United Methodist Church Union

aka Church Union   |   Pittsburgh, PA   |  www.umchurchunion.org

Mission

The mission of United Methodist Church Union is to transform communities, lives, and hearts.

Ruling year info

1946

President

Rev. Larry P. Homitsky

Main address

PO Box 100086 971 Beech Ave

Pittsburgh, PA 15233 USA

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EIN

25-0965431

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (X01)

Congregate Meals (K34)

Senior Citizens' Housing/Retirement Communities (L22)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is not required to file an annual return with the IRS because it is a church.

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Programs and results

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Kids Meal Network

Summer meal program for children in underserved neighborhoods.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Average number of service recipients per month

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Multiracial people, People of African descent, Caregivers, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Kids Meal Network

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of meals served through Kids Meal Network (2020's was highly affected by COVID-19 and the Pittsburgh Public School District asked Church Union to begin service early due to school closures.

Number of children who have the ability to understand and comprehend communication

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents, Children, Low-income people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Reader-Mentor was not held in school year 2020-2021 due to COVID protocols and school closures. The program has been ongoing for numerous years, held 2018 and 2019 until schools closed in spring 2020.

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

United Methodist Church Union (aka "Church Union") aims to build on its impressive history of 127 years (!!!) helping those in need in the Pittsburgh, PA metropolitan area and surrounding counties. In addition to our m ission of transforming, communities, lives, and hearts, our vision is to be a responsive and collaborative force bridging across cultural and economic challenges to empower change.

Our programs are designed to assist primarily low-income individuals, families, neighborhoods, and communities walk into the next day filled with hope for the future. This reflects itself in our core activities:
- Reader-Mentor offering literacy support during the school day to elementary schools in under-performing areas
- Kids Meal Network offering meals to children in low-income neighborhoods during the critical summer months when school is not in session (meaning meals at school are not available)
- Daily Bread meal services for the homeless
- MetHousing, MetTowers - housing program for low-income seniors

Reader-Mentor - Our primary program strategy offers a "win-win" formula. We pair adult volunteers, mostly retired senior citizens, with teacher-selected students needing literacy skill support. There's a special relationship that forms over the course of a year when a student can reliably depend on his/her reading mentor to show up, be interested in their progress, and dream together (while reading) about the future. Sometimes it's difficult to say who benefits more - the students improving in their literacy and fluency skills - or the volunteers who consider the time with "their" student the high point of their week.

Kids Meal Network - The strategy here is to make KMN a fun, "I-want-to-be-there" environment for young children, many of whom are left alone while their parents or caregivers are working. We combine nutritional food with fun, games, special guest visits (Charlie the Tuna!), along with plenty of neighborhood kids to make each year's KMN a summer to remember.

Senior housing - There's no other way to say it. Housing prices across the country have gone through the roof. And for low-income senior adults, this is frightening and scary. How can you afford a monthly rent on a 2-bedroom apartment of close to $1,500 per month (www.apartmentlist.com) if your monthly income is only $1200/month? This is the untenable situation in which many senior citizens find themselves. Pay rent or buy groceries? Pay the electric bill or a car payment to get to work? Church Union's strategy to meet this need is to offer low-cost, affordable senior housing for adults with verifiable financial need.

Financials

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United Methodist Church Union

Board of directors
as of 12/6/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Rev. Ronald Hoellein

Megan Bova

Don Scandrol

Larry Homitsky

Karen Dempsey

Renny Clark

Jeanna-Mar Simmons

Taafoi Kamara

Kellie Wild

David Ewing

Diane Randolph

Chris Sweeney

Jorinda Bullitt

Kornelius Neal

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/06/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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