North Park Community Church values serving others in our community and around the world. Jesus commanded his followers to “love your neighbor”, and North Park strives to do so through partnering with our local neighborhood association to combat hunger, serving our local elementary school, and supporting missionaries around the world.
Discover how you can join North Park in serving our community and world:
North Park has teamed up with the Harlow Neighbors Association and local non-profit group Harlow Serves for a nationally-recognized food initiative which provides meals for local students who face food insecurity.
Over 60% of the kids at Bertha Holt elementary school qualify for free or reduced-price lunches at school. During the summer, Food For Lane County helps provide lunches for these students in need. But what about spring and winter breaks? Feed Hope was designed to fill this gap, empowering neighbors in Harlow to directly supply this need in our own neighborhood.
Since its inception 7 years ago, Feed Hope has distributed over 14,000 meals! All funds and food are generously donated by neighbors and partners in Harlow. North Park is proud and committed to be a part of serving and loving our neighbors.
Read more about Feed Hope at HarlowServes.com.
There is one more gap in addressing local food insecurity for children: the weekends. Students who are provided meals during the week from other initiatives are often wondering whether they will eat on the weekends. Generosity Feeds is an organization which helps communities equip themselves to meet this need. So far they have held programs in 29 cities nationwide.
Last year North Park, Harlow Neighbors, and Bertha Holt elementary school hosted Generosity Feeds to lead our community in one afternoon to package over 10,000 lunches!
Volunteering with Bertha Holt Elementary School
Each year North Park invites the neighborhood to help beautify the campus of Bertha Holt elementary school. With district budget cuts, grounds-keeping has become nearly impossible for school staff. Our volunteers have,
- cleaned windows
- laid new mulch around parking lot
- spread bark chips on the playground and running track
- removed trash
- helped build gardens
and more to make the school grounds beautiful for the start of school in September.
Harlow Block Party
For the past three summers (and hopefully many more to come!), North Park has opened up its front lawn and building to help the Harlow Neighborhood Association host a Block Party for our neighbors in Harlow.
The block party has featured,
- an inflatable bouncy house for kids
- games & volleyball
- free popcorn, hot dogs and snow cones
- a science tent
- play area for toddlers
- entertainment from a local band
- a visit from a local fire engine crew with their Dalmation
Our goal is simply to communicate our genuine love for our neighbors and neighborhood on behalf of Jesus Christ.
In obedience to Jesus’ call to share his love with the whole world, North Park enthusiastically supports those who have left their homes to take Jesus’ message in person to other people groups.
We financially support missionaries in:
- Alaska working with Native Americans
- Thailand with the Karen people
- Thailand with the Khmu people
- The Dominican Republic
- Locally with high school students and teen moms
We also partner with Mennonite Brethren church planting initiatives across the United States.