FUMC Westfield

An Inclusive Community of Faith

How You Can Help

Serving the Vulnerable in Our Congregation
The Nurture Team is organizing a team to make sure that the vulnerable members of our congregation are being taken care of during this time. Contact nurture@fumcwestfield.org for more information or to sign up to help.

Little Free Food Pantries
Our Little Free Libraries have been converted to Little Free Food Pantries to help provide supplies to those who are food insecure at this time. Contact Lauren Genato at laurengenato@gmail.com for more information about how you can contribute.

Making Medical Masks for Hospitals
If you are able to sew, local hospitals are asking for volunteers to help make masks for medical staff! Masks can be dropped off 24/7 in the blue donation bins outside of  Morristown Medical Center, Overlook Medical Center, Chilton Medical Center, Hackettstown Medical Center, and Newton Medical Center.

What You Will Need

– A tightly woven cotton, such as a dress shirt, sheet, or similar material, for the front layer.

– Softer cotton, such as flannel, for the back layer.

– Rope elastic, beading cord elastic will work (you may also us 1/8” flat elastic)

– Cut the elastic 7” long and tie a knot at each end (DO NOT knot the ends of the flat)

What To Do

Click here for the instructional video.

You can make two sizes: Adult or Child

1. Cut fabric 9″ by 6″ for an adult or 7.5″ by 5″ for a child. Be sure any fabric design is placed horizontally

2. Put right sides of fabric together

3. Starting at the center of the bottom edge, sew to the first corner and stop. Sew the elastic with the edge out into the corner. A few stitches forward and back will hold this.

4. Sew to the next corner, stop, and bring the other end of the same elastic to the corner and sew a few stitches forward and back.

5. Sew across that top of the mask to the next corner. Again, put an elastic with the edge out.

6. Sew to the next corner and sew in the other end of the same elastic.

7. Sew across the bottom leaving about 1.5” to 2” open. Stop, cut the thread. Turn inside out.

8. Pin three tucks on each side of the mask. Make sure the tucks are the same direction

9. Sew around the edge of the mask twice.

Donations for Medical Workers
Jessica’s Café in Plainfield is accepting donations and bringing food trays to the local hospitals. Click here for more information or to donate.

Family Promise
While we are no longer going to be hosting Family Promise in our building, they are in need of donations to help take care of those temporarily homeless families that will be hosted at First Baptist Church in Elizabeth through April 26th. Donations can be dropped off at Summit UMC (17 Kent Place Blvd, Summit). There is also a need for volunteers to make and deliver dinners to First Baptist in the evenings, please click here if you would like to sign up.

Family Promise Supplies Needed

Frozen steamable veggies
Frozen breakfast entrees (no pork, if possible – turkey sausage)
Fruit cups
Canned soups/Dry soups
Shelf stable milk (evaporated milk, dry milk, etc.)
Mac and cheese (easy mac, please)
Cereal Bars Rice/noodle pouches
Frozen entrees (hot pockets, personal pizzas, etc.)
Canned chicken
Pasta Sauce
Peanut Butter

Cleaning supplies:
Clorox wipes
Hand sanitizer
Spray cleaners
Paper towels
Toilet Paper
Paper Plates
Plastic cutlery
Toilet bowl cleaner
Hand Soap
Ziplock bags