Trinity's community impact ministry seeks to make it easy for all to serve and make an impact on their community to make a difference in a way that leads to improved lives in the community and great social justice. Check back to this page often as we update it regularly with a variety of serving opportunities. For more information, you can always reach Amy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
School Supply Drive
Trinity's community impact team is teaming up once again with Hope's Front Door to supply materials needed for school to those in need. Items should be dropped off at Trinity Greens Trails or Trinity Kimberly Way before August 2nd. Download the flyer for more information and a shopping list, or shop online using the Target Registry.
Disaster Response Team
Trinity’s Lutheran Early Response Team (LERT) has been active this week responding to those who have been affected by last Sunday night’s tornado.
Trinity’s team has met with homeowners, prayed with them, and helped them in practical ways such as chainsaw work for large trees, removing debris from yards, helping them pack up their belongings and feeding entire neighborhoods. This work continues and will continue for the next several weeks.
If you’re interested in serving, please contact Amy Narot of Trinity's Community Impact Ministry at email@example.com
It's encouraging to know people are interested in donating items for their neighbors, and we do have some guidance/thoughts on ways that can be done. Please accept them simply as suggestions, not as the only way to proceed.
As of right now, Trinity is not collecting items for families because right now we don’t believe any of those families affected by the tornado are currently looking for furniture, clothing or other household items. While there are some families who have sustained much loss, they are all likely in the process of trying to secure a place to live and not ready to replace their items or in need of furniture yet.
If someone has items to donate, we recommend contacting Sharing Connections at https://www.sharingconnections.org/ or 630-971-0565. They do great work in the community. In fact, families that have lost everything and are working with the Red Cross or other social agencies will likely have been referred to Sharing Connections, so that's a great option.
The Purple Manatee resale shop (https://purplemanateeresale.com/ or call 630-376-6006) is also working with the Red Cross accepting 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 Disaster Recovery fund (LERT).
Thank you for the generous spirit of wanting to help those less fortunate. Please feel free to reach out with any other questions.
This Trinity team is a disaster response team and seeks to be prepared to respond to all sorts of emergency needs in the community, both local and regional. Be it storm, flood, or other forces that disrupt the normal infrastructure of families or communities. This team learns skills, gathers material, and finds funds to respond. Periodic training sessions are offered in General Disaster Response Certification, Muck Out, Mold Abatement, Tarp and Patch, Chain Saw, First Aid, and CPR by the Lutheran Emergency Response Team or Lutheran Church Charities.
This team, in conjunction with Lutheran Church Charities (LCC) is excited to announce the LCC Mobile Kitchen has arrived into the Chicagoland area! This process began in June 2019 & finally came to fruition in the summer of 2020. The kitchen was branded and dropped off at our TKW location, in June 2020. Members from the Trinity LERT group assessed the kitchen, cleaned the kitchen, arranged for some minor repair and got the kitchen ready for use for any emergency response situations. The kitchen is ready to roll and will be used by churches in the area for outreach events in addition to disaster response.
Our LERT group is always looking for more participants. We'd love to hear from you! Contact Jan Boerman for information about team meetings or upcoming service.
In 2020, Trinity's Garden Club and volunteers built and nurtured a growing space that delivered over 200 lbs. of fresh produce to local food pantries!
Our mission and vision continues into 2021 as we are meeting regularly and working in the garden already for this season's growing season. We will host our 1st Annual Plant Sale on Sunday, May 2nd! Our home-raised, natural, chemical-free garden seedlings will be available for purchase starting at 9am at Trinity's Kimberly Way site!
Our vision is to encourage healthy, home gardening in our community and enliven a spirit of generosity with those purchasing plants to share a portion of their produce with a local food pantry, too!
Proceeds from Trinity Garden Club's 1st Annual Plant Sale as well as a couple of Thrivent Action Team grants will fund ongoing projects which include maintaining and expanding the existing gardens and equipment, and continuing our primary mission of growing produce for donation.
100% of Trinity Garden Club's produce is delivered to local food pantries!
Our heartfelt THANKS for supporting and joining us in our mission!
To get involved or for further information reach Alan - at firstname.lastname@example.org
Summer 2021 Serving Opportunities
Looking for serving ideas for families, individuals and or Small Groups to make and impact in the community. Take a look at these serving opportunities in the area.
If you would like more information about serving opportunities, please email Amy.Narot@tlc4u.org.
Trinity is supporting two families in the Bridge Communities program, to support them as they transition from being homeless to stable housing and a solid future. We provide mentoring support and financial support for this program. This ministry makes a substantial impact on the lives of each family involved and on our mentors who participate as well. It is very rewarding for all parties. Want to learn more? Reach Amy.Narot@tlc4u.org.
Visit the Bridge Communities website for more information about the program.
Thanks to a generous donation from a large local food company, we will no longer need to provide frozen entrées for the PADS meal program! We DO still need volunteers to help with packing meals and contactless distribution once a month on the 4th Thursdays at 4pm. All volunteers must preregister with DuPage Pads. If you can help, contact Michelle Bratton at email@example.com or call 630-863-3430. We will be running this program through September, and our next dates are April 22 and May 27.
Due to the current social distancing, DuPage Pads continues to provide hotel rooms and intensive case management for those experiencing homelessness at this time. You can still help! They have an Amazon wishlist and Walmart wishlist with needed items like soups, ready to reheat meals, snacks, hand sanitizer, and masks. More than anything else, they need funds to continue providing shelter. If you are able to donate funds at this time, please visit their website at dupagepads.org and click the “Emergency Response Fund” button at the top right.
For serving opportunities for PADS contact Michelle Bratton at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for all your generous donations, and please keep DuPage Pads guests and staff in your prayers!
What is PADS?
It’s not just a pad on the floor… “PADS” stands for Public Action to Deliver Shelter. DuPage County’s PADS agency began in 1985 as an overnight shelter for the winter season. When we are not in a pandemic, they provide interim (overnight) and permanent housing, along with vital support services -- case management, life coaching, educational and employment counseling. Working with 28 congregations throughout our county, DuPage PADS offers shelter 365 nights a year. During the pandemic, they are providing many of the same support services, though the interim housing is done through local hotels, not in overnight shelters.
Again, when we are not in a pandemic, Trinity supports DuPage PADS by offering summer interim housing at the Kimberly Way location on Thursday nights. During the rest of the year, Trinity provides staffing and meals on the 5th Sundays at Community United Methodist Church in downtown Naperville (located at Benton & Center St.) and on the 5th Thursdays at St. Margaret Mary in Naperville (at Green Trails Dr. and Naper Blvd).
If you would like more information about serving opportunities with our PADS ministry (we LOVE small groups!), please contact Michelle Bratton at email@example.com or 630-863-3430.