JUSTICE & SERVICE

We envision Sunnyside United Methodist Church to be the front porch to the Kingdom of God. A place where all are included, received with hospitality, find hope, experience the abundance of God's love and re transformed through Jesus Christ.

FREE STORE OF KALAMAZOO A Free Store is a place where ALL people are welcome and ALL items are available completely FREE of charge.  The  Free Store of Kalamazoo will redistribute clothing and household goods donated by the community to the community for FREE.  However, it is our expectation that this store will not be just a place to acquire “stuff,” but also a place where relationships will be formed – a place where individuals can come to know and be known so that we can continue in ministry together.  Donated items will be made available to all individuals, regardless of their perceived level of need. The Kalamazoo Free Store is open for shopping every Tuesday, from 6:00 pm. to 8:00 pm! Doors close at 7:30 pm. he Free Store will be CLOSED whenever the Kalamazoo Public Schools are closed due to weather or disaster situations.  For the most up-to-date hours and information go to the Free Store of Kalamazoo's Facebook Join the Team!  Volunteers are needed to help sort weekly on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 pm. to 6 pm. We also need your help during store hours. Training is available. Email here to volunteer. How Can YOU Help? - Pray for the Free Store and its community, Donate clothing and household items, Give a financial gift, Donate a non-cash gift through Midwest Business Exchange, Sort items and set up displays, Bake cookies for Free Store guests, Donate coffee and coffee supplies, Serve as a clerk at the front desk, Assist with marketing, Share the story of the Free Store

FREE STORE OF KALAMAZOO

A Free Store is a place where ALL people are welcome and ALL items are available completely FREE of charge.  The  Free Store of Kalamazoo will redistribute clothing and household goods donated by the community to the community for FREE.  However, it is our expectation that this store will not be just a place to acquire “stuff,” but also a place where relationships will be formed – a place where individuals can come to know and be known so that we can continue in ministry together.  Donated items will be made available to all individuals, regardless of their perceived level of need.

The Kalamazoo Free Store is open for shopping every Tuesday, from 6:00 pm. to 8:00 pm! Doors close at 7:30 pm.
he Free Store will be CLOSED whenever the Kalamazoo Public Schools are closed due to weather or disaster situations.  For the most up-to-date hours and information go to the Free Store of Kalamazoo's Facebook

Join the Team! 
Volunteers are needed to help sort weekly on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 pm. to 6 pm. We also need your help during store hours. Training is available. Email here to volunteer.

How Can YOU Help?
- Pray for the Free Store and its community, Donate clothing and household items, Give a financial gift, Donate a non-cash gift through Midwest Business Exchange, Sort items and set up displays, Bake cookies for Free Store guests, Donate coffee and coffee supplies, Serve as a clerk at the front desk, Assist with marketing, Share the story of the Free Store

SUNNYSIDE COMMUNITY GARDEN  A vital part of Sunnyside’s vision is to maintain a grounding in the community as we strive to be the church in the world. We are always looking for ways to help persons grow in discipleship, engage in Christian Practice and form enriching Christian Community that bridges the Church and the world. Our garden is about 2400 square feet and transitioned (in 2012) to now be fully communally tended. Volunteers are essential to this process as watering, weeding and harvesting area always happening in abundance. All produce is grown with organic practices with an intent to care for the earth and the people we feed. We are about the work of building a healthy community one relationship and one meal at a time. Participate: To volunteer in the Growing Community Garden this coming season please contact Deacon Cara. Volunteers are welcome to stop by at any time.  To care for an individual plot (4' x 8' raised bed)  complete a request with a $10 plot fee to the church office or on-line. Please contact Deacon Cara to find out about availability.

SUNNYSIDE COMMUNITY GARDEN

 A vital part of Sunnyside’s vision is to maintain a grounding in the community as we strive to be the church in the world. We are always looking for ways to help persons grow in discipleship, engage in Christian Practice and form enriching Christian Community that bridges the Church and the world.

