NEAR (North-suburban Emergency Assistance Response)

A non-profit volunteer organization, NEAR responds to the emergency needs of people in our community. Elim is part of a cooperative effort of twelve area churches where volunteers provide emergency food relief to residents of northern Robbinsdale, Crystal, and New Hope who live between 42nd and 62nd Avenues North. NEAR is a member of The Second Harvest Food Bank, The Emergency Foodshelf Network and Hunger Solutions Minnesota. More information at
  • March Food Drive: Elim will collect food all throughout the month March. Grocery bags will be available at both sanctuary entrances with a list of needed food items. Money donations are also accepted. The drive for food and funds are to help restock the NEAR Food Shelf. Thank you!
  • Holiday Food Drive: In November, Elim collects food for the holiday season.
  • School supplies will be collected during the summer and completes usually before August 1. Click here: Elim school supply drive
  • During this season of bounty when fresh fruits and vegetables are plentiful, Elim is joining MN FoodShare’s Harvest Campaign Aug. 1 – Sept. 30 to support our local food shelf, NEAR.
  • Fresh, locally grown produce donations can come from community gardens, congregational members’ home gardens, local farmers markets or grocery stores. While fresh produce is the focus of the Harvest Campaign, please remember that other healthy food options—like dry beans, rice, whole grains, and nuts—are also essential food items for every food shelf.
  • Please bring the produce and other healthy food donations to worship services during August and September and drop them off in the food shelf wagon in the narthex. Your donations will be delivered on Monday mornings to NEAR by Shirley Mork, Elim’s Food Shelf Coordinator.
  • At the end of September we make a final push with “Pack the Pews” which coincides with our Annual Elim Garden Harvest Celebration on the lawn after church. The Harvest Celebration takes place at the end of September following worship (10:30am).
  • More about Minnesota FoodShare at


  • Fresh Produce Distribution:  Free, seasonal produce distributions are open to the public. A same-day registration form must be completed at each visit. Elim will host distribution from mid-July through early-October, every other Tuesday, from 10am to 12pm. Donations to PRISM help ensure they have the necessary food to give to the most vulnerable neighbors. For every $1 donated, PRISM can spend as if it were $4. Visit their website for more information and to Donate online


  • Become a Reading Buddy!  Be part of the team of dedicated volunteers from Elim Lutheran Church who recognize the importance of reading and want to be a part of a student’s academic success.
  • Complete the on-line VIP application:  Click here
  • To learn more, contact Jill Kaufman, (763) 504-6991 or
  • In the summer and throughout the school year, Elim members contribute school supplies, gift cards, and winter clothing to Lakeview students, and help with special events at the school.


  • Wildfire KidPack is a weekend meal program distributed through Forest, Lakeview, and Meadow Lake Elementary Schools in the Robbinsdale School District. Each KidPack bag provides a meal for four people. Food bags are sourced through The Sheridan Story. Every child. Every meal.
  • KidPack Distributors needed Fridays, beginning September 13 through May.  Lakeview and Meadow Lake distribute KidPack in the morning, and Forest in the afternoon. Can you help once a month?  Please contact Deacon Kirsten Kessel at or 763-458-7332.


  • Meals on Wheels Door provides meals for North Hennepin County residents. Eileen Beggs helps lead Elim’s participation.  Elim has a number drivers who deliver meals on the second Friday, third Friday, and fourth Wednesday of the month. Each driver delivers up to 8 meals. To volunteer please contact Eileen at (763) 391-6648. For more information visit CEAP Meals on Wheels.

FAMILIES MOVING FORWARD: A Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative

  • Responding to homelessness in our community, the Elim Church Council has joined the Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative.  Our work with the Beacon Collaborative aligns us with 70 other congregations throughout the Twin Cities who are working to alleviate not just the lack of affordable housing but the societal pressures that contribute to homelessness as well! To volunteer, visit our signup page or call the church office at 763-537-8481.
  • More information about Beacon Interfaith and Families Moving Forward, visit
  • Our shared goal is home.  Article on how we reach this goal together HERE.


  • The Circle of Welcome is a group of people from our Elim Church Center congregations that are walking with a refugee family as friends, supporters and advocates to help them become established more quickly to life in Minnesota. If you would like more information, please contact Pastor Dan Doerrer at Or call the church office at 763-537-8481.