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Community Combined Ministries

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Food, Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, Food Programs

Mission: "Feeding children, souls and Empowering the Community with His love" We aim to build a unified community within Berkeley and Jefferson counties by partnering with individuals, churches and businesses to help relieve the food insecurity within those counties.

Results: This mission is being carried out by two ministries under CCM including Kidz Power Pacs (KPP) and a host site for King Foods, a discounted food ministry. CCM’s goals include the following: to continue bringing awareness of the community’s hunger needs; to educate on the trials and burdens the children and families face; to rid the stigma that poverty is only a low income issue, but actually can be due to unforeseen life circumstances. Berkeley County's food insecurity rate is currently 14.2%, while Jefferson County's food insecurity rate is 11.6%. As CCM has been feeding food deprived children for 10 years and has distributed over 2.5 million meals to the hungry children, the most valued anticipated impact continues to be restoring hope in the eyes, ears, hearts and souls of the children who have been blessed and the community that made it possible. When a child is fed and the hunger pains subside a glimmer of hope emerges. They see and feel that someone cares about what they are going through and what their family is facing. When hunger is subsided and hope is given it affects not only their mood but the possibilities of accomplishing goals. This is a snowball effect: child's behavior improves, classroom atmosphere improves, attendance improves, teachers and school staff morale improves, grades improve, testing scores improve, home life atmosphere and stress improve, and a hopeful future becomes possible. All of this benefits the community as a whole. Together we are better!

Target demographics: Feed hungry children, families and unify our communities

Direct beneficiaries per year: Feed 900 children weekly through the regular school year, feed 246 children through the summer months, supplied school supplies and discounted food boxes to help get more food into the homes throughout our counties.

Geographic areas served: Berkeley County and Jefferson County of West Virginia

Programs: Kidz Power Pacs feeding ministry , discounted food menu and free local family friendly events

Community Stories

25 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Jeremy B.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Board Member

Rating: 5

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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Greg C.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

bmdue

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been with this nonprofit since 2010. From the very first moment I walked into the door, I knew that I had walked into something rare and spectacular! The primary purpose of the ministry is to meet the after school and weekend food needs for children in Berkeley County and Jefferson County WV. Secondary is getting the community united and serving together to help our fellow man find hope and care for one another. I have first hand seen the self sacrificial love and dedication of more people than I can count thru this ministry. I have served at most functions and met some of families who benefit from this ministry. Each family leaves a mark on your heart. Their need is real and their gratitude opens our eyes and humbles us all. Fontaine from Les Miserable sings a song that states this "to love another person is to see the face of God." I see that here, with these people. The people who serve in this ministry truly understand the needs of the people whom they serve . They can look them in the eye and most can say "I have been where you are." Having that grounded connection with people also opens the door to those a little afraid of seeking help. Another spectacular account is the continued gathering of so many people from so many different churches and organizations meeting and unified in this common fundamental need. Again....it is incredibly humbling to serve and to witness and interact with some of the most genuine souls on this earth. I love this ministry with my whole heart and believe in its purpose and success. I love the people that I serve with and even tho I don't get to interact an enormous amount with the people we serve, I love each of them as well...whether or not I ever meet them face to face. They each are carried in our hearts . Come see what all the fuss is about! We would love to have you there and serve with you!

Volunteer

Rating: 1

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Joe N Bec F.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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? :)

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Serving side-by-side with so many wonderful people is truly amazing. I love the community we live in and also serve. Under the CCM umbrella is Kidz Power Pacs, a weekend feeding ministry, and King Foods, discount food ministry. KPP is not a "program", but a "ministry. Being His hands and feet is an honor. We serve 900+ children in Berkeley & Jefferson Counties, WV. We also host several events during the year where we get to spend time with our KPP families and community. These are truly special. I love being a part of every aspect. - Bec F.

Vickie Flintjer C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Meg P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful charity to work with! Feeding kids at risk allows these kids to feel loved and cared for. And working with these amazing and dedicated people is a joy!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This charity provides a wonderful much needed service to the children in our local neighborhood community and surrounding communities.