Mission & Outreach

Mission At Dover. . .It’s What We Do!

Check out some of the organizations Dover is involved with — feel free to call the church office for more information.

Sound The Call encourages individual members to begin a new ministry or mission to the church when they feel spiritually moved to do so. If you have a passion for mission, or a passion for a mission project, pick up a Sound The Call form in the church office.

Street Ministry provides clothing and basic necessities directly to the homeless

I AM Ministry: Inclusion Affirmation Ministry Is a confidential support group for the LGBTQ community, their parents, family & friends.

Food Pantry Donation — While we hold special food drives, we encourage donations throughout the year in support of Denison Ave. UCC’s monthly food pantry.

Berea Thrift Resale Shop (Church Street Ministries)  Clothing donations.

Providence House — Providence House is Ohio’s first and one of the nation’s longest operating crisis nurseries, offering free, voluntary emergency shelter to children newborn through twelve years old.  We will be supporting Providence House through donations and offering hands-on assistance where needed.

Community of Hope — Program creates mentoring teams to help young people who were impacted by foster care or homelessness.  Six to eight committed community volunteers meet weekly with a young person in need of support over the course of a year–starting out as strangers, and ending up like family.


Street Ministry

In general, we go out the 3rd Sunday of every other month to distribute clothing and food directly to homeless people living on the streets of Cleveland.   We are now collecting gently used clothing, shoes, shower sandals, sneakers, NEW underwear, socks, and toiletries. Donations may be left in the white trunk down stairs.  Volunteers are needed to help prepare food, sort donations, and hand out donations directly on the street.  To volunteer or to get additional information, contact Bette English at menglis2@ix.netcom.com.

I AM: Inclusion Affirmation Ministry

This ministry is focused on loving and lifting up people hurt by exclusion and exile from society.  Meets the third Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. in the Parlor.

Denison Avenue UCC Food Pantry Program

Food is collected regularly to be distributed through the Denison Avenue UCC Church’s Food Pantry to help people who are struggling financially.
We deliver the donations the fourth Tuesday of the month.
In addition to donations, we go to Denison Avenue UCC to participate in the ministry.

Pictures of our Work Day at Denison Avenue UCC:  https://www.doverucc.org/denison-work-day/

Our Church’s Wider Mission (OCWM)

Our Church’s Wider Mission

What We Do – Outreach
A major portion of our mission outreach is a collaborative effort through our covenant relationships with other area churches and our denomination. Learn more about OCWM here!

You can also download this QuickTime video to learn more about OCWM in a rather fun way.

Special Offerings

Our Church’s Wider Mission Special Support comprises gifts to the four Special Mission Offerings in the United Church of Christ, per capita dues, and gifts that are specially designated for the Conference, national setting or UCC-related institutions. By mandate of the General Synod, each local church receives promotional material for the four Special Mission Offerings:

One Great Hour of Sharing: Giving Help, Hope and Life
Supports partners in more than 70 countries with ministries that fund development projects, feed the victims of famine, provide services for displaced people, and respond to natural disasters. These ministries are the responsibility of Wider Church Ministries, Global Sharing of Resources. Received annually on the fourth Sunday in Lent.

Strengthen the Church: Faithfully Building the Body of Christ
Supports church growth and leadership development in the conferences and through the national offices of Local Church Ministries. Received annually on or around Pentecost Sunday.

Neighbors in Need: Justice and Compassion Like a Mighty Stream
Supports ministries of justice and compassion throughout the United States and Puerto Rico, including ministry carried out by the Council for American Indian Ministries (CAIM) and by the national offices of Justice and Witness Ministries. Received annually on World Communion Sunday, the first Sunday of October.

The Christmas Fund: Remembering Those Who Serve Our Church
Provides financial aid to retired and active ministers and their surviving spouses and children who face overwhelming financial demands, a ministry carried out by the Pension Boards. Received annually on the Sunday before Christmas.

Volunteer Opportunities

“Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart.”  Elizabeth Andrew.

Are you looking for opportunities to volunteer. . .to be in service to others?  Maybe you are looking for on-going opportunities. . .or maybe you just want to try getting your feet wet with a “one-time” shot.  Check out these websites — I am sure you will find something that touches your heart!

Hospice of the Western Reserve is recruiting new volunteers to support their patients and families,  offering virtual training and volunteer opportunities.

Volunteering at the Hospice of the Western Reserve

Hospice of the Western Reserve warehouse sales


Can you sew. . .even just a little bit?  In this time of COVID-19, many organizations and people are still looking for donations of face masks.  Dover is collecting face masks and decorating our “Christmask” tree in front of the church with them, free for anyone who needs, or knows someone who needs, a face mask.  So get out your needle and thread and stitch up a few!  If you would like to bring them to Dover, we will make sure they go where they are most needed.

“As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace:”                1 Peter 4:10

Migration & Refugee Services

Catholic Charities Diocese of Cleveland provides services to over 400,000 individuals in northeast Ohio.  Check out their website to find out how you can help this at-risk group of families and individuals:  Migration & Refugee Services    They are currently looking for donations of toilet paper, hand soap, laundry detergent, and cleaning supplies.  You can bring donations to Dover and we will see that they are delivered.

The Storefront Servicing Ministry

This ministry serves vulnerable populations by providing showers/restrooms, bagged lunches, t-shirts, socks, etc.  They are currently in need of:  men’s white t-shirts, sizes M-XXL; men’s boxers or boxer briefs, sizes M-XXL; men’s white socks; rain ponchos–dollar stores are a good source for this item; men’s and women’s shorts, new or used in good condition; backpacks; and toothbrush holders.  They items can be brought to Dover for distribution.

Neighborhood Pets

This organization supports people who are financially struggling and helps them keep their pets in their homes.  The most needed items are:  dog and cat food (unopened); beds; litter; paper towels; toilet paper; cleaners; freezer bags; stamps.  Check out their website for more information on their services:  Neighborhood Pets