United Methodist Women

United Methodist Women

hope begins with you.

The youth at Cunningham are in our care because of circumstances beyond their control. It takes all of us, with hearts that are willing to support them, to respond to their needs. 

In 1895, Joseph and Mary Cunningham deeded their home to the women of the United Methodist Church to care for “homeless and friendless” children. Today, as a mission and ministry of the United Methodist Women of the Illinois Great Rivers Conference, we rely on their loyal support. In addition, United Methodist churches and individuals play a key role in providing the basics that help our kids heal, learn, and grow.
Please prayerfully consider whether or not God is calling you to join us as we provide hope and a future for our most vulnerable youth.  

help kids find hope.

Top ten ways you can help support the United Methodist Women’s mission to serve children and youth at Cunningham Children’s Home. 

1) Pray for our Kids

The Prayer-a-Day calendar offers a daily prayer for our youth, their families, and those who love and support them. Through the power of prayer, we can each help 

our kids find hope. 

2) Join the Guardian Parent Giving Program

Guardian Parents help us look after the needs of our kids by making a commitment to provide financial support on a monthly, quarterly, or annual basis.  

When you commit to give, you are making it possible for youth to participate in field trips, summer camps, recreational activities, special therapies, and many other enriching experiences

3) Financially support Cunningham’s mission and ministry

While Cunningham receives money from state and federal sources, there remains a $28 a day gap per child between the actual costs of caring for a child and the reimbursements we receive. Your one-time gift will help us bridge that gap to ensure our youth have the resources they need to heal, learn, and grow. 

4) Invite a Cunningham speaker to address your unit or congregation

If you are interested in having a staff person from Cunningham come and share with your unit or to provide pulpit replacement on a Sunday morning, please contact Ginger McKee, Associate Director of Advancement at 217.337.9074 or gmckee@cunninghamhome.org.

5) Plan a visit to Cunningham

One of the best ways to understand more about the mission and ministry of Cunningham is to take a tour of our Urbana campus. Tours may be arranged for groups of any size, but must be scheduled in advance. Please contact Ginger McKee, Associate Director of Advancement at 217.337.9074 or gmckee@cunninghamhome.org to schedule a visit. 

6) Clip General Mills Box Tops for Education

The Box Tops program provides Cunningham schools with thousands of dollars each year. Bring these Box Tops to your district meetings, send them with your Cunningham Representative, or mail them to us at P.O. Box 878, Urbana, IL 61803-0878—we’ll do the rest! 

7) Collect gift cards or items from our wish lists

Whether used at Christmas, on birthdays, or throughout the year as a special treat, these items allow us to meet the needs of our kids without spending additional funds. 

8) Participate in the Festival of Quilts

The 14th Annual Festival of Quilts will be held April 13-14, 2018.  United Methodist Women and friends can help by donating quilts, attending the Festival, making goodies for the bake sale, volunteering, selling tickets, and more. 

9) Nominate a member of your local unit to serve

Members of local units can reach out in mission by serving on the Cunningham Board of Directors, as a District Representative or by serving on special ad hoc committees. To recommend someone for this mission service, contact your district’s nominations team, the nominations committee chair of the Cunningham Board, or Sharla Jolly at 217.337.9073 or by email.  

10) Lead your unit as a Spirited Servant

Share with us how you are serving our kids, using the Spirited Servant Award form.