Make a Difference

Open Pantry

Open Pantry is an ongoing ministry that assists hungry neighbors to have enough to eat. Volunteers meet Wednesdays at 11:30am to help bag the groceries and/or deliver the groceries to local people in need. Contact Ray Castellon for more details.

To contribute financially to this program, send checks made out to San Jose First with “Open Pantry” on the memo line to: San Jose First United Methodist Church, 24 North 5th Street, San Jose, CA 95112

Open Pantry and our own Pastor Gerardo were featured in the SF Chronicle! Click here to read the article


LGBTQ Youth Space

Youth Space is an organization in our neighborhood that provides services to LGBTQIA youth. We are forming a partnership with them and have an ongoing request for donations of toiletries. Items can be placed in the bin near our Welcome table outside the Sanctuary:

  • Toothbrushes and toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Floss
  • Soap
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Dry shampoo
  • Skin lotion


Sunday Evening Food Program

Pastor Oakie, John, and their “Believers in Christ” team provide meals for our needy neighbors at our 6th Street Parking Lot. This program operates exclusively on direct gifts from churches and individuals. They need everything for their program, including support for Pastor Oakie and John. In exchange for the space on our 6th street lot, Pastor Oakie and John help keep the lot as clean and safe as we can. You can contact Pastor Oakie directly at (408) 457-4123 or at

These are the things most needed right now:

  1. Napkins
  2. 8oz Dixie hot/cold cups (160 ct Costco)
  3. Clorox Disinfecting Table Wipes (3 pack)
  4. 45-gal leaf bags (check the size!)
  5. Non-dairy creamer (35.5oz 12.2lb tub)