Area Churchs for Emergency Outreach (ACEO)
The ACEO in conjunction with the Salvation Army provides emergency assistance to residents in the Rice Lake area. This is a call back service. The number is 715-434-2236. Call and leave a message as to what your needs are and your phone number, and someone will get back to you.
We Share Food Pantry
We have a basket in the narthex for donations to the Food Pantry. The We Share food pantry is located at 400 W. Coleman St, Rice Lake. Their hours are Tuesday 10:30am-noon and Thursday 1:00pm- 2:30 pm.
Gift of the Month- but all donations are appreciated!
March- boxed meals like mac-n-cheese or tuna helper
April- canned fruit
May- personal items
June- canned vegetables
July- protein like beans, tuna, spam or peanut butter
August- boxed meals
November- canned fruit
“The Lunch Box”
Free hot meal on Tuesdays at Bethany Lutheran located at 35 West Messenger Street.
All churches associated with this project are assigned dates for which they provide the food and the help serving it. The Lunch Box is a ministry of Community Connections of the Greater Rice Lake Area, Inc.
Paste, Paper, Pencils Project
This is a project done by our Missions Committee to help families registered in the Rice Lake area school district with school supplies. The Missions Committee does different fund raisers throughout the year to support this worthy cause. Through these fundraisers and grants we are able to provide gift cards for each child in qualified families. This year the PPP Project will be done through our local Rice Lake Walmart. These gift cards can be used for school supplies, shoes and school clothes. Applications must be turned in by noon on August 1, 2022.
We also sponsor a room at Benjamin House whose mission is: To work together as a non-profit agency with community organizations and individuals to provide housing opportunities for the homeless population in Barron County. Benjamin’s House is a 24 hour supervised shelter which will include case management services. Each resident at the shelter receives assistance with goal setting, problem solving and connecting with area resources. Benjamin House is located in Rice Lake and their number is 715-736-2437. For more information go to their website at: http://www.benjamins-house.org/ We also provide the evening meal on the 3rd Wednesday of every month. If you are interested in volunteering to help provide this meal please call the church office 715-234-3919.
We also collect supplies for the Rice Lake High School for those students who might need some personal hygiene products. Each church or organization involved in this project chose a month during the year to help stock up these important and badly needed items.
Feed Our Kids Backpack Program
We also participate in the Backpack Program to help provide nutritious food to kids over the weekends where they may not get healthy meals. This program operates under the auspices of the Boys and Girls Club in Rice Lake. Donations can be sent to: Feed Our Kids, c/o Boys and Girls Club, PO Box 734, Rice Lake, WI 54868. Indicate Feed Our Kids on the check memo line.