Serve in our community

“doing good of every possible sort, and, as far as possible, to all people”

Serve in Greater Mankato!

We understand that our church is here not for us, but for the community. As United Methodists we strive to heed the lessons of John Wesley: to live lovingly and justly as servants of Christ by healing the sick, feeding the hungry, and caring for the stranger. We have partnered with the following non-profit organizations in our community who are living this mission and we try to support them in any way we can.


Discreetly provides packs of child-friendly food to elementary students to sustain them on the weekends and on school breaks. Hilltop has supported the Backpack Food Program since 2010, providing over $26,000 in funding. Most of the funds are received through sales from our Annual Christmas Festival, which is held the first Saturday in December. We also collect food items and cash during in the Fall.


The Mankato Salvation Army assists area residents with a wide range of basic needs services, including a midday meal program. Help is provided to anyone in need without discrimination. Hilltop serves a noon meal at the Salvation Army on Sundays throughout the year. It is a rewarding experience to prepare and serve a meal to those in need. Click below to help serve the noon meal, work in the donation store or do bell ringing at the iconic red kettles.

The Emergency Community Help Organization (ECHO) provides emergency food assistance to people in Blue Earth County and North Mankato. Hilltop collects non-perishable food donations monthly. You can pick up a "Green Bag" on the third Thursday of each month and return it filled the following Sunday. Hilltop also collects monetary donations for ECHO in the offering plate. Click below to learn about other opportunities at ECHO!

The rotating shelter is an ecumenical ministry effort to provide emergency shelter to those experiencing homelessness in the greater Mankato area. Volunteers are vital to this ministry.   Volunteer at one of the host churches.  Be an evening host and assist with set up, welcoming guests, and providing a warm welcome. Morning hosts volunteer from 6am-8am and help launch guests into their day and clean up the host site.  Opportunities are also available to prepare meals at host sites.