community Partnerships

The Partnership Summit is Mount Olivet’s steering team for our community engagement. Made up of Mount Olivet members in leadership roles for each individual partner, the Partnership Summit meets quarterly to discuss where the Holy Spirit is showing up in the life of our church and our partners, how we can deepen and strengthen our involvement with our partners, and what we can do to support one another in problem-solving and leadership development. Contact Pastor Joel with questions or concerns.


sign up for our monthly mo partner OPPORTUNITIES email, and we will let you know what opportunities are available for you. 


housing

Beacon interfaith housing collaborative

Beacon Interfaith Housing is a collaborative effort of 90+ local congregations to end homelessness in Minnesota. Families Moving Forward uses the Mount Olivet building to shelter families experiencing homelessness.

Email Pastor Joel or Linda Busklein with questions

Habitat for humanity

Habitat for Humanity is an organization that helps low-income families become homeowners by building and remodeling houses. 


feeding

KIDPACK

KidPack assembles and distributes non-perishable meals to give to students experiencing food insecurity at Northport Elementary School in Brooklyn Center so they have something to eat over the weekend. 

Packing:

  • Show up on a KidPack night (Wednesdays), or email Kim Dunford

Distribution:

  • Distribution happens on Friday afternoons at Northport Elementary

  • Email Chuck Haag to get assigned to a team

 

PRIsm

PRISM is a food shelf, thrift store, and housing counseling agency in Golden Valley that helps people get their basic needs met in a way that honors their dignity.

Donate:

Donation bins are located across the hallway from the Mount Olivet Resource Center

  • Suggested items for donations:

    • October: Winter clothes & general hygiene items

    • November: Holiday toys & paper products

    • December: Holiday toys & pantry staples

Volunteer:

  • Volunteer to run donations from Mount Olivet to PRISM one or twice a month

  • Stock shelves, guide shoppers through the food pantry, or sort items for the thrift shop.

  • PRISM welcomes volunteers for a two-hour shift EVERY SATURDAY in the Shop For Change Thrift Shop. Children 12 and older are welcome under adult supervision.

Contact Kevin Lytle, Marlene Stimpson, or Diana Kallestad.

 

Dinner at your door

Dinner at Your Door delivers meals to homebound folks in Crystal, Robbinsdale, New Hope, Golden Valley, Brooklyn Park and eastern Plymouth. 

  • Drive your car on an assigned route to distribute the food:

    • 1st Tuesday of each month (1 driver needed)

    • 3rd Friday of each month (2 drivers needed)

    • 4th Friday of each month (4 drivers needed)

Contact Bob Carlson for more information.

 

Meal sharing ministries: loaves and fishes & trinity suppers

Serve and share a free dinner with people experiencing food insecurity in Minneapolis. 

  • Loaves and Fishes // Holy Rosary Catholic Church // 5 - 6:45 pm 

  • Trinity Suppers // Trinity Lutheran Congregation // 5:45 - 7:30 pm

Contact Deb McDonald to get involved.

 

second harvest heartland

Get involved by attending Mount Olivet Night at Second Harvest where we repack bulk goods obtained from individual donors, donor companies, and local growers into family-sized packages.

Volunteer:

  • First THURSDAY of each month // 6-8 pm // Sign up here

  • Second TUESDAY of each month // 6-8 pm // Sign up here

Email Joni Marti with any questions.


people in transition

PARENTING WITH PURPOSE

Parenting with Purpose provides mentorship and support to children with a parent experiencing incarceration. Become a mentor and form a supportive relationship with a child who has an incarcerated parent. Looking for mentors able to commit to two hours per week for a year.

Contact Ron Frehner and Deb Murray

 

Home Free

Home Free is a shelter on Medicine Lake for women and children fleeing domestic violence. 

How to Get Involved: 

  • Donation bins are located across the hallway from the Mount Olivet Resource Center. Donate: used cell phones, clothing and personal items including toiletries and cleaning supplies.

To volunteer with Home Free, contact Jolynn Zeller.

 

northport tutoring

Tutor students at Northport Elementary School in Brooklyn Center by regularly assisting students in reading and math while building positive relationships. 


faith partners

Because God calls us into God's mission, we partner with other faith communities. Mount Olivet knows that God is bigger than our congregation, and so we join other faith communities in the work God has put in front of us. We support our national church body, the ELCA, especially in their efforts to alleviate world hunger, and we maintain close contact with Trinity Lutheran Congregation in Minneapolis and Msasani Lutheran Church in Tanzania.