The Outreach Committee focuses on providing opportunities for Trinity members to help address unmet basic needs both locally and globally. Please contact the church office for additional information about the work of this committee or to find out how to get involved with specific opportunities to be of help.
Trinity is one of many area congregations that provides shelter and meals for up to five homeless families on site at Trinity for a week at a time on a quarterly basis combining safe and comfortable surroundings and the hospitality of volunteer hosts. There are many volunteer opportunities during each host week including making meals, playing with the children, staying overnight, helping with set up and tear down, driving a truck and more! In the fall of 2019, Trinity held a Live Auction and was able to donate over $13,000 toward the Family Promise Partners in Housing program.
Members are encouraged to participate in adult tutoring through the Literacy Center of West Michigan and to participate in tutoring children via the program through First United Methodist Church and Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership Academy. Over the years, we have had a variety of tutoring opportunities, most recently through the United Way Schools of Hope program before it was eliminated.
The Trinity Earth Keepers meet to discuss and act on environmental issues. Their efforts include education, advocacy, and participation in projects like the annual Mayor's Grand River Cleanup. Please contact Vince Schumacher at email@example.com for more information or to get involved in their next project – development of a management plan for the Trinity Woods and wetlands..
This group enjoys meeting regularly to make simple yet beautiful multi-purpose quilts that are shipped around the world wherever the need is greatest. Volunteers do not need to know how to quilt in order to participate. If you can tie a knot, there will be plenty of work for you. In 2020, the group produced over 100 quilts. During the pandemic, the group made more than 400 masks for children and adults which were distributed locally.
Most recently, Trinity has been helping in the effort to resettle refugees from Afghanistan. Trinity has also helped settle families within the Congolese community and has supported several Burmese families. We have been involved in Grand Rapids area refugee resettlement with Samaritas New Americans Program. Please contact the church office if you would like to volunteer in this area.
Trinity has been very blessed to be able to help financially support area non-profits. The generosity of our members enables us to budget for benevolence and make quarterly donations to help financially support 17 local non-profits. We also have a Mission Endowment Fund, the annual distributions of which are ear-marked for organizations in the community.