Where Trinity Serves

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Are you interested
in serving with us?

To serve within Trinity,
contact our Director of Lay Involvement, Laura Eanes.

To serve outside Trinity’s walls in Birmingham or in our country,
contact our Director of Outreach, Kristan Walker.

To serve internationally,
contact our Director of International Mission, Julie Adams.

 

SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES:

Ages 14+: Better Basics Camp at Urban Kids – Volunteers needed Mon, Tues, Thurs & Fri 6/6 to 7/29 from 9AM-Noon. Volunteers will assist Better Basics teachers in math and reading lessons for rising 3rd, 4th, & 5th graders. Ideal volunteers will make a regular commitment to the program- 1+ day(s)/week, 1 week at a time, or a complete session. Interested volunteers can reach out to Kathleen Drake at volunteer@betterbasics.org.

All Ages: Serve Saturdays at East Lake Market – 8/20 from 7:15-10:30 AM. Create and deliver 150 baskets of fresh produce to elderly individuals in need. Sign up is available on the TrinityKids Summer Program page. http://www.trinitybirmingham.com/trinitykids-family-serve-saturday/

Ages 10+: Modern Family Ministries Closet – Volunteers needed to sort donations and assist foster families from 10am-2pm on Fri 8/6 and Sat 8/7. Interested volunteers can contact Kristan Walker.

Modern Family Ministries Closet: New or gently used children’s clothing and supplies needed for children in foster care. Closet is located at Trinity West Homewood. If needed, contact Kristan Walker to arrange drop off.

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Weekender Backpack Ministry – Trinity is continuing our weekend meal ministry this fall. We will be delivering food each Friday to Homewood and Hemphill Elementary students who are struggling with food insecurity.

Family Promise Homeless Ministry – Help us host families experiencing homelessness at Trinity from Sunday, July 1-Saturday, July 16. Volunteers needed to prep meals, play games, and spend the night with the families. Wonderful family friendly service opportunity! Contact Laura McCain for more info and to sign up – lamccain@bellsouth.net.

Family Promise Homeless Ministry Fundraiser Opportunity – Interested in making a themed basket for the upcoming annual Family Promise fundraiser? Contact Edie Steiniger, ediesteiniger@gmail.com. The fundraiser is July 28, 6-9 PM at Rosewood Hall in Homewood. www.familypromisebham.org.

Under the Bridge Homeless Ministry – Meets on the 4th Thursday of the month at 5 PM at the Oakmont Campus. A meal is prepared, and then the group leaves at 6 PM to go Under the Bridge downtown (to 17th St. N. by the BJCC) under the expressway to feed the homeless. Questions? Contact Peggy Gunnels.

Sweet Potato Drop – We need 300 volunteers to help us sort thousands of pounds of leftover crops to get them in the hands of local food pantries. This is a fun service opportunity! West Homewood campus.

 DONATION OPPORTUNITIES:

Eyeglasses for Panama – Trinity’s July Panama mission team is collecting gently used adult and child-size sunglasses and prescription eyeglasses (with cases). Help us reach our goal of 200 good condition glasses by Sunday, July 10! Drop off glasses at Trinity Oxmoor main office. Questions? Contact Julie Adams.

Modern Family Ministries Closet: Trinity’s clothing and supply closet for Jefferson County Foster Families will be open again on Friday, July 8 and Saturday, July 9. Current needs include: gently used summer children’s clothing, especially for sizes newborn to 8 years old, and volunteer shopkeepers. Contact Kristan Walker for more info.

Lego Blocks – We’d love for you to donate your old Legos to Trinity’s Children’s Ministry. We will be using Legos in one of our Wednesday night options starting in the fall and would love to put yours to good use! Donation boxes will be by the Elementary Children’s Check-In Desk at the Oxmoor Campus or in the Children’s storage room at the Oakmont Campus. Thank you for helping us get ready for a new kind of Wednesday night programming this fall! Questions? Contact Mia Toole.

United Methodist Partners: Birmingham

 Urban Ministry located in the West End, Urban serves people who are in poverty with programs rooted in compassion and wholeness. Compassion programs address immediate needs, while wholeness programs address long-term needs.

Get Involved: collect, deliver, and stock food pantry donations; mentor, tutor, and play with children in the Urban Kids program; work in the Community Garden, participate in monthly socials for elderly clients, assist clients with transportation, paint local homes, and help with the soon-to-open Urban Community Café.

Learn more here: http://urban-ministry.org


Community Church Without Walls
is a congregation located in the West End neighborhood. CCWW is open to all; currently their congregation is primarily made up of youth. Welcome to Garrett and Caitlin Harper (previously Hartley), the newly appointed pastors of CCWW!

Get Involved: join in worship on Wednesday mornings, Thursday nights, or Sunday afternoons; provide transportation to the store and appointments; get to know some awesome youth (Food and Family- 1x/month open your home to small groups of CCWW kids and share a meal together).

Learn more here: http://www.ccwwbirmingham.com


Church of the Reconciler
is a congregation in downtown Birmingham that is in ministry with, by, and for people who are homeless.

Get Involved: collect and organize donations, assist with meal preparation (Trinity does this every Thursday morning), and help with building maintenance, medical exams, musicians, transportation, legal assistance, tech assistance, and unemployment assistance.

