Community Connections


Love One Another Ministry (LOAM) – Visiting Encampments

outreach-visiting-encampmentsOn the third Sunday of every month at 4 p.m., many of those from Maynard Ave UMC join Love One Another Ministry and take food and other items to encampments in downtown Columbus. Although the need for these homeless folks is great, they mostly need propane, heaters, candles, canned food with easy open tops, long johns in the winter, socks, and batteries. Your donations are graciously received!

Ohio State University Students

outreach-osu-studentsMaynard reaches out to the students at OSU who are away from home and their home churches, maybe for the first time. We want them to know they are welcomed here.

Students who volunteer to work at Maynard Ave UMC are appreciated in all that they do to help keep Maynard Ave UMC a welcoming place in this neighborhood!


Little Free Libraries

little libraryThroughout many neighborhoods are “Little Free Libraries,” where you can take a book and read it, then return it.  Take a book and leave a book.  Some take books and share with others.  A Good Start (AGS) constructed one in the park on the corner of Summit and Maynard.  Since AGS is done until next summer, Maynard has taken on the task of checking these libraries throughout the local area and adding or changing out books.  It’s another way to meet our neighbors and neighbors to meet Maynard.  If you would like to assist with this, contact Hope or Kristen.


Peace with Justice Study Group

peace with justiceMaynard has committed to learning about and supporting peace in Palestine as its international outreach.  The focus of this group now includes other injustices around the city, country, and world.  Peace with Justice chair, Connie Hammond, keeps us up to date on issues where the church can be helpful in correcting these issues.  Watch your emails for action items and events to participate in.


Labels and Box Tops for McCurdy School

outreach-box-topsWe continue to provide labels and box tops to McCurdy school in honor of the outreach Mildred Sisson had started (there is a small basket by the office).



Human Trafficking


More than 1,000 Ohio children are estimated to be trafficked every year in the sex trade, over 3,000 Ohio youth are at risk of becoming victims. Average age of victims is 13 years old.

Use this link to access more information about human trafficking:

Please contact us for more information on how Maynard Ave UMC can help with this outreach.

South of Hudson Block watch

SOHUDThe South of Hudson Block Watch meets the second Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at Maynard Avenue UMC. Like you, we are interested in the future of the SoHud area and strongly believe in protecting the privacy of our neighbors and friends.

A Good Start, Pre-K readiness program

GoodStartLogoIs your child starting kindergarten in the fall? A Good Start is a six-week summer, literacy-rich program designed to help children adjust to a school atmosphere and learn skills and concepts that will help them succeed in Kindergarten. The program is offered free of charge to eligible families and on a sliding scale for all families. Our goal is to serve those who may not be able to afford other programs. This program meets at Maynard Avenue UMC every Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Check the website for exact date:

All in Community / Welcome Home


This organization helps make a smooth transition for women who are being released from incarceration back into society.  They have people in the community who are willing to stand up with them, walk beside then, and get them into a place of entering a good life.  In conjunction with this is the Welcome Home Project for women who have been released and need support.  This group meets the first Monday of every month at Maynard Ave UMC at 7 p.m.

Neighborhood Services, Inc. (NSI)

NSI_LogoNeighborhood Services, Inc. (NSI) was founded in 1965 by churches in the University District Area in response to the growing needs of nearby neighbors. From humble beginnings, NSI has grown into one of the largest hunger assistance service providers in Columbus. NSI primarily serves working, low-income families and individuals, unemployed individuals and their families, and single heads of household with young, dependent children in the Columbus community. Donations of non-perishable foods can be received at 1950 North 4th St., Columbus, OH 43201. They are open Monday-Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Visit their website:

Pride Parade

Maynard became a reconciling church over five years ago and remains a part of the Reconciling Ministries Network (RMN). Maynard firmly stands by its mission statement to celebrate and share Christ’s love and acceptance of all. We were the first church to march in the Pride Parade and each year participate with a growing number of churches who also show love and acceptance of all. Maynard continues to stand at conference with the LGBTQ community supporting their right to equality.

N.A / A.A.

AA_NAAlcoholics Anonymous (AA) is a fellowship of men and women that share a common desire to stop drinking, and support others alongside them to recover fro their alcoholism. The majority of the time, AA meetings will be devoted to an open sharing session, in which those who attend the meetings discuss any personal issues, worries, and concerns. Two meetings a week are held at Maynard Avenue UMC on Mondays at 7 p.m. and Wednesdays at noon.

Narcotics Anonymous (NA) describes itself as a “non-profit fellowship or society of men and women for whom drugs had become a major problem.” NA uses a traditional 12-step model that has been expanded and developed for people with varied substance abuse issues. They meet every Friday evening at Maynard Avenue UMC at 8 p.m.

Compassionate Communication of Central Ohio (CCCO)/Center for Nonviolent Communication (NVC)

CCCOCCCO’s mission is to promote peace, eliminate violence, and work through conflict by systematically using NVC in Central Ohio and beyond. We envision a community where we live in peace and compassion for all.

NVC is based on the principles of nonviolence — the natural state of compassion when no violence is present in the heart. NVC begins by assuming that we are all compassionate buy nature and that violent strategies — whether verbal or physical — are learned behaviors taught and supported by the prevailing culture. The NVC community is active in over 65 countries around the globe.

National Federation of the Blind

PrintThe National Federation of the Blind (NFB) of Ohio is an organization of blind people providing peer support for one another. The group welcomes everyone who wants to improve opportunities for blind people to join them in changing what it means to be blind. There are 14 local chapters in Ohio, and one of them meets on the fourth Saturday each month at 1 p.m. in Maynard’s parlor.