As followers of Christ, Trinity members feel strongly that it is important to help with unmet basic human needs both locally and globally. As such, our congregation offers many different opportunities to accomplish this through financial contributions, in-kind donations and volunteering. While no one is expected to participate in each and every outreach activity or event — it is hoped that Trinity members and friends choose those that interest them the most — whatever way you serve is greatly appreciated.

Members of Trinity’s Outreach Committee help to facilitate collections and projects, planning, deliveries, goal setting and making decisions about benevolence and financial support. The group meets every month — and new committee members are always welcome.

For more information about outreach at Trinity, please contact Sylvia Stouten, Director of Discipleship, at or 616.949.2492 ext. 21.

Food Contributions Always Welcomed

Contributions of non‑perishable food items for our local pantry are accepted at Trinity at all times. Please put your donations in the labeled grocery carts located outside Centennial Hall and the narthex. According to Feeding America West Michigan, food insecurity (hunger) affects 1 in 7 people in West Michigan and the Upper Peninsula. Among children, more than 20% are at risk of hunger.

What is food insecurity? Simply put, it’s having uncertain access to adequate, nutritious food. Food insecurity may reflect a household’s need to make trade-offs between important basic needs, such as housing or medical bills, and purchasing nutritionally adequate foods. Food-insecure people may live in urban neighborhoods and rural communities where healthy food    is scarce. Increasingly, they live in the suburbs. They may skip meals or buy cheaper, less nourishing food because that’s all they can afford. Food insecurity affects every aspect of life, from education to health to a child’s cognitive development and academic performance.

The causes of food insecurity are complex – joblessness, inadequate wages, injury or sickness, disability and old age. No one in our community should be deprived of the basic necessity of good food.

Please consider picking up nutritious items for Trinity’s food collections whenever possible. Contributions are given to our local food pantry, SECOM (South End Community Outreach Ministries). Ideas include: Cereal, Soup, Rice, Canned Fruit, Canned Vegetables, Peanut Butter, Pasta, Stew, Chili, Pasta Sauce (no glass), Chili, Navy/Pinto Beans, Canned Meat, Infant Formula, and shelf‑stable Milk.

Please review the additional organizations and causes that we support below:

ACCESS of West Michigan

Local faith-based non-profit that links congregational, individual, and community resources to eliminate hunger and reduce the impact of poverty in Kent County; oversees large network of pantries, provides casework services and poverty simulations. Trinity regularly participates in the ACCESS Hunger Walk in the spring and the ACCESS County-Wide Food Drive in the fall.

Backpacks and School Supplies

These items are collected at Trinity in July and August for distribution to children through local social service organizations

Baxter Community Center

This local non-profit addresses low-income poverty issues for people living in a specific SE Grand Rapids geographic location. A child development center, a health clinic, mentoring opportunities and a marketplace are offered to those who qualify.

Blanket and Coat Drive

These gently used or new items are collected in the fall and shared with families served by local social service organizations.

Buckets of Love

Cleaning products are collected and distributed to those in need in the community through area agencies.

Buy the Book

Collection of monetary donations to buy bus passes for individuals served by IHN and DeGage.

Christmas Stores at Dégagé and Family Promise

In-kind or financial donations are gifted by Trinity members to these organizations, which support hungry and homeless people in our community. Clients and their families are invited to ‘shop’ at the stores created, where items can be purchased at a very low price. These programs help to maintain clients’ dignity without making them dependent upon others.

Compassion International

Trinity members are given an opportunity to sponsor a child through this Christian child sponsorship organization dedicated to the long-term development of children living in poverty around the world.

Dégagé Ministries

This organization has been a safe, Christian alternative to the streets for those living in the Heartside area of Grand Rapids since 1967. Trinity has four teams of Volunteer Meal Servers that regularly help serve evening meals. Our members also have an opportunity to purchase $2 Panhandler Vouchers at Trinity to give to people who publicly ask for money. They can be used at Dégagé for many services for which there is a small fee such as a full meal, storage in a locker for a week, a haircut, a pair of warm socks, and much more. The small fees associated with these services encourage dignity and responsibility – a hand up instead of a hand out.

Diaper and Underwear Collection

From Mother’s Day through Father’s Day, we collect diapers and new underwear of all sizes to be distributed to low income families through organizations that address poverty issues.

Dwelling Place

This group creates quality, affordable housing, providing essential support services and serving as a catalyst for neighborhood revitalization in downtown Grand Rapids.

ELCA Good Gifts

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America offers many different ways to purchase gifts that will make a big difference in the world. The purchase of various animals, items that assist with clean water, health services, treatment and prevention of malaria are just a few examples.

ELCA Missionary Support

Trinity currently provides financial support to a missionary serving in Papua, New Guinea.

