Outreach

wvadream4We welcome you to join our outreach programs at Trinity. Our outreach programs help to expand Trinity’s mission in our community. We believe each person has their own gifts that can further develop our outreach programs. All people are invited to participate in ARC of Howard County, Ghanaian Mother’s Hope, the Trinity Thrift Shop, and support of Springfield State Hospital Center and the American Rescue Mission.

Trinity supports our trips through fund raising activities organized by trip participants. The following is a summary of some of our initiatives:

 

FISH of Howard County, Inc.

This organization is a branch of the original “getting neighbors to help other neighbors”. All around the world caring about one’s neighbors was reawakened in the early 1960’s. This concept continues today regardless of faith, age, culture and background. At Trinity we have supported FISH for over 20 years. We do this by collecting food during the month with specialty items listed in our bulletin and delivering it to the food bank in Howard County.

Springfield Hospital, Sykesville Maryland

The Springfield Hospital in Sykesville is a haven for those who need mental health services. It has been in operation since the late 1890’s. As stated on their website, “Springfield Hospital Center continued its mission of providing comprehensive treatment in an environment that is responsive to all elements of human dignity”. We at Trinity have supported the hospital for over 25 years with various types of gifts such as individual personal supplies, as well as any other necessary items listed in the bulletin during the year.

American Rescue Workers – An average Church doing the extraordinary

This group is close by on Hanover Street, Baltimore MD. Their motto is doing the extraordinary. They not only provide a shelter for the homeless but substance abuse recovery program, as well as a children’s ministry. Trinity has been supporting them for the last 10 years.

ARC of Howard County:

ARC of Howard County is an organization which provides group homes for independent living for physically challenged people.  Trinity has participated in projects ranging from adding ramps to gutting the entire house and rebuilding.  ARC offers an opportunity for younger teens and adults to learn building skills to prepare them for away trips. Trinity has been participating in this ministry since 2007. You can read more on the ARC of Howard County by visiting their website at http://www.archoward.org/.

Ghanian Mother’s Hope:

Trinity Episcopal Church at Waterloo has supported Ghanaian Mother’s Hope, Inc., since 2008. We collect and donate monthly items such as clothing, shoes, over the counter medicines, and malaria nets to support the families in Ghana. Trinity provides financial aid to children and families, too. We look forward to creating a stronger bond with our friends in Ghana in the future. You can learn more about Ghanian Mother’s Hope by visiting their website at: http://ghanaianmothershope.wordpress.com/

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian ministry founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a decent, safe and affordable place to live. We have been involved with Habitat projects since 2003. Trinity members participate in several Habitat for Humanity trips every year. Some of our trips Panama (2 times), Guatemala, Mississippi (4 times), West Virginia (4 times) and New Mexico (4 times). Please visit the Habitat For Humanity website for more information about the organization.

30 Hour Famine

Trinity’s 4th Annual 30 Hour Famine

“Serving the Christ in Starving Children”

Matthew 25:40 The King shall answer and say to them, ’Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers of Mine, even the least of them, you did it to Me.’

Every day, nearly 8,000 kids die from hunger-related causes. 800,000,000 people, half of which are children, go to bed hungry every night. World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities, worldwide, to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice.

Every year, World Vision sponsors an event, the 30 Hour Famine, which involves young adults in experiencing hunger, learning about global poverty and hunger, performing community service projects, and raising money to supply as many children as possible with food for a year.

$35 feeds and cares for a child for a month. $425 feeds and cares for a child for a year. Last year, the participating youth from Trinity raised $1,700; enough to feed four children for a year.

This year, AJ Genovese, Zach Uhler, and Vincent Nimmo from Trinity partnered with youth from Holy Apostles Episcopal Church in Arbutus and went 30 hours without eating and gave up half of their weekend learning about global hunger, participating in community service projects, praying, attending church services, reading from the Bible, and developing friendships with Father Jim Pena and his youth from Holy Apostles. Michele Uhler, Anthony Genovese, and Richard Micklos were Trinity chaperones and helpers.

Shopping at BJ’s for food.

The two community service projects involved Trinity’s Backpack Blessings outreach program and Holy Apostles’ Southwest Emergency Services Pantry. The youth went to BJ’s on Friday night with shopping lists and bought the food to go into the 40 bags that would go to Deep Run Elementary School the following week. Back at Trinity they shelved the food, filled the containers with the different food groups, and finally filled the bags.

On Saturday afternoon, they went in small groups throughout the Arbutus neighborhood, knocking on doors to ask for donations to the Southwest Food Pantry.

Separating food

 

The 30 Hour Famine is one of the most meaning ways for young adults to actively participate in outreach and follow in the footsteps of Jesus.