“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because the Lord anointed me to bring good news to the poor. The Lord has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” – Luke 4:18-19

For our Centennial year, we invite you to join us in 100 WAYS TO SERVE.

During this season of Trinity’s Centennial, you are invited to carry on Trinity’s rich history of service in our neighborhood, diocese, and larger community. Over the next 10+ months we will be sharing service projects that allow you to participate in a variety of ways: ongoing Trinity outreach and hospitality ministries; new outreach ministry partnerships; diverse community service projects; and more. With your service you shine a light on what makes this church and community a vital resource beyond our walls. We ARE making a difference in the world.

We encourage you to use this list as an opportunity to grow in the ways you serve. If you are a person who has committed to a particular area of ministry in the past, we encourage you to sign up to serve in an area that is less familiar to you. If you are used to giving money, consider giving your time instead (or vice-versa). Invite your friends and family to join us too. This is the perfect opportunity to extend hospitality, and share why you love Trinity with more people in your life.

100 WAYS TO SERVE is a year long campaign (Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall). Check back regularly to find new opportunities to serve throughout the year.

How to participate

1) Fill out the informational form (button below) so we can add you to a mailing list of upcoming service projects throughout the year.

2) Review the projects listed on this page.
The projects will indicate who is able to serve: (A) – Adults  (C) – Children   (YA) – Youth    (AB) – All Abilities

3) Get Connected to a Service Project by using the “I want to serve” button affiliated with the organization. We’ll respond and get you connected for your service.

4) Share your experience or invite others. When using social media use the hashtag: #Trinity100ways

Have questions? Email Seminary Outreach Intern Jennifer Fisher: [email protected]

100 WAYS TO SERVE – TRINITY OUTREACH PARTNERS

Mid-North Food Pantry

The Mid-North Food Pantry’s is a Trinity campus ministry partner located in the Trinity Outreach Center. It’s mission is to enhance the health of our mid-north neighborhoods by providing supplemental food and basic necessities for our neighbors in need.

  • Help Shoppers in the Pantry. Every month, the Mid-North Food Pantry provides supplemental food for more than 1000 families– that’s 3500 people, and nearly half are children. You will touch lives and make a difference by volunteering to help shoppers in the pantry, stock shelves, or weigh and sort the food that arrives from generous donors.  (A) (C) (YA) (AB)

  • Pick Up & Deliver Food. The work of Mid-North Food Pantry is made possible only by the generous contributions of partners, friends, and people like you. If you have a valid drivers license and vehicle to drive, you can help by  picking up food donations from School 84 and delivering them to the food pantry on weekday mornings when school is session. (A)

  • Donate 100 Eggs. Eggs are a popular item with the MNFP guests and they need more help supplying them. MNFP is grateful to Trinity Episcopal Church for a small grant given to help purchase more eggs for larger families. And yet more is always needed. One way you can serve is to donate 100 eggs to the food pantry. (A) (C) (YA) (AB)

Trinity Haven

Opening in summer 2019, Trinity Haven will provide long-term housing in a safe, welcoming, and family-like environment for LGBTQ youth who do not have homes of their own. The goal of Trinity Haven is to intervene before youth experience chronic homelessness, and to help them pursue their education and develop the skills to thrive in the world independently. Trinity Haven is a proud collaboration between Trinity Episcopal Church, an LGBTQ-affirming church in Midtown Indianapolis, and Indiana Youth Group, which is the state’s premier organization for LGBTQ youth people.

  • Host a Fundraiser. You can help us raise awareness and support by hosting a fundraiser on one of your social media accounts. (A) (YA)

Dayspring Center

Dayspring Center provides families devastated by homelessness the tools and resources they need to become an independent family again.

  • Server Dinner on the 3rd Sunday. As a church partner with Dayspring, Trinity organizes a team of volunteers to serve dinner to the residents on the 3rd Sunday of every month. Families and  individuals can sign up to serve once or on a monthly routine. (A) (C) (YA) (AB)

Trinity Sunday Dinner

Sunday Dinner is a proud ministry of Trinity Church. Every Sunday in the Trinity Outreach Center a team of volunteers from Trinity prepares, serves, and cleans up after a meal for 75-150 individuals from our community.

  • Join a Team.  The Sunday Dinner is always in need of more team members. You and your family can sign up to serve on a team once every 6 weeks. (A) (C) (YA) (AB)
  • Decorate Sunday Dinner Tables. Sunday Dinner seeks to nourish the spirit and bodies of those among us who are hungry, thereby creating a more viable community through generosity, hospitality, and fellowship. Each week the dining room is set up to be a welcoming place for community. If you would like to assist in making this a hospitable place for guests to share a meal, please consider purchasing table decorations for upcoming holidays and seasons, including spring, summer, and Christmas decor for thirteen tables. (A)

Project Home Indy

A Trinity campus partner, Project Home Indy provides holistic, trauma-informed services for up to five teen mothers to create successful futures for themselves and for their children. Project Home Indy’s mission is to break the cycle of poverty by providing support to young mothers, and by helping them develop the skills to live independently.