ELCA World Hunger

An organization that makes life-saving differences around the world and close to home through an integrated and comprehensive program of relief, development, education and advocacy to address the root causes of hunger and poverty.

Fair Trade and SERRV

On the second Sunday of most months at Trinity, we have the opportunity to purchase and enjoy high-quality fairly traded items such as coffee, tea, chocolate, cocoa, snacks and artisan crafts from around the world.

Family Promise / Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN)

This non-profit strives to engage the faith community in ending homelessness in Grand Rapids. Trinity is one of many area congregations that provide shelter and meals for homeless families on site on a quarterly basis for a week at a time by combining safe and comfortable surroundings with the hospitality of volunteer hosts.

Feeding America West Michigan

Since 1981, this organization has worked to ensure safe food is available to the hungry in our community. Each year, they serve an estimated 492,100 people in West Michigan and the Upper Peninsula.

God’s Kitchen

A noontime hot, nutritious meal is served daily at God’s Kitchen in the Heartside Neighborhood of Grand Rapids. Seven days a week, volunteers from area churches (including a team of volunteers from Trinity), businesses and community organizations gather to prepare and serve lunch for those in need.

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat builds safe, decent and affordable houses for qualified families using largely volunteer labor and donated materials. Trinity members periodically work as a group on Habitat Builds in Grand Rapids.

Health Intervention Services

This nonprofit, faith-based health center — located in the Burton Heights area of Grand Rapids — provides quality health care, spiritual restoration and social resources that promote physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. All of their services are focused on meeting the unique needs of the uninsured.

Heartside Ministry

The work of this ministry is to empower and advocate on behalf of the precariously housed, impoverished and generally disenfranchised persons living in the Heartside neighborhood of Grand Rapids.

Holiday Meals

Thanksgiving and Christmas meals are purchased by Trinity members and personally delivered to families served by area pantries.

Home Repair Services

Lower-income homeowners receive hands-on training in home repair skills, a lending tool library, low-cost building materials, emergency repairs when health or safety is at risk, financial counseling for homeowners, wheelchair ramps for the disabled and elderly, etc.

Honduras Medical Mission Support

Trinity and other Lutheran churches in the NW Lower Michigan Synod have a companion relationship with the ICLH (the Lutheran Church of Honduras). Regular health mission trips are taken to Honduras through a multi-faceted program called Salud Para La Vida (Health for Life).

Inner City Christian Federation (ICCF)

A non-profit housing corporation that offers services along the entire continuum of services: emergency housing, long-term affordable rental housing, homeownership opportunities and educational services. ICCF builds or reconstructs 10-12 houses per year and serves over 2500 families annually.

In the Image

This independent faith-based nonprofit organization serves over 400 persons per day who come to shop in their store. In the Image links gently-used clothing, housewares, furniture and appliances with families in need.

Living Water Ministries

This group provides ELCA ministries and its partners in the lower peninsula of Michigan excellent camping, retreat and conference opportunities. Stony Lake Camps are part of Living Water Ministries.

Samaritas Burmese Refugee Resettlement

A small group of Trinity volunteers serve as a Co-Sponsorship Team with Samaritas’ New American Program in Grand Rapids. Through an organized collection of in-kind goods, volunteers’ time and talents, coordination of services and financial assistance, Burmese refugee families are assisted as they strive toward self-sufficiency.

Lutheran World Relief

A non-profit organization that works with local partners around the world to provide lasting solutions to poverty, injustice and human suffering. LWR staff and partners in the countries where they work know the local languages, traditions and customs necessary to provide appropriate solutions.

Lutheran World Relief Quilts

A small, but busy, group of Trinity women get together on a regular basis to make hundreds of beautiful quilts for distribution around the world wherever and whenever disaster strikes.

Lutheran Disaster Response

Financial donations are accepted from Trinity members for distribution to areas where disaster strikes. This organization is on the ground to accompany communities from immediate relief through long-term recovery.

Samaritas Senior Living (formerly MapleCreek)

Samaritas Senior Living provides gracious, affordable senior living at its Grand Rapids location with accommodations that offer graduated levels of care ranging from independent living to rehabilitation and skilled nursing care to memory care depending on individual needs.

Operation Christmas Child

Trinity members are given the opportunity to fill shoeboxes with small toys and gifts for children for distribution around the world to help them experience the joy of Christmas and hear the good news of Jesus Christ.

Personal Care Kits

Personal care and hygiene items are collected and distributed to those in need in the community through area agencies.

Schools of Hope Tutoring Program

Volunteers are trained to work one-on-one with lower elementary students at local schools in an effort to improve their reading skills.

Souper Bowl Sunday

Money collected by Trinity’s youth on Super Bowl Sunday is donated to area food pantries.