Make A Difference

Make A Difference

Trinity's Community Impact ministry seeks to provide ways to serve our neighbors with practical assistance and justice. Check this page for regular updates on a variety of serving and donation/collection opportunities. For more information, you can always reach out to us at office@tlc4u.org.

SMALL GROUP SERVING OPPORTUNITIES

If you’re looking for serving ideas for families, individuals and/or small groups that will impact your community, consider these opportunities in the area.

If you would like more information, please email office@tlc4u.org.

 

DISASTER RESPONSE TEAM

LERT (Lutheran Early Response Team) is Trinity’s disaster response team which responds to a variety of emergency needs in the local and regional community. Team members learn skills, gather materials, and find funds to respond to storms, floods, or other forces that disrupt the normal infrastructure of families or communities. Periodic training sessions in General Disaster Response Certification, Muck Out, Mold Abatement, Tarp and Patch, Chain Saw, First Aid, and CPR are offered by the Lutheran Emergency Response Team or Lutheran Church Charities.

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Partnering with Lutheran Church Charities (LCC), this team not only responds with physical labor during disaster response, but also hosts feeding events out of LCC’s mobile kitchen. The kitchen is ready to roll and is available be used by churches in the area for outreach events in addition to disaster response.

After the local tornado in June 2021, Trinity’s team met with homeowners, prayed with them, and helped them in practical ways with chainsaw work on large trees, removing debris from yards, helping them pack up their belongings and feeding entire neighborhoods.

 

Our LERT group is always looking for more participants. We'd love to hear from you! Contact Mike Curtis for information about team meetings or upcoming service.

 

GARDEN CLUB

Our vision is to encourage healthy home gardening in our community and enliven a spirit of generosity: All gardeners share a portion of their produce with a local food pantry, too! In 2021, we hosted our 1st Annual Plant Sale! Our home-raised, natural, chemical-free garden seedlings were available for purchase at Trinity Kimberly Way! Watch for our 2nd annual sale in 2022.

We also meet regularly and work in the garden at Trinity Kimberly Way. 100% of the produce grown on Trinity property is delivered to local food pantries!

2021 Growing Season Update: We had a fantastic growing season, blessed by God with many volunteers and a bountiful harvest. We enlarged the square footage of the growing area and expanded our impact. In 2021, we donated 850 pounds of produce to the local pantry, compared to the 200 pounds we donated in our first season of 2020.

To get involved or for further information, reach Alan at gardenclub@tlc4u.org.

 

GOSPEL JUSTICE INITIATIVE LEGAL CLINIC

Trinity’s Galewood location offers a monthly gospel-centered legal aid clinic led by caring lawyers and a team of volunteers to support them. Trinity’s legal clinic team is supported by two organizations: The Gospel Justice Initiative team and the Administer Justice organization, who for years have been serving clients and helping provide justice to those in need. This ministry needs attorneys and others to support the needs of the clients through hospitality and social support services. All are welcome to participate as we seek to administer justice around us.

If you would like more information or to serve in this ministry, please email Bob at legal@tlc4u.org.

 

COLLEGE STUDENT MINISTRY: IMMOKALEE TO NCC

Trinity is supporting some residents from Immokalee, Florida who are now attending North Central College. You may remember Immokalee from our beds and bedding project after Hurricane Irma ripped through that community in 2017. We are excited about working with these students to help ensure a smooth transition to college life and to help with their needs at college since they are so far from home. Ministry includes mentoring students, providing rides to and from the airport, and participating in a quarterly dinner event for the students. This college experience has the potential to significantly change the socioeconomic trajectory of these individuals. We are blessed to have the opportunity to help these students navigate this life-altering experience.

If you’d like more information or are interested in being a part of this ministry, please contact Tony Dieckmann.

 

BRIDGE COMMUNITIES

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Trinity supports families in the Bridge Communities program as they transition from being homeless to having stable housing and a solid future. We provide mentoring and financial support for this program. This ministry makes a substantial impact on the lives of each family involved and on our participating mentors as well. Want to learn more? Contact Tony Dieckmann, and visit the Bridge Communities website for more information about the program.

 

PADS

The Covid-19 pandemic changed the model DuPage Pads uses to help those experiencing homelessness. Their plan for an Interim Housing Center (IHC) in a repurposed hotel in Downers Grove will provide rooms and intensive case management for those experiencing homelessness. You can still help! They have an Amazon wish list and Walmart wish list with needed items like ready to reheat meals, snacks, diapers, and cleaning products. More than anything else, they need donations to fund the IHC vision that will continue providing shelter. If you can donate funds at this time, please visit their website at dupagepads.org and click the “Donate Now” button at the top right.

For serving opportunities for PADS, contact Marian and Raquel at pads@tlc4u.org.

Thank you for all your generous donations, and please keep DuPage Pads guests and staff in your prayers!

 

COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS

In addition to the Community Impact Ministries of Trinity listed above, here is a list of organizations that Trinity supports or has supported in the past with volunteers, financial donations or collections of items:

Caring Network

Christ the King Lutheran Church, Chicago

Hope’s Front Door, Downers Grove

Joseph Lovett School, Galewood, Chicago

Lisle 202 School District

Lisle-Woodridge Fire District

Lisle Park District

Lisle Police Department

Loaves and Fishes, Naperville

Naperville Police Department

Northern Illinois Food Bank

Operation Support Our Troops

Phil’s Friends

Redeeming Life Ministries

Sharing Connection, Downers Grove

Suits for Success

Versiti Blood Bank

Village of Lisle

Voice of Care Ministry

West Suburban Community Pantry, Woodridge

 

MISCELLANEOUS DONATION INFORMATION

If looking to donate furniture items, we recommend contacting Sharing Connections at https://www.sharingconnections.org/ or 630-971-0565. They do great work in the community.

If looking to donate clothing items, we recommend:

The Purple Manatee resale shop (https://purplemanateeresale.com/ or call 630-376-6006). They accept donations of clothing, household goods and baby items.

Food items can always be donated to the West Suburban Community Pantry. More information can be found at https://wscpantry.org/ or by calling 630-512-9921.

As always, you can make a monetary donation to Trinity’s Community Impact fund.