Kids Hope USA
Cornerstone Church is committed to school partnerships and investing in local kids! We’re strengthening our investment in our community’s kids by offering a one-on-one mentoring opportunity through Kids Hope USA.
Kids Hope USA started in West Michigan, and is now a national program that pairs trusted, reliable, caring adults from one church with elementary-age, at-risk kids. Mentors from one church give one hour, once a week, for one school year, and build a relationship with one student.
We’re rolling out Kids Hope USA at Bowen Elementary in Kentwood, and Vanguard Charter Academy in Wyoming. Mentors go through a background check, and receive video-based training to equip them to be a mentor. Mentors will also receive ongoing encouragement, and can ask questions of the Kids Hope USA Director for each school – Directors are Cornerstone volunteers.
At-risk students live at-risk lives, often with no boundaries, or boundaries that make no sense. They long for direction, structure and other life basics. There are at-risk children in every school, in every community. Let’s help change that reality together, by showing up consistently, and caring deeply about those children!
- Mentors (male and female) who will give one hour, once a week, to meet with one student at the school, during school hours. Training is provided.
- Prayer Partners who will commit to pray for the mentor/mentee meeting each week. Prayer can happen from anywhere. Prayer partners do not have to be on-site at the school.
It's about building a relationship!
- Love Children
- Be ready to listen
- Have your own transportation
- Maintain confidentiality
- Be a regular attendee of our church
- Be there for only one child
- Believe in your child
- Be at least 16 years old
- Clear a background check
- Be faithful – one hour each week during the school year
- Mentor visits the student during the school day
Prayer Partners Qualifications & Responsibilities:
- Believe that prayer has the power to change things
- Be faithful
- Make a commitment to faithfully pray for a Kids Hope USA Mentor and child that he/she is assigned
- Contact the mentor on a regular basis to get a progress report on the child
- Prayer is the foundation of all we do, so we ask that you pray for your mentor and child on the day that mentoring happens, as well as other times throughout the week.
Sign Me Up!
If you’d like more information, or you have questions, our Kids Hope USA Directors are awesome! They’re happy to talk with you.
Kids Hope USA Director/ Bowen Elementary
Kids Hope USA Director/ Vanguard Charter Academy
Circles Grand Rapids
There are people who need you! Circles Grand Rapids is a community collaboration of churches, people, community and business leaders coming together to help alleviate poverty. Show Jesus’ love to people working hard to break the cycle!
Campus Elementary School
Since Fall of 2013, Cornerstone has had a community partnership with Campus Elementary School, a Grand Rapids Public School. Our relationship with Campus is strengthened when we get involved with the students, their parents and the staff! The four primary volunteer opportunities include: Being part of the Special Items Team that helps with items drives; Staff Appreciation Team that provides snacks, meals, and cards of encouragement to the school staff; Character Education which includes being part of the monthly assembly, or the once a month Saturday opportunity; and Classroom Engagement which is working with kids or helping teachers with simple tasks. It’s easy to sign up!
Hand2Hand - Because a Hungry Child Hurts
Hand2Hand delivers hope to hungry children by mobilizing schools and churches, including Cornerstone, to provide nutritious food for the weekends! Read more about how you can help.
Cornerstone prepares and serves breakfast the second Saturday of every month for approximately 200 people at Dégagé Ministries. It’s an awesome opportunity for your family or Life Group to show God's love to the homeless and disadvantaged in Grand Rapids! It's easy to get involved: take a look at the available Saturdays, then sign up!
Cornerstone also provides funds for a matching incentive program for the Open Door Women’s Center.
Family Promise of Grand Rapids
IHN (Interfaith Hospitality Network): Cornerstone's 84th Street Campus becomes home to "homeless"
families for one week at a time, four times each year. We love the families by providing food, shelter and friendship.
Cornerstone Church is a host congregation for the Interfaith Hospitality Network, a program of Family Promise of Grand Rapids.
For more information and to volunteer, see our IHN page.
Family Promise Christmas Dinner & Store: Cornerstone’s Heritage Hill Campus hosts a two-day Christmas event for
families who have recently gone through a Family Promise Program, and are now housed, but could use extra assistance at the
holidays. The event includes a meal, kids crafts and treat making stations, as well as a “store” where parents can
shop for brand new gifts for their kids and household items for themselves. The gift items are provided by Forest Hills Central
High School’s Student Council. The Family Promise parents have the dignity to choose what items they want to purchase, for
an extremely reduced amount of money compared to retail prices.
Partners in Housing: With a lack of affordable housing, Cornerstone helps purchase and restore mobile
homes for families who are at-risk of becoming homeless. The at-risk family is eligible, by meeting some basic guidelines to
become homeowners of the mobile home in as little as six months. Cornerstone individuals can participate by doing things like
painting, basic construction, landscaping, becoming friends with a family, providing household items, and teaching basic
Family Promise "A Journey Home" Video.
Feeding America West Michigan
Food truck day is the second Wednesday of each month at Cornerstone's 84th Street Campus. We host a mobile food pantry where
fresh produce and other food items are available to people who need them. Volunteer starting at 3:30PM to set up. Food
distribution begins at 4:00PM. For more information about the mobile food pantry, see the Feeding America website.
MEGA Kids Camp
Cornerstone hosts a FREE kids camp each summer! Kids learn about Jesus through their love of sports and arts.
Cornerstone volunteers serve at The Pantry (formerly known as John Knox Community Food Pantry) on Thursday evenings from
5:30PM-8:00PM. The Pantry is looking for people willing to serve once a month on Thursdays, with a six month commitment. Being
open in the evening is meeting a need to provide more people with food assistance. Extra people are encouraged to help prepare
for the holidays, during the months of October, November and December. Take a
look at how serving at The Pantry is helping individuals.
Streams of Hope
Cornerstone serves at the Streams of Hope Community Food Center on Tuesdays (11AM-1:00PM) and (5:00PM-8:00PM). There are
also opportunities to serve with the After School Program, Homework & Hoops, Tutoring and the Community Garden