Outreach General Information
Under the umbrella program of Grace Community Connections, the Outreach Committee seeks opportunities for Grace United Church to offer help in the community, 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 BurLINKton Community Group activities can be found on Facebook on the North BurLINKton page. Programs and events take place in a variety of community spaces.
Focus on Families
Grace supports many families in our area who need a friendly ear to listen, food help, housing/kitchen/furniture supplies, or who have 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.
COVID 19 update: Currently our church office is closed to visitors but can still be contacted via email or phone. If you are in need of assistance, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
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. Pre-COVID 19, these dinners were held on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month at Glad Tidings Church on Guelph Line. All volunteers must have a current police check (vulnerable sector).
COVID 19 update: Currently, the DNO team is preparing meals every Wednesday as part of the Wellington Square Friday Night Community Take Home Meal Bags Program. Meals can be picked up on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at Wellington Square United Church 2121 Caroline Street between 12 and 4pm. Delivery as needed. For more information, visit the Wellington Square website www.wsquare.ca.
Christmas – Grace Elf Network (GEN)
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. As well, 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.
COVID 19 update: Currently the Outreach team is discussing how this program will unfold this year. Stay tuned for updates.
Focus on Youth
During the summer, the Grace Outreach Committee assembled craft kits from donations and purchases as well as outdoor summer activity kits. They were distributed to children in the community to support their creativity and outdoor play.
Grace has distributed backpacks to families in North Burlington who need help providing the necessary school supplies for their children. Since 2014 we have distributed close to 700 backpacks/school supplies to children with the help of many volunteers including Grace youth. This is a great way for Grace United Church to support and connect with more families in our community.
COVID 19 update: This year, we distributed school supplies to over 106 children in the neighbourhood in mid-August.We included hand sanitizer and back to school lunch drinks/snacks as well.
We previously sewed predominately adult sized non-medical masks and distributed them in the community. We are back in the mask making business in a mini way. We have received some requests for children’s masks so have bought some appropriate fun fabric for that. We anticipate a bit more demand once the children start back to school in September. If anyone would like to help with this, send us an email.
Over the past few years, in partnership with ArtHouse we have been able to offer a variety of summer camps for children in the community. This has included a Musical Theatre camp (The Lion King), Mending Fences camps and a general arts camp where children worked with a professional artist to plan and paint a garden scene on a shed and a wall. We hope to be able to offer similar programming in the future. Our goal is to support families in the community who could not otherwise access summer camp programming.
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 allows Grace to reach into the community to develop relationships and work with children and their families. During 2020 we were not able to offer employment to students as our summer programming was suspended.
Boys & Girls Club After School Program (Chill Zone)
Currently suspended due to COVID 19
This afterschool program at Grace was running pre-COVID with up to 30 children (age 7 to 12) registered on Tuesdays. Activities focus on help with homework, crafts and sports. The kids are excited and happy with the program and it 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.
COVID 19 update: Currently Boys & Girls Club are working on plans to offer some form of programming later this year. Stay tuned!
Focus on Seniors
Grace Food Cupboard
Currently suspended due to COVID 19
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. Community members can help by purchasing grocery donation bags at check out in local grocery stores.
Some suggestions are: peanut butter, canned tuna, pasta, sauce, soup, cereal and crackers. Personal care items such as shampoo, soap or other household items like laundry detergent, dish soap, Kleenex etc. are always needed.
Your generous support will make a positive difference in so many lives! Thank you.
Wesley is a long-standing local non-profit, offering support for people experiencing poverty, homelessness, and barriers in the community providing programs and services to meet diverse community needs in Hamilton, Halton and Brantford – Brant.
Grace volunteers sewed and donated 100 non-medical masks as well as 300 disposable masks to Wesley for use in their many programs.
Grace Church was scheduled to provide and serve the Wesley Sunday dinner for up to 200 people on Oct 18th, 2020. Due to COVID-19 and health regulations, the staff from Wesley are currently preparing the meals right now. Although not able to be personally involved in the preparation and serving of the dinner this year, we are ensuring a healthy and nutritious meal will be provided by our financial donation covering the cost of the meal. Further information can be found at:
We acknowledge, this day, that we gather for worship on the traditional territories of the Neutral Tribes, Erie, Huron and the other Native Peoples who followed them, as the original nations of this land, and we acknowledge, with respect, their history, their spirituality, and their culture.
Eye Glass Collection
We collect prescription eye glasses and give them to Smith’s Funeral Home on Guelph Line. To date, hundreds of pairs have been donated to mission groups to support various communities globally.
Milk Bags for Haiti
We collect clean, dry outer milk bags for a local at-risk youth program. They cut the bags into strips and weave them into sleeping mats. The mats go to Haiti, to provide a dry surface for children who would otherwise be sleeping on bare ground.
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, 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 Grace and the Horseshoe Falls Regional Council 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.
- United Church of Canada
In addition, we will support appeals by the United Church of Canada.
Want to Help?
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
- Pray for these projects, for the people who serve on them, and for those they serve.
- Volunteer your 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 email the Outreach Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.