To learn more about Trinity’s ongoing work of becoming an anti-racist church and working for racial justice within our communities, read this “Note from the Rector” on June 5, 2020.
Sign up for Trinity’s Social Justice and Racial Reconciliation Working Group’s email newsletter to get information on regular events hosted or supported by Trinity. Learn more about past justice events and resources from the group here.
Trinity’s Social Justice and Racial Reconciliation Working Group is working hard to help get out the vote this fall.
Trinity’s Social Justice and Racial Reconciliation Working Group is working hard to help get out the vote this fall. As a reminder, there are less than 20 days left before the General Election on Tuesday November 3. Note also that the deadline for mailing in your ballots is October 22! There’s still time!
Join a Faith Voters Team
“Build an Indiana where everyone belongs, and every family thrives”
The Trinity Social Justice and Racial Reconciliation Working Group (SJRRWG) is collaborating with Faith in Indiana and Act Indiana in an organized effort to get out the vote in this year’s critical election. Faith Voter Teams are currently being formed. Even if you missed the digital kick-off event on September 3, contact Bill Coleman for more information on how to participate in this important initiative.
The purpose of Faith Voter Teams, organized through Act Indiana and Faith in Indiana, is to provide an organized faith-based effort to get out the vote in the critical election this November. Faith in Indiana statistics show that phone bank efforts in past years have increased voter participation by 20+% of minorities, women and other underrepresented groups. This is especially important given Indiana’s low standing in many social indicators, such as the 5th highest incarceration rate in the nation and a ranking of 40th in health care. Faith in Indiana primarily consists of six county chapters, including Marion County, with churches from the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis participating. Trinity has collaborated with their voter engagement programs in previous years.
During this critical election year, Trinity Hosts are recruiting people to join Faith Voter Teams to help get out the vote. By joining a team, you’re invited to:
- attend a virtual House Meeting conducted by the Team Host, or have a phone conversation with the Team Host,
- attend the Virtual Faith Voter Kick-Off on September 3,
- attend one virtual phone bank training session on the Tuesday before the first time you participate in a virtual Thursday evening phone/text bank, and
- choose, at minimum, one Thursday night in September, October and November to participate in a phone bank session.
Volunteer at the Polls
People aged 16 and over can volunteer to work at the polls on Tuesday, November 3, and the state is taking applications now. Sixteen-year-old volunteers are not able to vote, but all persons will be paid for their time as a volunteer, and some training is provided to ensure standard protocols are followed. Learn more. To volunteer in the Broad Ripple area, you may contact Leona Glazebrook, long serving Precinct Chairman for that area, at [email protected]gmail.com.
Letter Writing for Voter Access
Trinity’s Social Justice and Racial Reconciliation Working Group is asking Trinity to help ensure a safe and fair election for all on November 3 with “No Excuse” Absentee Ballots. Join us in a letter-writing campaign to urge our Governor, Secretary of State and Election Commission to take action. You can find all the info you need here.
Register to Vote
To confirm you are still registered and on the state rolls to vote, there is a simple-to-use national website of voter information for each state. You can request an absentee ballot and find your local polling place. People may request an absentee ballot now as long as they are over 65 or qualify for one of the other 12 reasons. The deadline to submit an absentee ballot in Indiana is noon on October 22.
Every week the Trinity Outreach Center right here on the Trinity campus serves families in our community through Sunday Dinner, the Mid North Food Pantry, St. Nicholas Early Learning Center, and the Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic. This fall you can connect with someone to sign up to distribute meals with Sunday Dinner, engage voters through the food pantry, or learn more about volunteering with a new expungement program at the Legal Clinic. We would love to have you join us as we serve our neighbors!
Sunday November 8, 2-5 pm
Trinity Episcopal Church is partnering with Versiti Blood Center of Indiana to save community lives!
Please come out to support our blood drive in the parking lot of Trinity Episcopal Church.
COVID ANTIBODY TESTING will be provided on all successful donations, and donors will receive a Versiti Branded Lunch Box.
Parishioner Linda Cuticchia will help coordinate this outreach event. If you have any questions, please email her at: [email protected]
Sunday Dinner – 12 pm Every Sunday
For almost 13 years, Trinity has provided hospitality and a hot meal for its neighbors on Sundays at noon. After a COVID-hiatus, Sunday Dinner is now open in a new, outdoor, “to-go” style setup. Last week we distributed 60 “to go” meals to people in our community! We need volunteers to help us keep distributing the meal each week (following strict COVID-19 prevention guidelines). For more information about volunteering and to sign up this fall, go to Signup.com. Please invite your friends and family to join us!
Mask Making Ministry
We’re thankful for the team of sewers here at Trinity who have already made over 200 masks for children and adults this summer. Sunday DInner volunteers are distributing them to our neighbors in need every Sunday. Additional masks have gone to the children and staff of St. Nicholas Early Learning and other outreach partners. As fall and winter approach we want to keep sewing! Join the mask making ministry here at Trinity and put your skills to use. We can help supply you with fabric and other supplies if needed. Email ministry organizer, Cindy Strietelmeier, at [email protected]
2nd Annual Mallow Run Wine Down Fundraiser for St. Nicholas Early Learning
Please join St Nicholas Early Learning for their 2nd Annual Mallow Run Wine Down fundraiser. This year will be totally different; it’s a virtual event! Each $65 ticket purchased will benefit SNEL’s Scholarship Fund, and you’ll receive a bottle of wine from Mallow Run delivered to your home by a SNEL Board member. Consider inviting a few friends over to have a social distance wine tasting on October 10, and watch a movie from SNEL’s Wine Theme Movie List. Tickets are available on the St Nicholas Early Learning website or Facebook page starting August 24, 2020.
OUTREACH MINISTRY PARTNERS
We actively collaborate with city and neighborhood organizations with ever-expanding outreach and justice advocacy ministries.
We sustain our vital partnerships while creating new initiatives that respond to critical social needs.
Horizons at St. Richard’s Episcopal School (SRES)
Horizons at SRES offers a five-week educational summer enrichment program serving low-income public school students with a broad range of academic abilities.
Mid-North Food Pantry (MNFP)
Housed in the Trinity Outreach Center, the Mid-North Food Pantry is a charitable, non-profit agency supported by several mid-north churches, which pledge monetary support and collect food to stock its shelves. Contact: Erin Vincent – [email protected]
Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic
Housed in the Trinity Outreach Center, Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic is a faith-based, non-profit corporation promoting justice through legal representation and legal education for our low-income neighbors as a way of demonstrating Christ’s love.
Project Home Indy
Project Home Indy (PHI) is a comprehensive residential support program for pregnant and parenting teens – young women who with their children would otherwise be trapped in a cycle of poverty.
St. Nicholas Early Learning, Inc.
Housed in the Trinity Outreach Center, St Nicholas is a high-quality, affordable, and inclusive program for infants, toddlers, and three year old children in the Mid-North neighborhoods of Indianapolis. St. Nicholas was started by Trinity parishioners and became a 501c3 in June 2016. Contact: Dr. David Sandrick, Executive Director – [email protected]
Second Helpings, Inc. accepts donated perishable and overstocked food to prepare nutritious meals for thousands of hungry children and adults every day, and distributes them free of charge through local social service agencies in Greater Indianapolis.
Trinity Haven will be Indiana’s first residential facility to focus on the needs of LGBTQ young people who are at risk for homelessness. Inspired and started by a dedicated team of Trinity parishioners, Trinity Haven is now an independent 501(C)3 organization.
Trinity has provided a combination of a gift and loan to purchase the Trinity Haven property.
Contact: Jenni White, Executive Director – [email protected]