Outreach

TRINITY EPISCOPAL CHURCH OUTREACH

Ongoing Activities throughout the 2008 year include the following:
– Collection of non-perishable food each month for F.I.S.H. (Friends in Service Here) in Torrington. The
food is blessed at Trinity on the fourth Sunday of the month, and then
delivered to the F.I.S.H. food bank by a parishioner. There is a homeless
shelter in the same building so we often collect warm clothes for distribution
at the shelter.

– Two to six parishioners volunteer at the Torrington Soup Kitchen in the Trinity
Episcopal Church, Torrington one Sunday every other month. We share
this responsibility with St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Cornwall, and the Milton
Congregational Church as part of our ecumenical outreach.
Seasonal Activities:

– Partnering with the Devereux Glenholme School in Washington, CT, parishioners delivered Thanksgiving baskets of food to local families in need who were identified by Litchfield Visiting Nurses.

– Christmas gifts are purchased by parishioners for at least 24 individuals identified by the VNA(Visiting Nurses Association) as needing assistance. A group of parishioners help wrap, organize, and deliver the gifts in cooperation with the VNA the week before Christmas.

– We provide Stop and Shop certificates at Thanksgiving for families in need who were identified by the School Nurse at Wamogo School which serves students in Warren, Morris, and Goshen, CT

– We join with area churches and the Social Service office in the “New Beginnings”
Program which is designed to help identified parents provide new school
clothes and shoes for their children.

Special Projects:

– Several Trinity Milton members stuffed envelopes for the VNA annual drive.

– Medical (over-the -counter) supplies were collected for use in clinics in
Guatemala. The clinics service Mayan Indians and others desperately in
need of help. George Carofino, Senior Warden Emeritus, delivered the
supplies in January.

– Collected suitcases and dress clothing (for interviews) for distribution to
individuals being released from the Criminal Justice System in Winsted.
Gretchen Gowen was the liaison person for this activity.

– Parishioners collected pledges and participated in the Crop Walk which
supports people world-wide who must walk to obtain the necessities of life like
water, food, medical help, and schooling.

Milton Community Outreach:

– We invited the entire community to join us on the Fourth
of July for Church, a celebration, and an outdoor luncheon.

– We participated in a joint effort with Milton Public Hall Association for a
Christmas Tree Lighting event. Trinity Milton donated funds to bring the
Goshen Singers who are affiliated with the Goshen Congregational Church to
perform at the ceremony. We also helped provide refreshments for the event.

– We partnered with the Milton Congregational Church for several after-church
coffee hours, the Soup Kitchen, and the New Beginnings Program.

– We joined the Milton Congregational Church for a Blessing of the
Palms on the Milton Green on Palm Sunday and for a Sunrise Service
and breakfast on Easter Sunday.

Trinity Church sees community outreach as a response to the call of Christ “when you do it to the least of these my brethren, you do it to me.” An active outreach committee guides the parish in responding to the needs of those near and far. We are an active supporter of the soup kitchen in Torrington sponsored by Trinity Church, Torrington. Each month food is collected for that, and volunteers staff the kitchen once a month. We also serve as volunteers in the thrift shop run by the Visiting Nurses Association, Northwest (VNA). The fall sees a coat collection. The holidays are traditional times for caring and sharing. Donation of supermarket gift cards at Thanksgiving and of toys at Christmas are reminders of all that we have and of others in need.

For the month of December:

Many thanks to all who helped deliver Thanksgiving baskets.

This year we will by buying gifts for families identifed by the Litchfield Visiting Nurses Association (VNA). Instructions are available under the small tree at the back of the Church.
The Food for F.I.S.H. is Rice.

The VNA office in Bantam is looking for volunteers on Friday, December 14, starting at 9:00 AM. They will be organizing and bagging the gifts for distribution to the designated families. Please call or email Shirley if you can help with that.