Learn more here: http://churchofthereconciler.com


East Lake United Methodist Church and Overflow Foundation
. Get Involved with East Lake UMC by donating a used bicycle to their Bike Shop for local youth, delivering fresh produce to homebound seniors June-September on Saturdays from 7-10:30AM, and helping with their after school programs on Monday and Wednesdays from 3-5:45 (includes tutoring, electives, and dinner).
http://eastlakeumc.net
http://www.eastlakemarket.org
Get involved with the Overflow Foundation by helping with their art after school program on Tuesdays from 3-5:45. Students have the opportunity to learn and do visual arts, music, and drama. Program is held at East Lake UMC.
http://overflowfoundation.com/about-us/


Restoration Mission and Dream Garden
a congregation in the West End that seeks to provide support to local families through an afterschool and summer program for children ages 3 and up, addiction recovery ministry, and the Bread of Life food pantry

Get Involved: volunteer with their after school/summer program (Dream Garden), donate to their food pantry, help with organization and general building repairs

Learn more here: https://www.facebook.com/RestorationMission?fref=ts


McCoy Adult Day Care Center
provides supervision, health screening, nutrition, therapeutic activities, transportation, and exercise opportunities for older adults so that they can maintain the highest level of independence possible. Caregivers are also offered counseling and support.

Get Involved: health screenings, throw a birthday or seasonal party, help in the office, sing or play instruments, play games, etc.

Learn more here: http://mccoyadultdaycare.com/Home.html


United Community Center is a multi-service community center for individuals and families living in low-income neighborhoods in Southwest Birmingham, their office is located in the Riley neighborhood. Programs include ACT Prep Academy, Computer Lab, food co-op, Southwest Quilters, activities and services for adults ages 55+, and more!

Get Involved: youth enrichment, lead arts and crafts, instruct computer labs, and help with Brown Bag on Fridays

Learn more here: http://unitedcommunitycentersbham.org/index.html

And here: http://www.211connectsalabama.org/MatchList.aspx?n;;0;;N;0;524315;united%20community%20center;ExactPhrase

 

 

Ecumenical Partners: Birmingham

 Firehouse Shelter offers an emergency men’s shelter in downtown Birmingham, in addition to affordable transitional and permanent housing options in surrounding neighborhoods. Firehouse strives to offer assistance with dignity and respect and to empower individuals to reach their potential.

Get Involved: prepare/serve a meal (breakfast, lunch, snack, or dinner), lead a Bible Study, organize donations, GED prep, legal services, office work, facilitate educational day programs, and help in the clothes closet.

Learn more here: http://www.firehouseshelter.com/welcome.html


Family Promise of Birmingham
(previously Birmingham Hospitality Network) aims to bring shelter, meals, and support services to families without homes. Trinity, along with 14 other local congregations, house and feed these families for 1 week approximately every 3 months.

Get Involved: the next time we host (the week of August 30th) by preparing meals, eating dinner with the families, spend the night with the families at Trinity, tutor, facilitate parenting classes, etc.

Learn more here: http://familypromisebham.org


Greater Birmingham Ministries
is an interfaith organization that provides emergency services for people in need (food pantry, clothes closet, and utility bill assistance), and also encourages community building and civic engagement with the goal of a more just society for all people in Birmingham and Alabama (focus areas: public transit, wage theft, healthcare, immigration, criminal justice system, and the AL Constitution). Their office is located in the Norwood neighborhood.

Get Involved: hold food drives and help organize their food pantry, pick up and deliver food from the Food Bank, school uniform drives for clothes closet, voter registration in under-represented neighborhoods, Christmas Distribution for 200 families (toys, clothes, turkeys, etc).

Learn more here: https://gbm.org


M-Power Ministries
shares Christ’s love by providing medical care and education to adults who are low-income. They are located in Avondale. Volunteer orientation is held 1x/month.

Get Involved: medical professionals, people to dispense medications and enter data into their new electronic medical record; literacy tutors (they have the largest adult literacy program in AL); career readiness mentors/instructors; GED prep; work in their Community Garden

Learn more here: http://www.mpowerministries.org


Habitat for Humanity Greater Birmingham serves Jefferson, Shelby, St Clair, and Walker Counties. To date, more than 600 houses have been sold at zero percent interest, in addition to 450 other housing units repaired or rebuilt. Habitat’s 2015 goal is to build 40 new homes and rehab 20 homes.

Get Involved: Lent 2015 Trinity partnered with other local UMC congregations to build a new home for a family (link for pictures). Watch for our next build in 2016!

Learn more here: http://www.habitatbirmingham.org


Partners: United States

Kairos Prison Ministry: is a Christian ministry specifically for individuals in prison or jail that provides retreats that focus on God’s Agape Love for all of His children. Kairos Outside provides retreats for women who are family members of incarcerated men. Volunteers can lead small groups at a retreat (men only in male prisons and vice versa for women prisons/Kairos Outside) or make meals offsite for those going through the retreat.

More information here: http://www.kairos-al.org


Alabama Arise
: is a statewide non-profit that works to make Alabama better through research and advocacy for low-income Alabamians. Learn more about involvement here: http://www.arisecitizens.org

Partners: The World

Tanzania: Fall 2016 will mark the beginning of an exciting partnership with the Geita District in Tanzania. Our plans are to construct churches and parsonages, lead trainings for church leaders and help with local projects (bee keeping, wash stations, etc.). More information coming soon as we set up our partnership with the people of Tanzania and our missionaries, Eric and Liz Soard.


Panama
: Trinity made a 3-year commitment to send 2 teams a year to Panama and build 6 homes. This year our adult team is working at the Methodist Community Center in Cienaguita, Chiriqui. Our teams partner in ministry with the Ngobe people through Vacation Bible School and construction. The Ngobe people is the largest indigenous group in Panama, they live in extreme financial poverty.