Each month, Woodridge UMC's Outreach Committee designates an organization, ministry, or mission (or two) to be the recipient of our monthly Outreach Offering. 

February 2024 Outreach Offering

The Black College Fund

One of the most significant ways The United Methodist Church helps make quality education accessible to all is through The Black College Fund. In 1972, The UMC established The Black College Fund to provide a constant, reliable approach to support United Methodist historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) related to the church. The fund supports eleven HBCUs—the largest number of Black colleges and universities receiving funding from any church body in the United States.  

These eleven institutions, including one medical school, play an essential role in shaping diverse young leaders for the church and the world. UM-related HBCUs offer a chance to everyone with a dream and a commitment to excel—regardless of race, class, gender or ethnic heritage.

You can watch a video to learn more about the Black College Fund here: Black College Fund Celebrates its 50th Anniversary (

Ways to donate to the February Outreach Offering:
—Check or cash in an Outreach Offering envelope placed in the offering plate in the
—Narthex (the room outside the sanctuary) or in the gold-plated mail slot at the church’s east door.
—Online via our website. Select “Current Month Outreach” in the drop down menu.
—Text the amount you want to give to 630-449-7121 and select “Current Month Outreach” in the drop down menu.

Support UMC missions and ministries
through prayer

Additionally, each month the Outreach Committee requests prayers for a United Methodist missionary and a church with whom we have a relationship.  See more here.