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Local Ministry Partners

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Center Impact (Mentorship Program)

Location: 8715 Holmes Rd, Kansas City, MO 64131

Serve Hours: Weekly, 30 minutes – 1 hour

Description: Be a role model, an advocate, a friend to a Center High School student.

Phone: Mark Potter, 816.501.3010

Email: mpotter@colonialkc.org

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Colonial Reading Partners

Why do kids drop out of school? Many times it is because they didn’t learn to read by the third grade. Help change a life by giving one hour a week to help a child learn to read. There are schools near South KC, Overland Park, or downtown, and most readers help out over their lunchtime.

Not sure where you’d like to serve? Use our general form by clicking on Connect with this Ministry below.

Phone: Meganne Leighton 816.501.3004

Email: mleighton@colonialkc.org

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God’s Community Garden

Location: Overland Park Campus MAP

Serve Hours: Flexible

Description: As part of God’s Community Garden, the Harvest for Hunger Garden is a volunteer-based part of God’s Garden, growing to feed the hungry in our community. Thousands of pounds of fresh vegetables are distributed to folks through Colonial and Mission Southside Pantries as well as other food pantries. Volunteers take home fresh produce each time they volunteer as part of a Volunteer for Veggies program. For more information please contact Julie Foster at jmfoster74@cs.com or 913.424.2967. A gardener can also lease one of the 40 raised beds or 40 ground plots to grow vegetables for his/her own family. For more information contact Vicky Kuhn at vkuhn3@gmail.com.

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Harvesters Mobile Food Distribution

Location: 9500 South KC Road, Kansas City, MO 64114 MAP

Serve Hours: 3rd Saturday of every month, 7:55 – 10:30 a.m.

Description: 30-40 volunteers set up and distribute fresh fruits & vegetables to families in need. REGISTER HERE or call Jim Anderson at 913.461.4350.

Phone: Meganne Leighton 816.501.3004

Email: mleighton@colonialkc.org

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International Students, Inc. (ISI)

Location: UMKC/KU Med/Avila

Serve Hours: Monthly at a time of your choosing

Description: Befriend an international student/scholar by spending time with them each month. Introduce them to all things American and show them the love of Christ through your friendship. Training provided. Learn more about International Students, Inc. at their website HERE.

Phone: Meganne Leighton 816.501.3004

Email: mleighton@colonialkc.org

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Healing House

Location: 4400 St John Ave, Kansas City, MO 64123 MAP

Serve Hours: Monday Nights 5:15 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Description: 10 volunteers carpool to Healing House, a faith-based recovery home for women and men with addictions, to lead small group Bible studies. Contact Charlotte Koenigsdorf by email HERE or 816.942.6689. Many more serve opportunities can be found on their website HERE.

Phone: Meganne Leighton 816.501.3004

Email: mleighton@colonialkc.org

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Gracious Promise

Location: 15300 W. 143rd St. Olathe, KS 66062 MAP

Serve Hours: Weekly during the s

Location: Gardner & Olathe Jails

Serve Hours: Visiting prisoners/ letter writing/ prayer

Description: Since 1995, the Gracious Promise Foundation has ministered to the incarcerated and their families.  To learn more about the opportunities to serve in this prison ministry, please contact Erika Marker at 913.488.6149 or email HERE if you worship at the Overland Park campus.  Please contact Sue Brandt at 816.590.6756 or email HERE if you worship at the South KC campus.  You can also learn more on their website HERE.

Phone: Meganne Leighton 816.501.3004

Email: mleighton@colonialkc.org

hool year

Description: Volunteers needed to be a friend/mentor to students.  No homework help required – just friendship, time and attention.

Phone: Meganne Leighton 816.501.3004

Email: mleighton@colonialkc.org

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House of Hope KC

Location: 7044 Antioch Rd, Overland Park, KS 66204 MAP

Serve Hours: Flexible hours

Description: Teach special skills (music, art, sewing, etc), provide office help, lead Bible studies, provide home maintenance. House of Hope provides residential treatment program for hurting teenage girls, with the goal of family restoration. Girls in the program experience the transforming power of love through Christian counseling and education based on God’s word.  More information can be found on their website HERE or call 913.262.8885. The second Friday of every month from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. is a volunteer open-house.

Phone: Meganne Leighton 816.501.3004

Email: mleighton@colonialkc.org

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Lead to Read

Location: At Kansas City elementary schools near downtown

Serve Hours: Weekly 30 minute sessions over lunch hour

Description: Adult readers practice reading skills with eager elementary students in 30 minute sessions once per week.

Sign up online to be a Reader (an adult volunteer) at HERE.

Phone: Meganne Leighton 816.501.3004

Email: mleighton@colonialkc.org

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Friends of Indian Creek Elementary

Location: 9801 Grand Ave, Kansas City, MO 64114

Serve Hours: Weekly, 30 minutes – 1 hour

Description: Volunteers can join a student for lunch, help a child with reading or assist a teacher.

