The Outreach Committee seeks opportunities for Grace United Church to offer help, wherever and whenever it is needed.
North BurLINKton Community Group
North BurLINKton Community Group is a grassroots collection of community members and organizations working together to connect community and build strong and healthy neighbourhoods.
North Burlington Dinner Night Out Community Dinners (DNO)
A number of churches and community members prepare a delicious dinner twice a month in partnership with Food for Life and Partnership West who have been amazing at supplying food for the dinners. Thanks to the Grace volunteers who work at the dinners. These dinners are held on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month at Glad Tidings Church on Guelph Line. All volunteers must have a police check (vulnerable people).
Chill Zone in partnership with Boys & Girls Club
This afterschool program at Grace is up and running with up to 30 children (age 7 to 12) registered on Tuesday. Activities focus on help with homework, crafts and sports. The kids are excited and happy with the program. This program is making a big difference in the lives of these children and their families. Grace will continue to support them with donation of our loft space.
Grace supports many families in our area who need a friendly ear to listen, food help, housing/kitchen/furniture supplies, child/parenting issues, school issues, security and safety, legal issues, income tax etc. In many cases we help directly and in others we make connections with community resources that are in a better position to assist. The community is always welcome to join in Grace congregational activities and/or worship.
Grace has distributed backpacks to families in North Burlington who would struggle to provide the necessary school supplies. Since 2014 we have distributed around 500 backpacks to children with the help of many volunteers including Grace youth. This is a great way for Grace United Church to connect with more families in our community.
Christmas Elf Network
Each year at Christmas, Grace supports a number of families from our community who need some help. We provide food hampers, gift cards, gifts, wrap and cards. The food hampers have food for a Christmas dinner including a turkey. In addition, our Food for Life families are able to “go shopping” at Grace to choose toys and other gifts for their families. In addition to the Grace United Church congregation, Food for Life and Halton Regional Police support this program.
For the past 3 years, each month, Grace plans and hosts a meeting for single moms in North Burlington. There is always a theme and speaker. A dinner is served to the moms and their children. When the programming begins for the moms, the children go to their own program in the loft.
Grace United Church offers a program to reach out to seniors in our community. We offer Line Dancing with Bev and Strengthen and Stretch with Susanne.
Summer Outreach Youth Coordinators
Through the federal government’s Canada Summer Jobs program, Grace has been able to employ a number of Summer Outreach Youth Coordinators each year. This position allows Grace to reach into the community to develop relationships and work with children and their families. The focus is on the support of Chill Zone and family programming and other community Outreach programs such as the backpack program and youth activities (movie night, sports night) as well as camps at Grace United Church.
2 years ago, in partnership with ArtHouse we were able to offer a Musical Theatre Camp for children aged 7 to 12 featuring The Lion King. Also in partnership with ArtHouse, we offered a Mending Fences camp for children aged 7 to 12 to work with a professional artist to plan and paint a garden scene on a wall.
Little Free Library
Grace installed a Little Free Library in September 2015, with books for adults and kids. The library is for both the Grace congregation and the community. The idea is to take a book, leave a book. More information can be found at http://littlefreelibrary.org/
Grace Food Cupboard
We are requesting non-perishable food items to continue to help fill Grace’s Food Cupboard. These items are distributed locally to those in need. Donations can be left in the front lobby of the church.
Some suggestions are: peanut butter, canned tuna, pasta, sauce, soup, cereal and crackers.
Your generous support will make a positive difference in so many lives! Thank you.
Food for Life
Food for Life is a food recovery program that picks up surplus food from grocery stores, restaurants and corporate partners (mainly fruit, vegetables and baked goods) and delivers it to outreach programs in low-income locations throughout Halton. Grace United Church has one of these outreach programs each Friday morning. People needing food can come to Grace United Church before 9:30 am and join the line outside of the church. A Food for Life van drops off prepackaged food bags and our volunteers hand out the bags to those who are in line.
Halton Fresh Food Box (Currently not running)
Halton Fresh Food Box is a non-profit, volunteer run healthy eating program supported by Halton Region Ontario Trillium Foundation and Ontario Ministry of Health. Grace United Church also acts as a depot for the Halton Fresh Food Box. Fresh food can be ordered and picked up between 4:00pm and 6:30pm on the 3rd Tuesday of each month.
Eye Glass Collection
Thanks to everyone who donated prescription eye glasses. We have collected hundreds of pairs to date which are donated to charities which ship them overseas.
Additionally within Grace, other groups plan and organize other community Outreach projects.
- The UCW supports the following groups throughout the year: Halton Women’s Place, Wesley Urban Ministries, SOCKS, Food4Kids, Carpenter Hospice and the United Church Mission & Service Fund.
- Tansley Park Community Homes (TPCH) consists of fourteen non-profit townhouses located next to the church at 4090 Millcroft Park Drive. The townhouses are predominately rent-geared-to-income units, and play a part in the community outreach program of Tansley and the Hamilton Conference of the United Church of Canada. TPCH operates in partnership with Community Housing and Services of the Region of Halton who provide the rent subsidies for our rent-geared-to-income structure. While not a requirement, the Board of Directors and officers of TPCH are members of the Grace congregation.
We are always looking for ways that Grace can support those in our community who need a helping hand – where best we can put our resources in Burlington. If you have any suggestions, please speak to one of the members of the committee.
United Church of Canada
In addition, we will support appeals by the United Church of Canada.
Want to Help?
- Pray for these projects, for the people who serve on them, and for those they serve.
- Volunteer some time.
- Donate items. From time to time, we will be asking for donations of food items for dinners, toys, clothing and other items as need arises.
- Make financial donations.
- Join the Outreach Committee. We could use your ideas and input. If you would like to work on Outreach projects, please contact us.
If you have any questions or want to help, please contact a member of the Outreach Committee – Janice Martin, Janice Hatt, Marsha Ahrens, Sandra Newcombe, May Turner, Wendy Mycroft, Christine Capozucca and Liz Burroughs.