Heartland pursues mission partners and outreach opportunities to equip and challenge us to invest in others. We focus first on our local community, then begin moving out to the urban metro area, and the global world. We are focusing our time, gifts and resources towards a few ministry organizations to make the largest, most meaningful impact for the kingdom.
LOCAL OUTREACH: Did you know that right here in Johnson County, 37,000 people live below the poverty line? In our community, 25,000 homes go to bed hungry every day. And we have 1,100 students in Johnson County schools that are classified as homeless.
Clearly, we have staggering statistics of poverty right in our own backyard. The Heartland food pantry meets some of those needs. We have also partnered with the Olathe School District and Mission Southside. We are currently providing volunteer and resource support at:
- Olathe East High School
- Santa Fe Trail Middle School
- Washington Elementary School
- Heatherstone Elementary School
- Mission Southside
URBAN OUTREACH: Our urban outreach partnerships include volunteer and resource support at several locations.
- Mission Adelante
- The Hope Center
- Redemption Church (ESL and Strengthening Healthy Families in Olathe)
- Heartland Hearts & Angel Tree (KC Metro)
GLOBAL OUTREACH: We are currently partnered with two global initiatives.
- Stop Hunger Now annual food packing event
- Seaview, Africa (partnership developing)
More detail on each of these outreach opportunities is given below. CLICK HERE to receive email notices and volunteer opportunities to serve those in need on a local, urban or global level.
LOCAL: Food Pantry
If you prefer to make a tax-deductible monetary donation to Heartland’s Food Pantry, you may do so by going to Heartland’s Give Online page, logging in, and then selecting to give to “Missions-Food Pantry”. Or you can write a check payable to “Heartland Community Church”, write “Food Pantry” in the Memo line and drop it in a giving box at Heartland.
LOCAL: Olathe East High School
Backpack Program: Many students face the weekend with little or no food and hunger doesn’t take the weekend off. Help shop and transport food on Tuesday mornings. On Thursday afternoons, between 12-3:30 PM, help organize food and fill backpacks for 45 students each week.
Mentoring: Olathe East High School is looking for adults who can commit to one hour every other week to invest in a student. Some students are requesting college guidance; others need help with homework or additional support from an adult.
All mentors will be trained through the Olathe School District and given a student to meet with for the year. As a mentor, you are required to visit the student during school hours at the school.
Other opportunities include working with kids as they develop a service project for the semester. The mentor helps brainstorm with the student and guide them through project planning. The hope is to tap into life and networking experiences that will enrich students lives. Make a difference in a child’s life and volunteer as a mentor today.
To sign up, or for more information, CLICK HERE and check the Olathe East Backpacks or Olathe East Mentor options.
LOCAL: Santa Fe Trail Middle School
At Santa Fe Trail Middle School there are several ways to volunteer.
Clothing Closet: Love to sort, hang, organize and arrange clothing and bless students at the same time? Visit the Santa Fe Trail Clothing Closet and help out during the day (arrangements must be made prior to arriving). Evening times are available, but arrangements need to be made in advance.
Tangible Needs: Hygiene products, underwear and socks for both boys and girls. (Feminine products, full size shampoo, toothpaste, deodorant are some high needs.)
Weekly Snack Pack Delivery: Pick up 42 snack packs on a Wednesday or Thursday each week from Mission Southside and deliver them to Santa Fe Trail by Friday at 10 AM.
Soccer Program: We are exploring the opportunity to help run a middle school soccer program at Santa Fe Trail in the Fall of 2015. Stay tuned for more details.
To volunteer with Santa Fe Trail, CLICK HERE and check their box under Heartland Outreach Volunteer Options.
LOCAL: Washington & Heatherstone Elementary Schools
In our partnership with Olathe Elementary schools we are providing mentors and a teacher appreciation lunch at the end of the school year.
If you arean adult who can commit to one hour every other week to invest in a student then we have a spot for you! Some students may need help with homework, a lunch buddy or additional support from an adult. All mentors will be trained through the Olathe School District and given a student to meet with for the year. As a mentor, you are required to visit the student during school hours at the school. Placement will be at Washington Elementary or Heatherstone Elementary.