Phone: Mark Potter, 913.501.3010

Email: mpotter@colonialkc.org

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Friends of Frontier Trail Middle School

Location: 15300 W. 143rd St. Olathe, KS 66062 MAP

Serve Hours: Weekly during the school year

Description: Volunteers needed to be a friend/mentor to students.  No homework help required – just friendship, time and attention.

Phone: Meganne Leighton 816.501.3004

Email: mleighton@colonialkc.org

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The Olathe School District

Location: Olathe School District

Serve Hours: One hour – weekdays

Description: The Olathe School District welcomes volunteers of all ages to assist students in Elementary Classrooms. Contact Pam Wolfe HEREor call her at 913.780.7002 to fill out an application. Training is provided.

Phone: Meganne Leighton 816.501.3004

Email: mleighton@colonialkc.org

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Be the Church

Location: Holmes Gardens, Indian Creek Elementary School, Boone Elementary School, and Colonial Presbyterian Church

Serve Hours: During the school year: After school tutoring from 4-5 pm every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. South KC Wednesdays from 5:30-7:30 pm on Wednesdays. Lead to Read from 11:30-noon on Thursdays.

During the summer: Community Cookouts 6:30-8:30 on Thursday nights.

Description: Be the Church Neighborhood Impact is a Spirit-led movement that encourages the local church to be Christlike neighbors. We are part of the IMPACT Ministries team at Colonial Presbyterian Church.

Phone: Mark Potter 816.501.3010

Email: mpotter@colonialkc.org

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YoungLife

Location: Urban KC Club, Belton Club, Shawnee Mission Club, South Johnson County Club

Serve Hours: Flexible hours

Description: The Mission of Young Life is to introduce young people (in high school) to Christ, help them grow in their faith, provide an adult friend for them as they go through adolescence, and help them gain the skills, assets and attitudes they need to reach their God-given potential in life. If you are an adult (college-age to retiree) and have a heart for teenagers please contact:

Urban KC Young Life – Leonard Davis, 816.471.1177 or email HERE

Shawnee Mission Young Life – Wendy Franco, 913.384.3366

Kansas City, KS Young Life – Curt Johnson, 816.896.6063, kckyounglife@gmail.comkansascityks.younglife.org

Phone: Meganne Leighton 816.501.3004

Email: mleighton@colonialkc.org

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The Hope Center

Location: 2800 E Linwood Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64128 MAP

Serve Hours: Flexible daytime/evening hours

Description: The Hope Center invests in the people in the area, particularly the youth, helping lives be transformed by the Gospel.  Your volunteer efforts will contribute toward reaching and developing urban youth into world-class Christian leaders.  Learn more on their website HERE, email HERE or call 816.931.6290.

Phone: Meganne Leighton 816.501.3004

Email: mleighton@colonialkc.org

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Freedom Fire

Location: 2111 E. 17th St. KCMO 64127 MAP

Serve Hours: Weekly on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Description: Tutoring / Reading. Volunteers offer homework help (math facts and reading skills) to students. Learn more about Freedom Fire on their website HERE.

Phone: Meganne Leighton 816.501.3004

Email: mleighton@colonialkc.org

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Avenue of Life

Locations: Kansas City, MO and Kansas City, KS

Serve Times: Serve weekly/monthly, flexible hours anytime Monday to Saturday 8:00 a.m.–8:00 p.m.

Phone: Kim Bryan 816.787.6101

Description: Serve a meal, teach a class or skill, clean the facility, sort donations, provide child care. Serve with Avenue of Life as they mobilize the community to equip and empower low-income families to be self-sustaining and independent. Explore the possibilities.

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Colonial Food Pantry

Location: South KC Campus, 9500 South KC Road, Kansas City, MO 64114 MAP

Serve Hours: Tuesdays and/or Thursdays, 10:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

Description: Distribute Food, Pray or Donate. Compassionate volunteers needed to meet with families in need, distribute food (some heavy lifting required) and pray with them over requests they have. If you attend Colonial and would like to volunteer in the Food Pantry, click HERE.

Monetary or food donations always welcome!  Click HERE.

Phone: Meganne Leighton 816.501.3004

Email: mleighton@colonialkc.org

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Mission Southside

Location: 18335 W. 168th Terrace, Olathe, KS 66062 Map

Serve Times: Variety of serve times available.

Phone: 913.393.2200

Description: Sort donations, lead Bible Studies, deliver furniture, serve a meal, and many more opportunities. Join Mission Southside in taking Jesus to people in need in South Johnson County by extending help and hope.

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Friends of Boone Elementary

Location: 8817 South KC Road, Kansas City, MO 64114 Map

Serve Times: Weekly, 1 hour of your choosing.

Phone: Connie Moyes 913.491.4675

Description: Volunteers can join a student for lunch, help a child with reading, or assist a teacher.

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Advice & Aid Pregnancy Centers

Locations: Shawnee or Overland Park

Serve Times: Flexible/Daily/Weekly/Monthly

Phone: 913.962.0200

Email: volunteer@adviceandaid.com

Description: Help women and their families make an educated decision about an unplanned pregnancy. Volunteer as a counselor, teach a parenting class, or provide childcare for class attendees.