Food 4 Kids
Bethany’s Food 4 Kids Ministry is the backpack food program for Elkhorn Public Schools. We provide non-perishable food for kids in need to take home for the weekends, In addition, we provide snacks bags for teachers and/or counselors to distribute to children who are hungry throughout the day.
We are in need of the following food donations: mac ‘n cheese cups, microwave pasta cups, pop-top soup, ramen noodles, fruit cups, applesauce cups, pudding cups, individual cereal, single serve oatmeal, Pop tarts, granola bars, fruit snacks, juice boxes, and individually packaged snacks such as pretzels, popcorn, goldfish, etc. All donations may be brought o Bethany and placed in collection bins in the center lobby Mission Hub.
Meals on Wheels
Food is one of the most basic of human needs. Yet it is something many of us take for granted. Some people are homebound, have no family members nearby, and have few options for getting groceries into their homes. Others may be physically or mentally unable to prepare meals. For those individuals, the ability to receive basic, reliable nutrition may mean the difference between independence and institutionalization.
Bethany’s Meals on Wheels volunteers team up with the Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging’s Home Delivered Meals program to fulfill the nutritional needs of homebound senior citizens in the Elkhorn area. Nutritionally balanced, hot, noontime meals are personally delivered Monday through Friday to senior citizens in need.
For information about Meals on Wheels, visit Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging, enoa.org.
Men of Bethany in America
Men of Bethany in America or MOBIA is a non-profit charitable organization providing mentoring programs for boys and men currently in the greater Nebraska and Iowa area and looking forward to expanding Nationwide. They form partnerships in the community through churches, shelters, missions, jail ministries and schools as well as the juvenile court system.
Serving Opportunities through Men of Bethany in America include:
- Omaha Street School – serving at-risk youth who are receiving personalized education and life-skills training in a Christ-centered environment
- Open Door Mission – serving and facilitating a Bible study weekly for men living in and participating in the Open Door Mission residential programs
- Prison Ministry – serving and facilitating a weekly Bible study at the Douglas County Jail through the Good News Jail Ministry
- Sandler Training Center – serving and facilitating a weekly Bible study for individuals who have recently graduated from the Open Door Mission residential program
Open Door Mission
Due to COVID, Open Door Mission can not accommodate Bethany’s First Saturday Service Group serving lunch to their residents and guests. Instead we have looked into what other needs ODM has and have discovered they need 500 sack lunches every day.
With this need in mind, we have begung the Open Door Mission Sack Lunch Ministry. This ministry will have a small group of volunteers assemble and pack as many lunches as possible in Bethany’s Mission Center from 9:30 am – 10:30 am every Saturday morning.
To volunteer, please register HERE.
TeamMates - Elkhorn School Mentoring
Bethany partners with Elkhorn Public Schools and the TeamMates mentoring program to provide mentors to students in the Elkhorn Public School District. TeamMates’ goal is for mentees to develop safe, positive relationships with their mentors and for those matches to last through high school graduation and ensure students are surrounded by the web of support they need to reach their full potential.
COPE (Christian Outreach Program Elkhorn)
Located in Elkhorn and also serving the communities of Waterloo, Valley, and Gretna, COPE (Christian Outreach Program Elkhorn) offers support to anyone regardless of religious, cultural, or ethnic background.
In addition to being a member of COPE, Bethany is host to the COPE Garden which grows fresh produce for local families in need.
Habitat for Humanity
2019 Habitat Build | 2215 Logan Drive, Waterloo
May 31 – October 5 | Sign up
Habitat for Humanity’s vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Its mission is to put God’s love into action by bringing people together to build homes, communities and hope. Habitat views its work as successful when it transforms lives and promotes positive and lasting social, economic and spiritual change within a community; when it is based on mutual trust and fully shared accomplishment; and when it demonstrates responsible stewardship of all resources.
The Elkhorn Coalition’s focus is to accomplish the mission and goals of Habitat in Western Douglas County. Our newest home build is in Waterloo.
For information about Habitat for Humanity visit Habitat Omaha.
Building Freedom for the Homebound
Have you ever changed a person’s life in a single day? Bethany volunteers do it several times a year! We build wheelchair ramps for disabled or elderly people who can’t afford to buy one. In a few hours on a Saturday morning, we give these folks the freedom to leave their home again, the home where they want to remain but whose steps have imprisoned them. No skills necessary to participate.