At the end of each semester we will be hosting a teacher appreciation lunch for our partner schools’ teachers and staff. The teachers “go over and above” for the students and we want to say “Thank you!” Help plan, prepare, and set up food for the faculty of each school.
To volunteer with Washington or Heatherstone, CLICK HERE and check their box under Heartland Outreach Volunteer Options.
LOCAL: Mission Southside
Mission Southside has a neighbor’s heart … a heart that loves Jesus 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.
Volunteers are needed to deliver Snack packs to Santa Fe Trail Middle School every Thursday. Pick up 42 snack packs during business hours at Mission Southside and deliver to Santa Fe Trail by Friday at 10 AM.
Mission Southside can always use clothing/furniture donations, which can be dropped off at their offices, 15330 South Keeler Street, Olathe, KS 66062.
To volunteer with Heartland at Mission Southside, CLICK HERE and check their box under Heartland Outreach Volunteer Options.
URBAN: Mission Adelante
MISSION ADELANTE strives to serve the immigrants in our midst in ways that meet their most practical needs, and that demonstrate the love of Jesus. We have multi-level ESL classes for the adults, teens’ discipling ministries, and kids’ outreach Bible studies, for our Bhutanese and our Latino neighbors. We’d love to show you how easy it is to make a significant difference in the lives of our neighbors!
Tuesday,January 13 @ 6:30 PM: Bhutanese Programming Begins
Thursday, January 15 @6:30 PM: Latino Programming Begins
Please let us know if you are coming to observe or volunteer…click HERE to sign up.
URBAN: The Hope Center
THE HOPE CENTER has lots of different ways you can help serve kids in the urban core. The medical clinic, K-5 school, community development effort and youth programs are beating the odds by meeting core needs in one of Kansas City’s most abandoned neighborhoods.
URBAN: ESL Program at Redemption Church, Olathe
ESL PROGRAM – We are in need of volunteers to help serve the children of adults who are attending Redemption’s English as a Second Language classes. We split time playing outside (weather permitting) and playing board games, hide and seek, and four corners. It’s so much fun!
The ESL Program meets every Monday evening following the Olathe school district calendar (winter break, spring break, etc).
Join us from 7-8:30pm, at Redemption Church (515 S. Ridgeview).
To volunteer with the ESL Children’s program, click HERE and sign up.
URBAN: Strengthening Families at Redemption Church, Olathe
Tuesday’s, beginning January 20th
We are in need of volunteers to help prepare and serve dinner to the families who are attending the Strengthening Families Program (SFP) at our mission partner, Redemption Church. SFP is a family skills training program designed to increase resilience and reduce risk factors for behavioral, emotional, academic, and social problems in children ages 3-16 years old.
SFP begins Tuesday, January 20th and meets every Tuesday evening for fourteen weeks. Heartland has the opportunity to provide dinner for these families on January 20th, January 27th, February 3rd and February 10th. Dinner is served at 6:00 PM with group training (adults and teens) starting at 7:00 PM. Groups are brought back from 8:00-8:30 PM for family training and dessert.
CLICK HERE to volunteer with the Strengthening Families Program, and note that title in the volunteer box.
GLOBAL: Seaview, Africa Interest Group Forming
A new partnership between Heartland Community Church and One Life South Africa will exist to improve the education of students attending Elukholweni Farm School. Through our work together, the neediest students will have transportation costs to and from school paid for, they will have quality teachers in the classrooms giving them an education, and additional classroom space that was partially funded through the Beautiful Fight campaign. Students also have been able to participate in agricultural classes through hands on learning in the vegetable tunnels created by One Life to promote sustainable development within communities. By teaming with One Life, we are also ensuring that every student receives depth of care – a service that provides children with the appropriate medical and mental health care, educational support, mentoring and healthy meals. The most important part of depth of care that One Life offers is spiritual development. This is done through arts, music, sports ministry, as well as bible studies. Each One Life child also receives an English children’s Bible.
We are exploring various avenues to partner with the community of Seaview, a squatter camp area that students from Elukholweni reside in. Some of these projects may include additional water supplies within the camp, child sponsorship of students that attend Elukholweni, and One Life transport bus so that all students have access to free, safe, and reliable transportation to and from school. If you are interested in joining our Missions: Africa Interest Group, CLICK HERE. We will be in touch with occasional updates and prayer requests.