Gladstone Ministerial Association is comprised of five local churches that work together to provide food, clothing, and support to Gladstone families in need.
BACKPACK BUDDIES are people and churches involved in a program to provide meals for approximately 50 families from Gladstone’s John Wetton Elementary and Kraxberger Middle Schools who often do not have enough food. Most of the children in the program qualify for the Free and Reduced Lunch Program during the week, but need something for the weekend. Food donations may be placed in the BackPack Buddies Box in the foyer. No “family size” or glass containers please. Contact Linda March, or to see a list of the food items being collected, go to BackPack Buddies
Since 2009, GFBC has been partnering with other local churches to provide the hands of Christ to our community. CHURCH HAS LEFT THE BUILDING provides the opportunity to help individuals in their homes, to help in our schools and to help beautify our community. Typically the third Sunday in August, look for sign ups in July.
To help families facing hard times, the community CLOTHES CLOSET at Gladstone High School serves youth by providing clothes and shoes for babies, kids and teens. Contact Joan Herrick, Liason on how and where to donate clothing or to become involved as a volunteer. See more information at Community Clothes Closet
Gladstone School District LITERACY PROGRAM seeks volunteers at the elementary school to give children the attention, self-confidence and reading skills needed to succeed in school and beyond. Volunteers contribute about an hour each week during the school year reading one-on-one with pre-k through 5th grade children, modeling and fostering a joy of reading while supporting the child’s efforts to read independently. Contact Bev Brady, Liason for more information. If you would like to make a difference in the life of a child, please complete the Volunteer Application. Note, before being matched with a student, all applicants must first pass a background check.
LUNCH BUDDY mentoring program has paired caring adults with elementary students who are experiencing changes at home, difficulty in school or those who simply need a positive role model in their lives. Lunch Buddies makes a difference by building students trust and confidence, often improving students attendance, and helps students learn and improve their self image. Here’s how the program works: Students are referred by their teachers, counselors, or school administrators. Once a parent signs the permission form, students are matched with an adult. Buddies typically meet with their assigned student once a week, on school grounds, for about 45 minutes. Lunch can be followed by board games, reading, crafts, or just talking. See Susan David, Liason if you would like more information. Please complete the Volunteer Application. Note, before being matched with a student, all applicants must first pass a background check.