The Mid-America Healthcare Coalition and Homeland Security have compiled a Regional Donations Management Reference Guide. It is three pages and the list of donated items sought is on page 3. Please let us know if your congregation or church group are helping. We would like to celebrate you!
Rev. Helen Nelson writes: Some of your congregants my be looking for a volunteer project they can do while safely staying home. I work for Phoenix Family, a nonprofit serving 6,000 low-income families and senior and disabled adults in Missouri, Kansas, and Iowa. With stay-at-home orders being lifted, I am learning that we now need many more masks, for babies, toddlers, children, working-age teens and adults, as well as high-risk senior and disabled adults. I have collected about 250 homemade non-medical masks so far for our senior and disabled adults, and about 30 for our children. Today I have received requests for another 250 adult masks and 250 assorted size masks for babies, toddlers, children, and teens. I expect to receive more requests. This is an all-hands-on-deck call for support. Please call or text my work phone at 816-582-7022, or email me at work at email@example.com. #God is good, and people are too!
HOPEWRX feeds people in the Northland. Thanks to Hillside Christian Church for this opportunity to offer support.
Community Services League helps people in Eastern Jackson County. This Tuesday, Eastgate Christian Church will receive non-perishable food items and/or financial donations to CSL which will be matched by the congregation.
The National Benevolent Association has launched a grant program, COVID-19 NBA Response Grants, to support Disciples health and social services ministries that have been affected by the Coronavirus pandemic. With this funding we seek to offer relief to ministries that have been detrimentally impacted as well as to support new projects created in service to those suffering because of Coronavirus.Below, please find information and links for the new grant program.
A brief description of the COVID-19 NBA Response Grants program: To offer a rapid and impactful response to the Coronavirus pandemic, the National Benevolent Association is offering grant funding to support Disciples-related ministries that are working locally in response to this crisis. With this funding we seek to offer relief to ministries that have been detrimentally impacted and to support new projects created in service to those suffering because of the pandemic. All Disciples-related health and social services ministries and congregation-affiliated projects in the United States and Canada are invited to apply. Eligible applicants must demonstrate in detail their financial need for support related to COVID-19. For more information and to apply, visit NBAcares.org/covid-19-grants.
Please reach out to me or to our Grants Coordinatorat Grants@NBAcares.org with any questions. I thank you for the support and ministry you provide, especially during this crisis. You continue to be in my prayers. With Care, Mark
Mark D. Anderson, MSW President and CEO
National Benevolent Association of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) (314) 993-9000 ext 6602 (direct line) | www.nbacares.org 733 Union Boulevard, Suite 300 St. Louis, Missouri 63108
The College of Regional Ministers is joining with members of the whole church in seven days of prayer for healthcare workers. Disciples from across the U.S. and Canada are signing up to take slots. You may join them by going here: https://doodle.com/poll/b3fdbxcu2fmmbwmi
Harvesters posted a plea for help on its Facebook page for anyone who is healthy and able to sign up for a volunteer slot. Like many organizations, volunteers are required to sign a waiver that they are in good health and they have not recently traveled out of Kansas or Missouri. Schools groups and anyone under 18 are no longer allowed to volunteer. (To volunteer, go online or call 816-929-3000.) At this time, Harvesters is requesting money over donated food.
PRESS RELEASE Kansas City Regional Community Organizations Active in Disaster (KCRCOAD) Are there agencies in your community in need of volunteers? KCRCOAD in partnership with United Way of Greater Kansas City (UWGKC) has established a Virtual Volunteer Registration Center (VVRC) View CRISIS GUIDE volunteer opportunities related to COVID-19 pandemic here Crisis Guide Volunteer Requests can be added on UWGKC site by contacting Brandon Calloway | Volunteer Engagement Manager | United Way of Greater Kansas City Phone: 816-559-4769 | firstname.lastname@example.org If you are in need of volunteers, click this link to sign up your agency to request volunteers on the UWGKC website: https://www.volunteeruwgkc.com/agency/signup/ If you are an individual looking for volunteer opportunities, click this link to sign up on the UWGKC website: https://www.volunteeruwgkc.com/user/register/ KC Regional COAD email@example.com www.kcregionalvoad.org
The Directors have decided that Micah Ministries will be canceled for the next 2 weeks - Monday, April, 6 and Monday, April, 13. The situation will then be reevaluated. In the meantime, Darrell and Rev. Sharon Cantrell are contacting Hope Faith Ministries, which is the central food distribution site here in Kansas City, MO for those in need. They are planning on making sack lunches to deliver to Hope Faith Ministries. If you are interested in participating please contact Sharon and Darrell directly for information
“I have changed the size from their recommended 6" X 9" to 7" X 9" to make it a more universal size for all. Additionally, I take 3 tucks on each side of mask rather than 2. Just makes the one size fits all work. The dimensions and size as given in the U-tube will also work fine... I just made this adjustment to accommodate full size adults. Use 100% cotton so they can be laundered and re-used. For the liner between outside fabrics, I used light weight flannel. (it's tight woven and hopefully offers another layer of protection), I understand elastic for making the masks is now hard to find so as we use up our personal supply we are all getting creative by using ribbon ties or making ties from strips of fabric. Seamstresses know how to adapt to what they have. Drop off sites can be found by googling for the area of town to meet convenience of the sewer. Close by my area (Foxwood Springs) is Fellowship Church, Greenwood Campus, 1601 W. Main St., Greenwood, MO 64034” - Contributed by Sue Miller, Fowood Springs – Thank you! If your congregation campus could be a drop off point for unopened containers of surgical masks, sewn masks, unopened containers of hand sanitizer, please contact our Regional Minister at 816.432.1414 to discuss how to do this safely. Please also call if you are aware of a drop off point already established near you. A list of drop off points will be published as soon as information becomes available.
“The stay at home order is particularly dangerous for people in abusive homes.” The abuse shelter hotline numbers are: