Outreach and Community Support

Working Together in the Columbus Area

We are proud to be part of an active ecumenical network of churches in the Columbus/Fall River area.  By working together, we are able to pool our resources and volunteers to bring more effective support programs to our area.

Click the link below for a peek inside the Food Pantry at the Senior Center (where Olivet food donations go).

Our month to work the food pantry is February.  This also means that we also need to continue to help with food donations - especially cereal, crackers, and soups that we are low on.  Other needs are hamburger helper, potato dishes, sloppy joe mix, and canned meat.  Donations can be left in the entry area at Olivet.

Food Pantry Images

Blessings in a Backpack

Blessings in a Backpack mobilizes communities, individuals and resources to provide food on the weekends for elementary school children across America who might otherwise go hungry.

Every school-aged child in America needs nourishment to learn and grow. As a leader in the movement to end childhood hunger, Blessings strives to ensure children don't go hungry on the weekends by empowering individuals and communities to take action.

Together with the Columbus Community; Olivet supports this program and are currently helping feed more than 54 children in the Columbus area that are in need.

Community Meal

On the fourth Thursday of each month from 5pm to 6:30pm is a Community Meal, served at Columbus United Methodist Church.  Sponsors include Crossroads Church & Pantry, Columbus/Fall River Food Pantry and volunteers from our ecumenical network.

Communities Respond to Hunger

Food and sundry items are available in our area for those in need at Crossroads Pantry and Food Pantry (in Senior Center).  Also, support is given by Second Harvest.  Learn more about this organization by clicking the link below.

Second Harvest

Food Pantry Support

Olivet, together with other churches in our area, collect pantry items from our loving members and friends.  Olivet assists one to two months per year at the food pantry, as well as collecting food donations.

Food donations are welcomed anytime, but for focal emphasis, we are asking that at least one a month, to please share in this local effort.  The first Sunday of each month will carry special emphasis for this effort, as a way of keeping this drive active.

There is a table in the entryway just inside our front doors for collection of food pantry items, and also a list posted of needed goods (or download from the link below).

Food Pantry info sheet

Little Free Pantry

The Little Free Pantry will be opening soon at the Community Garden site on the corner of Hwy K and Tower Drive.  The Little Free Pantry is a collaborative effort between the Progressives and Olivet to provide hygiene and paper products as well as other non-perishable items.  Other churches and community groups will be asked to participate in stocking it.  Further information may be obtained by talking to Carol Black.

One Great Hour of Sharing


The theme for the UCC 2019 One Great Hour of Sharing Special Offering is: "More than we can imagine!"  The theme, based on Ephesians 3:20, reminds us that we are not alone in our imagining a better world for all of God's children.  For it is God's imagination that fuels and empowers ours!

It would be easy to focus our attention only on the places and people near and dear to us.  Natural disasters have impacted many communities and the cost of almost everything continues to rise.  We may want to help, but think there is only so much we can do.  Yet there is more that needs our attention.  Jesus calls us to love our neighbor; to feed, clothe and visit those whom the Bible calls the least of these.  And it isn't supposed to matter where people live.  They are still our neighbors.  They are still within our reach through our desire to help, through the arms of the UCC church network, and through the One Great Hour of Sharing offering.

From June 16 - July 7, we will focus on different situations that OGHS

 funds address.  Following are topics for the series.  And on July 14 we will wrap things up as we receive our OGHS offerings.

  • June 16    Natural Disaster
  • June 23    Food and Water
  • June 30    Health Care
  • July 7       Education
  • July 14    "More than we can imagine"

Please plan to attend worship on these summer Sundays.  And please support OGHS with your prayers and offerings.  You can now contribute through our E-Giving page on this website.

Video Links

Watch videos that show the work and scope of the One Great Hour of Sharing offering.



How to Donate

You can mark your offering envelope with "One Great Hour of Sharing".   Or go to our E-Giving page on this website to donate.

Community Garden

The FFA members helped clean up the garden and worked up the whole garden for the Community Garden and met with them to develop a plan to use the space. The FFA planted the half given to them by the Olivet Church, the property owners, and Community Garden overseers. 

The FFA members started pumpkin seeds in the greenhouse in April. The garden was planted at the end of May and by June 1, 2018. The FFA members weeded the garden and harvested the produce. The produce was sold to FFA members families and at the local farmers market. Additional produce was sold at Sassy Cow Creamery. The proceeds will be used by the FFA to maintain the garden in the following year.

Click the button below to see the latest year end report which includes an overview of their two outreach projects.

Year End Report

Sponsorship of World Vision Student

Olivet is sponsoring  a Refugee Child from Tibet - Tenzin Tsephel.  The May newsletter has a copy of a letter from him, and he would love to hear from members of Olivet.  You can send this to:

Tenzin Tsephel

Tibetan Refugee Children

119/B, Gandhi Road

Darjeeling, 734101 (W.B.) India

Be sure to take this to the post office to ensure the correct postage amount for international delivery.

Salvation Army

The Salvation Army provides assistance in our area for:  Rental assistance, utility assistance, emergency lodging, transportation, Thanksgiving baskets, Christmas baskets, back to school items, and disaster services.

Olivet assists in this community fund raising during the holiday season.  Learn more about how the Salvation Army helps those in need in Wisconsin by clicking the link below.

You can send your donation this Christmas to:  The Salvation Army of Columbia County, c/o Associated Bank, 111 Tower Dr., Columbus, WI 53925

Salvation Army Wisconsin

NICC Foundation

Olivet supports Neighbors in Constant Care (NICC Foundation), a local charity that cooperates with the Salvation Army, St. Vincent de Paul Society, and our local police department in helping people in need.  Part of this is raising money during the holiday season to buy clothing for 2-5 families every year.

Community Resource Guide

Here is a link to the most current Community Resource Guide from the Columbia County Health and Human Services in Portage.

Community Resource Guide