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

St. Mark's Board Representative: Bev Griffin 

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 or NO FRILLS stores.

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 can always use the following:

Pancake Mix & Pancake Syrup

Instant Boxed Potatoes


Ranch Dressing

Jelly or Jam

Paper Towels

Toilet Paper


Laundry Detergent

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

Thanks from COPE. The following is a message I received from Jim Tomanek, Executive Director, COPE, "I wanted to let you know I received a couple of nice blessings from St. Mark’s this week. COPE received a check for $430.16 from the church for the grant-matching fund plus a check from the St. Mark’s Women of the ELCA for $500 for the grant-matching fund!!! I will be sending thank you for the blessings notes to both groups this week." The $430.16 originated from the Noisy Offerings during August and $500.00 proceeds from the Women's Salad Luncheon earnings. Your hands and hearts make a difference in God's world, thank you.


Family Fare Store Receipts. Direct Your Dollars from 12/31/16 thru 9/30/17 total $12,267. Hooray, keep depositing receipts in the COPE container located at the Welcome Center. Thank you.


Christian Brother's Automotive free oil change for single-parent families of COPE takes place Saturday, October 14, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. COPE clients may call 402-616-2330 to schedule an appointment.


COPE Christmas Party scheduled Saturday, December 9. In the immediate future, a COPE Christmas tree will reside in the Narthex; the program provides gifts of new clothing and toys to individuals who otherwise might not have anything for Christmas and a direct way of allowing our church family to become personally involved by sharing with those less fortunate in our community.


Volunteer. Is God calling you to become a COPE volunteer? Contact Nancy or Jane for information and or a brief tour of COPE's campus. 402.616.2330


Thank you,

Bev Griffin

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