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Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas

Community Engagement

What We Do

We believe that human beings grow and achieve fulfillment in community. We want to collaborate with churches, schools, businesses and community organizations to build up a strong system of support for those we serve. At Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas, we embrace the broadest vision of neighbors helping neighbors; our combined efforts allow us to work toward the common good and well-being of all, especially the poor and vulnerable in our communities.

Why We Do It

At Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas, we serve the vulnerable—not because they are Catholic, but because we are Catholic. The Church’s social teaching is a rich treasure of wisdom about building a just society and living lives of holiness amidst the challenges of modern society.

Catholic Social Teaching is a central and essential element of our faith. Its roots are in the Hebrew prophets who announced God’s special love for the poor and called God’s people to a covenant of love and justice. It is a teaching founded on the life and words of Jesus Christ, who came “to bring glad tidings to the poor…liberty to captives…recovery of sight to the blind” (Luke 4:18-19), and who identified himself with “the least of these,” the hungry and the stranger (Matthew 25:45). Catholic Social Teaching is built on a commitment to the poor (cf. Sharing Catholic Social Teaching: Challenges and Directions | USCCB, 2011).

Christ has no body now but yours. No hands, no feet on earth but yours. Yours are the eyes through which he looks compassion on this world. Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good. Yours are the hands through which he blesses all the world. Yours are the hands, yours are the feet, yours are the eyes, you are his body. Christ has no body now on earth but yours.

– St. Teresa of Avila

Guided By Catholic Principles

The Church outlines seven principles that should direct and guide our work and interactions with others.

Life & Dignity
of the Human Person

Call to Family,
Community & Participation

Rights & Responsibilities

Option for the
Poor & Vulnerable

Diginity of Work & the Rights of Workers


Care for
God's Creation

With this framework in mind, we invite you to join us in our mission of providing help, hope and hospitality to the vulnerable in our community.

How It Works

Businesses & Organizations

Neighbors helping neighbors
Volunteer Opportunities for Your Business or Organization.


Living the Works of Mercy
We partner and collaborate with churches in ways that support the mission of both Catholic Charities and the individual church.

Families Growing and Serving Together

Engage the entire family
We welcome families to serve our neighbors in need through age-appropriate activities and education.

Families Growing and Serving Together

How You and Your Family Can Put Love Into Action
  • Learn about ways that families can put love into action and serve our community.
  • Pray for the poor and vulnerable in our community and for the success of Catholic Charities programs.
  • Support Catholic Charities with a monetary gift.
  • Support Catholic Charities by hosting a food drive or collecting donations for one of our 30+ programs.
  • Connect with us to find the best volunteer fit for your family.
  • Be a voice on behalf of the poor and vulnerable through participation in Kansas Catholic Conference advocacy efforts.
  • Refer someone who needs help to Catholic Charities.

Learn more about how your family can share in the gift of service. Download our free Family Service Packet.

Community Partnerships

We work closely with many partners across our community to combat poverty, strengthen families and provide services to all our neighbors in need.

From local libraries and food banks to businesses looking to give back, we have many opportunities available and are always happy to hear from you.

Blog Posts about Community Engagement, Advocacy and Education

Contact Us

If your church, school, business/organization or family is interested in joining us in our work, send us a note! We look forward to hearing from you!

All other inquiries should be submitted through the Contact Us page. Thank you!

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Called to Love

Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas is answering the call to animate the Gospel by putting love into action. We are grateful for your generous support of time, talent and treasure.

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