Ramps of Hope Armstrong County had a busy 2023 season. The team installed 31 ramps and recovered several previously installed ramps. Sections of those recovered ramps can be reused in new builds, which can greatly cut down the cost of a new ramp. There are about 19 steady workers on the team and we will have anywhere from 4 to 14 on any project. Pretty great for a group that is all volunteers!
We are blessed! Most of the team comes from within the 4 churches of our Allegheny River Charge of the UMC and we are pleased to have a few members from other area churches.
The team enjoys building the ramps and is greatly rewarded when a ramp recipient comes out on their new, safe and easy access to their home and expresses their gratitude to the builders.
It always reminds us that we are doing God’s work in loving our neighbors by meeting a need for them.
2024 building season will be starting soon!
SIFT – Seniors in Fellowship Together is a community outreach program normally meeting the third Thursday of each month from September to May. It is open to all Senior citizens of the area, no fee is charged but donations are accepted. Each month there is a luncheon and a program of interest to Seniors.
Reservations (by name) can be made from the 1st of the month thru noon on the 2nd Thursday of the month.
Reservations are limited to 75. Please use the parking lot door which opens at 11:30.
Hope to see YOU there!
Rainbow Road Preschool is a non-profit outreach program of the First United Methodist Church in Kittanning.
It is designed to serve interested families in and around Armstrong County.
The purpose of Rainbow Road is to promote social and emotional awareness, cognitive growth, and the creative expression of thoughts and feelings within a Christian environment.
Now accepting applications for the 2024-2025 school year! See the Rainbow Road website above for details!
Each month we focus on a different “special” mission focus. Over the past couple years we have donated an “ark” of animals to Heifer International, rang the bell for the Salvation Army Red Kettle campaign, gathered supplies for local Blessings in a Backpack, donated underwear (and money) to House of the Carpenter, Hosted as well as participated in many Rise Against Hunger packaging events, Local Food Bank, Ruth M Smith Center, and many other local, country and global projects.
28 years ago, our Vacation Bible School started collecting aluminum cans for recycling. Our “can man” counts the collected cans and takes them for recycling, giving all the money to Armstrong County Habitat For Humanity.
Each year during VBS, for every 1000 cans collected during the year, the “can man” adds a can to our chimney. At the end of the week, we have a visual of how any cans we have collected since the prior VBS year. The chimney now nearly reaches the ceiling of our sanctuary.
We accept Aluminum Cans ALL YEAR long at the church ramp in the alley behind our church. Anyone can drop their empty cans off ANYTIME during the year and they will be counted toward the upcoming VBS year
The Can Man recently counted the MILLIONTH can! Over the years we have donated about $16,000 to Habitat for Humanity and still counting!
VBS 2024 will be held the week of June 17-21 from 9-noon. Get your cans to the chuch before the end of that week to be counted for this year!