After School at the Center is in Full Swing!

After School at the Center began again on September 10.  We welcomed 49 elementary school kids and 13 teen and adult leaders.  Students come to the CCOC for a healthy snack, Bible story videos, small groups, study skills and enrichment.  Kids have been enjoying their time at the Center while learning about the love of God and working for school success.

I am more than thrilled with the amount of teen and adult leaders who want to volunteer at the CCOC.  It was my goal to have one leader for every 5 youth.  In the first weeks of programming we’ve had ratios even better than that.  Having so many leaders brings incredible benefits to the kids and leaders.  Kids receive personal attention with their homework and mentors who really have the time an energy to give them quality care.  Leaders find it more fulfilling to nurture a handful of kids rather than a large table full.  I am so thankful for the way God is moving people in our community to care for kids.

But volunteering with kids after school isn’t the only way you can help.  You can pray for us! You can sign up to bring snack when your congregation takes a month to do that. You can donate items or money.  I’m especially in need of a new or used cd player. We’ve been using music to signal transitions in our time together. But there are other needs as well (click here to see more). I’m also looking for people to mop and clean window on Thursdays at 6:00.  The kids do most of the cleaning at the center, but those are two things that are tough for the kids to do.

I thank God for this ministry and for leading it forward.

Monsanto Fund Gives CCOC $10,000 Grant!

Studies show students who participate in after- school activities are linked to higher academic achievement, increased safety, and civic participation and reduced negative behaviors, such as drug and alcohol use, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. In Olivia, Minn., the Christian Community Outreach Center recently received funding for its After-School Enrichment Program. In an effort to reach out to more students, the Olivia, Minn. Monsanto site nominated the program to receive a $10,000 grant.

“The program gives young people opportunities to succeed in their education and build their social skills with peers and adults,” said Sarah Hausken, ministry coordinator. “Ultimately, it prepares children to make a greater contribution to our community.”

The outreach center, a nonprofit organization in Olivia, Minn., is an ecumenical organization, known for its After-School Enrichment Program, which serves the local community by providing a safe place for children to learn high moral values and take pride in being a healthy citizen.

The Christian Community Outreach Center will utilize the grant to support the After- School Enrichment Program that is available to K-12 students twice a week from 3-6 p.m. The children are given a healthy snack, participate in a Bible story hour, work on homework with adult supervision and enjoy “Hang Time,” which includes artistic, musical or physical activities lead by a community volunteer.

Marv Boerboom, Monsanto Olivia Site lead, was excited to play a part in the grant nomination because some of his staff volunteers at the center.

“The Christian Community Outreach Center has served as a means to give students a place to go after school that offers them the opportunity to receive guidance in life choices while getting their homework done,” Boerboom said.

The Christian Community Outreach Center was presented a $10,000 grant from the Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of the Monsanto Company, during Olivia Night Out, on June 27.

“Monsanto and the Monsanto Fund are important businesses in our community,” Hausken said. “It’s wonderful to see companies and nonprofit organizations working together for the common good.”

This year, the Monsanto Fund awarded 95 site grants to nonprofit organizations in 25 states. In Minnesota alone, four site grants were awarded this year, totaling $42,500. The Monsanto Fund continues to provide support to organizations, such as Christian Community Outreach Center, to help strengthen communities where farmers and Monsanto employees live and work.

About the Monsanto Fund

The Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of the Monsanto Company, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the farm communities where farmers and Monsanto Company employees live and work. Visit the Monsanto Fund at

Update on Olivia Night Out

Due to Heat Advisory, Olivia Night Out has been moved to Faith United Methodist Church.  Hope to see you inside the cool church!

Join us at Olivia Night Out!

There’s a new event in town!  Get out and enjoy your neighbors! Join us for a free supper, DJ, games, and a carnival atmosphere. When and Where? Wednesday, June 27, 6 – 8 pm at Henton Park. Bring the whole family and have some fun!

Planned by a Bandin Foundation Workgroup, Christian Community Outreach Center, Heartland Community Action Agency, Circle, Faith Methodist Church and Cross of Calvary Lutheran Church.