We Care

Food at First 
A tasty, free meal is offered each Monday and Thursday night at First United Methodist Church for those who hunger. The hunger may be for companionship or for food. It may be for heat or air conditioning or a place to just be calm in the midst of our busy lives. All are welcome. The name Food at First indicates one of our basic needs before moving on to anything else is food. Once we have food, then we can go on to the other concerns of our day. Food at First also means the meals are prepared and served at First United Methodist Church. Many service organizations, churches and families prepare the meals.

Food at First meals are also served daily at the First United Methodist Church in Ames.

Members of Memorial support both the Nevada. In Nevada, Memorial volunteers prepare the meal the third Thursday of each month for Food at First. Youth, adults and supervised childre are welcome. To volunteer please contact Minister of Administration Jodi Schuman at memluth@midiowa.net or Memorial coordinator Charlene Carsrud.

Heart-Y Meals

A group of dedicated volunteers perpare and package complete frozen meals primarily for the benefit of Nevada families of young and school-aged children. These meals are prepared and then stored in a freezer at the Nevada Community Resource Center. This ministry seeks to provide a hot, easy to prepare meal for families at a time when doing so for themselves is difficult.

Harmony Clothing Closet, 1122 6th Street, Nevada
Free clothing is offered at Harmony Clothing Closet. What started as an idea from some Nevada school youth has now grown to a ministry offering three floors of clothing to those in need. Shoes, coats and clothing for infants to adults can be found at Harmony. Due to the kind and generous clothing donations, and many, many volunteers, Harmony Clothing Closet offers a helping hand. 

Harmony Clothing Closet is open on Saturday mornings from 8 - noon and Monday evenings from 4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Many thanks to Al Kockler for providing the mainstreet store front space. Thanks also to Scott Tanner and First Class Signs for creating the logo and signs, both in front and in back of the building.

The doors of Harmony stay open due to contributions. Contributions of clothing, contributions of money and contributions of volunteers and time. Volunteers are always welcome! The more hands, the more we can offer.

Also at Harmony is Treasured Formal Wear. For those needing formal clothing for a special event, Treasured Formal Wear my offer an economical solution. Gowns, Suits, shoes and other items can be borrowed, worn and returned rent free. The only cost associated is the cleaning of the borrowed items prior to return. If assistance is needed to cover the cost of cleaning, visit with the volunteer on duty. Treasured Formal Wear items can be seen by appointment. Inquire at Harmony Clothing Closet or call 382-6509 for additional information.

Good Samaritan
The Good Samaritan program offers assistance for rent or utilities for those in Nevada or Eastern Story County.  Several congregations in Nevada help support this local ministry. For those wanting to learn more about Good Samaritan, contact St. Patrick's Catholic Church at 382-2974.

Memorial helps fund Good Samaritan by donating the undesignated cash received in the offering plate the second Sunday each month. The people of Memorial also support two Good Samaritan fund raisers, the Good Samaritan BBQ held in June at St. Patrick's Catholic Church and a special appeal by the COMMON churches in January.

Community Cupboard
Keeping food on the table can be a struggle. The Nevada Community Cupboard is a resource available. Open Saturday mornings from 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. at 1110 11th St (near St. Patrick's Catholic Church) this resource has helped many families make ends meet. For more information contact Gil Petersen, 515-382-4440.