Gift to Help Others
Helen Hall was a member of First United Methodist Church in Buckhannon. A teacher for 38 years, she valued education, having a Bachelor of Arts degree from West Virginia Wesleyan College and a Master of Education degree from the University of Pittsburgh. She was an active member of the United Methodist Women at her church. Although she died in 2004 at the age of 90, her legacy lives on.
In her will, Helen left a large bequest to the United Methodist Women of her church. Nancy Hasbrouck, Treasurer of the UMW unit, relates that several months of prayer discernment were necessary to determine how best to use Helen’s gift in ministry. The group’s decision reflects their understanding of Helen’s values. Portions of the gift were used to purchase property for the Upshur Parish House, to provide a donation for Habitat for Humanity, and to fund scholarships at the church. In addition, the United Methodist Women decided to invest a portion of the bequest so that “Helen Hall’s gift may continue to help others.”
Initially, the invested funds were held in Certificates of Deposit, which earn very little return in the current low-interest environment. The UMW Executive Committee decided that, as a matter of good stewardship, the fund should be invested at The Foundation in a custodial account.
A custodial account offers several benefits to the United Methodist Women. The Fund has the potential of increased returns while allowing the UMW Unit to access any and all of the invested money at any time. In addition, they have the assurance that all funds are invested according to socially responsible investment principals.
Helen Hall’s legacy lives on through the ministry of the United Methodist Women of First United Methodist Church, as her gift continues to help others.