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Making A Difference Through Our Partners
Would you like to give financially to one of our partners who is fighting the incredible physical and financial needs of people in our city and world? Each of our partners provides immediate help to those they serve. Here are ways you can give directly…
Our ministry partners at Global Orphan Project use a tool called CarePortal. It connects social workers and families in need with churches and people who are able to meet those needs. Needs can be financial, like paying utility bills or rent, or “material” in nature such as the purchase of a bed or dresser.
THE HOPE CENTER:
Our partners at The Hope Center are meeting needs of those in their neighborhood through food and gift card distribution to families in need. Get involved by donating directly through the Hope Center’s website.
Cristo Rey helps their families in many ways. Our biggest current need is your help with the GradPack Drive. To participate in this year’s drive, visit our GradPack page Due to the COVID crisis we are asking for financial contributions to purchase all the needed items in bulk.
Elam is our international partner in Iran, on the front line responding to the difficult COVID crisis. They are meeting both physical and spiritual needs in the Persian speaking world. Contribute directly to Elam through their donation page.
GLOBAL ORPHAN PROJECT
THE CARE PORTAL
DETAILS on how to participate!
To participate with CarePortal, simply FILL OUT THIS FORM, and follow the instructions. You will receive emails from CarePortal within a day or two. In the meantime, please take a look at the following resources to familiarize yourself with how CarePortal works and what you can expect.
When you start receiving emails, know that you are one of many people who are receiving that same request. Emails are sent to participants at all churches within a certain geographic proximity to the family in need. Consider if you want to respond. To say “yes” to a request, simply click on the “respond” button in the email. This will begin your journey. From there, a caseworker will be in touch with you to give more information.
If you get stuck or have questions, feel free to reach out to our CarePortal team leader, Linda Kozacek at email@example.com.
Social workers submit needs into the CarePortal tool so churches or individuals can sign up to meet those needs. Working with CarePortal is not always easy. Sometimes the process is messy and frustrating, but it is a tangible way to be involved and meet real needs in our community. Keep in mind that these needs are financial or larger “material” items rather than “time” based (like shopping for someone).
The Global Orphan Project (GOP) is a global orphan care and orphan prevention ministry headquartered in Kansas City, MO. They partner with local churches to provide care to children and families in need living in their own communities, both abroad and in the USA. Christ Community’s primary involvement with GOP is through CarePortal, the U.S. arm of GOP.
The CarePortal brings the needs of hurting children and families in your community to your attention. Child welfare workers uncover the needs. The CarePortal makes local churches aware, giving them a timely, non-threatening invitation and opportunity to respond.
Business Partner Opportunities
The Global Orphan Project is looking for business partners who desire to be a corporate sponsor of the Care Portal in their area. If you are a business leader and would like more information on how you could partner with Christ Community and the Global Orphan Project in helping to care for families in need, please FILL OUT THIS FORM and we will contact you.
If you would like to sign up to receive emails so you can respond to future needs, all you need to do is FILL OUT THIS FORM.
CarePortal Contact: Linda Kozacek
This fall, Christ Community will be providing five meals to the Strengthening Families program. If you, your community group, or a group of friends would be interested in providing the meal, please SIGN UP HERE.
Strengthening Families Contact: Linda Kozacek
GOEX is the for-profit t-shirt business of Global Orphan Project. By providing training to local workers in Haiti and paying them a sustainable wage, families are often able to remain intact when they otherwise would not. The support then comes to Kansas City, where vulnerable individuals are employed printing shirts in their local screen printing shop. You can purchase individual t-shirts, or you can purchase a bulk order for your team or work event. For more information or to order, visit the GOEX website.
GOEX Contact: Judy Baxter
Cristo Rey is a partner of Christ Community committed to bringing excellent education to some of the most vulnerable students in our city. With its teaching staff and the commitment of the business community in Kansas City, culturally diverse students with economic need receive a college prep education made meaningful through an innovative corporate work study program.
Business Partner Opportunities
Cristo Rey is looking for business partners who desire to be a corporate sponsor. If you are a business leader and would like more information on how you could partner with Christ Community and Cristo Rey in helping to care for families in need, please FILL OUT THIS FORM and we will contact you.
2018-2019 volunteer needs
211 W Linwood Blvd. | Kansas City, MO 64111
Want to Mentor a Student?
Meet over the lunch hour with a student two times per month, building a friendship and becoming their encourager. Cristo Rey will assign you a student. Christ Community will offer support for you. You can start mentoring any time of the year, but need to attend a training session. Please contact Donna Cundiff to get started or get more information.
Questions? Contact Dona Cundiff
Want to Employ a Student?
- Employers are needed for the students who work 1 day/week at a cost of $7000/yr
- Transportation for students is provided by Cristo Rey.
- Christ Community will help you make the connection with Cristo Rey.
- Employment can start at any time of the year.
Questions? Contact Karen Mendrala
Want to Tutor a Student?
- Tutors are needed for Math, Spanish, and Science from 3:15-4:15pm all week.
- English tutors are needed beginning 2nd semester. Can you read English? Then you qualify!
You do need to attend a training session in order to tutor a student. Please contact Dona Cundiff to get started or hear more information.
Questions? Contact Sister Barbara
Want to Help with Fundraising?
- Participate in the planning of Cristo Rey’s major fundraiser, Dancing with the KC Stars
- Assist with event invitation mailing in October
- Sponsor a table at the event on March 30, 2019
- Donations are always welcomed. Cristo Rey does not receive any state or federal funds.
