Christmas Faire Participating Non-profit Groups


#1 SEVA SIGHT-RESTORING PROGRAM (Seva is Sanskrit for Selfless Service)

   Cataracts are the number-one cause of blindness in the world, yet a simple fifteen-minute surgery can remove a cataract and restore sight.  80% of the world’s 39 million blind people would be able to see again if they only had access to eye-care services. 
   Seva and its partners have helped restore sight to 3.5 million people in Tibet, Nepal, India, Bangladesh, Cambodia, and Guatemala. A complete cataract surgery costs $50–and the miracle of vision is restored. 
   Give the priceless gift of sight!  This gift will help to  allow someone to see the wonderful world God has created.
This donation makes a difference in the lives of those affected by NF.  Vital research and patient support services would not be possible if it were not for generous donations to this program.  The Foundation continues to seek effective treatments and a cure for NF, which is Neurofibromatosis, a genetic disorder that causes tumors to grow along nerves and can also affect development of bone and skin tissues.  It causes tumors to grow anywhere on or in the body, and is one of the most common genetic neurological disorders, affecting one in 3000 people–more than cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy, Huntington’s Disease, and Tay Sachs combined. 
   The United Methodist VIM Coordinating Team organizes and dispatches our members for volunteer missions.   Over the years our church has sent teams on construction, human services, and disaster relief  projects. 
   For many years our church has constructed homes and built strong interpersonal relationships in Colonet, Mexico.  In springtime, a combination youth/ adult team will journey to that small rural Mexican community to build home or homes for a selected family … with solar lighting & power provided through our partnership with the Los Gatos Morning Rotary Club  in the award-winning “Lighting for Literacy” program.
We also have sent teams to Caconde, Brazil to help in the completion of a large facility for seniors.  
   Volunteer teams respond to calls for assistance locally, nationally and internationally, and are led by  members of the congregation who have received leadership training through United Methodist Volunteers in Mission.
Financial gifts are used  for projects and to award participation scholarships ti sine selected mission participants.  
   Lighting for Literacy (LFL) is a humanitarian project for youth providing an educational pathway through math, science, and engineering. It is a joint venture between the Los Gatos United Methodist Church and Los Gatos Morning Rotary. Lighting kits are assembled in local science classrooms and by volunteers at church, and installed in homes built by our LGUMC Volunteers in Mission in Colonet, Mexico each spring, enabling the children who move into those homes to study at night with lights provided by LFL. Through community partnerships, Lighting for Literacy has reached homes, schools, and orphanages in India and Africa as well.
our developing world is designed to bring realities of the developing world to our  people through programs and craft sales that help bring artists  out of poverty while maintaining their crafts.  Donations help us pay them up front, help in sustainable farming, build pre-schools and help low income US students experience this on odw reality tours.  We need future leaders who understand other cultures and realities so we can better help each other build a peaceful world. Help us take another group on middle school/high school kids for a service-learning experience in Nicaragua.
MISSION: “To respond to the suffering in Cambodia by providing humanitarian aid that empowers people to help themselves.”
Humanitarian programs include: Prevention of human trafficking; Student sponsorship program; Small loans for women; Shelter for street children; Training in fair-trade crafts; Community development (supporting women’s self-help groups and community forest protection committees); University student fund (supporting sponsored students who graduated from high school and are attending university).

Located in a rural village nearly four hours from Phnom Penh, the Doris Dillon School in Cambodia was built in 2008 with funds donated by a student charity club at Bret Harte Middle School. Each year the club and the board of this nonprofit support at-risk girls who attend the school. For $15 a month, a girl from an impoverished family is able to continue her education. We need help in supporting 36 seventh- through twelfth-grade scholarships. An on-site advisor monitors their attendance and grades, and reports to our in-country director. Thus, we are assured that our contributions are used properly. We also have four scholarship girls currently studying at university level. It is our vision that as these students finish their studies, they will help others follow in their steps.

Located in the San Francisco Bay Area, Freedom House is a non-profit organization with a mission to bring hope, restoration, and a new life to survivors of human trafficking by providing safe housing and long-term aftercare services. It works closely with law enforcement and community partners to identify local survivors, and to provide them with the care and vital resources they need to rebuild their lives.
In August 2010, Freedom House launched The Monarch, the first safe home and aftercare program of its kind in Northern California for adult female survivors of human trafficking. The shelter uses a holistic approach, connecting survivors to medical, psychological, legal, and social services. Through its pioneering aftercare model, Freedom House is breaking the cycle of exploitation and creating new futures for human-trafficking survivors.
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LGUMC Youth Ministry is a safe place where young people can connect with God and with one another. Through study, service, and fellowship, we seek to build deep, life-giving relationships and strive to find how God is making Godself known in the world around us. Every month youth take a break from regular programs to give back to the community. Past projects include constructing a “sidewalk tiny home” for the homeless, purchasing/packaging disaster relief clean-up buckets for hurricane victims, and our annual summer service project. Thank you for supporting our service efforts with your generous donation.


