local & global – olathe campus
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, Dan Strempke at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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: Dan Strempke
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
Woodland is an elementary school in the Olathe school district that is committed to helping students achieve success in and out of the classroom. Their teaching staff works toward not only the education of each student, but the wellness of the whole student to make sure some of the most basic needs of economically challenged and under-resourced families in the school are met.
WAYS TO SERVE AT WOODLAND:
Here are some great ways to serve alongside our ministry partner, Woodland. Some of these opportunities are ongoing and some are one-time events. If you are interested in any of these opportunities, please visit olatheschools.com/volunteering to learn more and to fill out an application, or contact the Olathe Schools Volunteer Department at 913.780.8233.
Lunch Room Supervision Support
The lunchroom is a special place in an elementary school and it can also be a little hectic at times. Woodland is in need of people to serve during the lunch periods every day from 11:30-1:15 to help maintain a friendly yet controlled environment for the students. You do not need to serve the entire time, but you are welcome to.
Mentoring and Tutoring
Through Christ Community’s partnership with Woodland, Christ Community has the opportunity to create, develop and sustain relationships with the students of Woodland. True serving is developing those lasting relationships with students, parents and staff at Woodland. There is certainly a need for Mentors at Woodland. Each year there are students who are identified as benefiting from having a mentor but go without. Being a mentor can look different for everyone. Meeting times may vary throughout the school day, which days you mentor is flexible and there is opportunity to mentor both individual students or groups of students. If interested please contact, Phil Riedel.
After School Clubs
There are a number of clubs that take place throughout the year after school for a handful of weeks. Woodland offers a running club, a basketball dribbling club, a chess club, and others. Contact principal Stacy Shipley to learn more about these clubs.
One Time Opportunities
Collections for Supplies and Snacks
At the start of every school year, there are always a number of students who don’t have adequate supplies. We do a collection every August and January to gather school supplies and snacks for students in need. Contact Phil Riedel if you are interested in helping.
Jared Coones Memorial 5K Pumpkin Run
The various running clubs from all across the Olathe School District participate in this race every October. There are many ways to help serve and volunteer to make this race a great success. To learn more about the race, please visit pumpkinrunwalk.org and contact Stacy Shipley if you would like to volunteer.
Teacher Appreciation Week
As we all know, teachers have such an important and yet challenging job. Teacher Appreciation Week at Woodland is in early April every year. Our Women’s Ministries team hosts an appreciation luncheon during this week. This is a great time to send cards or small gifts to the teachers and staff at Woodland to let them know that we appreciate and support the work they do. To help serve in this way, please contact Sara Spence.
Christ Community realizes to love on its students, we must show love for the teachers/staff at Woodland. Throughout the school year, teacher/staff receive snacks and cards of encouragements showing that we are thinking and praying for them and their work at Woodland.
Woodland Elementary Library Book Fair
Christ Community participates in collecting used books to be placed in the Woodland Book Fair. Collected books are made available to the Woodland students and parents for purchase and all proceeds go directly to the Woodland Library.
Movie Night at Woodland
Christ Community Student Ministries has assisted, supervised and participated in the “Movie Night” at Woodland. This is an excellent way to have our students serve at Woodland and further develop our relationship.
Our ministry partner, Youthfront, has opportunities for volunteers to serve in its ministry year-round. If you have one hour, one day, or regular time each month, they can use you! Like working with youth? Serve at one of the summer camp locations or year-round at the Snack Shack KC. Passion for helping the hungry? Something to Eat is looking for help each month!
WAYS TO SERVE YOUTHFRONT:
Summer/Camp Service Opportunities
Volunteer Cabin Leaders
Each camp session we need Volunteer Cabin Leaders to come alongside our staff and minister to the youth who come through our camp. To apply or get more information go to youthfront.com/vcl.
We need assistance to take care of our landscape. This may include pulling weeds, trimming areas or even mowing. If you have a love for landscape, we can use you.
Sign up HERE
Our campgrounds need care during the summer weeks of camp! Our teen staff could use some help keeping our grounds neat and clean.
Sign up HERE
Something to Eat Mobile Food Distribution
Every second Wednesday of the month, the Franklin Center mobilizes food distribution for the neighbors of Kansas City, Kansas. Volunteers are needed from 12:15-3:45. Join us!
