Next Gen/Missions Pastor
phone: ext. 131
Missions Regional Director & Alpha Course Coordinator
phone: ext. 130
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
In addition, we offer foster care/adoption information sessions and training for families ready to meet this need. Scroll down for current information on classes.
URBAN OUTREACH: Our urban outreach partnerships include volunteer and resource support at several locations.
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 & Diaper Donations Always Needed
- Purchase any items from this Food Pantry List and drop the items off in the collection bins in the atrium.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
URBAN: CarePortal Email Alerts
We are super excited to announce that Heartland is forming a mission partnership with CarePortal to help kids and families in need.
CarePortal, designed by the Global Orphan Project, is a website that makes complex needs simple. CarePortal connects child welfare workers to the local church, addressing the full range of needs for families in crisis. A qualified need is entered into the system, CarePortal communicates that need (within a 5-8 mile radius from Heartland) to us, and Heartlanders who opt-in to a weekly email are alerted and invited to meet the need.
Heartland will be connecting with CarePortal to meet “Tier 1″ needs–things like providing cribs, clothing, school supplies and other basics to help families and children in crisis.
If you are willing to receive a weekly email and respond to needs that YOU can meet, please sign up on the opt-in form below.
Have questions? Watch the 2 minute video above to learn more from our friends at CarePortal, or visit their website HERE.Click HERE to register
URBAN: Gracious Promise
Location: Gardner & Olathe Jails
Serve Hours: Visiting prisoners/ letter writing/ prayer
Description: Since 1995, Gracious Promise has ministered to the incarcerated and their families. To learn more about the opportunities to serve in this prison ministry, please contact Mike Farmer (CLICK HERE to email). You can also learn more on their website HERE.
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!
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.