Trinity parishioners notice what’s needed in the community,
And we act on what we see.
PROJECT FEED: Project FEED is probably the oldest project in which Trinity has participated as an outreach. A non-profit, Project FEED was founded in 1975 by a group of clergy (including from Trinity) and lay-people concerned with the growing number of Portland residents who were without a reliable source of food in emergencies. We send goods to Project FEED on a regular basis as they are collected at the church. In addition, for about 15 years, Trinity has participated in the annual “Souper Bowl Sunday,” held on the day of the Super Bowl. Parishioners donate all kinds of soup-related items, from crackers to soup to gumbos and stews and these items, donated in reusable bags, are delivered to Project FEED to help stock the shelves. In addition, Trinity has always had members who volunteer at the depot and Project FEED is supported as well with an annual gift of funding.
Trinity is part of a group that provides a welcoming program of distribution of non-food essentials. These include diapers, soap, toilet paper, hygiene products, laundry detergent, winter coats and basic household items. Begun in 2001 and recognized as a Jubilee Center, the Pantry is a joint effort of eight Episcopal churches, some public schools, and the Diocese of Maine. We serve about 200 people each week, many of whom are immigrants and refugees. In recent years, Trinity has helped supply long underwear for the annual long underwear handout in January to neighbors experiencing their first Maine winter! Trinity has a one member on the regular weekly staff and she also sits on the board of directors. St. Elizabeth’s is a recipient of annual funding from Trinity.
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 or the world, and commits to supporting them. Over the past several years we have worked with the Park Danforth Assisted Living Center, Preble Street Resource Center, Ronald McDonald House of Portland, and animals who were injured in the Australian fires. 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.
Preble Street Resource Center: For many years, Trinity had a team which served lunch once a week at the center. For about 18 years, we have been helped the center through our annual “Sock it to ‘EM!”Sock collection, taking as many as 500 pairs of socks for the neighbors who use the Resource Center. In 2019, at the request of Preble Street, we “socked it to ‘em” with underwear, boxers and briefs. It was a joy to be able to fulfill this sudden need.
Trinity people are enthused to be part of this program, 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. Family Promise is a recipient of annual funding from Trinity.
Root Cellar: Located at 94 Washington Avenue, the Root Cellar has been “committed to loving the residents of Maine’s most impoverish neighborhoods.” Part of that ‘loving’ includes weekly dinners for up to as many as 80 or 90 people, families and children. Churches and other organizations all over Portland help with those dinners and Trinity has been providing a “Root Cellar dinner’ now for about 18 years. We supply all the casseroles, salad fixings, dessert, drinks and even the paper products and utensils. A team of volunteers goes to the Root Cellar and prepares, serves and cleans up. We often have the joy of sitting with children and sharing the meal.
PARTNERS for World Health: Trinity invited the founder of this remarkable and unique organization to be our celebrated speaker at the 2019 Butterfield Series event. This organization collects medical supplies that would go to waste and ships literally tons of such supplies to impoverished Third World nations around the world, and sends teams of medical experts to teach the people how to use what has been sent. We have had parishioners volunteer at the center where goods are collected and Trinity supports this non-profit with outreach funding.
Ocean Avenue Elementary School Snacks Program: It’s a very simple thing. Trinity provides snacks for any child at this local elementary school who doesn’t have a snack to bring from home. We donate over 1,000 snacks per year, and in doing so quietly support many refugee and asylum-seeking kids. We also provided over 115 pairs of gloves last winter for kids at the school.