The work of our social outreach ministries includes a range of programs through which we assist, both directly and indirectly, people in need. It is our goal to develop a comprehensive program from which you choose an area that is important to you.
Our work is directed to the global, national, diocesan and local community. Wherever there is a need, we shall try to respond. In this way, we are a conduit by which we all can reveal Christ’s love to those who are most in need.
We lament with Christ that the poor may very well always be with us. In these programs, we cannot and do not provide comprehensive solutions. Rather, we touch one person or family in need at a time, doing what we are able to do. Join us in reaching out to a community in need — in being a source of assistance to those who so desperately require it.
Hunger Relief Ministries
The Cathedral works in partnership with Episcopal Community Services and the Episcopal Hunger Relief Network in an effort to ease the burden of hunger in our community. This partnership involves an annual financial donation to ECS and supporting individual ministries. The following are ways you can become involved in feeding the hungry.
Nonperishable Food Collection, St. Mary’s Food Pantry
Food pantries across the city are experiencing empty shelves as the people needing food continues to increase. The pantry at St. Mary’s (13th and Holmes) needs assistance to help keep their pantry stocked. On the second Sunday of each month, Cathedral members are asked to donate non-perishable food items and place them in the large basket in the tower.
Contact: Sally Livengood and Deb Buckner
Volunteer at St. Mary’s Food Pantry
Each year St. Mary’s Food Pantry gives out more than 4,000 sacks of groceries to those in need. Volunteers are needed to help in St. Mary’s Food Pantry, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. one Saturday a month.
Contact: Deacon Jerry Grabher
Grocery Bag Collection, St. Paul’s Pantry
Paper and plastic bags are collected for St. Paul’s food pantry that uses in excess of 300 bags weekly. The large basket in the tower entrance is the collection point for bags.
Contact: Mary Byrne
Kansas City Community Kitchen
The KCCK now serves as many as 600 healthy lunches each day to the homeless and precariously housed. This cannot be accomplished without volunteers. Join the Hunger Action Team — bring your own group, join in with another group or come on your own as one of our “ala carte” volunteers. Food prep teams are needed in the mornings, afternoons, evenings and Saturdays. During mid-day, there are opportunities to serve meals during the lunch hour or deliver for Meals-on-Wheels to homebound individuals. Call 816-561-8920 to be connected to the right person, or visit Facebook at www.facebook.com/HungerActionTeam
The Kansas City Community Kitchen and local pantries need to increase the amount of fresh produce available to provide healthier food options to the guests and neighbors that are served. One of the best ways to do this is to join a gleaning team in collecting from-the-farm produce during gleanings. Go to www.facebook.com/HungerActionTeam for regular updates on gleaning and food rescue opportunities. Help not only feed neighbors in need — help to feed them more nutritiously.
Many families living in poverty rely on free or reduced-free school breakfasts and lunches for their school-aged children. Often these children don’t have enough to eat over the weekend. Backsnacks are provided each week full on non-perishable food for these children each weekend. Help is needed for packing and delivering bags to schools. Currently the cathedral serves 250 children in five schools across three school districts. Additionally supplemental bags containing family meals are provided for holidays and spring break.
Contact: Carol Whitehead
Foster Care Projects
Assistance is provided to children in the foster care system. This includes hosting events for Christmas, providing Easter Baskets, donating school supplies, providing birthday gift cards for children who wouldn’t otherwise get birthday presents and making breathing stars for the counseling program at Crittenton Children’s Center, a part of Saint Luke’s Health Care System.
Contact: Paulette Crawford
Diaper Collection for HappyBottoms
HappyBottoms hopes to alleviate families having to choose between diapers and other essential living expenses by holding diaper donation drives throughout Kansas City. The average family uses 2900 diapers in a year and they cannot use any assistance for the purchase of diapers. The Cathedral hosts several diaper drives throughout the year to help Happy Bottoms provide for this basic need. Learn more
Contact: Jackye Finnie
Global Birthing Home Foundation—Maison de Naissance/Friends of MN
Maison de Naissance is a birthing home in southwest Haiti that provides services free of charge to Haitian women: women’s reproductive health; family planning; prenatal care and delivery, postnatal care and well-baby care through infancy; HIV screening, counseling and treatment for the prevention of maternal to child transmission of HIV; and community healthcare visits. Friends of MN at GHTC support MN in the following ways: providing articles in The Angelus with information relating to MN, annual anniversary celebration of the birthing center, collecting “onesies” during Advent and collecting donations on Sundays when there is a baptism.
Contact: Marian Philip or Paula Miller
The Cathedral extends beyond its borders through an ongoing effort through Episcopal Relief and Development to offer support to our companion diocese of Botswana and other sub-Saharan African countries in their fight against high mortality rates. Most recently the Cathedral was involved in the Nets for Life program, which helped in the fight against the life-threatening disease of malaria. There is an opportunity to expand African outreach to other areas of Botswana. Contact: Joyce Morrow
AIDS Walk-Kansas City
A team is sponsored each year for the annual AIDS Walk KC to help raise funds for local organizations that help fulfill basic life needs of people and families stricken with AIDS.
Contact: Lenette or Juliana Johnson
The Cathedral is always investigating ways to grow outreach in the community.
This past summer a team of volunteers donated their time and talents serving lunch at Kid’s Café, a summer lunch program for children through Harvesters, as well as tutoring/mentoring students who had below grade level reading skills. When a need was revealed at James Elementary for school uniforms for children whose families who couldn’t afford them, the Social Outreach Commission responded by initiating a uniform drive through the summer. This fall SOC will be involved in the Flu and Fleece program at Kansas City Community Kitchen providing warm winter outerwear and flu shots.
In the past SOC has responded to those affected by natural disasters, rebuilding of churches that faced catastrophes, local Habitat for Humanity projects as well as providing financial support to several community projects.
Social Outreach is open to supporting new ministries and causes. Is there an outreach project you want to see the Cathedral support? Contact Terri Curran to explore possibilities for how the Cathedral can reach out to those in need.
How can I help?
Give your time
Mail donations to:
Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral
PO Box 412048
Kansas City MO 64141-2048
Memo Social Outreach Commission on your check.
Pray for those involved with the Cathedral’s social outreach ministries and those who need our help.