Serve in Kansas City and Beyond
Share God’s healing love in our community and beyond! Volunteer at our local partner schools, form friendships with others, assist those who are experiencing poverty, or find another way to serve that fits your schedule.
Fourth Wednesday 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Volunteer at the St. James Food and Toiletry Pantry. This will be located outside St. James on Paseo Blvd., and will be a drive-by distribution. You can volunteer each month or as time allows.
St. James United Methodist Diaper and Hygiene Ministry
Pantry Partners at St. Paul’s
St. James United Methodist Loads of Laundry
St. James United Methodist Food Pantry
Benjamin Banneker School Emergency Fund
This fund continues to make a positive impact on the families of the students attending the school. With your support, we have been able to work together with the Student Support Coordinator to provide emergency funds for families needing assistance with food, utilities, and housing.
Contact: Tom Murray
Benjamin Banneker Edible Schoolyard Garden
The garden creates an opportunity to teach students the value of planting, tending, harvesting, preparing, and eating food from their own backyard.
Hands on volunteers are needed- green thumbs are welcomed, but not required! Twice a week throughout the school year, volunteers present classes to six classrooms of enthusiastic first and second grade students- this presence is appreciated as they maintain a low student to teacher ratio for active learning.
If regular volunteering is not something you can commit to, you are welcome to join us for seasonal projects and clean-up days.
Contact: Dorothy Curry
Gordon Parks Elementary Charter School
The charter school provides strong year-round education within a safe environment for children in urban Kansas City, Missouri. The school provides hot breakfast and lunch, door-to-door transportation, maintains a 14:1 student-teacher ratio, supporting students so that they may focus on active learning. Students are exposed to a hands-on, project-based educational environment and spend many hours in the school’s STEAM lab. A team of counselors, special education teachers, a behavioral therapist and a family advocate work together to ensure that each student is receiving the support that they need.
If you are interested in supporting a one-time event, or giving one hour a week to read with, or mentor a student, please contact the coordinator.
Contact: Karen Lundgren
Clement Waters finds healing spaces by restoring a cooperative balance between humanity and nature. It nurtures relationships with struggling low-income populations in the urban core along with Native American Reservations throughout the Midwest. It initiates and sustains natural native food gardens and administers nature-therapy sessions. Come learn how nature can heal, soothe, and connect. Read more.
Contact: Joy Ellsworth
Kansas City Community Gardens
Kansas City Community Gardens gives us an opportunity to contribute to accessible gardening for all Kansas Citians. This is a one-day group project, usually held in February, focused on packaging seeds to be sold at an affordable price. St. Andrew’s also financially contributes to the cost of buying seeds and operating the greenhouse where the seedlings are grown. Read more.
Contact: Carolyn Kroh
Beyond Kansas City
St. Augustin School and Church (Maniche, Haiti)
St. Augustin’s continues to thrive despite the challenges that the country has been facing. With your support, we have been able to provide funds for teachers’ salaries, lunches for the students, and other essential needs. Though the impact of the 2021 earthquake was devastating, St. Augustin’s was able to acquire temporary buildings and the necessary materials to begin the school year on time– one of the only schools in the region to be able to do so. In the wake of unrest, natural disasters, and access to limited resources, the students have continued to show commitment to their academic work and perform well. In recent years, the 9th grade class was able to pass the national test with a 100% success rate!
St. Andrew’s members have made it possible to provide a hot meal for every student every school day through donations and two fundraising efforts:
- The Haiti Advent Card Sale
- The Haiti Benefit Dinner
Contact: Kathy Shaffer
Andie’s Pantry is an opportunity to connect with and support students and families at our partner school, Benjamin Banneker Elementary. There are many ways to get involved in Andie’s Pantry, whether it be shopping for a family, providing administrative support, or making a gift towards future grocery trips. Read more.
Nourish KC provides sustenance to our city’s most vulnerable, while rescuing and repurposing local produce that would otherwise be wasted. Nourish KC expects to invite over 200,000 Kansas Citians to dine with dignity each year. We invite you to join as one of St. Andrew’s five volunteers on the first Friday of each month to help with food preparation, plating, and serving the meals.
Pantry Partners at St. Paul's Episcopal Church
Fabric of Life
Fabric of Life creates and provides quilts to parishioners and other community members experiencing grief, sickness, or other difficulties that might appreciate a tangible reminder of love and support. This ministry has partnered with community organizations like CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) to encourage and uplift the people they serve.
You can donate batting, fabric backing, miscellaneous sewing supplies, or contribute your quilting and sewing skills.
Contact: Donna Adam
An annual St. Andrew’s event that offers individuals and families a hot meal and an opportunity to receive donated items that includes, brand new coats, hats, gloves, boots, hygiene kits and gas cards. Recently, we have partnered with St. James United Methodist Church and successfully served over 250 people. Watch the KSHB 41 News story
If you are interested in learning more about Free Store and ways that you can volunteer, please contact the coordinators.
St. James United Methodist Partnership
Serves 500 people each month at the drive through food pantry. Every fourth Wednesday from 3:30-5:30 p.m., we partner with St. James to distribute fresh food and pantry items. You can volunteer each month, or as time allows.
Loads of Love
On the third Saturday of every month, we work with St. James volunteers to provide free laundry at Carol’s Coin Laundry.
Diaper and Hygiene Ministry
On the first Wednesday of each month, we provide much needed essentials such as baby diapers, adult diapers, and feminine care products. These necessary products are not covered by SNAP benefits and many families struggle to afford them.
Connecting Community events are quarterly and encompass elements of Loads of Love, Food Pantry, and the Diaper and Hygiene Ministry in a fun atmosphere- often having a DJ and a community lunch.
Contact: Janet Kelley
The Pet Ministry works with pet outreach organizations helping local families with pet food, pet supplies for outdoor safety, and pet healthcare needs. We are proud to partner with Lucky 13 Pet Rescue, Rose Brooks Pet Shelter, Pet Resource Center, Uplift and Pawsperity to provide essentials to pets and the people who love them. Each October, we attend Brookside’s beloved Strutt with Your Mutt and offer pet blessings along the route.
Contact: Cathy Moseley
Rose Brooks & Rosie's Closet
Rose Brooks provides comprehensive services and support to individuals and families affected by domestic violence. Their services include emergency shelter, counseling, legal advocacy, and assistance with basic needs. Their mission is to break the cycle of domestic violence and empower individuals to build safe, stable, and self-sufficient lives.
Members of St. Andrew’s Trinity Guild participate in Rosie’s Closet, a clothing donation ministry. Volunteers who work with residents at Mission Chateau Memory Care also bring some of the completed service projects to the families at Rose Brooks. St. Andrew’s donates clothing, pet supplies, and offers occasional additional support with gift cards or special donations.
Contact: Cathy Moseley
Sister Berta's Friendship Circle
Sr. Berta’s Friendship Circle is an opportunity to listen, mentor, and connect with Operation Breakthrough mothers, directing toward resources when needed. The heart of this program is friendship, and it provides a chance to support a mother who is “swimming towards the boat”.
Contact: Dorothy Curry
Welcome House is a residential program for men who are seeking to reestablish their lives as they overcome alcohol and drug addiction. St. Andrew’s supports the Jump Start Program, which covers the cost for up to two weeks of rent, meals, and utilities while they look for employment and get their feet back under them. Many of these men have experienced life on the streets and look to this recovery community to receive guidance from those who have successfully overcome similar issues.