Outreach at Trinity is how we live out God’s call to serve the needs of others in this city, the nation and the world. As a parish, Trinity actively supports Shelter House, the Crisis Center, and many other social service agencies in the area. We are dedicated to supporting global mission and development and advocating for peace and justice issues.
Winter Outerwear – Late Sept. early Oct. event. The Consultation of Religious Communities (the CRC) collects and distributes winter outerwear. Tasks are: Contributing outerwear, Sorting here at Trinity, Sorting at the distribution site, Helping with the distribution.
Angel Tree – Oct., Nov., Dec. Angel Tree is sponsored by the National Prison Fellowship. Gifts are collected and delivered to children of incarcerated parents. The purpose is for the parent to have a connection with their child. Tasks: Making calls to caregivers of children of incarcerated persons, Buying gifts, Sorting gifts, Delivery of gifts.
Gifts for Parents – Dec.The CRC collects gifts appropriate for Moms and Dads and offers the opportunity for disadvantaged children to pick out these gifts to give their parents at Christmas. Donate gifts, boxes, empty shopping bags. Tasks: Sort gifts at site, Help host on the day the gifts are picked out, Wrap gifts, Escort children around the room, helping them pick out their gifts.
Shelter House Book Sale – Feb, March. Trinity started this sale 15 years ago. It has become a wonderful community project to make money for the Shelter House. Tasks: Donating books, Sorting books, Selling books at sale, Being available to pick up books.
Crisis Center – Ongoing Tasks: Making a donation to the CC, Contributing food items, Delivering food to Crisis Center, Volunteering for Crisis line or food bank (involves training).
Mitten Tree – Dec. Collection of hats, mittens, scarves for children in need. Tasks: Knit, crochet, or purchase to donate
Pancake Supper – Shrove Tues. Pancake and sausage meal provided by The Brotherhood of St. Andrew to raise money for a charity selected each year.Tasks: Bring additional food, Help with the cooking, Help with the set up, Help with the clean up.
Agape Café – Ongoing. Sponsored by the Chaplaincy. Provides breakfast for the homeless on Wed. AMs at Old Brick. Tasks: Donate funds, Help set up and clean up, Have breakfast and chat with homeless participants.
Vacation Bible School – June. Arranged by Education director involving youth who have volunteered to participate in certain roles. VBS open to the community. Tasks: Be on a team to organize, Be an adult role player, Bring food, Help with sets, Set up for VBS, Clean up at end of VBS. The theme this year is Harry Potter.
Bicycles for Girls Sponsored by our youth Pilgrimage, ongoing. Tasks: Donate funds, Help with fund raisers, ie. Make food.
MLK Day (Martin Luther King Day of Service) January 19, 2015. Tasks: Help with planning, Bring food, Help with activities, Help set up or clean up.
Social Justice Group – Ongoing, Trinity Parishioners learn about and act on behalf of marginalized groups in IC, Karen Nichols, facilitator. Tasks: Be part of the group, Be part of the Iowa City community Social Justice Task force, Arrange for speakers.
Episcopal Relief and Development Ongoing (too many programs to list here: see internet for more info) Tasks: Donate funds, Volunteer to participate in natural disaster clean up, Volunteer your medical skills, Volunteer your therapy skills.
Free Lunch – Monthly on first Monday of each month-Lunch for homeless, disabled or other needy persons. Tasks: Make food, Serve food, Clean up after lunch.
Shelter House – Temporary housing and services to help homeless individuals and families regain independence. Tasks: Donate money, Assist with overflow at the Shelter, Assist at Trinity if overflow space is needed: Transporting vetted guests to and from church, sitting overnight shift fire water, Making food for breakfast and snacks, Donate items needed when requested (will be published in Bulletin). Currently Shelter house has decided that they will do the overflow with churches sending volunteers to Shelter House to help, 5-10 PM.
Family to Family – Ongoing-Sponsored by the Consultation of Religious Communities-Mentoring and support for African American Families. Tasks: Donate funds for activities, Make food for dinners.
Prayer Station with Ribbons Outside Our Door Tasks: Donate cut pieces of cloth to replenish the ribbons that are offered in prayer for people in the Iowa City Community. Tidy and replenish the offerings.
Habitat for Humanity While Trinity is not actively involved at this time as we were in the past, if you wish to participate in their projects, contact the Habitat Office.
United Thank Offering (UTO) – A mission of the church world-wide for domestic and overseas projects, recognized by the familiar blue boxes gathered once a year. Local entities that have received grants are Shelter House and The Agape Café.
Lichty Fund -A long-standing endowed fund at Trinity. Lichty Fund provides money each year for local, national, and international agencies and ministries seeking financial assistance. A committee of members of the parish meets each year to decide on the year’s grants.
There are many more outreach projects that don’t involve our presence, but do involve our monetary contributions: The Common Fund (administered by the CRC), Heifer Project, Swaziland Education, Dr. Chris Buresh’s trips to Haiti to give medical Aid.
Sharing our space – Sharing our space is a way that Trinity can reach out to community nonprofit service groups.
AA – Alcoholics Anonymous® is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. Meetings: Mondays 12:00 noon and Thursdays 6:30 pm.
Al-Anon – In Al-Anon members come together to share experiences, meet others who share their feelings and learn a better way of life. Meetings: Sundays 7:00 pm, Mondays 12:00 noon, Tuesdays 12:00 noon, Thursdays 12:00 noon, Fridays 12:00 noon and Saturdays 12:00 noon.
Overeater Anon – Overeaters Anonymous offers a program of recovery from compulsive overeating and fellowship of experience, strength and hope. Meetings: Tuesdays 12:00 noon, Wednesdays 12:00 noon, and Fridays 7:00 pm.