Hay Street United Methodist Church enjoys a rich partnership with Margaret Willis Elementary School, a school with an 81% free and reduced lunch rate. They hold a long-standing tutorial program with help from Methodist University students, host Teacher Appreciation lunches, and provide students with uniforms and shoes. They have held book drives and Staff Appreciation weeks. The church is truly part of the school community: members helped out teachers who lost their home to fire and attended the funeral of a student who was shot. At Christmas, Sunday School classes adopt a family in need and provide them with gifts. Across the years, Hay Street has shown love to students in their community.