We Believe in making a difference in our community!
Outreach is an expression of our Christian faith in action. It is reaching out to those in need in our community, our city, and our country, as well as in the world. The Outreach Network at Jubilee seeks to bring these needs to the attention of the congregation and the community.
We engage in multiple expressions of this through campaigns and activities that reflect our desire to participate in acts of Justice and inclusion.
At Jubilee, we believe this call to action through faith can be realized. It is not intangible and we have found numerous ways to express it.
Each year we focus support on our local Food Bank – Community Share Food Bank. Located at the Church of Ascension in Don Mills, it provides support to people living in the Don Mills neighbourhood who need assistance in making ends meet for meals. Appeals are made throughout the year and our community is encouraged to volunteer and participate in the work of this organization.
The Mountain of Warmth is an example of helping with a local need for warm mittens, scarves and hats. This was identified by the schools in our area. Clothing is also collected for local agencies including Out of the Cold in order to provide people with needed warmth as well as clothing that will assist them in securing job opportunities.
At Christmas, special donations are also made to the Massey Centre for Women. Over the years, our December drive has delivered thousands of diapers. Look for mounds of them under the tree in the sanctuary during Advent.
On occasion, special appeals may come from the National Church Office such as Philippine Cyclone relief or the AIDS crisis in Africa.
We believe that youth have a unique role to play in addressing justice and are working to engage our youth community along with youth across our denomination to reach out and participate in tangible ways.
In December 2013, we undertook our first organized walk of Downtown to provide people living on the street with warmth as they headed into colder winter months. We look forward to opportunities to engage groups like the Christian Resource Centre and the Metropolitan Out of the Cold program in order to further support their work.
Members of Jubilee are also part of the Toronto Southeast Presbytery Social Justice Network which links local congregations together in areas of mutual concern and interest. Networks like this help to educate us and link us to new opportunities to respond to justice needs in our local community and around the world. For further information on the Presbytery Social Justice Network, follow this link: https://torontoconference.ca/torontosoutheast/outreach-social-justice-project.php
We are continually looking at our programs and assessing the needs of the marginalized people in our community and how to cooperate with other churches and agencies to meet these needs.
Outreach has been involved in many charitable efforts, and will continue these. The committee is continuing to work to address both justice and charity in order to give al people of the world an equal share in the blessing that we have.
Brookbanks for African Grannies
Brookbanks for African Grannies is a group of women from Parkwoods United Church, Jubilee United Church, and members of the community. Our purpose is to raise awareness and funds for the Stephen Lewis Foundation. This Foundation supports Grandmothers in Africa who are raising their grandchildren because their adult children have died of HIV Aids.
We have been in existence since 2006 and have had numerous events to accomplish this goal. We raised money through a one-woman play, quilt raffles, individual dinners and jewelry and doll sales. Members have attended meetings including the International Aids Conference in 2006 where African Grannies travelled to Toronto to tell their stories and raise awareness. In all, we have raised thousands of dollars to the SL Foundation while having some good fellowship in the process.
We continue to find ways to raise money for this most worthwhile foundation in a variety of ways. Once a year some of the group walk in the National Walk to raise funds in our own area; there was a well-attended afternoon tea; we have participated in the Jubilee Art Craft Sale, and continue to make plans at every meeting.
We are always happy to have more members. Please telephone Parkwoods or Jubilee United Church and leave a message that you are interested. We will respond quickly.
To learn more about the Stephen Lewis foundation please look at the website www.stephenlewisfoundation.org/
Can you knit, crochet or quilt? Please help us make lap covers for those confined to wheelchairs. If you would like to help, the sizes required are quilted – 36” x 36”. Knitted or crocheted – 35” x 35” (they tend to stretch).
For 2014/2015 the Outreach network has made a commitment to support our neighbourhood Youth Shelter. This facility provides short and medium stay opportunities for youth fleeing unhealthy environments or finding themselves without housing opportunities.
Eva’s Place is part of Eva’s Initiatives and is located close to Jubilee. Eva Smith was a community worker in North York schools and she campaigned for many years to get a shelter for youth in North York. Her great fear was that homeless youth from North York would get lost on the streets of downtown Toronto. Eva’s Initiatives provides many services to help young people who have left home. These include counseling about how to continue with their education, to find jobs, and apprentice training.
Eva’s Place needs warm coats, jackets, pants, sweaters, hats and gloves during the winter months as well as personal hygiene articles such as soap, shampoo and towels. You can drop off items into the Outreach box in the foyer.Some programs have become a model that is duplicated in other Cities in Canada.
The demand continues to increase in Toronto because of the high cost of housing. The response from Jubilee has always been generous both in donations and in non- perishable food. Please consider sharing your good fortune with others.
Donations of money can be multiplied many times because the staff can buy in bulk and fill in the gaps. Cheques may be made out to Jubilee United Church with food bank on the memo and left either in the offering plates or at the office.
Examples of foods that we collect in the box at the front door of the church include; peanut butter, tinned meats , tuna, salmon, canned vegetables, hearty soups, pasta, rice, lentils, cooking oil, cereal and sugar.
Air Miles Collectors! Consider redeeming some air miles for a Food Voucher that can be used for the Benevolent Fund.
Canadian Tire Money! The Outreach Committee can use it to get items for the groups we support.
Clothing is collected regularly to help those in need. Please give donations in keeping with the weather (unfortunately, there are no facilities to house out-of-season items).
Corks are diverted from landfills, and are recycled for other uses.
Eye Glasses are taken to Hakim Optical to be used in other countries.
Fair Trade Products are used at the Sunday service coffee time. You can sponsor coffee for everyone one Sunday for $40!
Ink Cartridges are recycled to support the food bank.
Milk bags (the outside colourful ones) are converted into sleeping mats for distribution in Latin America. See milkbagsunlimited.ca for further details.
Pop Tabs are collected, and donated to groups purchasing wheelchairs.
Wool for Mountain of Warmth projects is now located in the cupboard by the south end washrooms. We knit hats and scarves for children in local schools and shelters.
Thank you for your prayerful consideration.