Community of Christ

Programs Funded

World Hunger - Programs Funded

October 2016 Grants Approved

Mt. Vernon, IL Community Garden

Approved Grant Amount: $4000

The Mt. Vernon, IL Community of Christ congregation is deeply involved in a variety of ministries that serve the everyday needs of people in their low- income community. This WHTL grant will provide startup funds to allow the congregation to use existing land around their church building to provide an opportunity for persons in the community a chance to learn how to garden, grow their own produce, and build relationships with their fellow gardeners and church members. The congregation also plans to offer a variety of classes on food sanitation, food handling, cooking, canning/freezing, and “cottage” licensing to market their produce at the local farmer’s market.

Honduras Rural Health Care

Approved Grant Amount: $9,200

Community of Christ affiliate, Health Ministries Association, has actively partnered with the church, other health professionals, and professional organizations in active health ministry in Central America for over 15 years. This partnership now involves WHTL funding support to hire a Honduran university graduate professional nurse who will serve 5-6 rural villages with limited access to health care. Regular health clinics and educational classes on pregnancy, child health, nutrition, and other pertinent topics will now be available to approximately 2000 persons. Partnership goals have also been established in cooperation with the Community of Christ in Honduras and Health Ministries Association to maximize potential and meet shared goals.

World Accord - Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Approved Grant Amount: $140,000 (USA)

World Accord’s 2016 program continues its development work by partnering with six core partners in five countries around the world. World Accord complements the work of its partners by providing support for building the capacity of local partners and communities to promote sustainable local development through comprehensive project management planning, participatory evaluation, accountable budgeting, gender mainstreaming, strategic planning, and funding diversification. This year’s World Hunger funding supports programs in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras while also helping provide support for administrative costs associated with the work of World Accord in the field. 

Helping Hands of Odessa - Odessa, Missouri, USA

Approved Grant Amount:  $ 6,000

Helping Hands of Odessa is a volunteer ministry of the Odessa Community of Christ that was started in March 2014 to create a local food panty and provide compassionate ministries in the local community to families and individuals who need food, clothing, household items, or church ministers and ministries to assist and support them. Local churches, businesses, community organizations, and private citizens provide ongoing support to assist with this important ministry. Those being served include the elderly, low-income families or families out of work, single parent families, and people on disability. Ministerial assistance and support is available to those who request it and people are encouraged to attend the church of their choice and get involved in church related activities.

April 2016 Grants Approved

Midlands Mission Center – Central Avenue Center of Hope

Approved Grant Amount:  $7,500

The primary purpose of the Center of Hope is to feed the hungry, provide necessary personal items, and promote self-worth, hope and acceptance to all who are served regardless of their circumstances.  A noon meal is served five days a week and on holidays.  Showers are made available to the public and a thrift stores is open for families to purchase household items and clothing at reduced prices. Services provided include social, emotional, physical and spiritual nurturing for individuals/families who are disabled or elderly in the Wyandotte County are of Kansas.

Lamoni, Iowa Food Pantry

Approved Grant Amount:  $1,650

The food pantry serves families within the Lamoni (Iowa) School District.  The goal is to improve the diets of low-income families by providing a wider variety of fresh foods.  The approach is two-fold:

  1. Fresh vegetables are a staple in families’ kitchens.  The intent is to provide fresh produce in season to the table of Pantry families.
  2. With the assistance of local 4-H youth and Graceland University students involved in Service Learning the pantry will take the lead in constructing six additional raised gardens adding to the eighteen already in place, securing seeds/seedlings for the families, helping them supply their own fresh vegetable this season and beyond.

Eastern Great Lakes Mission Center – Dinner for a Dollar

Approved Grant Amount:  $2495

The purpose of the program is to help individuals, families, and seniors who are struggling to make ends meet.  A monthly spaghetti dinner is offered in and inviting and sociable environment.  The average dinner attendance for 2015 was 150 persons.  The Pittsburgh, PA South Hills Congregation is the supporting organization.

Philippines – CORD (Community One Resources Development)

Approved Grant Amount:  $28,178

In support of the mission of CORD, seeking to improve the lives of people with good nutrition increase in income, and value transformation, an additional program titled “Developing Dairy zone for Smallholder Farmer” is being implemented and expanded to 12 villages in the municipality of Quezon where 600 families were organized and empowered to act on their own community issues.

Additionally, CORD is also facilitating other income generating projects like worm composting to produce organic fertilizer, mushroom production, pig projects and marketing.

Bread for the World – Washington, D.C.

Approved Grant Amount:  $20,000

Bread for the World is a collective Christian voice urging U.S. policy makers to end hunger at home and around the world.  As a non-profit, Bread for the World works in a bipartisan way through its network of many individual members, churches and denominations ensuring its presence in all U.S. congressional districts.  The church has been associated with Bread for the World for many years.

Outreach International

Approved Grant Amount:  $199,500

Outreach International serves the world’s poorest people.  This is done through comprehensive, sustainable human development within communities.  The organization believes that the answer to ending poverty is to create self-sufficiency by mobilizing groups that will work together to solve common problems.

The following programs received financial support:

  • Haiti Schools Feeding Program
  • Gumiguda (India) School Nutrition Program