Englewood is proud to partner with several local, as well as national and global, organizations serving those in need around the world. Several of these partners are vital to our ongoing ministries, such as our food pantry and our mission to serve area students in need.
(USCAA) is a private non-profit; incorporated in December 1978 to serve the low-income citizens of Jackson, Clay, and Platte counties in Missouri. USCAA provides both emergency and long-term answers to the poverty conditions that affect our citizens. Programs target our youth, “at-risk” teens, the elderly, as well as those struggling families and individuals who wish for improved employment, education, and housing opportunities. Community programs seek to impact local poverty issues that are systematic in nature.
For years, Englewood had received referrals for our Food Pantry from United Services. Beginning in 2010 the Clay County Northland office for United Services moved to our Administration Building. We are proud to have them on our campus and support the great work that they do. They can be contacted by calling 816-453-0975.
In 2008 we began partnering with Harvesters to fight hunger in our community. Englewood had a food pantry for many years, but as we sought to expand it and serve more families we needed access to purchase more food at cheaper prices. Partnering with Harvesters has allowed us to do that. Several times a month, volunteers place an order with Harvesters and pick-up a van load of food for our pantry. We also volunteer quarterly at Harvesters helping them sort donated food in their warehouse.
We began a partnership with Golden Oaks School in October 2005. Through our partnership we are able to be YouthFriends to Golden Oaks’ children and teenagers. We have also contributed prizes for behavioral incentives and packed BackSnack backpacks for the students. We sponsor a Holiday Store at Golden Oaks so the students can shop for free for presents for family members. Each fall we collect school supplies for the students and school. We also provide support and encouragement to the faculty and staff. In turn, the students at Golden Oaks have ministered to us by contributing boxes and boxes of food items to stock our food pantry as well as raise money to contribute to the pantry. We are elated to have this wonderful give-and-take partnership with Golden Oaks School.
Englewood was named North Kansas City Schools’ 2008 Partner of the Year for our partnership with Golden Oaks Education Center. Rev. Micah Pritchett, Pastor of Englewood Baptist Church in Gladstone, was presented a plaque at the School Board Meeting on April 15, 2008 by Board President Jan Kauk.
Here is a portion of the speech that President Jan Kauk made when she presented the award to Pastor Micah Pritchett on behalf of Englewood Baptist Church at the April 15, 2008 meeting.
Englewood Baptist Church is a Partner in Education with Golden Oaks.
Volunteers from the church:
- Guide the Backsnack Program
- Provide YouthFriends for students
- Visit weekly with a trained therapy dog
- Give awards to students for positive behavior
- Furnish a holiday gift store for students
- Provide special lunches for staff
- Provide snacks for the Honor Roll assembly
- Participate on the site council
Englewood Baptist Church is consistently in contact with the site council offering new ideas for ways they can be of service to students and staff – all with the purpose of serving the school and community. The entire congregation makes decisions regarding support for Golden Oaks with input from volunteers and committees who have worked “hands-on” at the school. One Englewood volunteer is a retired NKC Schools librarian who organized, catalogued and shelved the entire school library.”