Serving Others

First United Methodist Garland is involved in local, regional, national and international efforts to aid the hungry, the homeless and those impacted by natural disasters through funding, collection and donation of food, personal hygiene, education and relief supplies, and 'hands and feet on the ground.'

To learn how you can get involved, please contact Yolanda Pendleton, Director of Missions, Community Outreach and Advocacy at (972) 272-3471 or

Local Mission Partners

  • Austin Street Center in downtown Dallas provides emergency shelter and related services to the homeless in a compassionate, faith-based community. 

    This includes 'whole person' therapeutic programs that better equip those in need to make responsible choices and develop economic self-sufficiency. 

    Once each quarter, members and friends of First United Methodist Garland travel to Austin Street Center on a Sunday morning to serve breakfast to the homeless.

  • Garland Area Habitat for Humanity partners with local individuals and organizations to provide safe, affordable, energy-efficient homes for low-income families in the Greater Garland area.

  • Good Samaritans of Garland (“Good Sam”) was formed in 1983 from an alliance of several Garland faith communities with the intent to provide centrally-located services for neighbors in need of assistance. 

    In 2016, the Board of Directors elected to narrow Good Sam’s assistance to providing food with kindness and compassion to our hungry and food-insecure neighbors living in Garland, Rowlett, and Sachse. 

    Family and friends of First United Methodist Garland frequently make food donations to this nearby food bank. 

  • Hope Clinic exists to share the love of Jesus Christ by partnering with the local community to provide the underserved population with primary health care and resources for healthy living. 

    First United Methodist Garland provides financial support.

  • Project Transformation

    Annual summer (June, July) opportunities to encourage children thru reading. Also to support college interns as they lead children in Christian community, programming and academic skills development. 

  • Running 4 Clean Water

    Dirty water threatens lives and destroys livelihoods on a devastating scale. The goal of Running 4 Clean Water is to help provide clean, safe drinking water around the world. 

    Proceeds from this annual 5K Run and 1 Mile Fun Run go to Seven Hills Global Outreach and Zion Ministries for the purpose of building water wells in Sierra Leone. 

    Sponsors include First United Methodist Church, New World United Methodist Church, Axe Memorial United Methodist Church, Buckingham United Methodist Church and the Islamic Association of North Texas (IANT) in Richardson.

  • Union

    More than just a coffee house with a bold heart for Dallas, Union is a home for a community of leaders to launch exciting ideas that cause change in our city - and the world.  

    Formerly located near SMU, Union has moved to the old parsonage of Oak Lawn United Methodist Church at the corner of Cedar Springs and Oak Lawn. 

    First United Methodist Garland provides financial support.