All of us have heard the statement, “It is better to give than to receive.” Most of us believe this statement, and Hands on Kirkwood provides an easy opportunity to be involved. It is a simple way – as a group or individual – just sign-up – to serve others in need.
How It Works
HOK is a one-day mission blitz of our local community. A special day when every member of our community is encouraged and empowered to go serve. Hands on Kirkwood gives us that opportunity. It is a simple way – just sign-up to serve neighbors in need. Sign up as a group or individual. HOK was founded in 2007 and is made up and supported by churches, community organizations, businesses, individuals and service groups.
Due to COVID-19, this year’s HOK will look a little different. Most projects are postponed until next year including our winter clothing store, electronic recycling and paper shredding.
However, we ARE doing OUTDOOR home projects, our food and baby items collection drive, free winter car check and notary availability for mail-in and absentee ballots.
How Can I Help?
Hands on Kirkwood brings together people in order to serve our community together. Many are driven by their faith and desire to help others. No matter the reason, as we serve together HOK hopes to cultivate a spirit of community cooperation and unity.
- Visit HandsOnKirkwood.org to see all of the volunteer opportunities and sign up to help! Need an excuse to get out of the house? Sign up as a family or your pod to help on OUTSIDE ONLY yard projects OR help us clean up the historic Father Dickson Cemetery.
- We will need volunteers to help drop yellow bags on Kirkwood doors the last part of September for a food and personal care items drive. And volunteers to help pick up on Saturday, October 3. The collected items will go to KirkCare (local food pantry), Meramec Brown Bag Café and Nurses for Newborns. Please take time to fill a bag. You can also drop your donation off at Kirkwood Baptist Church in the yellow containers October 1-3.
- Don’t want to get out, but still want to help others? Visit www.HandsOnKirkwood.org and get something for others in need from our Amazon store.
- Donate $14 (one for each year of HOK!) directly on your Kirkwood utility bill.
- Like us on Facebook for many other opportunities to serve and get served!
What to do if you need help?
FREE OUTDOOR Home and Yard Projects
Volunteers will serve Kirkwood residents who are in need of help outside of their home who may not be able to do it on their own. There are a variety of ways we can help including yard work or small OUTDOOR home repairs. If you, or maybe your elderly or single parent neighbor need some help, give us a call at 314-965-2349 EXT 111, weekdays, 9am to 4pm. We are limited in how many projects we can do, so best to call sooner than later.
FREE Winterize Car Check – 9:30am – 12pm Kirkwood Baptist Church, 211 N Woodlawn
FREE of charge, volunteers will inspect cars and provide visitors with recommended items to follow up with your local mechanic. In addition, windshield wiper fluid will be topped off and tires and batteries will be checked.
FREE Notary for Mail-in and Absentee Ballots – 9:30am – 12pm Kirkwood Baptist Church, 211 N Woodlawn
FREE of charge, volunteers will notarize your mail-in or absentee ballot. You must wear a mask, have proper ID and bring your own pen.
Hands on Kirkwood (HOK) began as a local mission initiative of Kirkwood Baptist Church (KBC) in 2007. KBC wanted to move outside the safe walls of their sanctuaries and into the community to serve their neighbors, much as Jesus did. KBC began with the question, “In our community, when people say Kirkwood Baptist Church, what comes to mind.” Whatever the answers, we knew there was more we could do and more we were called to do.
KBC began with a goal of 150 volunteers in 2007 and was amazed when 250 KBCers gathered in the sanctuary in October 2007 for our HOK opening rally. Since that time, KBC has been joined by Harrison Avenue Missionary Baptist Church, St Louis Community College at Meramec, Grace Episcopal Church, Kirkwood United Methodist Church, Concordia Lutheran Church, the City of Kirkwood, Kirkwood Police Department, Kirkwood Rotary, Kirkwood City Library, Geyer Road Baptist Church, Greentree Community Church, and by many other churches, organizations, institutions, individuals, elected officials and people from all walks. Although projects have changed, adapted, been added and dropped, the heart of the mission has always remained the same: to engage ALL in a one-day mission blitz of our community, to equip ALL to follow the command to love our neighbors as ourselves, and to inspire ALL to make serving others more than a one-day event but instead a daily occurrence.
In 2018, HOK celebrated their 12th annual event. In those 12 years, we have moved beyond our own walls including those of the city limits. HOK events and volunteer opportunities are open to anyone – not just Kirkwood residents.