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


Donate Your Old Eye Glasses

Leading up to the Day of Service on March 8, we are collecting donations of eye glasses to send to El Maguey, Mexico. Bring your old glasses to church anytime and place them in the box in the Narthex.

These glasses donations will be cleaned and sent to El Maguey to improve the lives of those who need glasses that utilize the free library in the village, especially the children and adults participating in the English as a Second Language class sponsored by San Jose First volunteers.


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