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 support 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 the Coverdale 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 Auction called a Christmas Full of Caring has been held annually for many years. This is generally held on the first Sunday in December.
North Dartmouth Outreach Resource Centre
Grace collects food for the food bank operated by the North Dartmouth Outreach Resource Centre as well it encourages members of the congregation to volunteer on Tuesday or Wednesday mornings. Grace makes an annual donation as well as forwarding donations made by members of the congregation.
The Tree of Warmth
Each fall of each year, we place an undecorated Christmas tree at the back of the sanctuary and members of the congregation donate mittens or other winter clothing accessories (hats, scarves, etc) as well as underwear which are used to "decorate" the tree. Although all donations are very much needed and appreciated, there is a special need for socks, underwear, and hats. Whether you are able to knit items or buy them at the store, all donations are welcome and appreciated.
Items will be given to Brunswick Street Mission and to Margaret’s House as well Out of the Cold at St. Matthew’s Church.
In 2018, the Tree of Warmth contained:
Grace congregation supports many national/international organizations such as the Canadian Bible Society.
Leprosy Mission of Canada
Two Sundays in early winter are designed as Sundays to support effect:hope (originally Leprosy Mission Canada). Our Sunday School provides decorated containers that are used to collect donations. Our congregation collects used franked stamps which are sold and the proceeds are sent to From there it is sent to areas of the world where Leprosy is most prevalent.
Members of the congregation also knit Hope Dolls used both for fundraising and as gifts to affected children by effect:hope. Please contact the Church Office for greater details.
Since 2004, our Christian Development Committee has chosen to support a local family (or families) each Christmas through different agencies. 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.