#10 HABITAT FOR HUMANITY – Keg of Nails or Paint for a Room

Teams of volunteers work together to build Habitat homes for families that are in need. Habitat for Humanity began as an international Christian housing ministry in poor areas of the world, and eventually established affiliates in this country as well. A number of families in the Bay Area are currently living in well-built, comfortable Habitat homes, and more are planned by the East Bay/Silicon Valley chapter. Besides paying an interest-free, 30-year mortgage, Habitat families place a “sweat equity down payment” by working on the project along with volunteers. 

A donation to this project can help pay for a keg of nails or paint for a room in a home built with blessings and love by people of many faiths. In addition, we will again organize a Habitat work day in memory of Joan Nunn in the spring.



United Methodist Committee on Relief International Disaster Response. A donation has been made for you to the UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) International Disaster Response Program. When possible, it works with other religious and secular organizations to pool resources and avoid duplication while easing human suffering and restoring economic and emotional stability to individuals and communities.

UMCOR provides long-term recovery as well as immediate relief; as a result, UMCOR workers are among the first to arrive and the last to leave when disaster strikes anywhere in the world. UMCOR maintains a corps of trained response specialists and warehouses stoked with relief supplies to be sent as soon as needed. All donations go to relief and rehabilitation in the targeted area. Administrative costs and staff salaries are paid separately out of the General Budget of the United Methodist Church.


United Methodist Committee on Relief Domestic Disaster Response.  A donation has been made for you to the UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) Domestic Response Program. This year, UMCOR will be concerned with many disasters: Puerto Rico, the recent floods in the East, and wildfires in California and other Western states. When possible, it works with other religious and secular organizations to pool resources and avoid duplication while easing human suffering and restoring economic and emotional stability to individuals and communities struck by disaster in the United States. UMCOR provides long-term recovery as well as immediate relief; as a result, UMCOR workers are among the first to arrive and the last to leave when disaster strikes anywhere in America.
UMCOR maintains a corps of trained response specialists and warehouses with relief supplies to be sent as soon a needed All donations go to relief and rehabilitation in the targeted area. Administrative costs and staff salaries are paid separately out of the General Budget of the United Methodist Church.
#13 SHARE A FLOCK OF CHRISTMAS CHICKS (A Heifer International Program)
Starting at six months, chickens can lay up to 200 eggs a year — a reliable source of protein for children who subsist mostly on starches.  Extra eggs can be sold to pay for school, clothes, and medicine.  The vegetable garden also benefits, as chickens pick at bugs and weeds, scratch up the soil, and enrich it with droppings.  Because chickens require little space and can thrive on food scraps, families can make money from the birds without spending much. Heifer International provides ten chicks, a rooster, and proper training to recipients, who will then “pay their debts” to the program by passing on chickens to their neighbors, as Heifer requires.  Your donation will help similar programs.
Women’s Empowerment (A Heifer International Project)
 Women are a key component to communities all around the world.  They produce up to 80% of the food in developing countries; no solution to hunger can be achieved without involving the work of women.
  In many countries, women have few opportunities for education and paying jobs, and little control over family finances.  School, a career, and independence seem out of their reach.  WILD helps women  to care for themselves, the Earth, and each other.  This gift of Women’s Empowerment can help women to work together to become self-sufficient, to send their children  to school, and lift themselves out of hunger, poverty, and ignorance.
#15 SHARE OF A COW OR HEIFER  (A Heifer International Program)


A donation toward providing a heifer and appropriate training has been made for you to the Heifer Project. The first female calf from your cow will be passed on to another family in need, and they will also pass on an animal of equal value, and so on. A good dairy cow can produce four gallons a day — enough for a family to drink and share with neighbors, and still have enough milk to sell. The protein in milk provides nourishment to the children, and money from the sale of surplus milk provides for school fees, medicine, clothing, and home improvements.

A healthy cow can have a calf every year; eventually, your heifer could help an entire community to move from poverty to self-reliance.


#16 SHARE OF HONEY BEES (A Heifer International Program)
What’s the buzz about bees?  They help struggling families throughout the world to earn income through the sale of honey, beeswax, and pollen.  Beehives require very little space, and once established, are inexpensive to maintain.   Bees searching for nectar will pollinate plants; strategically-placed beehives can almost double some fruit and vegetable yields, providing a boon to an entire village.
Your gift provides a family with a package of bees, the box and hive, and training in beekeeping.  This can serve as a supplement to family incomes, and in some instances, can be a family’s livelihood.  The lives of many people (and the surrounding farmlands) can be made sweeter, thanks to the gift of honeybees from generous friends.
 Here at LGUMC we say, “All Welcome.”  “Everyone counts with God.”  “Diversity is a gift.”  “The fabric of creation is more beautiful because it is woven with rainbow-colored threads.”

