Why We Serve
We seek to live out our call in various ways including through our mission ministries described below. We invite you to join us in caring for our neighbors in our community and beyond.
In Our Community
The Alan Cloud Deacon Assistance Fund
Through this fund we provide financial assistance for individuals in need in our community with a focus on utility assistance. We partner with Care Portal and the Hillcrest Blessings Program to further expand our support of the community.
reFRESH: Personal Care Closet for Northland Students
This new ministry is a partnership with Park Hill School District to provide personal care items, donated by members, to students and their families. Referrals are received from PHSD staff and filled by volunteers.
Hillcrest Platte County
Pine Ridge sponsors an apartment for an individual or family in this program. We maintain and clean the apartment, provide meals for our resident(s), do weekly budget counseling, and provide other support.
Salvation Army Soup Kitchen
Volunteers prepare and serve lunch monthly at the Salvation Army's "Beacon of Hope Cafe" located at 9th and Prospect. Generous donations have allowed us to keep this ministry going since November of 1986.
Food Pantry (SPEAC - Southern Platte Emergency Assistance Center)
Our ongoing efforts to collect food, in the grocery cart in the foyer, assist the Southern Platte Emergency Assistance Food Pantry and the Hillcrest Food Closet keeps their shelves filled.
Prairie Point Elementary
Volunteers from Pine Ridge are paired with students from Prairie Point Elementary school who are in need of some extra support to work one on one with them based on each volunteer's schedule. View the Video.
Kansas City International Academy (KCIA)
We work with KCIA to distribute Harvester's backsnack food boxes to the students twice a month. We also collect school supplies for the start of the school year and toys for their Christmas program.
Bags of Love
These bags, available in the foyer, are filled by members of all ages with basic items that would benefit a homeless individual. We encourage members to take filled bags to share in the community with those in need.
Our Community Garden has two plots dedicated for growing produce. The gardens are lovingly cared for by volunteers and given to the local food Pantry (SPEAC) for distribution to families in our community.
Christmas Angel Tree
Pine Ridge partners with Kansas City International Academy to provide a special toy for local students. Last year we provided over 500 gifts and added an online option for purchasing and delivering the gifts.
The Tamale Kitchen
By offering the opportunity to order tamales to our members we support this social enterprise which reinvests its revenues into the women running and working this business, their families, and the local community.
Seasonal and Special Collections
Each year we hold drives for back to school supplies for Kansas City International Academy, coats and blankets for The Salvation Army's Project Warmth, new underwear and socks for the Park Hill Clothing Closet, and canned foods for our Thanksgiving Food Bags for Prairie Point Elementary Families.
Beyond Our Community
Mission Trips and Work Days
Pine Ridge volunteers travel locally and further away to help communities with repairs and rebuilding especially after natural disasters. We most recently worked in the Omaha area on flood relief projects.
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA)
We collect funds and materials supporting the work of PDA to assist throughout the world when disaster strikes. We also partner with them for hands on work through our youth and adult mission trips.
One Great Hour of Sharing
Pine Ridge supports the One Great Hour of Sharing through the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. with our annual “fish bank” collection held during Lent.
Living Waters for the World - installation of clean water systems in Guatemala
Pine Ridge began partnering with Living Waters for the World (LWW) in 2009 to install sustainable water purification systems in Guatemala. We have installed seven successful systems with our last installation being in 2017. We hope to continue this partnership in the future.