Opportunities to Serve

Haiti
Since 1984, St. Michael’s has been building a relationship with the people in rural southwest Haiti through our partner parish, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Torbeck. The main focus of our partnership is supporting St. Paul’s as they provide education to over 200 children each year. St. Michael’s is the sole source of support for this elementary school. We provide funding to pay the teachers’ salaries, maintain the facilities, and provide school supplies and worm tablets for the students. We also send mission teams to aid in making improvements to the grounds of St. Paul’s and the school.

How YOU can help
This ministry needs your time, talent and treasure. Meaning, we need your prayers. We need your special abilities to further this ministry (contact us if you think you have a special skill we can utilize). And we need your financial support to keep the school and church going. 

Each year, St. Michael’s hosts a “Haiti Beans and Rice Brunch” to help raise awareness as we hold our annual financial drive. Donations can be made year-round. Checks can be made out to “St. Michael’s” with “Haiti Ministry” in the memo and turned into the church office or in the offertory plates during a Sunday worship service. 
 
If you are interested in being further involved with this ministry, contact Gary Welker at gewelker@gmail.com to find out how you can help.



Neighborhood Pantry at St. Paul's
We partner with St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Kansas City, Kansas to provide a Neighborhood Food Pantry. The Neighborhood Food Pantry serves the hungry by providing Commodities Service (TEFAP) as well as fresh produce and bread to those who are in need. Contributions help to feed families in need the area around St. Paul’s. The pantry is open and distributes to those needing food, “Neighbors” Wednesdays, 12 pm—2:30 pm and Saturdays, 10 am—12:30 pm. Those needing food are assisted by “shoppers” (volunteers) that assist the neighbors in getting groceries and produce. The pantry is located at 
1300 N. 18th St., Kansas City, KS  66102. St. Michael’s and other parishes in the area help staff the food pantry, gather donated food items, and give cash donations to help purchase grocery items. 

How YOU can help
You can support the Neighborhood Pantry at St. Paul’s by making food and monetary donations, or by volunteering your time and serving as a “shopper.” A list of needed food items are posted every week in the St. Michael’s newsletter. Help us keep the shelves at the pantry stocked! 

If you are interested in helping in any of these ways, contact Sarah Peckham, speckham@kc.rr.com for more information.



Breakfast at St. Paul’s
The parishioners of St. Michael’s have been preparing and serving breakfast at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Kansas City, Kansas since 1998! This is an outreach to the people in the area of St. Paul’s, to serve a delicious breakfast with love and compassion. Each week the guests are invited to a meal of scrambled eggs, hash brown potatoes, biscuits and gravy, pancakes, fresh fruit, coffee and juice. Breakfast is served from 9:30 to about 10:30 am.

How YOU can help
There are two ways you can support this ministry. The first is by volunteering your time. We need people to help serve breakfast! St. Michael’s is one of many groups that help keep this breakfast going. St. Michael’s is responsible for filling volunteers on the fourth Saturday of each month. The breakfast volunteers can help for one or both of the following shifts:
  • Shift One (7:20–9:30 am) volunteers prepare and set up for breakfast
  • Shift Two (9:15–11:00 am) volunteers help serve breakfast and to clean up.
First–time volunteers need not worry. There will always be veteran volunteers at the breakfast to help and support our new people. The second way you can support this ministry is through donations. We need donations to help us cover costs. To donate to the Breakfast at St. Paul’s ministry, please make checks out to "St. Paul's Episcopal Church" and write "Food Pantry #2233" on the memo line. You can drop your check in the offering plate on Sunday or leave it in the church office anytime.

If you’re interested in volunteering or would like to know more about Breakfast at St. Paul’s contact Julie Marcus, jmarcus5@kc.rr.com.


BackSnack
St. Michael’s has an on-going partnership with two elementary schools, Crestview and Rushton. We support these two elementary schools in many ways throughout the year.
 
A large part of that support comes from the BackSnack program. Each week 120 backpacks are filled with nutritious foods and delivered to Crestview and Rushton. The backpacks are taken home by children who might not have enough food to eat over the weekend. They are returned to the school on Mondays and our volunteers bring them back to St. Michael’s so they can be prepared for the next weekend. 

How YOU can help
St. Michael’s needs volunteers to keep this ministry going. We need people that can fill the backpacks with food—which takes place at St. Michael’s—deliver the bags to Rushton and Crestview, or bring the backpacks back to St. Michael’s. If you are interested in helping in any of these ways, contact Amy Winter,
awinterkc@gmail.com, to get started!

The people that have assisted with this program are richly blessed by their experiences at Crestview and Rushton. Volunteer as an individual, or bring your friends and stuff backpacks. The process is easy, doesn’t take long, and it’s fun!


Uplift
Uplift supports the homeless community in Kansas City by providing a nutritious, home-cooked meals. The meals are prepared by volunteers and are delivered by vans to the homeless on the 4th and 5th Mondays of the month. 

How YOU can help 
Uplift needs volunteers to prepare meals in their homes. The recipes are provided to volunteers. Once prepared, the meals are brought to St. Michael’s in aluminum containers (available at St. Michael’s) marked “UPLIFT” by Monday at 3 pm and placed in the kitchen’s refrigerator. 

Uplift also needs volunteers that ride on the vans to help deliver meals to the homeless. There are five seats available on each of three vans that go out three nights a week—Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. Let us know well in advance if there is a time you would like to join us in this ministry.

To cook meals for the 4th Monday of every month, contact Debbie Kremers, kremers6@aol.com.

 

HopeBUILDERS
Since 2000, HopeBUILDERS has been helping people in the Kansas City Metro area live in Safety, Comfort, and Dignity. We have helped hundreds of homeowners regain hope that their community indeed cares about them. With all the natural disasters occurring around the world, HopeBUILDERS exists to ensure that those in need right in our own back yard are not forgotten.
HopeBUILDERS is a non profit organization that assists people in our local communities who may not have the ability to keep up on their home maintenance, address accessibility needs and other similar problems. Many elderly, disabled or single parents need help and have nowhere to turn. Through HopeBUILDERS we coordinate resources in our community to help meet those needs.

How YOU can help
St. Michael’s has a small team that comes together when a call for help is sounded. The team is always looking for new members to answer those calls. As a part of the team you, and the other team members, would be called and asked to help complete the service project as the need arises. 

Are you not handy with tools? Not to worry! This team is welcoming and loves to teach others. If you have questions or would like to become involved, take a tear-away slip below to get in touch with St. Michael’s HopeBUILDERS’ team leader, or Rich Labelle (picture below) or Greg Wayne.

Contact Person: Rich Labelle at richlabelle@kc.rr.com.

Many hands make light work!