We continue to support the Reconciling Ministries Network, Methodist Fellowship for Social Action, and our own participation in the annual San Jose Pride Parade and Celebration.

Social Justice actively supports programs to advocate for a just society, and currently sponsors “Sticky Buns and Sticky Issues”: a continental breakfast, information, and conversations about current issues of concern to our community. We also work with League of Women Voters to learn about the pros and cons on the ballot propositions.

A donation has been made in your name to widen the welcome offered by Jesus Christ so that social justice barriers can be further dissolved.

Hospice of the Valley (HOV) provides compassionate, palliative end-of-life care to adults and children facing a life-limiting illness and provides bereavement support to the surviving hospice family, as well as to community members experiencing pain and loss.  This care includes a broad set of medical, spiritual, psychological, social, educational, bereavement, and advocacy services to provide comfort and support in a way that ensures individual dignity, choice, and quality of life.  HOV provides this care in the patient’s home, skilled nursing facilities, adult living and residential facilities.  Founded in 1979, HOV is the first community-based, nonprofit hospice serving all of Santa Clara County.  HOV offers services regardless of one’s ability to pay, and relies on donations, grants, foundations, and the generosity of the community which helps HOV care for those most in need.  HOV is Medicare and MediCal certified, and accepts private insurance.  Rewarding volunteer opportunities are available.  For more information, visit or call 408/559-5600.
A team of LGUMC volunteers prepares and serves breakfast on the first Saturday of every month for the residents of the San Jose Family Shelter, one of only two shelters in the area that provides shelter for entire families–parents and children — during difficult times. LGUMC also fills in as needed with other breakfasts and dinners.
Besides cooking and serving, our volunteers (often teen-agers as well as adults) enjoy conversing with the diners. Our program is funded by donations, and through our Hunger Challenge and Fellowship Coffee collections.

We help children grow in God’s love and discover the joy of following Jesus. We strive to create a loving, fun environment in which every child feels welcomed and encouraged to BELONG, GROW in faith and SERVE the world with love. In March 2018, LGUMC will launch a new family-centered worship opportunity called Messy Church. Messy Church meets on the 3rd Sunday of each month from 4-6 PM. It is an outreach ministry designed to reach families with elementary age children. It involves one hour of fun hands-on creativity, 30 min of interactive worship, and 30 min of delicious meal with families. Although the ministry is still young, we have had several new families join us. Your donations help us continue this outreach ministry that seeks to create a new generation of followers. Thank you!


LGUMC, in coordination with St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, opens our showers and hearts every Thursday afternoon to the homeless. In addition to a hot shower, we offer a meal and often a pair of new, warm socks . The need does not stop with these simple items. The homeless of our community also need sleeping bags, bus passes, and Safeway cards. Your gift helps provide these items, plus shower supplies, to those truly in need.

The Director of Visitation, assisted by the Health  Ministry  Team and volunteers, reaches out to persons of all ages who are homebound, hospitalized, or unable to participate fully in the fellowship here at church.  The need for a coordinator to link visitation efforts has been felt for some time.  Through visitations, those who are no longer able to attend continue to feel our love and support.  However, without coordination, the frequency of visits to our homebound or hospitalized members can be spotty and uneven–some may have many visitors at one time, with few at other times.  We are seeking funds to continue this visitation coordination which began in 2009.
In addition, health, fitness, and other relevant presentations have helped active members to remain well and better prepared to deal with questions that might emerge in the future.
Your gift will provide daily nutritious meals, entertainment, health education, transportation, shopping trips, information, and referrals to over 200 seniors weekly.  The center serves meals in three locations – Villa Vasona, the Los Gatos Neighborhood Center, and Los Gatos United Methodist Church, where its office is located.

The center, operating since 1974, is funded by Santa Clara County, the Town of Los Gatos, LGUMC, and especially by your generosity. This gift will be appreciated by the many participants. For some, it may be their only nutritious meal and opportunity for social contact in the day.


Grace Preschool’s mission is to provide developmentally appropriate, hands-on curriculum where every child knows God’s love. We serve our preschool families, Los Gatos United Methodist church, and the civic community by providing an exceptional preschool staff committed to fostering our student’s academic, social, and emotional growth. Your donation will help fund replacement of the playground structure and equipment (tricycles, balls, sandbox, etc) so that both Grace and LGUMC Sunday school children can continue to enjoy the gift of play.