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Hope Center KC 2018-2019

Hope CenterThis year for our Passion to Serve Project, we'll be doing life with people right here in Kansas City!

MidAmerica Nazarene University is partnering with the Hope Center KC in downtown Kansas City, in their mission of "developing healthy communities where the vulnerable can have hope and flourish."  We are sending student volunteers to the Hope Center EVERY Friday from 3-5pm to help with The Hope Center's after school program called S.A.Y. Yes!  

The Hope Center KC started the only elementary school in their neighborhood, The Hope Leadership Academy Charter School, and this after school program utililizes volunteers to help kids with homework, Bible studies, and provides a safe space for a couple of hours after school. Through our Passion to Serve Project, MNU will build relationships with the Hope Center KC kids through this after school program! 

Two Goals

  1. 500+ total volunteer hours from MNU students, staff, and faculty volunteering with The Hope Center throughout the academic year.
    • Volunteer opportunities include the S.A.Y. Yes! program every Friday
    • Several one-time events that MNU will host at The Hope Center and on the MNU campus.
  2. $10,000 to send 50 kids from The Hope Center to Kids Across America (KAA) camp during the summer of 2019.
    • Most kids that attend the Hope Leadership Academy Charter School cannot afford to go to camp over summer break, and we highly value the opportunities and love that kids are exposed to at camps like KAA.

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Current Passion to Serve Project
Hope Center KC

Hope Center KC Project

During the 2018-19 school year, our students, faculty and staff are supporting Hope Center KC, a non profit dedicated to providing asset-based programs and opportunities for sustainable growth and development where children, youth and families can flourish on Kansas City's east side. We intend to:

  • Volunteer 500+ hours at Hope Center
  • Raise $10,000 for summer camp scholarships


  • You can help fund our project by supporting this year’s Passion to Serve project.
  • You can help fund a team traveling through our Go Global program.
  • You can also fund a specific student traveling as part of our Go Global program. These payments are a personal benefit to the student so they are not tax-deductible

Completed Passion to Serve Projects

LQVE Haiti Project

During the 2016-18 school years, our students, faculty and staff supported a new project in the rural Cascade Pichon region of Haiti. We are raising funds to:

  • Build a Health Clinic in the community of Bel-Air.
Urban Youth Project Voluteers

KC Urban Youth Project

In addition to regularly ministering to the children helped by the Kansas City Urban Youth Ministry, MNU students decided to make a financial difference in these children’s lives. Students worked to raise more than $8,300 during the 2011-2012 academic year. The money went to upgrade the Rosedale Ridge apartment complex, provide playground equipment, and purchase a van.

Kenya Project

Kenya Orphan Care Project

Proving that one person, one student, can make a difference, MNU students raised $35,000 during the 2010-2011 academic year for the Siaya, Kenya Orphanage. When MNU student, Jeb Flynn, spent a summer in Kenya, he proposed the university develop a plan to help. The money raised helped purchase land for housing, build sustainable gardens and provide ongoing mentorship for the children.

Guatemala Project

The Guatemala Project

In 2009-2010 the idea was that posed that ‘if’ 1,000 faculty, staff and students each donated $25 per semester—less than $2 per week—what could they do for the world? As a community, MNU raised more than $50,000 that year. Partnering with Rotary International, Heart to Heart International and Engineers Without Borders KC, the village of Patanatic, Guatemala received a new health clinic.

Office of Admissions
2030 E. College Way
Olathe, KS 66062-1899
Goal Tracker

2017-18 Passion to Serve Project Goal Tracker: $11,000 as of January 2018

Contact Us
MidAmerica Nazarene University
2030 E. College Way.
Olathe, KS 66062
Shay Foster MNU ServiceCorps Director