C.O.P.E. (Christian Outreach Program of Elkhorn)

St. Mark's Board Representative: Barb Kahlandt

COPE's Mission:  To provide and connect resources in western Douglas County for those whose needs are temporarily greater than their means.  COPE is helping approx. 40 families per week with grocery items. Thank you for your support of this outreach program.  It is so appreciated by those in need. For more information on C.O.P.E. visit copeinfo.org

Funding opportunity at FAMILY FARE.

The current COPE partners, St. Mark's is one of eleven churches, are collecting receipts from Family Fare or No Frills.  How can one participate?  Just deposit receipts from these stores in the container located in the entryway at church, your COPE rep delivers to COPE office semi-monthly.  When collected receipts total $150,000 (cumulative of all partnering churches) Family Fare will provide COPE $1,000.

Direct Your Dollar Latest Information - Direct Your Dollars cumulative total to date (September): $12,267. Thank you. Keep up the good work.


The COPE Pantry is currently running low on the following items:

Pancake Mix & Pancake Syrup

Paper Towels


Toilet Paper

Ranch Dressing


Jelly or Jam

Laundry Detergent

Instant Box Potatoes


Spaghetti O’s

COPE is helping approx. 40 families per week with grocery items. Thank you for your support of this outreach program!  It is so appreciated by those in need.

COPE Corner

Things at COPE are busy as usual. I am excited to be taking Bev's place as the representative from St. Mark's on COPE's Board of Directors. I attended the regular board meeting on January 9th, as well as a new member orientation meeting on February 17th. Just getting my feet wet.


• In 2017 the hours of operation were extended to 3 hours a day/6 days per week

• COPE is now offering food pantries to families every 60 days (used to be every 90 days)

• COPE now receives fresh fruit, dairy products, eggs, milk and other perishable items twice a week

• Cooking classes will begin at DC West on March 13th. They will run for 2 hours each Tuesday for 6 weeks

• May 4th is the annual COPE Golf Outing. This is a major fund raising event for COPE. There are 32 teams of 4 @ $400 per team. This takes place at Pacific Springs Golf Course. Let us know if you wish to reserve a team spot.

• The week before Easter COPE will be distributing food bags to families who sign up

• Remember COPE when no longer needing that piece of furniture or appliance. Someone will come and get it! They are also accepting winter clothing right now... all ages

• COPE is now the storage spot for all paper goods, hygiene items, diapers, and laundry detergent. Peace Presbyterian Church is only storing food items

If you have any questions about COPE or the work that they do, just ask!

Your St. Mark's rep,

Barb Kahlandt


COPE Information for 2016

Number of Households and Location Served        

212  Valley

104  Elkhorn

59  Bennington

45  Waterloo

25  West Omaha, Yutan, Mead

445  Total

Services Provided

Food Pantries

Client receives 5 pre-sacked groceries & meat every 60 days.   572 Households

Clothing/Household Goods    1,428 Clients

Rent & Utility Assistance    $19,530 (106 Clients)

Bread/Grocery/Fruit Items from Hy-Vee/Family Fare/Saving Grace.

Donations delivered directly to COPE campus and perishable goods distributed immediately.

2,560 Clients