Serving the Community

 

 

 
 

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Hoover High and Meredith Middle School

Meredith Drive Reformed Church is blessed to be in such close proximity to schools that impact the neighborhood around the Meredith Drive campus.  Both Hoover High and Meredith Middle are schools that have seen a massive influx of refugee families who are new to the country.  
 
Opportunities:
  • Partner with teachers through our in-class volunteer program
  • Partner with the school to provide meals for teachers, students, or sports teams
  • Help with one-time needs that arise within the communities of these two amazing schools
   
 
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HABITAT FOR HUMANITY

We build because we believe that everyone, everywhere, should have a healthy, affordable place to call home. More than building homes, we build communities, we build hope and we build the opportunity for families to help themselves.
 
Do you enjoy swinging a hammer? Or maybe, you know nothing about building but would like to learn? Perhaps you just like helping other? Whatever your story is, an opportunity to help families right here in the Des Moines area. Volunteer sign ups are available now through Habitat for Humanity. If you or a group are available to provided lunches for our workers please call Marilyn Clauss at (515) 865-4846. Further information or questions can be directed to Rich Piatt at (515) 371-4152 or piattsathome@msn.com or Marilyn Clauss at (515) 865-4846 or mmclauss48@gmail.com.
 
 
   
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Freedom for Youth Ministries - Meal Site

Tuesday, February 11, 2020, 5:00 PM
2301 Hickman Road, Des Moines 50309

Meredith Drive has provided meals for Freedom for Youth for many years. On the second Tuesday of the month during the school year MDRC volunteers provide food and serve the meal for youth that may not have a meal in the evening. To donate food and/or serve the meal for March 10, please sign up today.

Questions? Contact Stephanie Swanson or LuAnn Smith.

 

Freedom for Youth - The Bridge

Tuesdays, 5:30 PM
The Bridge campus


Our mission is to provide Christian support and fellowship to at-risk youth in our neighborhood in partnership with Freedom for Youth. Anywhere from 5-22 students are attending regularly. Weekly programming includes a meal, games, Bible lessons, and small group discussions. We are looking for additional volunteers to serve in a variety of roles:

Preparing and serving a meal: Detailed information in this link. 

Kitchen coordinator: Help guide the volunteers that are serving the meals; explaining our routine and answering questions.

Van Driver:  Shuttle 10-12 kids from the Chapel Ridge neighborhood near the Johnston library to The Bridge and back, with the MDRC van.

Tuesday night volunteers: We could always use a few more adults that desire to connect with students and connect the students with Jesus.  

If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity to serve the youth of our neighborhood please contact Brad Boyles, brad.boyles@ymail.com.

   
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MEALS FROM THE HEARTLAND

This is an organization made up of volunteers from businesses, schools, churches, community organizations and beyond, who package meals for delivery to malnourished people in Iowa, across the United States, and around the world. Your small group, business, or special event can spend time packaging for MFTH. 

2020 Meals From the Heartland Packaging

 

   
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MOVE THE FOOD

In cooperation with many other area churches, MDRC gathers and distributes non-perishable food items to eight area food pantry sites in the Des Moines area. Opportunities to donate as a church body are publicized through the Bulletin and E-news. Contact the church office if you are interested in volunteer as a coordinator of these collections. 
   
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Joshua Christian Academy

Located at 1740 Garfield Ave. in Des Moines, Joshua Christian Academy is covenanting with families and churches of urban Des Moines to provide an excellent, affordable Christian education for children in grades K-8.

Volunteer opportunities include:

  • Academic and lunch sponsors  
  • Lunchroom volunteers
  • Prayer partners
  • Academic and tutoring support

For more information, contact Sheryl Van Weelden, 515-468-5674 or 515-321-2403

   
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Power Packs

There are school children just up the street from us, at Jensen Elementary School in Urbandale, whose families are living at poverty level. Through the "Power Packs" program we hope to alleviate some of the hunger that children face on the weekends by providng them with some non-perishable food to take home. In 2018 we packaged weekend lunches each week for 47 children.

Volunteer opportunities include:

  • Donating individual serving sizes of any of the following on a monthly basis: Raisins, cereal bars, Easy Mac, cereal bars, microwave popcorn, cheese & cracker snack, beef sticks. 
  • Shopping for the fresh fruit on a monthly basis.
  • Packaging food into individual bags
  • Delivering food to local elementary schools

For more information, or to find out about other ways to assist, contact Heidi Puckett

Sign Up Here Today!

   
 

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OUTREACH MINISTRY

Meredith Drive Reformed Church is blessed to have many international refugees with us on Sunday mornings at the Meredith Drive campus.  There are many opportunities to serve as they adapt.

Opportunities:

  • Assist with their transition into the U.S. in a variety of ways: Obtaining a driver's license, job placement, locating affordable housing and obtaining furnishings, etc.
  • Be part of the Meredith Drive campus "Van Team," provide Sunday morning transportation to and from MDRC worship via the church van 

To get involved with this ministry, contact the church office.

 

 

 

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Last Published: February 27, 2020 10:41 AM