Ozarks Dharma Community Outreach Activities in 2019

ODC recently partnered with National Avenue Christian Church (NACC) which has a very active community outreach program and has graciously invited us to be a part of their efforts. ODC is participating in two endeavors on a routine basis and will join in various other NACC initiatives as opportunities arise. The two efforts we currently have adopted are:

1. Supporting NACC in providing meals to those in need on Mondays at Grace United Methodist Church on Jefferson Avenue and Cherry Street. 

NACC has four groups that rotate on Mondays to provide the meals, including cooking/preparation, setting up, serving and cleaning up. It typically takes 7-12 people each Monday. The NACC teams almost always need help.

The service is 4:30-6:30, with dinner from 5-6. You can show up any time from 4:15 to close to 5 and usually be of help.  Enter on the Cherry side (Northeast side of the church). There is a parking lot and a big blue awning – enter under the awning.

ODC has aspirations of taking over as the 5th team to provide the meals when there are 5 Mondays in the month.

If you are interested, email ozarksdharma@gmail.com or Kris Williams at kristenjw33@gmail.com.

The NACC contact people for each week are (you can just show up, find the contact people and let them know you are there to help):

Myrna W – week 1
Susan W – week 2
Susan M – week 3
Donna C – week 4
Susan W – week 5, when there are 5 Mondays in the month; this is the Monday ODC would like to take over.

2. Providing food for the Rare Breed backpack program. 

Rare Breed Center provides services to at-risk and homeless youths. The backpack program happens once a month, typically the first Friday of the month.  The program provides easy to eat foods that kids can pack to take with them over the weekend while the Rare Breed Center is closed. These items include protein bars, cheese or peanut butter crackers, easy open canned meats or raviolis, Gatorade, juice, water, etc. A collection bin is located just inside the main entrance of NACC – the door ODC enters for the Saturday sit.