Community Outreach



Hands-On Ways to Help!





School will soon be starting and St. John’s will be collecting items for students who cannot afford needed supplies and uniforms.  We will collect items August 12th & 19th and cash donations are welcome.




School Uniforms − Sizes 4T to 16

Khaki Pants

Shirts in Navy, Black, Grey or Hunter Green



RAINBOW NETWORK | Our High School Scholarship Students



Spiral Notebooks

#2 Pencils



RAINBOW NETWORK | Elementary Students in our Village of La Gracia


Spiral Notebooks

#2 Pencils

Crayons or Markers

Metric Rulers

Safety Scissors











Our Annual Star Tree for Della Lamb is set up in the Rotunda through December 6.   Please select one or more stars. Then shop with your family for Operation Santa Claus.  Della Lamb parents and children are allowed to select gifts for their family members.

Food for a Christmas Dinner is also provided.  Della Lamb provides almost 2000 meals and gifts for many more that are living in poverty or on the margin.  Your donations of clothing, gifts, toys, books, and cash will be delivered to them on December 7th.  

Please DO NOT WRAP gifts.  They also ask for volunteers to help staff Operation Santa Claus, please contact them if you are interested. 

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Join the BackSnack Team

Harvesters’ BackSnack Program provides a pack of nutritious, kid-friendly food each week to children in area schools who would otherwise go hungry over the weekend.  St. John’s is the Community Partner for Academie Lafayette, a school in our neighborhood with two campuses, one at 69th and Oak, and the other at 34th and Cherry.  Our commitment each week is to deliver 20 pre-packed food kits (provided by Harvesters) to the schools usually on Friday mornings.  We have a team of people who work on this, so you do not need to make a commitment for every week.  We work out a calendar depending on who is available when.  Time commitment on any given day is about 60 minutes

If you would like more information, or want to volunteer to help please contact Julie Salmon at or 816.523.1119.






Baby Grace is St. John’s mission in partnership with Revolution UMC to help teen mothers-in-waiting, young mothers or grandmothers in poverty, or near-poverty, care for their infants and toddlers.

Fall/Winter CLOTHING DRIVE Through November 6!

We really need your help to supply the closet for the next quarterly Clothes Closet distribution.  Please clean out your closets and drawers and bring in all of your unused items sizes newborn to 5T. Also ask your family members, neighbors, and friends if they might have items to help us supply the closet.  A list of needed items is posted below and is also available in the Rotunda. Remember all gifts are tax deductible.  Warm clothing, blankets and pajamas are especially needed – Spring arrives in March, but the weather is still cold!

Thanks in advance from the mothers at Baby Grace.

 We are also collecting “dollars for diapers,” or boxes of disposable diapers. Currently there is not government assistance program of any type that will provide help in purchasing baby diapers. Many families in or near poverty, and those who are homeless, do not have laundry facilities or cannot afford laundromats (and some laundromats will not allow cloth diapers). Assistance with diapers is the #1 request from mothers needing assistance!

We also need donations** of

toys & books
high chairs & car seats (must still be within the dates specified by the manufacturer as still accepted)
… and items used to care for infants and toddlers

Your donations should be clean and must pass child safety regulations. Donations are tax deductible and receipts are available on request. I f you need a donation pick-up, please call the church office.

**Items may be new or used. Cash donations for diapers are always welcome. [Checks my be made to St. John's UMC with "Baby Grace" on the memo line.] Items may be left in St. John’s Rotunda at the collection cradle.

Informational brochures about the Baby Grace Ministry are available at the church in the Narthex, Chapel and Rotunda.








Our friends at N2N are now facing cold days and colder nights on the streets and in homes with no heat.  

They urgently need gloves, hats, scarves, coats, thermal underwear, warm clothing, shoes (casual & boots), socks, sleeping bags, and warm blankets.Please make sure that donations are clean and functional.

Prayers for their well-being are also needed as they face the coming months of cold weather in poverty.

Please drop off your donations on Sunday’s in the Rotunda or at the church office Monday-Thursday 9am -4pm. 



Join us to prepare and/or serve lunch at Neighbor 2 Neighbor each Monday. 9:30 AM – Noon. Or donate $40.00 for food for a meal.

Volunteer at Neighbor 2 Neighbor located at Mount Washington Missionary Baptist Church for one day a week to one or two days a month from 9:00 AM-1:00 PM. You will help set-up and serve breakfast and lunch, hand out hygiene products, and to welcome our neighbors to Neighbor to Neighbor and build to relationships that lead to a supportive community for the near-homeless and homeless in Kansas City.



Ruth Gerald and/or Allie Williams.


The mission of Neighbor-2-Neighbor (N2N) is to provide meals and meet other daily needs in the context of a supportive community among homeless and near-homeless persons in Kansas City’s Westport area.  St. John’s volunteers provide an evening meal at N2N on the fourth Thursday of every month.






Watch for information about upcoming events and volunteer activities. The Society of Saint Andrew is a partner organization with the United Methodist Church in alleviation of hunger in the United States. They are the largest gleaner of fresh produce used to feed the hungry and the largest food donor to Harvesters. In 2012 SoSA-West, headquartered in Kansas City, moved a record 3,564,315 pounds of food. Let’s take the lead and make a difference in the fight against hunger.




Ongoing Projects & Support


  • Della Lamb Community Services

  • Harvesters

  • Neighbor to Neighbor

  • Hope Leadership Academy