Passion to Serve Project 2019-20 Unveiled
| by Carol Best firstname.lastname@example.org
Each year MidAmerica Nazarene University students lend their time, raise money and garner awareness for an all-school service project. This year the students will continue to partner with The Hope Center, an eastside Kansas City organization providing programs, events and places for children and youth to have hope and flourish.
Last year MNU students contributed 891 volunteer hours to the center and nearly $9,000 to send 50 deserving youth to Kids Around America (KAA) Camp. Executive Director, Rev. Marvin Daniels, spoke in MNU Community Chapel August 27, to thank students for their work last year and introduce more opportunities for the current academic year
Daniels shared that 10 of the youth attending camp said they came to a decision for Christ through the experience. He thanked 321 MNU volunteers who mentored, tutored and befriended youth at Hope Center, helping to create a “safe place and fun space” for youth.
Senior Program Director Angie Daniels encouraged the university students to be a living sacrifice for the Lord by giving their time.
“It’s part of your Christian witness to serve those in need,” she said while assuring them that in giving they also receive a blessing from those they serve.
MNU Assistant Chaplain Chris Lindenmeyer announced the goals for the 2019-20 project will be 1,000 volunteer hours and $5,000 each semester to go toward needed renovations and transportation at the Hope Center.
“It can be easier to give your money, but your time can be more valuable,” he said. “It changes lives—theirs and ours."
Students will raise money through $2 Tuesdays, where they are encouraged to give $2 for the project each Tuesday in Chapel. Additional fundraisers and opportunities for the community to contribute are also planned.