Sign up HERE
Snack Shack KC – Kansas City, KS
Snack Shack is a youth-run venture, so your role will be to help the youth when needed. Some things you may be doing include selling snacks behind the counter, stepping in to help resolve a conflict or playing referee for a rousing game of air hockey. Most of the time, you’ll be hanging out with the youth, playing games, helping with their homework, etc. Our goal for the adult volunteers is to be a regular presence at the Snack Shack, whether you are volunteering once or twice a week or once or twice a month. Our hope is that each volunteer really gets to know the kids and engages with them in a consistent way.
Sign up HERE
Mission Southside has a neighbor’s heart: a heart that loves Jesus Christ and one that genuinely cares about the needs of others. Mission Southside is not a church, but partners with churches, “helps” organizations, businesses, and individuals to bring hope to Johnson County, KS, through the meeting of both physical and spiritual needs.
For more information contact Heather Dunn.
WAYS TO SERVE MISSION SOUTHSIDE:
One of the greatest needs for people moving to the area from another country is learning English. Multiple classes are offered at Mission Southside’s ministry center. For ESL classes , please contact Heather Dunn.
Donations and Sorting
Mission Southside relies on the work of many volunteers to provide needed donated items. There is also a need to help sort and organize items at their facility. Please visit their website or email email@example.com for more information.
Back Snack Program
Mission Southside seeks to provide sack meals for the many children and students in the Olathe School District that suffer from food insecurity. There is need to help with collecting items, as well as packaging the meals. Please visit their website or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Quarterly Volunteer Opportunities
There are many other one-time opportunities throughout the year to serve as an individual, family, or community group. Please visit their volunteer opportunities page to learn more and sign up.
SOUTHFORK SITE TEAM
CONTACT: Tim Garrett
This group of volunteers is focused on the Southfork apartment complex and regularly spend time serving with the people who live there and extend help and hope on a personal level. Site Teams are about life-long friendships, lasting impact and changed lives.
WAYS TO SERVE:
Our Team is regularly on property at Southfork and we meet together every Monday evening at 6:30pm for prayer. For more information about serving with the Site Team, contact Tim Garrett.
SHYIRA MISSION: To proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ, nurture believers, encourage and enable Christians to live after Jesus in obedience of the Holy Scripture.
The Shyira Diocese of the Anglican Church of Rwanda is an evangelical organization working to serve Northwest Rwanda in both pastoral care and community development.
They have 66 parishes that make up a total of 341 congregations with 69 pastors and 102,000 members.
Christ Community has had a vibrant relationship with Shyira for several years beginning with Chantal Mbanda and her husband Dr. Laurent Mbanda who served as the Bishop of the Diocese.
In 2018, Mbanda was elected as the Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Rwanda. Stepping into his place is Samuel Mugisha Mugiraneza who now serves as the new bishop of Shyira Diocese; his wife Jackline Mugisha leads the Mother’s Union of the Shyira Diocese.
Our current focus is collaboration with the Shyira Diocese to see spiritual and physical development through church planting, education, and sponsorship of economically empowering savings groups. Other ministries include early childhood development through community preschools, pastoral education programs for local pastors, and building health centers to provide basic healthcare in local communities.
If you have any further questions or would like to learn more about our partnership with Shyira feel free to contact a member of our global outreach team.
Sonrise School is a boarding school for primary and secondary students governed by the Shyira Diocese located in Musanze, Rwanda. The purpose of Sonrise is to provide shelter, food, clothing, and education through the love of God, to the orphaned and severely disadvantaged children in the northwest region of Rwanda, East Central Africa. Sonrise offers best in class education in order for the children of the Musanze district of Rwanda to thrive both academically and spiritually.
The flourishing of Sonrise is catalytic to the mission of the Shyira Diocese as a whole. When this school is operational and fiscally solvent, then the Shyira Diocese is able to help the families of pastors who can send their own children to Sonrise instead of relying on a second job to afford this education. This enables pastors to have focused time and energy toward the work of flourishing local congregations.
Sonrise enrolls a combination of students who come from stable homes and orphan students who must depend on the generosity of sponsors to pay their school fees. Nearly 50% of the students enrolled fall into this latter category and depend on the caring generosity of partners, such as yourself, to help cover the cost that they simply cannot cover on their own. The Olathe Campus of Christ Community, in our partnership with the Shyira Diocese, has created the Sonrise Partner Program. We believe that this program will be catalytic in the way it serves and blesses the school community, local churches, and the broader mission of Shyira.