Our garden is about 2400 square feet and transitioned (in 2012) to now be fully communally tended. Volunteers are essential to this process as watering, weeding and harvesting area always happening in abundance. All produce is grown with organic practices with an intent to care for the earth and the people we feed. We are about the work of building a healthy community one relationship and one meal at a time.

Participate:
To volunteer in the Growing Community Garden this coming season please contact Deacon Cara. Volunteers are welcome to stop by at any time. 

To care for an individual plot (4' x 8' raised bed)  complete a request with a $10 plot fee to the church office or on-line. Please contact Deacon Cara to find out about availability.

ERACCE ELIMINATING RACISM & CREATING & CELEBRATING EQUITY Founded in 2000, ERACCE exists to eliminate structural racism and create a network of equitable Antiracist institutions and communities.  The vision of ERACCE is a Southwest Michigan region in which all institutions are fully inclusive and transformed, and exist within a fully inclusive and transformed society. In this vision, all institutions and the wider community have overcome systemic racism and all institutional life reflects full participation and shared power with diverse racial, cultural, and economic groups in determining mission, structure, constituency, policies and practices. There is full participation in decisions that shape the institution, and inclusion of diverse cultures, lifestyles, and interests. There is a sense of restored community and humanity. 

ERACCE ELIMINATING RACISM & CREATING & CELEBRATING EQUITY

Founded in 2000, ERACCE exists to eliminate structural racism and create a network of equitable Antiracist institutions and communities. 

The vision of ERACCE is a Southwest Michigan region in which all institutions are fully inclusive and transformed, and exist within a fully inclusive and transformed society. In this vision, all institutions and the wider community have overcome systemic racism and all institutional life reflects full participation and shared power with diverse racial, cultural, and economic groups in determining mission, structure, constituency, policies and practices. There is full participation in decisions that shape the institution, and inclusion of diverse cultures, lifestyles, and interests. There is a sense of restored community and humanity. 

LOAFS AND FISHES PANTRY Our congregation hosts and supports a Kalamazoo Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry in partnership with Lutheran Church of the Savior, St Mary’s Catholic Church, and employees of Pfizer. To volunteer your time at this pantry please contact:  office@sunnysideumc.com or call the church office at 349-3047.   In need of food – Receive groceries at one of Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes’ 20+ Pantry sites located throughout Kalamazoo County: Call the “Need Food” line at 343-FOOD (3663) to request same day service.  The call-center is open Monday-Friday from 9 am - 1 pm.  Please call as early as possible as pantries fill up very quickly. All Kalamazoo County Residents are eligible for a four-day food order once every 30 days. If additional food is needed, please seek a referral from your caseworker. The head of the household receiving assistance must present a picture ID at the time of the appointment. SUNNYSIDE PANTRY HOURS: Mondays:  5:30-7pm (No 5th Monday of the month) Tuesdays:  1-2:30pm Wednesdays:  5:45-7pm (Not on 1st or 5th Wednesday of the month) Thursdays:  1-2:30pm Check first! Loaves & Fishes Pantry doesn't necessarily close whenever the Kalamazoo Public Schools are closed due to weather. Call Loaves & Fishes. 

LOAFS AND FISHES PANTRY

Our congregation hosts and supports a Kalamazoo Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry in partnership with Lutheran Church of the Savior, St Mary’s Catholic Church, and employees of Pfizer.

To volunteer your time at this pantry please contact:  office@sunnysideumc.com or call the church office at 349-3047.  

In need of food – Receive groceries at one of Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes’ 20+ Pantry sites located throughout Kalamazoo County:

Call the “Need Food” line at 343-FOOD (3663) to request same day service.  The call-center is open Monday-Friday from 9 am - 1 pm.  Please call as early as possible as pantries fill up very quickly.

All Kalamazoo County Residents are eligible for a four-day food order once every 30 days. If additional food is needed, please seek a referral from your caseworker.

The head of the household receiving assistance must present a picture ID at the time of the appointment.

