Grace congregation supports several local community-based organizations. *F.O.O.D. (Feeding Others of Dartmouth) has been operating since 1992; Grace offers financial support and provides meals. Grace also supports the *North Dartmouth Outreach [Resource] Centre, *ADSUM House, Phoenix Youth Programs and The Jackson Road Community Gardens through financial gifts.
Grace continues to support the "Food Bank" that operates from Stairs Memorial United Church in Dartmouth. Food that is brought to Grace by the congregation is delivered to Stairs on a regular basis. Donations of food to the "Food Bank" are acceptable on any Sunday. However, the first Sunday of each month will be designated as "Food Bank Sunday" and everyone is encouraged to suport the "Food Bank" on this Sunday.
Each year, the congregation collects clothing for *ADSUM House, collects cleaning supplies and small appliances (household items) for Alice Housing and collects toiletries for theCoverdale Foundation. They also provide financial support to a variety of community organizations including *ADSUM House, Atlantic Interdenominational Ministry to the Deaf, Byrony House,F.O.O.D., "Fellowship of the Least Coin" (Women's Inter-Church Council of Canada), John Milton Society and the *North Dartmouth Outreach [Resource] Centre. Each of the individual units of UCW help Social Services aid a family in need or help a teacher aid students needing school-supplies.
Phoenix Youth Programs, which supports at-risk and homeless youth within our community, is looking to fill volunteer positions throughout the summer months. Opportunities include meal preparation, home maintenance, tutoring, special event planning and more. Contact 422-5583 or www.phoenixyouth.ca.
F.O.O.D. (Feeding Others of Dartmouth)
The Feeding Others of Dartmouth (F.O.O.D.) Program has continued to grow through the generous donations of food and monies from the Christian Relief and Development Coalition. The daily hot lunch program and tri-weekly supper program at Margaret's House has been dependent on the Coalition for more than 75 meals each day.
The Christian Relief and Development Coalition, operating since 1982, is made up of representatives of a number of Dartmouth churches, including Grace United. Its purpose is to give support and structure to the F.O.O.D. program at Margaret’s House. Meetings are held nine months of the year on the 3rd Thursday at 9:30 am at First Baptist Church.
To support F.O.O.D., a fundraising Christmas Dinner and Auctioncalled a Christmas Full of Caring has been held annually for many years. This year's event will held on Sunday, December 5th, 2010at 4 p.m. for 6 p.m. dinner at the Holiday Inn Harbour View, Dartmouth. Tickets cost $45.00 for adults and $15.00 for children (12 & under). Please give our church office a call for further information or for the phone numbers of Catherine A. or Alicia P. if you wish to purchase tickets.
North Dartmouth Outreach Resource Centre
Each spring and fall, Grace's Men’s Group sponsors a fundraising supper. Proceeds go to the North Dartmouth Outreach Resource Centre. This year's fall supper of Shepherd’s Pie or Macaroni & Cheese (which included pie for dessert) will take place on Saturday, November 20th, 2010 from 4:30 p.m. - 6 p.m.. Cost was $7.00 for adults and $3.00 for children (12 & under), to a $20.00 maximum for a family.
Each fall until 2006, Grace accepted orders for Homemade Christmas Plum Puddingsto raise funds for the North Dartmouth Outreach Resource Centre (Food Bank).
The Mitten Tree
Each fall of each year, we place an undecorated Christmas tree at the front of the sanctuary and members of the congregation donate mittens or other winter clothing accessories (hats, scarves, etc) which are used to "decorate" the tree. Although all donations are very much needed and appreciated, there is a special need for men's socks, mittens, and hats. Whether you are able to knit it or buy it at the store, all donations are welcome and appreciated.
Our 2010 Mitten Tree will be dismantled onDecember 12th, 2010 and its items will be given toBrunswick Street Mission and to Margaret’s House.
Over 200 items from our Mitten Tree have been given to Brunswick Street United Church in Halifax where they were gratefully accepted. Appreciation was expressed for the effort made by our congregation in support of their outreach work. Thanks to all who have contributed items for the Mitten Tree.
Looking for a winter project that will keep you busy and someone else warm? Blankets for Canada can use your help to knit or crochet eight inch squares from new 4-ply worsted-weight acrylic yarn - just 48 squares make a blanket! Once completed, they are distributed free to organizations that work with people without shelter in our community and across the country. A basket is at the back of the church for patterns, squares and yarn. For patterns and details, see Blankets for Canada.
Leprosy Mission of Canada
Our congregation collects used franked stamps which are sold and the proceeds are sent to Leprosy Mission Canada. From there it is sent to areas of the world where Leprosy is most prevalent. Since a small amount is raised through this method, the UCW also designates a Sunday, usually in March, to encourage financial donations as well.
Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes
Grace filled, collected, and sent shoeboxes in support of Operation Christmas Child for several years until 2003 inclusive; 79 boxes were collected in 2003. Much thanks and appreciation goes to our Youth Group and their leaders for donating their time and energy to this project every year.
In 2004, we chose to support a local Adopt-a-Family Project. For those interested in continuing a Shoebox gift, we will provide shoeboxes and contact/drop-off information for this project. If you have any questions, please contact the Christian Development Committee through ourchurch office.
Since 2004, our Christian Development Committee has chosen to support a local family (or families) each Christmas through the Metro Food Bank program. We invite everyone to participate in this Christmas Adopt-a-Family Project. Stocking tags are hung at the front of the church by late November. Choose 1 (or more if you wish) and purchase the items listed on the stocking. Bring them back to the church unwrapped, with the stocking tag attached, and put them into the big box at the front of the sanctuary by mid-December. All items must be at the church by mid-December to allow timely delivery of the gifts to the family (or families). Thank you for supporting this special project.
Our congregation collects used eye-glasses for Operation Eyesight. Donations may be left at the back of the sanctuary.