The critical service CCM provides is amazing in and of itself. In addition, it involves so many from the community to make an impact on the lives of children throughout the area.
I have been with this ministry for 10 years. Thru this time, in every trial and every complication...I have witnessed this group come together no matter the odds, and do whatever it takes, to get food to the children of this community that need it. I have first hand met with some of the parents during summer distribution and heard their stories and felt their pain as well as their gratitude. One mother even sent a before and after picture of her refrigerator. It was a sobering picture to see how empty it was, it was even more sobering to see that she was in her work uniform when she picked up the food. The after photo of her freezer stuffed and fridge looking healthy summed up the importance of what we do. This isn’t a one man team...this is a living breathing ever evolving group of people from our local community coming together to make sure that the little ones don’t have empty bellies. Many volunteers that attend regularly have known hunger or fear a time or two. They relate and are empathetic which drives them a little harder to reach a little further. Community Combined Ministries is not only about feeding people, it’s about waking people up and teaching them to care for their neighbors and giving hope when things seem bleak. It is an honor to serve alongside these people who can and do sacrifice for the sake of others.
I have been with this non-profit since 2010. From the first moment I walked in the door I knew I was encountering something spectacular. I had no idea how much this ministry would open my eyes and my heart. Thru the years I have watched endless selfless acts of generosity and sacrifice. The majority of the service is anonymous, however, two times a year we get to meet some of the families. Each time we get to the meet the families, we are greeted with tears of gratitude and smiles of joy as we enfolded them into our arms and our hearts. This ministry awakens and encourages the community to come together and work together for the common purpose of feeding tiny tummies and feeding tiny souls. By meeting these basic needs willingly, intentionally, and sacrificially, people begin to realize that someone out there loves them, they are not alone, and that they matter tremendously. I have met the most giving, loving, merry band of hope- givers that one could ever dream up. CCM is an evolving family of folks that want to go above and beyond and leave no one behind. There is a massive amount of varying talents and gifts that make this ministry a well rounded well oiled machine with a heart beat driven by love and compassion. CCM also networks with other resources to help people find their way to help outside of what we offer-
I worked with this ministry when the teacher work stoppage occurred and I watched and worked with the leadership as it came together with the community to make sure the kids were covered for the entire time! It was and extremely powerful community time so many hands and hearts worked diligently to gather, sponsor, and provide needed food items and then to pack the massive amount of bags. It was a tireless amount of work- but it was done with joyful determined hearts. Any person that comes to a packing is bound to have their eyes and hearts opened....which encourages them to reach with their hands and feet to serve. To visit this ministry is to visit love and purpose.
CCM is a one-of-a-kind ministry that encompasses two counties in West Virginia — Berkeley & Jefferson Counties, feeding on average 1025+ children each week in 42 schools. It's mind blowing. The area is in great need of a ministry that serves side-by-side together as a team, and these guys go over, above and beyond to ensure our local children are fed, prayed over and loved. There is hope. There are many layers to this ministry and multiple ways to serve and get involved. It's great to see "no walls" — as many come together for one common goal. I can't say enough good things about them and I am honored to be a part of it all.
Community Combined Ministries is truly amazing. I have volunteered with this ministry for many years and I love seeing God move in all areas — including seeing the hundreds of volunteers that serve with CCM monthly grow and grow. Everyone has the warmest hearts. There is always a special feeling in the air when we let God lead. Under the CCM umbrella is Kidz Power Pacs. This weekend feeding ministry fills in the gap for many in need. KPP feeds on average 900+ kids weekly in 39 schools in Berkeley & Jefferson Counties, WV. I can't wait to see what is to come. 11 years and counting. What will be next? :)
Wonderful organization. They have kept to their mission to feed local children. It is the first time I have seen a large group of local churches work side by side toward a common goal. The community is truly blessed to have this organization. They provide femood for 900+ children each weekend and all school breaks. This volunteer group works together to complete the mission the Lord put upon their leader's heart.
My family and I thoroughly enjoy being a part of this team! The heart that this ministry has for loving the children of these counties is nothing short of God's love shining through. Without a doubt, Community Combined Ministries is to be praised for the outstanding work and effort put into our community. We look forward to helping serve and contribute to this organization for many years to come!
I have been on the board for CCM for approximately 2 years. Being in this position has allowed me to see the “behind the scenes” to this ministry and the heart and soul that goes into each important detail. The goal of this ministry is to gather the community together to meet a specific need...to feed the children. CCM reaches and exceeds this goal on a monthly basis. What an awesome opportunity we (the community) get, to bring a smile to a child’s face, help them to know someone cares about them, and to fill their tummies!
This is an excellent and powerful nonprofit organization. My church and I have been involved with CCM for several years now and we have seen first hand the positive impact it has had on our own lives and our community. Many children would not eat on weekends and holidays if it weren't for this organization. Many children are starving and scared and lonely and without hope and CCM helps with all of those problems.