- Know of a foundation for funding? Be the connector with the foundation and Cristo Rey.
Questions? Contact Carol Rauckman
Want to Help with Grad Packs?
Grad Packs are given yearly in July to the new graduates as they leave for college. You can help serve on the planning and organization team.
Questions? Contact Sharon Harlan
THE HOPE CENTER
- Hope Family Care Clinic (Body)
- Hope Leadership Academy (Mind)
- Hope Center (Soul)
As a volunteer at The Hope Center (THC), your effort will contribute toward reaching and developing urban youth into world-class Christian leaders. The following is a list of serving opportunities currently available at The Hope Center. To find out more about these opportunities please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We provide one meal a week for 50 leaders and students. This is a great opportunity to gather some friends or your community group and get involved. Check out all the information and SIGN UP HERE. Once you’ve signed up, the Hope Center team will get you all the details and make themselves available for questions.
Hope Center Meals Contact: Nancy Kenyon
The Hope Center’s SAY Yes Children’s Program is designed to provide developmental assets necessary for children to grow as empowered, hope-filled adults. As the first tier in the Hope Center’s developmental programming, SAY (Save America’s Youth) Yes is modeled from a program designed by CRU Inner-City as a response to the riots that took place in Los Angeles in 1992. The objectives of this program are to provide opportunities for children to grow socially, emotionally, spiritually, culturally, and educationally through eight internal and external asset-based building blocks of Support, Empowerment, Constructive Use of Time, Boundaries and Expectations, Commitment to Learning, Positive Values, Social Competencies, and Positive Identity. Students are welcome to volunteer in the SAY Yes program!
Monday- Thursday 3:30pm-6:00pm
Character In Training Program – C.I.T.
Character In Training is a program designed to assist students in the development of their personal character and citizenship through a variety of interactive lessons on Faith, Family, Flag, Finances, and Future.
Tuesday & Wednesday 5:00pm -8:00pm
Leaders in Training
The Hope Center exists to develop youth from our community into world-class Christian leaders. The Leaders In Training (L.I.T.) program is the third tier in our developmental youth programming where this occurs.
Our Bible study program will provide opportunities for small group interactions as well as intensive discipleship mentoring groups, where one adult is matched with two to three students. The focus is on growing as disciples of Jesus Christ through praise, Scripture, prayer, and discussion.
The Hope Center is always in need of help cleaning and organizing their facility to keep their programs going. Please contact them to arrange a time to help. They are flexible and can use help any day for any amount of time.
If you are a carpenter, plumber, electrician or roofer, The Hope Center could benefit from your skill sets on various building or property projects such as building or fence repairs or painting lines on the driveway.
Special Event Committees
Heart 4 Hope Annual Fundraiser: To volunteer for the Event Planning Committee or Silent Auction Committee (or to simply make a silent auction donation or referral), please contact Lauren McMonagle at email@example.com.
Decoration Committee for Events: The Hope Center hosts a variety of fun events for their neighbors. There are many ways you can join in the fun while helping them prepare. Contact them directly to see how you can participate!
2019’s Contributions and Outreach Efforts:
- We contributed over $70,000 to our four ministry partners to help them with their general ministry needs.
- We gave $4,500 in gift cards and over 100 gifts to The Hope Center for their neighborhood Christmas party.
- You gathered together with your community groups, bible study groups, or other friend groups and provided 40 different meals for kids and families through the Global Orphan Project and The Hope Center. This equals roughly 2,000 meals served.
- Through the Care Portal, we have had more than 150 people respond to 49 different requests. We served 114 kids with needs that were valued in excess of $45,000.
- We were able to purchase 5,000 Persian New Testaments valued at nearly $15,000 for distribution in Turkey during the Persian New Year.
- Your contributions to the Cristo Rey Grad Pack drive provided nearly 70 college-bound students the supplies they needed to start off on the right foot. The Grad Pack drive raised more than $10,000 in cash and supplies.
- Our Summer of Service campaign gave 25 volunteers the chance to repaint the first floor of the Hope Center’s office building on a blitz day of painting.
- In January of 2019, over 100 individuals participated in our Elam Ministries “Understanding Isalm” event. This was then followed up with 30 participating in the “Bridges” class on Tuesday nights this fall. As a congregation, we are growing in our knowledge and compassion for our Muslim neighbors.
LOCATION: Iran (Persian-speaking world)
Elam Ministries was founded in 1990 by senior Iranian leaders with a mission to strengthen and expand the church in the Iran region and beyond.
These are truly significant days for the Persian-speaking church. Widespread discouragement and disillusionment with the Islamic regime in Iran has led many Iranians to search outside of Islam for truth and meaning. Many are turning to Christianity and encountering the saving and redeeming love of Jesus.
At the time of Iran’s Islamic revolution in 1979 there were an estimated 500 Christians from a Muslim background in Iran. Today there are hundreds of thousands, perhaps even over a million – and the church continues to grow rapidly.
To make the most of this opportunity to further healthy church growth, Elam focuses on:
- TRAINING Persian-speaking leaders for fruitful, effective ministry that echoes the content and values of our own Razor’s Edge.
- EQUIPPING the church with Bibles, books, and resources in Persian for evangelism and discipleship
- SENDING the Gospel through trained evangelists, church-planters, and internet and TV ministry into the Iran region
Elam’s vision is that all the people of the Iran region would have the opportunity to come to know the Lord Jesus Christ and follow Him, as well as be instrumental in taking the Gospel to other Muslims.