The items collected will be used throughout the school year to keep these programs stocked with toys, school supplies and personal items that the students will enjoy and help them achieve individual growth and academic success. The list below is meant to be a guide, and you are not being asked to purchase all of these items. You are welcome to purchase only one item, or buy as many as you like- whatever fits within your budget. All items must be new and unwrapped.
Items will be collected on Friday, December 4th from 9am-noon in the circle drive of Building A at Resurrection Leawood.
• Action figures
• Arts & crafts, science or model kits
• Scooters and helmets
• Lego building sets
• Matchbox or Hotwheels car sets with tracks
• Slime or Play-Doh sets
• Sports balls- Football, Basketball, Soccer
• Ethnic dolls
• Beyblade Burst sets
PLEASE NO: Food, baseballs, holiday-themed items, clothes or battery-operated toys, weapons (foam or fake guns, knives, bow and arrow sets), and no stuffed animals.
For questions about Partner Schools Toy Drive - December 4 contact Ann Carter at 913-707-7209, or email using the form below.
Be a Backpack Angel!
Kids who are food insecure face additional hardship over the weekends. Resurrection’s Backpacks for Hunger Ministry helps alleviate this issue by providing nutritious, child-friendly food to over 1,800 students a week. Bags of weekend food go to students at Phillips, Rogers, Troost and Wheatley Elementary in KCMO, Quindaro and Welborn in KCK and Ridgeview Elementary in Olathe.
Students who participate in the program receive a bag with items such as cereal, shelf stable milk, fruit cups, soup or pasta and other non-perishable food that is easily prepared. You can provide food for a student for a year for $225, or $25/month by dropping a check in the collection plate with "Backpacks for Hunger" noted in the memo line or contact Roberta Lyle at firstname.lastname@example.org or 913-544-0254 to make arrangements to donate.
Now more than ever families who are struggling can use a little extra help to meet their children's needs.
Even though children from most of our ongoing school partners are not meeting in person, we are working with their schools and the district to deliver the Backpacks for Hunger bags filled with non-perishable food for the weekend.
Join a small group of people on Wednesday afternoons at the Leawood campus for a 90-minute shift and help organize the food and participate in the filling of over 1,000 bags of food that will be delivered to seven schools across the city.
Safety precautions are in place, including reducing the number of volunteers serving at one time, raising the age requirement for participation, requiring face masks and asking screening questions.
If you are able to be on your feet and active for 90 minutes please join us. Those taking part in set up should be able to lift 10-15 lbs. Learn more and register here.
Other ways to serve:
All activities take place at Resurrection Leawood Campus, Building A, Lower Level Mission Space.
For questions about Backpacks for Hunger contact Roberta Lyle at (913) 544-0254, or email using the form below.
Cultural Competency training is required before serving in on-going Kansas City Mission programs in order to provide a safe environment for all those we serve in urban areas. Empowering and educational, this training will provide each participant with a heightened awareness about our neighbors in Kansas City's urban core. Those who need this training may be interested in serving on the bookmobile, as a tutor, or in a classroom at one of our partner schools. Additionally, individuals who may go into some of our partner agencies in urban areas should plan to take this training.
All classes will take place over Zoom. Seating is limited and classes not meeting a minimum size may be rescheduled. Please be sure to carefully select an appropriate date.
Click on the date below to register for the training:
Safe Gatherings certification is also required for those working in the schools or entering people's homes for furnishings pick ups. If you are not already Safe Gatherings certified (certification lasts four years) you can begin that process here.
For questions about Partner Schools Cultural Competency Training contact Michelle Van Pelt at (913) 232-4116, or email using the form below.
“It is through education that the daughter of a peasant can become a doctor, that the son of a mine worker can become the head of the mine, that a child of farm workers can become the president of a great nation. It is what we make out of what we have, not what we are given, that separates one person from another.” - Nelson Mandela
Church of the Resurrection believes strongly in the power of education. Nelson Mandela stated, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” The best tool to defeat future poverty is to equip the next generation to learn and lead. This is why we at Resurrection believe in supporting children & schools here in Kansas City and around the world.
Change the trajectory of a child’s life by supporting them at one of our global partner schools - Learn more about global partner school sponsorship opportunities.
Honduras - Juan Wesley School
Public school conditions in Honduras are often poor, and in the town of Ciudad España, only go through the 9th grade. Low education and lack of jobs often leaves youth with two choices: to join a gang, or to leave the country and their family to look for work.
Through our partnership with Cristo Resucitado Methodist church in Ciudad España, the Juan Wesley Methodist K-12 school was completed in 2015 to offer a quality, private, faith-based education to the community and surrounding towns.
South Africa - Ditshego House of Laughter
In 2014, Church of the Resurrection began a partnership with the Ditshego House of Laughter. This is a non-profit organization providing multiple services for approximately 350 vulnerable children in the informal settlement of Mooiplaas, South Africa. More than 16,000 people make their home in Mooiplaas at the base of a landfill in the area between Johannesburg and Pretoria (now Tshwane).
Among Ditshego’s services are a preschool, an Open School for older children, a House of Safety for foster children, and after-school services. Without Ditshego these children would not have a chance for an education because many are undocumented or immigrants.
Church of the Resurrection provides opportunities for serve trip members to work with students, teachers and staff to deliver requested lesson plans, provide training and participate in light renovation projects at the school. Church members can also provide scholarships for students to attend the school and receive services.
Malawi - Malawi United Methodist Church Preschools
Early childhood education is necessary because children are very receptive to learning in their early years. For many people, there are no funds available for Early Child Education and no money for nutritious meals. At the MUMC Preschools they try to serve the most vulnerable families in each of their communities with Early Childhood Education from Monday thru Friday, nutritious porridge, safe care while parents are at work, and school supplies.
