United Methodist Women
The United Methodist Women is a community of women whose purpose is to know God, to experience freedom as whole people through Jesus Christ, to develop a creative, supportive fellowship and to expand concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church.
Within the denomination, the United Methodist Women have approximately 800,000 members whose mission is fostering spiritual growth, developing leaders, and advocating for justice. Members raise up to $20 million each year for programs and projects related to women, children, and youth in the United States and in more than 100 countries around the world.
UMW 2015 Officers
- President - Elizabeth M. Stemley
- Vice President - Linda S. Yost
- Secretary - Rita Green
- Treasurer - Linda McNeil
- Spiritual Growth Coordinator - Zilpha Pinkney
- Education & Interpretation Coordinator - Ann Price
- Membership, Nurture & Outreach Coordinator - Daphne Hurd
- Secretary of Program Resource - Pamela Randall
- Communication Chairperson - Gertrude White
- Nominations Chairperson - Jeanette Thomas
- Social Action Coordinator - Judy Smith
These projects minister to the needs of women and children in Washington, DC, the state of Maryland and the panhandle of West Virginia. Local UMW units are encouraged to support these projects.
- Baltimore Parish Work, Baltimore City: Provides a unique opportunity through financial aid to enhance day camps and summer enrichment programs for youth and provide support to feeding programs, such as Manna House and Jacob's Well. Contact: Barbara Daniel, President, 410-922.1235.
- Epworth House Mission Project - Washington, D.C.: Provides yearly support to a selected female from overseas at Wesley Theological Seminary. Contact: Zilpha Pinkney, 301-868-8324
- Family Crisis Resource Center - Cumberland: Provides shelter and counseling to victims of domestic violence, rape and sexual assault/abuse through intervention and prevention. Contact: Taness Cline, 301-759-9246
- Montgomery Avenue Women's Center - Rockville, Md.: Provides support services to women faced with the challenge of being homeless. The Center seeks to provide the basic needs of food, shelter and clothing, plus friendly companionship and support. Contact: Audra Cannon, 301-984-7765
- Scholarship Fund - Provides financial assistance for undergraduate students who are members of churches within the Baltimore-Washington Conference. Applications are due yearly in mid-June. Contact: Linda Yost, 410-239-0429
- Shenandoah Women's Center - Eastern Panhandle, W.Va.: Provides counseling and shelter for sexually assaulted and abused women and children in the Tri-County West Virginia area. Contact: Ann K. D. Smith, 304-263-8522
- Shepherd's Staff - Westminster: Provides emergency services to children, adults, families, seniors and homeless in a spirit of compassion and respect. A few of the services are financial assistance, medical necessities, food, and clothing. Contact: Kathryn Brown, 410-857-5944
- Susanna Wesley House - Baltimore: Provides group living in a home-life setting to nine women with a modest income and their children. The women are provided schooling, job training, and counseling. Contact: Colleen Cates, 410-488-5369
- YWCA Domestic Violence Counseling - Anne Arundel County: Provides individual and family counseling, computer training, parenting education, mentoring, after-school programs for at-risk children, and emergency shelter for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Contact: Molly Knipe, Executive Director or Barbara Taylor, Director of Programs, 410-626-780.