SUNNYSIDE PANTRY HOURS:

Mondays:  5:30-7pm
(No 5th Monday of the month)
Tuesdays:  1-2:30pm
Wednesdays:  5:45-7pm
(Not on 1st or 5th Wednesday of the month)
Thursdays:  1-2:30pm

Check first! Loaves & Fishes Pantry doesn't necessarily close whenever the Kalamazoo Public Schools are closed due to weather. Call Loaves & Fishes. 

ISAAC ADVOACY & ACTION ISAAC is an organization supported by foundations, membership dues, grass-roots fundraisers, and individual contributors like you.  ISAAC is a faith-based community organizing group made up of congregations and organizations that united in order to accomplish what cannot be done as individuals or single congregations. Together, we focus our collective people-power on the most pressing issues of injustice in Kalamazoo County. We are Jews, Christians, Muslims, Unitarians and non-religious. We are Black and White. We are suburban, inner-city and rural. We are haves, have-nots, and have-a-little-want- mores.  We are bold, tenacious, and we don't back down. We are ISAAC! "ISAAC has continually and steadfastly advocated for a better way to address youth violence in the City of Kalamazoo, and were instrumental in garnering our commitment to adopting a “Group Violence Intervention” Model." - Chief Jeff Hadley, KDPS  

ISAAC ADVOACY & ACTION

ISAAC is an organization supported by foundations, membership dues, grass-roots fundraisers, and individual contributors like you.  ISAAC is a faith-based community organizing group made up of congregations and organizations that united in order to accomplish what cannot be done as individuals or single congregations. Together, we focus our collective people-power on the most pressing issues of injustice in Kalamazoo County.

We are Jews, Christians, Muslims, Unitarians and non-religious. We are Black and White. We are suburban, inner-city and rural. We are haves, have-nots, and have-a-little-want- mores.  We are bold, tenacious, and we don't back down. We are ISAAC!

"ISAAC has continually and steadfastly advocated for a better way to address youth violence in the City of Kalamazoo, and were instrumental in garnering our commitment to adopting a “Group Violence Intervention” Model." - Chief Jeff Hadley, KDPS  

PEACE HOUSE INTENTIONAL COMMUNITY Peace House is an intentional community made up of two families. We use this beautiful space according to the seasons. During the school year, we bring kids inside to be together and work on their schoolwork.  We have a great crew of loving volunteers (you could be one!) who support and encourage our young friends as they read, do homework or engage in some other mind-expanding pursuit. On Wednesdays, the teenagers not only do their homework;  they also plan community service projects, do critical thinking exercises and have fascinating discussions about the issues that they face every day. Summer at Peace House is a completely different animal.  In the summer, we become the ultimate day camp!  Our volunteers come out in force. We open all of our spaces to sports, arts and crafts, bike repair, cooking, music, dance, reading, math, science, and fun, fun, fun!  Kids will go on field trips all around the area, to the beach or the forest, to a museum or a workshop, to a beauty school or a restaurant, or, if they’ve worked hard at their reading all summer, we’ll take them to our favorite bookstore to get a free book of their choice.  It’s eight weeks of madcap fun- beautifully exhausting!

PEACE HOUSE INTENTIONAL COMMUNITY

Peace House is an intentional community made up of two families. We use this beautiful space according to the seasons. During the school year, we bring kids inside to be together and work on their schoolwork.  We have a great crew of loving volunteers (you could be one!) who support and encourage our young friends as they read, do homework or engage in some other mind-expanding pursuit. On Wednesdays, the teenagers not only do their homework;  they also plan community service projects, do critical thinking exercises and have fascinating discussions about the issues that they face every day.

Summer at Peace House is a completely different animal.  In the summer, we become the ultimate day camp!  Our volunteers come out in force. We open all of our spaces to sports, arts and crafts, bike repair, cooking, music, dance, reading, math, science, and fun, fun, fun!  Kids will go on field trips all around the area, to the beach or the forest, to a museum or a workshop, to a beauty school or a restaurant, or, if they’ve worked hard at their reading all summer, we’ll take them to our favorite bookstore to get a free book of their choice.  It’s eight weeks of madcap fun- beautifully exhausting!