Last weekend, United Methodists across the state, country and world pulled together for an event to help Change the World in both large and small ways. For the fifth year, hundreds of United Methodist churches and thousands of church and community volunteers took on service projects that improve the circumstances of others and spark public interest in volunteer activities.

Several Wisconsin Conference staff members completed a mission project for the 2nd floor clean-up at the YWCA in Madison on Friday, May 16, including Steve Polster, Cindy Churan, Nicole Riege, Larry Olson, and Michele Virnig. The service project was organized by Amanda Rehrauer. They cleaned the hallways as well as the kitchen, dining area, toys and children accessories, and laundry room. The volunteers received a lot of thanks from several people, including the YWCA CEO and residents.

In other parts of the state, many churches held their own Change the World event. Trinity UMC in Briggsville helped clear brush, paint and do repairs at Pine Lake Camp. United Methodist Church of the Pines in Minocqua built a shed for Habitat for Humanity. Bristol UMC and Wesley UMC in Bristol promoted awareness of Imagine No Malaria and took a special offering. Edgerton UMC participated in a fundraising walk for ALS. St James UMC in East Troy cleaned up trash, held a scavenger hunt for a food pantry, and made blankets for local families with infants.

Click here to view pictures from the Conference staff event and click here to read about other Change the World activities from across the denomination. If your church, circuit or volunteer group participated in Change the World, send your story and photos to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..