“By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”  John 13:35


Operation Love Your Neighbor is the local missions program of the Vero Beach First United Methodist Church. As a church family our mission is "To Know Christ And To Make Him Known." Our Lord has called us to be His hands, His feet and His heart in loving service to members of our community, especially those who are the most vulnerable. We partner with Vero Beach Elementary, a Title 1 school and we serve over 20 organizations in Indian River County that minister to families and children who are in need.



2019 Operation Love Your Neighbor (OLYN)

Service Teams

Please sign up individually rather than as couples or family groups.

This way we can have the correct shirt sizes for everyone. Thank you!


1.  Samaritan Center    (Team Leaders  -  Nick and Katy Ryan)

     Location:  3650  41st Street, Vero Beach, FL  32967 

     Projects:  Raking, trimming, laying mulch, planting, and organizing donations   

     Team Size:  (15) people


2.  United Against Poverty (UP)  (Team Leader –  Don Drinkard)

     Location:  1360 28th Street, Vero Beach, FL 32960

     Project:  Clean and organize shelves in the Member Share Grocery Center

     Team Size:  (20) people


3.  Habitat for Humanity  (Team Leader – Cindy Salis)

     Location:  Habitat for Humanity ReStore, 4568 N US Hwy 1, Vero Beach, FL 32967

     Project:  Organizing, cleaning and displaying store merchandise

     Team Size: (15) people


4.  Shining Light Garden (Team Leader – Hal McAdams)

     Location:  7275 49th Street, Vero Beach, FL  32967                                     

     Project:  Planting, weeding and harvesting vegetables (bus transportation provided)

     Team Size:   (25) people


5. The Prayer Group  (Team Leader – Charlie Griffiths)

     Location:  FUMC Family Room (church parlor)              

     Project:  Praise and Prayer for OLYN ministries, FUMC family, community, nation

     Team Size:    (all welcome)


11.  Women’s Refuge Center  (Team Leaders – Bill Marine, Pat Marine)

       Location:  1850 Lemon Avenue, Vero Beach, FL  32960

       Project:  Scope of work to be determined

       Team Size:  (15) people


 13.  CareNet Pregnancy Center  (Team Leader – Steve Salis)

        Location:  1503 24th Street, Vero Beach, FL 32960

        Project:  Landscaping front area of office facility

        Team Size:  (15) people


  18.  Cal Ripken Baseball Field  (Team Leader – Mike Kiefer)

         Location:  Cal Ripken Fields, 2595 13th Ave., Vero Beach, FL 32960

         Project:  Painting, clean up, organizing materials, repair work

         Team Size:  (15) people


  19.  Hope for Families Center  (Team Leaders – Jack and Joni Heddle)

         Location:  720 4th Street, Vero Beach, FL 32962

         Project:  Clean and paint inside handrails and doors

         Team Size:  (15) people


  20.  Life for Youth Camp Team  (Team Leader – Scott and Pam Cain)

         Location:  1416  82nd Avenue, Vero Beach, FL 32966

         Project:  Landscape planting areas on the North side of South Chapel

         Team Size:   (15) people 


   21. Hibiscus Children’s Center   (Team Leaders – Jeff and Kelly Cusson)

         Location:  1145 12th Street, Vero Beach, FL 32960

         Projects:  Cleaning windows and walls in on-site residences

         Team Size:  (15) people


   22.  Wabasso Haitian Church  (Team Leader – Tim Calahan)

          Location:  8805 50th Avenue, Wabasso, FL 32958

          Project:  Paint the outside of Fellowship Hall

          Team Size:  (15) people


   23.  Camp Haven   (Team Leader – Pat Young)

          Location:  3256 US Hwy 1, Vero Beach, FL 32960

          Project:  Paint the east side of the residency building

          Team Size: (15) people


   24.  Little Birthday Angels  (Team Leader – Lynn Kiefer)

          Location:  To Be Determined

          Project:  Scope of work to be determined

          Team Size: (15) people


   26.  Music Ministry Team  (Team Leader – Al Bishop, Jerome Keltner, Galen Cooksey)

          Location:  Assisted Living Facilities in Vero Beach area

          Project:  Sing w/ accompaniment hymns and songs for ALF residents

          Team Size:  (10) people



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