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Coronavirus Relief

Ways you can help those impacted by coronavirus

Rev. Paul Rasmussen reminded us in his sermon this week that HPUMC has always been about reaching out beyond ourselves. In this rapidly evolving time of uncertainty and fear, we are called to be the church to the suffering in our midst. While we are all “pulling in” to care for ourselves and our families, Rev. Rasmussen reminds us that kindness, connection, and compassion have not been canceled!

HPUMC has been called on time and again to help take the lead in our community, and now is no exception. Currently, we are working with others in our city to determine the best ways we can show the love of Christ to those affected, or at risk of being affected, by the presence of this pandemic.

Look below for some opportunities for you to serve in your home, with individuals, or with agencies in our community at large.


Prayer is an incredibly powerful tool given to us by God, and He instructed us to use it in times such as these. Pray for those who are afraid, suffering, or ill, for those at greatest risk of contracting the virus, and for those who will suffer through secondary difficulties.

Also remember to pray for our church, city, nation, and world. 

Through prayer, God is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us! (Ephesians 3:20)

Volunteer to help

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Here are a few opportunities for you to serve those who cannot get out of their homes at this time:

  • Call those affected or at risk (this is a good option for those 60+ or with underlying health conditions)
  • Picking up groceries and medications (you are not required to purchase items picked up)
  • Deliver prepared meals and (you are not required to prepare or purchase anything)
  • Volunteer with responding community agencies (we will inform you of opportunities)

Register here to learn about ways you can be directly involved in bringing hope to those affected by the COVID-19 outbreak in our community.

Please note, this is not a commitment to serve but a chance to let us know that you are available and willing.

Another way we are responding is by leveraging Preston Hollow Catering, our in-house caterer, to make bagged lunches for delivery to our partners.  

Starting immediately, we are delivering lunches to 1,000 people each day at Austin Street Center, Wesley Rankin Community Center, The Stewpot, and Genesis Women's Shelter and Services. With sufficient funding, we have the capacity to increase to 2,000 meals each day. 

So, if you would like to donate and support this effort, please donate here and designate your gift to “Coronavirus Relief.” 

We are very thankful to Preston Hollow Catering for preparing these lunches at their cost. They’re also helping by hiring workers who have been laid off due to the crisis! 

Please contact Caroline Hazlett at  if you have any questions.

HPUMC is accepting donations to help our partner agencies throughout the Dallas-area. Check the HPUMC Outreach Facebook page for a current list of needed items and the times donations can be dropped off. 

Blood Drive

HPUMC, you have a big heart! Thank you to those who volunteered for the blood drive. All of our spaces are filled. We will advertise a new blood drive date when we are able to arrange it with the Red Cross.

Grocery & Pharmacy Runs

If you are in need of assistance with picking up groceries or pharmacy items, HPUMC volunteers are here to help! 

Whether you are staying safe by sheltering at home or unable to get out because of health reasons, you can sign up here. We will contact you to set up a time to pick up and deliver your items. You will need to pay for the items prior to pick up.

If you are wanting to volunteer to deliver groceries and pharmacy items, sign up to volunteer here.

Donate to our Disaster Relief Fund

When you donate to HPUMC Disaster Relief, funds received will go directly to those affected and to partner agencies providing direct relief.

We’ve already raised more than $125,000, and we hope that you’ll consider helping those in need financially as well.

If you have questions, ideas, or would simply like to learn more, please contact Caroline Hazlett at

In this Coronavirus section:

Resources | How to Volunteer