Something we value greatly at Parkminster is Outreach — whether that means we are helping our global neighbours or those within our community. We are proud to partner with these agencies that provide critical support services to individuals and families in need. Here are just a few ways we are involved:
Mary’s Place – https://www.ywcakw.on.ca/
At Christmas, Parkminster invites the congregation to purchase tickets for “The Dinner to Which You are Not Invited”. This is an annual dinner provided to Mary’s Place residents. The proceeds from ticket sales are used to provide a delicious turkey dinner with all the trimmings (and yummy Parkminster desserts)!
Donations of gently used linens and toiletries are also accepted on a regular basis. If you have items you’d like to contribute for Mary’s Place residents, please bring the items to the church during office hours.
Omas Siskona (Grandmothers Together) – https://www.omas-siskonakw.org/
In late fall we host the Omas’ annual “Scrabble & More” event. Omas Siskona is affiliated with the Stephen Lewis Foundation as part of the ongoing effort to support the grandmothers of Sub-Saharan Africa who are raising their orphaned grandchildren as a result of the HIV Aids pandemic.
ACCKWA – AIDS Committee of Cambridge, Kitchener, Waterloo and Area http://www.acckwa.com/
Once a month our friends of ACCKWA hold a cooking circle. Together they prepare and share a meal.
At Christmas the congregation is invited to participate in “White Gift Sunday”. Donations of assorted new items (socks, mitts/gloves, hats, towels, personal hygiene products & more…) are wrapped in white paper, blessed & dedicated. Items are then donated to our friends at “oneRoof” to support homeless and at-risk youth in our community.
The Food Bank of Waterloo Region – https://www.thefoodbank.ca/
Every fall Parkminster joins forces with the community to provide financial donations and non-perishable food to the Food Bank of Waterloo Region. Food donations are scarce during the summer, yet hungry neighbours need food as much as ever. Our gifts will provide more fresh and frozen food to over 100 local food agencies and programmes. Together we feed more than 32,000 people each year. Financial donations allow the Food Bank the flexibility to purchase the food most urgently needed.
Habitat for Humanity Waterloo Region – https://www.habitatwr.ca/
Many dedicated volunteers from Parkminster participate in the builds and coordinating, making & delivering lunches for the work crews. Everyone deserves a place to call home and we’re all for building community and supporting the good works of the Habitat organization.
House of Friendship – https://www.houseoffriendship.org/
Every winter our volunteers gather at a nearby Sobey’s to solicit donations of potatoes for the annual House of Friendship “Potato Blitz”. The Blitz was the brain-child of John Lambert (a.k.a. King Spud), 25 years ago! He was moved by the plight of neighbours in need. He approached some friends and neighbours and they stood in front of his local supermarket and collected cash and potatoes. Two years later, when House of Friendship joined forces with John, he raised 4,040 pounds of potatoes and $83 cash at what was House of Friendship’s very first February Potato Blitz! It is still going strong to this day and Parkminster is proud to be a faithful supporter.
Wayside Café (Emmanuel United) – https://www.emmanueluc.ca/waterloo-wayside/
Wayside Café is an organization that supports and builds community where it has the most impact: among the marginalized, seniors and youth. Sometimes all it takes to brighten someone’s day is having someone who will listen. Parkminster volunteers do just that – it’s as simple as offering their time to visit with individuals or just lending a hand to help. The littlest things can make a big difference!
Here are a few more organizations we support through our Outreach program:
- SHOW – Supportive Housing of Waterloo – http://www.showaterloo.org/
- The Working Centre – https://www.theworkingcentre.org/
- Lincoln Heights Elementary School Breakfast Program – https://lnh.wrdsb.ca/
- Reception House Waterloo Region – http://receptionhouse.ca/
- Out of the Cold (First United) – http://www.firstunitedchurch.ca/
- Healing of the Seven Generations- https://healingofthesevengenerations.ca/
- Five Oaks – https://www.united-church.ca/stories/five-oaks-sacred-place
- Plett Meal Centre South Africa – https://twitter.com/pletsoupkitchen
United Church Mission & Service Fund – https://www.united-church.ca/tags/mission-and-service