I love serving with CCM! It has brought our community so much closer together with the same goal to feed children who do not have enough food over the weekends and holiday breaks! I am so grateful for the example that Diana the leader has set to selflessly serve others. CCM feeds over 800 children in our area ultimately with the goal to feed more than just their physical hunger! I love serving there and hope that you all will consider this ministry as deserving as I do! They are changing lives and offering hope! Over 30 organizations work together to make this a reality!
My family has supported CCM for over 10 years by volunteering to unload, unpack and box food items to those public school students in need of food during non-school days - who live in Berkeley and Jefferson counties in WV.
This Non Profit cares solely about feeding children. Politics are not a factor and this organization if run by people who see a need in our community and want to satisfy the need.
Great vision to help children but poorly executed. Poorly ran by a person constantly complaining. Nothing is ever good enough and non stop complaining about what they don’t have instead of praising for what they do have. I hope and pray someone else steps in and brings this ministry to the next level and really be an outreach.
This nonprofit is awesome they help fill the gap in many homes to insure families a bonus of food. The kids love it and it’s all kid friendly foods the kids can make on there own or with help. We are parents to many children and we so appreciate all the effort and time put into this wonderful groups mission.
11 years ago our Lord laid this ministry on my wife heart and it has been amazing to watch it grow over the years. Our children love to help pick up the food on Fridays and look forward to packing weekends. They know they are helping other children and they get to hang out with all their new friends they have made over the years. Sometimes I have to work on packing mornings but I come towards the end to help load the boxes. Our Lord always brings enough volunteers to help and it doesn't take long to get thousands of food bags packed. Our family can't thank the schools and communities enough for believing in the vision and helping feed all these hungry children each and every week. Thank you all and keep these children covered in your prayers!
It's so nice to volunteer with such a loving ministry. I enjoy packings and helping on many levels, big and small. It feels good to be a part of something bigger than ourselves for the Lord being His hands and feet. CCM reaches out with love and compassion and empowers our community on a lot of levels. As it continues to grow, I will grow with it. I am a better person because of CCM and I know others are too.
I have been with Community Combined Ministries since it’s inception as a volunteer for Kidz Power Pacs in the various roles: packer, set-up crew, delivery crew and special events. It has been rewarding, fulfilling and humbling. I totally recommend this charity to any person or group seeking to make a lasting, positive impact in this community.
I have volunteered with this ministry for 8 or 9 years, and have watched it grow from feeding around 100 children a month to 900 children a month. Many don’t realize how important this ministry is. The children look forward to the food in their backpacks every week because they know it’s the only food they will have for the weekend. I remember one story about a boy who said the only food he had over a weekend was a pop tart until he started getting food from this ministry.
It is truly a blessing to work with Community Combined Ministries. The packings run like a finely oiled machine with sometimes over 200 volunteers working to get the job done. It gives you a warm and fuzzy feeling to know you’ve helped someone and to know a child won’t go hungry because you helped to do something about it.
God gave the vision, his direction has been followed to the letter, and he just keeps helping us be his hands and feet.
I first met the creator of Community Combined Ministries, Diana Wall, back in 2010 during an event for needy children of our county. School supplies, clothing, shoes, and food were given out freely. Later I discovered she had a feeding ministry for school children.
In this great nation of ours, it was hard for me to believe that we had so many children who were not being fed at home on the weekends. When I began to volunteer with this ministry and heard some of the sad stories about the children, my heart was saddened. Every year the number of children that are fed by CCM/Kidz Power Pacs continues to increase. I've seen the numbers grow from around 400 to nearly a 1,000 in the last seven years. The school teachers have seen what a difference it makes in the children as far as their alertness and ability to learn. How can you learn or pay attention when you're hungry? I remember the story of one child who had nothing to eat over the weekend but a pop tart. How nourishing is that?
Food that can easily be prepared by children is packed into the participating child's backpack by school staff every week. CCM does not keep tabs on the identification of the students. They are selected by the schools teachers who can tell when a child's learning experience is hampered by hunger.
God gave Diana a vision for this ministry and she has done everything He has asked her to do. Every packing is organized and runs like clockwork. It's amazing to see how over 100 volunteers of all ages come together for one purpose.
I have been blessed to help with this ministry and anyone who has come to a packing will tell you the same thing.
I am a volunteer with this program, but it has blessed me more than I could ever bless those who need assistance its ministries. The leaders have dedicated their lives to helping those in need, even when their own lives have been difficult. While feeding children is a focus, there is a genuine desire by those involved to improve overall well-being and provide a dose of happiness.
Myself, and my two girls have been volunteering with CCM/KPP for 7 years now. In the last two years my 3-1/2 year old grandson has joined in with the volunteering! This organization has BLESSED us as well as our helping hands have BLESSED others! We also are a part of the King Foods Ministry, which has been a real treat each month for us! We have ordered every box once, and we hope to keep ordering throughout this ministry. The main experience we have encountered is the Love, kindness, and compassion that lies within each individual heart that volunteers, therefore UNITING us ALL as God's big family! We are BLESSED to share with everyone in this ministry, and my girls, my grandson, and myself will continue to give back to this community and to the ministry as long as we can!
I really enjoy the fellowship with everyone at the packings. I have meet alot of really nice people an have made several new friends. It's wonderful program helping feed the children.