FUMC and its members are involved in many activities outside the walls of the church. There are many opportunities to be involved in the community. For information on just some of the ways we are involved in organizations in the Manhattan Community, see our current Missions Brochure.

community groups & resources

  • community resources

    The are are several resources available in the Manhattan community to help in a time of need. Here is a resource sheet for you to familiarize yourself with many of the agencies we partner with to help people in need. Click here for the Spanish version and here for the French version.

    Other helpful resources:

    Riley County Resource Guide and addendum.


    2-1-1 is an online resource directory (also available via phone) that allows individuals in need to search for agencies that can help. Within Riley County, over 90 agencies are listed (with more being added daily). The assistance available ranges from diapers to groceries to help paying for prescriptions and utility bills and lots of other things in between.

    To access the directory, simply dial 2-1-1 or visit https://211kansas.bowmansystems.com/

    The dial-in service is staffed 24 hours a day / 7 days a week. Simply dial 2-1-1. You’ll be prompted to enter your zip code. You will then be connected to a live operator who will assist you in finding agencies who can help with the needs of the moment.

    The website service asks you to enter your city or zip code along with keywords to describe needs (food, rent, etc.). The list then pops up with all the agencies who might be able to assist, along with a list of services the agency provides and contact information/hours of service. Of note - some of the agencies listed will not be in our area, so please be cognizant of that!  

  • Everybody Counts

    Every year volunteers coordinate bringing together area social service agencies, churches, and the neighborhood provide direct services and education which  advances the conversation on how best to serve the community. We are currently creating opportunities for more community meals and meeting together for more opportunities to connect and collaborate. For the most up-to-date information, search for Everybody Counts - Manhattan on Facebook. 

    For more information on how to get involved, contact everybodycountsmhk@gmail.com

  • Habitat for Humanity Partnership

    With limited access to land, Habitat is working in Manhattan to do home repair projects along side its ground up projects. Many cannot afford to have the repairs done but would save a lot if, for instance, we could help insulate their windows or repair a floor or roof. This partnership requires a mix of skill level participants and financial support. For more information, visit the MAHFH website.

  • Morning Star, Inc. CRO

    Morning Star is a Consumer Run Mental Health Organization located at 467 E. Poyntz Ave. Their mission is to provide consumers of mental health services with the resources needed to break through the barriers of stigma and isolation. The environment promotes independence and recovery by self-empowerment.

    The goal is to provide a safe, drug and alcohol free environment to socialize, meet new people, receive peer-to-peer counseling, attend support groups or just have a place to hang out.

    Join the weekly Bible study at Morningstar on Thursdays at 11:45 am.

    Click here for a video about Morning Star, Inc.

  • Shepherd's Crossing

    Shepherd’s Crossing is a ministry which helps those in need with rent, utilities, and prescription medications, help obtain drivers license/ID, birth certificates, and eye glasses. They also process paperwork for Fairy Godmothers and Guardian Angel grant requests.

    Shepherd’s Crossing is located in the Alan Lee Center, 621 Humboldt.

    They are open Tuesday from 10:00 am-2:00 pm and Thursday from 2:00-5:30 pm.

    For more information, visit www.shepherdscrossing.info.

  • Thrive!

    The mission of Thrive! is to reduce poverty in Riley and Pottawatomie counties by building skills and relationships that strengthen families and individuals. For more information, visit www.thriveflinthills.com.

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