Greater Portland Family Promise: Trinity is enthused to be part of this new program in Portland, working with other faith communities to provide support for families in need. Greater Portland Family Promise, an affiliate of the national Family Promise program, aims to address the needs of families facing homelessness in the Greater Portland, Maine area. Through an interfaith network and connections with existing community resources, Family Promise provides housing, meals, case management and community for children and their families experiencing homelessness.
Trinity Youth: Connection to the community, and particularly to those in need, is a priority for the children and youth at Trinity. The best way to learn about the caring and compassion we teach is to act on those values. Every year, Trinity Church School selects a group in the community and commits to supporting them through the school year. Over the past several years we have worked with the Park Danforth Assisted Living Center, Preble Street Resource Center, and Ronald McDonald House of Portland. Our kids decide what they would like to do and then initiate and organize these activities with guidance from the teacher. Our kids have done everything from singing carols at a nursing home to collecting hats and mittens, making Christmas decorations, and making a dinner to feed 20. We couldn’t be more proud when these kids show their community how they care. In addition to our year-long initiatives, the Church School regularly makes cards and treats for the homebound members of our congregation.
Project Feed, located at Woodfords Congregational Church, serves hundreds of people in need. Trinity members donate food, volunteer at the depot, and does a food in-gathering each year. We also support the pantry with a once-a-year larger donation when funds are available.
Ocean Avenue Elementary Snack Program: each week, Trinity members donate snacks for the children at Ocean Avenue who don’t have a snack to bring. With so many of the OAES children on subsidized meals, we are pleased to support this need.
St. Elizabeth’s Pantry: Trinity members donate diapers, clothing, blankets, winter coats, household items and our volunteers gather them for St. Elizabeth’s Pantry, which provides support for those in need.