Community Partnerships

Service to others is a high priority for Monroe Street. To that end, we have many opportunities for you to become involved with our outreach programs.

Monroe Street Community Garden is a large area of raised vegetable beds and beehives, which provide fresh vegetables and honey to our neighbors and our congregation. The community garden is also a teaching tool showing persons of all ages the possibilities of urban farming and self-sustaining agriculture.

The Holly Glen Extended Care Facility Initiative is an opportunity to serve both the residents and staff of a nearby long-term care facility. Our serving includes pet visits to residents, conversation and reading with residents, monthly worship services, assistance with scheduled activities and staff appreciation lunches.

Young Voices of Greater Toledo is an exciting opportunity for children from all over the metro area to come together, make friends, enjoy singing, play handchimes, and experience the joy of music.

Our Personal Needs Ministry offers families on limited income personal hygiene and cleaning supplies on an as-needed basis, up to four times a year. The items the ministry provides are things that persons cannot buy with food stamps.

CROP Walk is an annual event sponsored by Bread for the World that provides the opportunity for members and friends to walk for pledges, which help with hunger projects locally and nationally.

We have a missionary covenant relationship with a missionary in Africa through the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries and we support other United Methodist and non-United Methodist missions across the area, the country, and the globe.

Our newest missionary as of  November 2017 is Nancy Augusta Carew.  Nancy works in Liberia serving in the ministry of empowerment in the areas of skills training and leadership development for women, including young adults.  She teaches courses covering food and nutrition, home management, and basic computer skills at the United Methodist Women’s Leadership Training Center.  A native of Sierra Leone, Nancy has a Bachelor of Science degree in home economics education from Njala College, University of Sierra Leone, and is a certified facilitator in nutrition.   “The suffering and hardship of innocent civilians, including women and children, during the civil war in Sierra Leone and Liberia has touched me deeply,” Nancy says. “I know God is working through my ministry to bring relief and hope to women, in particular, who are desperately in need of help.”  Please pray for Nancy as she engages in her ministry in Liberia.

Click here to view Nancy's November 2017 newsletter.


For the past seven years, Monroe Street Church has been a Kickoff host for the area-wide Clean Your Streams project, serving breakfast to volunteers and providing both financial support and organizational leadership to the event.  Now in its 21st year, Clean Your Streams is an annual river bank clean-up sponsored by Partners for Clean Streams as part of the International Coastal Clean-up.  Volunteers removed 26,136 pounds of litter and debris, including 311 tires, from the Ottawa River, the Swan Creek, and the Maumee River, Bay, and tributaries last September.

 AA Groups meet weekly at our church on Thursday and Saturday evenings at 7:00 p.m.

Two other congregations,  Kingdom Harvest Christian Center and Redeemed by the Blood of Jesus Ministries, meet at our church to worship at 12:30 p.m. every Sunday.

Toledo Area Jobs With Justice meets at our church each month. Jobs With Justice is a grass-roots volunteer organization committed to worker justice.

Since our church is a voting location, on election days Jobs With Justice sets up a call center for people who need a ride to get to the polls.

The  North American Martial Arts Institute offers classes in a fun and safe environment for all ages. For more information, visit their web site.

Mountain Mentors is a faith-based nonprofit that serves Toledo area youth, at-risk teens, and future leaders. Their administrative offices are located in our building.