Outreach & Volunteer Opportunities

Trinity’s Outreach Ministry focuses on providing opportunities for Trinity members to help address unmet basic needs both locally and globally. Trinity seeks to actively match congregants with ways they can serve and connect with one another while engaging in worship and service opportunities. Please contact Discipleship & Outreach Coordinator Laura Norton or the church office for information about the Trinity Outreach Committee or to find out how to get involved with specific outreach opportunities.

  • 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 take down, driving a truck, and more! Please contact IHN Coordinator Kathy Bush for more information or to volunteer for IHN.

  • Volunteer opportunities abound at Dégagé! They need help with meals, entertainment, hair and beauty services, and much more. Please contact the church office if you are interested in volunteering at this organization with other Trinity members.

  • Trinity has a long history of involvement with and support of the work of our local Habitat affiliate. Trinity members regularly volunteer at local builds. Contact Kelly Smith to find out more or to volunteer!

  • 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. Please contact Discipleship & Outreach Coordinator Laura Norton to volunteer.

  • 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 keyvince@netscape.net 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.

  • On a regular basis, members are invited to donate specific items that are distributed to area non- profits. Examples include cleaning products, personal hygiene products, diapers and underwear, coats and blankets, and bus tickets. We also collect school supplies for Congress Elementary School. Contact Laura Norton to find out about current collections at Trinity.

  • Trinity congregants can purchase $2 Panhandler Vouchers from Dégagé Ministries. These can be distributed to people who are publicly asking for money. Each panhandler voucher, when taken to Dégagé Ministries, can be used for the purchase of a nutritious meal, a haircut, a locker, a pair of warm socks, a load of laundry, etc. Look for the display at the Trinity Welcome Center to purchase.

  • 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.

  • Trinity supports several non-profits in the Grand Rapids area that strive to supply healthy food to those experiencing food insecurity.You may place non-perishable groceries in the grocery carts located outside the narthex and near the elevator any time, or shop Green Apple Pantry’s virtual store to donate. Contact Laura Norton for more information.