Community Outreach



Hands-On Ways to Help!








Thanks to the many who contribute gifts and make Christmas merry for many families in need!

Your donations of gifts, toys, books and cash give many families an opportunity to shop for Christmas gifts for their loved ones.  You also help Della Lamb put dinner on the table for many families in poverty or on the margin.  A family dinner is a wonderful gift to give to someone in need.

REMEMBER:  Bring your Star Tree gifts & donations to the tree in the Rotunda no later than Tuesday, December 5  for delivery to Della Lamb. Please DO NOT WRAP gifts. 

If you would like to volunteer to help staff “Operation Santa Claus” at Della Lamb, please contact them to volunteer!







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.








At Spofford children GROW!


Spofford believes every child deserves a safe and stable environment in which they can thrive and grow.

For 96 years, Spofford has maintained its mission: to meet the needs of children ages 4 to 12 across Missouri and Kansas who have severe emotional and behavioral disturbances due to abuse, neglect and childhood mental illness.

You can help Spofford positively impact more than 2,300 children in our community! For more information about Spofford, please visit: and






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.

Winter/Spring CLOTHING DRIVE Through February 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 @ n-2-n.

 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.








        • Help prepare meals at St. John’s at 9:30 a.m. on Monday mornings (Brookside Hall)
        • Make a donation of $40.00, which helps cover the costs of a lunch
        • Volunteers to deliver prepared lunches and help serve a meal at 11:00 a.m. at the Mary Kelly Center, 2803 East 51st Street, Kansas City, MO 64130



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


  • Community LINC

  • Della Lamb Community Services

  • Harvesters

  • Neighbor to Neighbor

  • Spofford Home