Thank-you to everyone who contributed to our summer campaign to support The Helping Hands Food Bank. We were pleased to donate $1625!
The Outreach Committee met August 26 to consider our priorities for the fall. As we started to list the many things we have done and been involved with the list was impressive, from collecting items for Inn from the Cold, The Out of the Cold Cafe, Shoeboxes for Shelter, and Refugees, as well donations from our Second Hand Store that went to assist those affected by the apartment fire earlier this year. As well as financial support for the Food Bank, Inn from the Cold, Water Project and FaithWorks (which then to go other agencies). We may have missed some things, but that is impressive— thank-you to everyone. This fall there are two priorities we want to highlight with you, anti-racism and homelessness and poverty.
As part of our annual vestry meeting we made a commitment to learning more about anti-racism by hosting a speaker and discussion. On Sunday September 26 Jacqui Getfield of Black Anglicans of Canada will speak with us about how we go about confronting racism in our communities. It will be recorded and shown during the service and at 1 pm, Jacqui will join interested persons via Zoom in the afternoon for a deeper engagement with the subject and concepts. This will be in our parish Zoom room.
Jacqui Getfield is an Equity, Diversity and Inclusion specialist. Currently, she is a PhD candidate whose research interests include equity, educational policy, family engagement, motherhood, and disability. She has taught at Seneca College and Centennial College and lectured at Ryerson University. For over 20 years, Jacqui worked as a public relations practitioner, grant-writer, website content writer and editor in several organizations and industries. Jacqui gives back to her community in many ways, including being a current board member of Ontario Alliance of Black Student Educators.
Homelessness and Poverty
Our focus on homelessness and poverty will be primarily be collaborating with Inn from the Cold in Newmarket. We are waiting for the list of needed items, so that we can start a collection for those items most needed as the shelter re-stocks for colder weather, this will likely include the usual underwear and socks but may include other items they identify. We will also be hosting speaker from Inn from the Cold in October, as part of FaithWorks. Finally, we are looking at doing another dedicated collection, likely in Advent, toward supporting or sponsoring a night (or more) at the Inn as we did for Lent in 2020.
As we have done the last two years, we also hope to participate in Shoeboxes for Shelter, which supports My Sister’s Place in Alliston. Look for more details in our next issue of “News from the Pews”, as collection usually happens for early November.
Once again, thank-you for all your support for the various projects and organizations. It is wonderful to see the way Trinity has, and continues to reach out and serve in Jesus’ name.