Ministry With Pontiac, a Christ-centered ministry of Kirk in the Hills, seeks to form partnerships that encourage and strengthen children and adults to grow academically, socially, and spiritually. We are committed to a long-term relationship with our neighbors in Pontiac where together we will experience the transforming power of God’s love.
We're glad you are interested in learning more about our Ministry With Pontiac! There are many opportunities for hands on ministry (one time, short term or long term), material donations and/or financial support. We welcome your involvement!
You may contact Jessica Behenna in the Kirk Office at firstname.lastname@example.org, or (248) 973-8001, or any of the individuals listed below.
This Week's Mission Opportunity: Kirk Tutors
Volunteers are needed on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00–5:30 p.m. at Whitman Elementary in Pontiac. Students need help with math, reading, writing, and spelling.
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Ministry With Pontiac Volunteer Opportunities:
Walt Whitman Elementary SchoolIt is a unique privilege for the Kirk to be able to support this public elementary school in Pontiac school in a variety of ways:• Educational assemblies and field trips are provided by financial contribution from the Kirk. During the course of the year each grade level experiences several of these special events to supplement their classroom education. Volunteers assist the smooth operation of these once-a-month events. Periodically volunteers provide additional education prior to an assembly to prepare the students for their experience.~ Opportunity: Organization prior to an event, education prior to an event, or hands on day of the event; a one time or multiple time commitment.~ Contact: Wini at email@example.com• School supplies for students and teachers are gathered in cooperation with other area churches. These are distributed at the beginning of the year and supplemented mid-year as needed.~ Opportunity: Make a financial or material donation.~ Contact: Watch for details in the weekly @ The Kirk publication, or contact Linda at firstname.lastname@example.org.• Backpacks are filled with essential school supplies and distributed at a school district wide celebration prior to the school year. This is made possible because many churches, community organizations and companies work cooperatively. In 2016, the Kirk filled 300 backpacks between worship services and a small team then helped with their distribution on the day of the festival.~ Opportunity: Make a financial or material donation.~ Contact: Watch for details in the weekly @ The Kirk publication, or contact Linda at email@example.com.• Kirk Tutors have been working with Pontiac students twice a week after school for over twenty years. Students (kindergarten through grade 6) need help with math, reading, writing and spelling. Do you love children and want to help them excel in learning? This caring ministry offers one-on-one educational support, mentoring and tutoring. Help us make a difference in the life of a child.~ Opportunity: Tuesdays and/or Thursdays, 4:00–5:30 p.m., mid-October through mid-May~ Contact: Linda at firstname.lastname@example.org• The Department of Human Services is located on site at the school and offers student and family services. The Kirk's Ministry With Pontiac supports many of these services including providing a stock of uniforms, gently used clothes for children and adults, shoes, school supplies, funding for parent enrichment meetings, and more.~ Opportunity: Make a financial or material donation.~ Contact: Ann at email@example.com Camp Hosanna This annual three-week summer program for 60 Pontiac elementary school students is hosted by New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church with support from Kirk in the Hills. It extends the students' school year education and nourishes the students with meals throughout the day and Christian education. It is supported by members of the Kirk through volunteering of time, monetary donations and organizational support.~ Contact: Barb at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Glenda at email@example.com Detroit Zoo Family Day Field TripA day at the Detroit Zoo is provided for families (250 people) that might not otherwise have this type of an outing. Admission, transportation and lunch at the Detroit Zoo are provided by the Kirk.~ Opportunity: Volunteer to help set up, serve and clean up lunch.~ Contact: Linda at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Glenda at email@example.com Dream Center of PontiacThe Dream Center of Pontiac reconnects to God and a community of support. Woodside Church helps the community grow in faith, whether this is a new journey or a well-seasoned one.
• A weekday meal program is offered three days a week.
Pontiac PartnershipThe Pontiac Partnership consists of 40 plus community organizations, churches, companies, Oakland University, Pontiac School District and corporations working together to support the children and families in Pontiac. The Kirk is an active member of this partnership.• Trunk or Treat is an event that provides a safe place for children and families in Pontiac to enjoy Halloween activities that includes Trick or Treating from 100 plus car trunks, food, hay rides, face painting, entertainment and much more. The event is provided free of charge by the Pontiac Partnership and Oakland County Sheriff’s Department. The Kirk provides volunteers and cars filled with candy.~ Opportunity: Donate candy or costumes in collection bins at the Kirk during the month of October and/or volunteer the evening of the event.Adult Literacy ProgramKirk members help adults learn to read and write or to improve their skills to help improve employment opportunities, improve communications with family members and become better citizens.~ Opportunity: Volunteer once a week for one to two hours tutoring an adult.~ Contact: Linda at firstname.lastname@example.org Baldwin CenterTo help those in need be able to take a step out of poverty, meals are assembled and served five days a week. The Kirk shares this opportunity with other churches and organizations.~ Opportunity: Work in the kitchen or be a server; one time or repeated commitment.~ Contact: Glenda at email@example.com