For questions about Global Partner Schools contact Sheree Reece at (913) 232-4127, or email using the form below.
COVID-19 Update: We are currently reviewing our processes to be sure everyone is as safe as possible. Volunteers should be prepared to take precautions and answer a short questionnaire to help with this process.
Join the team of drivers and volunteers that keep the bookmobile rolling and help kids select books to keep and enjoy.
Drivers typically serve for 4-5 hours during regular business hours and occasionally some evenings and weekends. Serve as often or as little as your schedule allows. Must be 21 years of age with good driving record. Please contact Linda Warne to learn more about driving our bookmobile.
Bookmobile volunteers help students in need select a "just right" book they can keep and add to their home libraries. Contact Ann Carter to learn how you can serve with the Resurrection Bookmobile.
To get involved, please plan to attend an upcoming Cultural Competency Training and complete the Safe Gatherings application process. Both trainings are available online. Bookmobile volunteers must be 16 or older. More information & upcoming dates are available on our Partner Schools Cultural Competency Training page.
For questions about Volunteer with the Bookmobile contact Roberta Lyle at (913) 544-0254, or email using the form below.
Using Psalm 4:8 as the guiding mission, the Beds Program provides new beds to children who don’t have beds of their own in Kansas City urban and suburban communities. Our purpose is to recognize and address the physical need for sleep, thus providing a sense of comfort, rest and peace. Through this coordinated demonstration of God’s love and provision, we will bring smiles and comfort to children and families. Our focus is to serve the children referred by Resurrection's partner school districts and specific mission partners.
Volunteers are needed to load/unload mattresses, greet participants and assist them in picking up linens and pajamas. This is a great serving opportunity for the whole family-appropriate for children 7 and older when accompanied by an adult. Please note this event takes place outside-dress accordingly!
Host a linen drive in your school, workplace, or neighborhood! New twin linens will be provided to school aged children who receive beds through the Program. If you need more information on the Program for your drive, please contact email@example.com.
Have access to free or inexpensive lumber? We are always looking for lumber to build our slat support structure. This structure is used in place of a box spring.
Don’t let a Kansas City child sleep on the floor tonight. Consider sponsoring a bed!
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Please visit the Beds Ministry Donations page for more information about how to support this ministry with donations.
I will both lie down and sleep in peace; for you alone, O Lord, make me lie down in safety. -Psalm 4:8
For questions about Beds Ministry Overview & Volunteer Opportunities contact Beds Ministry , or email using the form below.
Bless the Teacher is a ministry where volunteers write a monthly note of encouragement to a staff member at one of our Partner Schools. If you enjoy writing brief notes of support that will brighten and bless someone's day, this ministry is perfect for you! The commitment is monthly, September - May.
For questions about Bless the Teacher contact Linda Crawford , or email using the form below.
Do you enjoy practicing radical hospitality?
A new ministry is forming which will develop hospitality opportunities to show appreciation and bless the staff of our partner schools. The Partner School Hospitality team will meet a few times each semester to determine and organize the hospitality opportunities.
For questions about Partner School Hospitality Ministry contact Linda Brisco , or email using the form below.
Grace United Community Ministries operates to better the community one person at a time in a holistic approach through basic needs, supportive needs and spiritual needs.
Grace currently offers an after school tutoring program for children Kindergarten through 8th grade.
When: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, 3:50-5:45 pm.
Where: Grace United Ministries, 811 Benton Blvd, Kansas City, MO.
Approximately 80-90 students attend four days a week, Monday through Thursday from 3:50 to 5:45 pm. The program follows the KCMO school calendar. All students are tested to determine their reading grade level and math proficiency. A retired district reading specialist coordinates the curriculum and after more than ten years of operating, the program has achieved success in helping these children reach grade level proficiencies. Adults work one on one with students in a structured environment and normally tutor three students each session.
Passions and skills that are especially helpful for serving in this role are children, education, literacy, care & support, mentoring, underprivileged, justice and mentoring.
If you are interested in helping with this ministry, please contact Linda Anderson at email@example.com or (816) 352-3741.
For questions about After School Tutoring contact Linda Anderson at (816) 352-3741, or email using the form below.
Tutor with children grades K-6 at one of Resurrection's partner school locations helping students improve their reading and math skills.
Tutor or Reading Buddy: Assist students with reading skills, letter recognition and/or letter sounds. Requires weekly commitment.
Classroom Assistant: Assist teachers in classrooms and work with individuals or small groups of children; help the teacher with other needed tasks. Requires weekly commitment.
Lunch Buddies: Be a mentor and build self confidence with children. Enjoy lunch with a student each week while reading, visiting, or working on flashcards.
Ages: Volunteers must be 18 years and older.
Training Requirements: In order to provide a safe environment for all children, background checks and specialized training will be required prior to serving as a tutor. Please go to the Partner Schools Cultural Competency Training page for training dates and to register. Safe Gatherings certification is also required for those working in the schools. If you are not already Safe Gatherings certified (certification lasts four years) you will receive tips to help you quickly complete the required online training when you attend Urban Volunteer training.
Additionally, if you will be volunteering in one of the Kansas City Missouri schools (Troost, JA Rogers, Wheatley, Wendell Phillips or East High School) you must complete this KCMO Volunteer Application.
If you are volunteering in one of the KCK schools ( Welborn or Quindaro) please complete this KCK Volunteer Application.
For questions about Partner School Tutors and Classroom Buddies contact Roberta Lyle at (913) 544-0254, or email using the form below.
If you are considering taking the next step and attending training but would like to know more details about serving opportunities and time commitments involved please email Ann Carter or call her at (913) 707-7209.
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