It’s On! Mother’s Day Challenge

Mother's Day Art

The Mother’s Day Challenge is on for 2018, and we’ve got exciting news: Thanks to your support last year, you’ve inspired more donors to sweeten this year’s pot.

In May 2017, we asked you if you could double a $10,000 anonymous challenge gift – and you answered with about $11,600 in donations! This caught the attention of not only our anonymous donor, but of three brothers from Greensboro who wanted to create a special way to remember their mom, who was a longtime supporter of Urban Ministry and a member of Grace United Methodist Church.

So, we’re starting this year where you left off – and raising the bar twice as high. Our anonymous donor and the family of Sara Ann Taylor Alston are each donating a challenge gift of $11,000. Can you meet their challenge and raise an additional $22,000? Our odds are on you!

Mother's Day Memorial Card Mother's Day Honor CardHere’s how it works: During the months of April and May, you make a gift in honor or memory of special women in your life – moms, grandmothers, aunts, wives, sisters … your choice! Thanks to the challenge, your gift is doubled, giving you even more power to fight hunger and poverty in our community.

You can click on the cards and go straight to the donation page or link here.

Doesn’t this sound exactly like the sort of good deed the mom-types in your life would be happy to know you’re doing?

For your donation, you receive special cards, created by children in Partnership Village’s after-school tutoring club. Share these cards with your special women on Mother’s Day – we’re sure we’ve got you covered with something they will truly appreciate.

New this year: Tell us a little about these special women. Share 50 to 75 words with us about how they have inspired you to build a better community.

Email Jennifer Reavis, our stewardship assistant, with your stories and photos, at

There is no minimum gift amount. All gifts and appreciated and will go to fund GUM’s work in the community:

  • Emergency Assistance, including food, utility and rent payments
  • Weaver House and Pathways: Nightly shelter for men, women and families with children
  • Potter’s House Community Kitchen and Food Pantry: Daily lunch open to all in the community and emergency grocery assistance
  • Beyond GUM: Case management to help clients in our shelters move back into housing and increase financial management capacity and readiness for employment
  • Partnership Village: Supportive services for residents of this caring community for men, women and families with children who are moving back into housing after experiencing homelessness