Growing Hope Globaly Partnership

    Global Opportunity

    Through the Growing Hope Worldwide Ottawa-Barrington Growing Project, Barrington UMC joins forces with farmers in Ottawa, Illinois, in a unique program of growing and giving. Each spring, BUMC partners with Trinity Lutheran Church in Ottawa to collect funds to offset the input costs (seeds, fertilizer, fuel, etc.) for designated acreage on family farms in Ottawa. Our farmer partners donate additional funds along with the use of their land, equipment and labor to till, sow, tend and harvest that acreage. The value of the harvest is donated to Growing Hope Worldwide programs overseas that in turn provide local farmers with appropriate seed stock, water management and training for sustainable agriculture. Many Growing Hope Worldwide programs are supported by and work with the United Methodist Committee on Relief, Church World Service and Mennonite and Presbyterian Relief agencies.

    Find out more at or follow the Ottawa-Barrington project on Facebook at Ottawa-Barrington Foods Resource Bank Growing Project.

    Opportunities are available to travel with FRB to visit various overseas programs. For more information about upcoming trips, please visit

    For more information, contact Sharon Orr.