Narcotics Anonymous

     Hart House Memorial Program

     Starlight Theatre

     STEPS Dance Studio program to benefit

           dancing for special needs