  • Organize a Supplies Drive. You can support their work by organizing a drive through your network or community to collect 100 rolls of paper towels, 100 boxes of kleenex, 100 rolls of toilet paper, 100 boxes of trash bags, or 100 containers of wipes.
  • Sponsor a Night out for Teen Moms. Every month, the staff of Project Home Indy hosts a “Ladies Night Out” for the moms to do something fun in the community. Staff watch the babies, and the moms have a chance to be teenagers and take care of themselves. They do something different each month, like bowling, movie theater visits, mini golf, manicures, dinner in a restaurant, or SkyZone. This self-care is so important for all moms. For $100, you could sponsor Ladies Night Out, or if you are connected to an event, organization, restaurant or other activity consider asking them to host a night out.

St. Nicholas Early Learning, Inc.

St. Nicholas Early Learning, Inc. was conceptualized and initiated in 2015 by a small group of dedicated and passionate Trinity Episcopal Church parishioners to address the critical need for high-quality childcare in the broader church community. St. Nicholas is located in the Trinity Outreach Center.

  • St. Nicholas is looking for regular volunteers to offer 2-4 hour weekly shifts of snuggling and feeding babies, or assisting teachers with activities for older kids. People with special skills such as dance, juggling, magic or otherwise are also welcome! For the safety of children and staff, volunteers are required to complete several security tests before serving.
  • Organize St. Nicolas Equipment and Materials. Are you are a person who loves to organize and create systems? St. Nicholas Early Learning is expanding! Over the next year they will work to remodel additional space in the Trinity Outreach Center in order to provide care for many more babies in the community. As they prepare to move and reorganize, the staff would appreciate some volunteers to assist in creating an inventory of SNEL materials and equipment by age and class.

Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic

Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic is a faith-based organization and Trinity campus partner with an office in the Trinity Outreach Center. They believe everyone should have access to justice regardless of their income, so the clinic provides free legal services to those who cannot afford them.

  • Help Neighbors with their Taxes. If you or someone you know is a person who enjoys doing taxes, please consider being part of the tax team. Assist the clinic staff as they help clients prepare tax returns leading up to April 15th.
  • Care for the Neighborhood Legal Clinic Staff. As Trinity campus partners, the NCLC staff is an important part of our community. They work hard to serve over 10,000 clients with free legal services each year.
    • Trinity volunteers can help care for the clinic staff and their spiritual, emotional, and physical health by praying for the staff and their clients.
    • It would also be a wonderful blessing to the staff to provide them with a lunch or breakfast or by providing coffee and tea throughout the year.
    • If you have connections to a retreat location and facilitator, consider coordinating a day to walk Clinic staff and leadership through Christian spiritual practices of renewal.

In the Community

Sheltering Wings in Hendricks County

Sheltering Wings is the only Christian based domestic abuse safe house in central Indiana. They provide emergency housing for survivors escaping domestic abuse. Sheltering Wings serves women and men from all backgrounds by helping them build stable and independent lives through essential programs offered in a supportive and Christ-centered environment.

  • Men In Action Read – March 21. If you live in or near Hendricks County or know men who do, you are invited to participate on March 21st. They will enlist 440+ male volunteers to read a book that focuses on important character traits such as support, positive identity, and commitment to learning as a part of their mission to reduce domestic violence. Men IN Action READ aims to have enough men to read to every elementary classroom in Hendricks County on this day.

Keep Indianapolis Beautiful

Keep Indianapolis Beautiful (KIB) is an environmental and community nonprofit with a mission to help people and nature thrive. They are an award-winning affiliate of Keep America Beautiful, Inc., a national organization dedicated to preserving the natural beauty and environment in American communities. Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, the non-profit behind the event, provides resources to people who want to lead the charge against heavy litter, illegal dumping, and debris in the public spaces in their neighborhood.

  • Lead a Team – Community Clean Up Days. 3.98 million pounds. That is the amount of litter collected from Indianapolis streets over the past two years. The Great Indy Cleanup is an anti-litter, community empowering program in partnership with the City of Indianapolis. We’re looking for someone to head up a Trinity team to participate in community cleanup days in our neighborhood in April or another time this year.  All ages are welcome to serve on a Cleanup day.