10% of Our Income Dedicated to Outreach
In establishing our budget for 2017, KUCC has made a commitment to put giving first. We have pledged to dedicate 10% of all of our revenue–our “first fruits”– to mission and outreach. For information on the causes our giving supports, click here.
The Mission and Outreach Ministry at Kirkwood UCC is committed to serving our neighbors through personal involvement as well as commitment of financial resources. In addition to supporting the national and international outreach programs of the United Church of Christ, KUCC participates in local outreach programs, supplying volunteers as well as materials and financial aid.
We invite you to participate or donate funds or gift items to support these efforts. Help or contributions are always welcome!
God’s Helping Hands
Breakfast Served for the Homeless
On the 3rd Sunday of every month, members of KUCC provide, prepare and serve a hot breakfast to individuals at Antioch Baptist Church in North St. Louis. We are in need of reinforcements for our breakfast teams as some our long-time veterans retire from service. This rewarding ministry offers the opportunity to prepare breakfast for members of the homeless community in north St. Louis four Sundays a year. We have three teams, so we cover 12 Sundays out of the 52, and partner churches cover the other 40. We are cooking and serving at a new location as of January 2017: Antioch Baptist Church, across the street from our previous location, St. Philip’s Lutheran Church. Numbers vary but we often have over 100 come to start their week with the meal we provide.
If you are able to help, we will ask you to report to KUCC about 7 am on your appointed Sunday mornings to sort and load the supplies we take with us. Once we arrive at Antioch, our tasks include preparation–scrambling 12 dozen eggs, heating up sausage and biscuits, cutting fruit, and pouring juice– and then serving our guests and cleaning up the kitchen when all have been fed. Members of the teams build and enjoy camaraderie as they work together to make a positive difference in our city.
If you would be interested in participating, please contact Karen Zinkl-Taylor, Breakfast Ministry coordinator for KUCC.
Personal Care Item Collection
Many of the Sunday breakfast clients are homeless. In addition to a weekly meal, God’s Helping Hands also provides personal hygiene products that those who need them can take with them. Coordinator Janis Hutchinson hands out “kits” of sample-sized items for recipients who need to travel light. These products can allow a person who lives on the streets to keep clean before going into agencies to seek help or sometimes to get jobs. For many, sprucing up just helps with their self esteem. Thank you for all of the toiletries contributed to this ministy.
Our Sunday School children dedicate the second Sunday of each month to sort and assemble the personal care bags so that the Breakfast Team can deliver them back to St. Philips the following Sunday. Women’s Fellowship also pitched in to help with sorting at their February meeting.
You can help out by purchasing items from the list below and placing them in the basket in the Gathering Area labeled “personal care items.” Below is a list of items needed for the kits. Please remember to purchase SAMPLE or TRAVEL sizes, as they fit into the zip lock bags used to put together the complete kits. We currently have plenty of soap, shampoo, and conditioner. Items we need include the following:
- TOOTHBRUSHES (adult and child sizes)
- TOOTHPASTE (travel size tubes)
- New and gently used adult socks
- ZIP LOCK/RESEALABLE PLASTIC BAGS-GALLON SIZE (to package the items in)
HELP WANTED FOR KIRKCARE – KUCC is in need of someone to take the Kirk Care food we collect to the Kirk Care pantry. For more information, contact Judy Kamper, email@example.com or 314-607-5026
Canned and dry goods are collected throughout the year for KirkCare, a local food pantry providing for individuals within the Kirkwood School District attendance area. If you want to help, bring nonperishable food items and place them beneath the bulletin board in the Gathering Area. In addition to contributing food, members of KUCC serve on the KirkCare board and assist in the Christmas Food Distribution.
Habitat for Humanity
KUCC annually pledges financial support to the UCC Habitat House. In addition to raising money to meet the pledge, members of KUCC spend at least one Saturday doing hands-on work at the Habitat House. 25 local UCC congregations have been providing volunteers to rehab this home in Bellefontaine Neighbors. A crew from KUCC worked on August 20 this year at the house pictured above, located in Bellefontaine Neighbors. After standing empty for five years, the house is getting all new plumbing, electrical, and HVAC systems as well as a new, open layout. A lucky family will be moving in soon. Each year Bob Steen recruits help to continue this worthwhile ministry. To learn how you can get involved, contact Bob.
Textile and Shoe Donation Bin
KUCC is teaming up with Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri (BBBS) to accept textile, shoe, and small household donations. The donation bin is next to the west parking lot. BBBS receives money based on the weight of the textiles. Items to be collected include gently used clothes and clothes in poor condition that have stains and holes. If the clothes are suitable for resale, they go to Savers Thrift Store. If the clothes are not able to be resold, they are recycled and may be used as insulation or in mattresses. Other items that may be donated include: sheets, towels, blankets, dish clothes, and socks. Larger items such as used comforters and pillows may also be donated. In addition to textiles, used shoes are also accepted. The bin will be accessible to the surrounding community so that all may participate in this outreach and recycling effort.
To serve our local community, we regularly make our facilities available to non-profit groups such as Alanon, SLAA, COSA, and the Mom’s Club.