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

APRIL IS HOUSING MONTH

Because God makes a home among us, we make homes for others. Mount Olivet seeks a world where all people have adequate housing. This April, we will join in the work of our two community partners focused on housing: Habitat for Humanity and Beacon Interfaith Housing. We will have the opportunity to learn about homelessness and affordable housing, sign up to volunteer with Families Moving Forward (coming to Mount Olivet May 27-June 10) and Habitat for Humanity build days later this summer, and advocate for Minnesota to fund the building of new affordable housing projects through a bonding bill in the state legislature.

 

Beacon interfaith housing collaborative

Beacon Interfaith Housing is a collaborative effort of 90+ local congregations to end homelessness in Minnesota. 

How to Get Involved:

  • LEARN
    • Training: April 29th, Mount Olivet Lutheran Church, Plymouth

 

  • VOLUNTEER with Families Moving Forward as we use the Mount Olivet building to shelter families experiencing homelessness.

 

Habitat for humanity

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

How to Get Involved: 

  • Local Builds:
    • Help build a house for a family who couldn't afford one otherwise.
    • Email Wade Borg.
       
  • International Builds:

feeding

Because God feeds us, we work to feed others. Mount Olivet works to understand and alleviate hunger in our community, responding in a variety of ways; breaking bread with hungry people, partnering with our local food pantry, redistributing unsold food from retailers, and bringing meals to elderly people and school-aged children.

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. 

How to Get Involved: 

  • Packing
    • Spend 45 minutes with a large group of Mount Olivet volunteers taking individual food items and putting them into the 500 bags that will be distributed to the students.
    • 2017-2018 KidPack happens at 7 pm in the Fellowship Hall on the following Wednesdays:  May 9, May 23
    • Show up on a KidPack night, or email Kim Dunford.
       
  • Distribution
    • Spend an hour with your team greeting the 500 students with a smile and presenting them with their KidPack meal.
    • 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.

*PRISM moved March 19th to a new, more convenient location at 1220 Zane Avenue North, Golden Valley. Partnering with Jewish Family & Children's Services of Minneapolis (JFCS) will allow them to serve more people, provide a grocery store-like food shelf, expanded thrift shop with a store front, and more space.

  • Donate
    • Share nonperishable food items with those in need in our community
    • Donate gently used clothing or household goods
    • Donate new toys for the birthday room 
    • Donation bins are located across the hallway from the Mount Olivet Library
      • Suggested items for donations:
        • April: Plastic/paper bags & kids clothes/shoes; May: Teen hygiene & general hygiene; June: Kid-friendly goods & pantry staples; July: Picnic foods & school supplies; August: School supplies & paper products; September: Cleaning supplies & paper products
           
  • Volunteer at PRISM
    • Stock shelves, guide shoppers through the food pantry, or sort items for the thrift shop. Volunteer anytime between 9am - 4pm Monday through Friday. Contact Kevin Lytle, Marlene Stimpson, or Diana Kallestad.
    • PRISM will welcome volunteers for a two-hour shift on the first Saturday of each month as part of its ongoing "Super Saturdays" in the Shop For Change Thrift Shop. Children 10 and older are welcome under adult supervision. This is a great way to spend quality time with your family and friends while doing good for the community! 

      • Dates: May 5, June 2, July 7, August 4, September 1, October 6, November 10, December 1.

        Have questions? Contact 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.
  • When?
    • 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. Meal sharing ministries happen on the first Wednesdays of the month. 

  • Loaves and Fishes meets from 5:00pm to 6:45pm
    • Where: Holy Rosary Catholic Church on 2424 18th Avenue S in Minneapolis. 
    • When: May 2
       
  • Trinity Suppers meets from 5:45pm - 7:30pm, with dinner served at 6pm.

Contact Deb McDonald to get involved.

second harvest heartland

Second Harvest Heartland collects, repacks, and distributes millions of pounds of food each year to agency partners that directly serve clients. 

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.

*Second Harvest Heartland is moving at the end of April to a new location at 7101 Winnetka Avenue North, Brooklyn Park. This location will open for volunteers on May 8th, 2018.

  • Volunteer 
    • THROUGH APRIL: 6325 Sandburg Road, STE 1700, Golden Valley
    • BEGINNING IN MAY: 7101 Winnetka Avenue North, Brooklyn Park
    • 6-8 PM
      • First Thursday of each month: June 7, July 5, August 2, September 6, October 4, November 1, December 6. (No May date)
        • Group size: 20
        • Sign up HERE
      • First Tuesday of each month:  June 12, July 10, August 14, September 11, October 9, November 13, December 11.
        • Group size: 10
        • Sign up HERE

Email Joni Marti with any questions.


people in transition

Because God is with us, we are with people in transition. Mount Olivet is called to be a presence of hope by accompanying people in the vulnerable and frightening moments of transition in their lives. We help women fleeing domestic violence find shelter, form relationships with students living in poverty, and mentor youth with parents experiencing incarceration.

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: 

  • Donate used cell phones, clothing and personal items. Toiletries and cleaning supplies are also needed. Donation bins are located across the hallway from the Mount Olivet Library. 
  • Volunteer. 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. 

Volunteer and program support, contact Randy Svendsen.

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.