Missions and Outreach
Ashford effectively supports an astonishing array of Mission and Outreach program. In addition to the ones listed below, Ashford hosts an annual Vacation Bible School (summer) and annual Community Health Fair.
We have an active relationship with West Houston Assistance Ministries (WHAM),
And we sponsor quarterly Blood Drives for the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center.
This outreach project takes place in December. Ashford adopts a number of families to help during the holidays. Also, members contact relatives of those who are incarcerated and we provide clothes, food, and presents for their children.
Back to School
During the month of August, Ashford collects a variety of school supplies and hosts a Back to School Bash for elementary age students in our community. .
Citizenship Test Preparation classes
Open to anyone in the community who wishes to join. Classes are based on need and enrollment.
Easter Egg Event/Hunt
This is an outreach event at which area children/families can participate. Various safe and fun activities are organized outside for all ages.
Meals on Wheels
Several members of Ashford visit and help people in the community who are in need of assistance with groceries, picking up medicine, helping in the house, or just spending some time talking and listening to their concerns.
Operation Christmas Child
Members from Ashford adopt a child and will buy a number of things that children wish to have during the Holidays. This event takes place in November.
Ray K. Daily Elementary
Members of Ashford go to our adopted neighborhood school to help students who are struggling with reading or math. Volunteers will go once a week for two hours and help students for 30 to 45 minutes each. Several of our men also regularly participate in Houston ISD’s Real Men Read program. To volunteer in Houston ISD schools, you need to be registered in the VIPS program (Volunteers in Public Schools).
Ashford UMC has a long standing relationship with both the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts.
GIRL SCOUTS: The Buffalo Service Unit of the San Jacinto Girl Scouts meets in the Scout Building year round. Many Girl Scout troops use the Scout Building for meetings during the school year.
BOY SCOUTS: Ashford UMC is a charter organization for the following five Sam Houston Area Council Packs and Troops: Troop 993, Troop 1993, Pack 73, Crew 993
Troop 993 meets year round every Monday night in the Scout Building. The Packs meet principally during the school year but their committees operate year round. Many of the dens in each Pack meet during the school year in the Scout Building.
Socks for Homeless
Ashford collects socks for the homeless which are distributed though several homeless shelters throughout Houston. .