The Outreach Committee works as an Outreach Team to reflect our values of teamwork and equality. Leadership is shared by team members taking on projects they are interested in. We depend on volunteers from the congregation and community to help carry out our projects. New members and ideas are always welcome!
The Outreach Committee also actively supports projects undertaken by the inter-church councils. We keep the congregation informed of our work by providing monthly reports to Council, an annual budget to the Finance Committee, and a report for the OVUC Annual Report.
Our current projects include:
- the administration of the Benevolent Fund;
- Glooscap Elementary School Breakfast Program;
- twice-a-year Canucopia Food Drives in support of the three area Foodbanks: Wolfville & Area Foodbank, Canning & Area Foodbank, Fundy Food Bank (Kentville);
- Christmas Hamper Program;
- Meet Your Feet Foot Care program held once a month in three locations;
- “Collect and Help” projects: stamps and pop tabs;
- providing the supper at Open Arms in every month that has a five Saturdays; and
- under the umbrella of the Committee is the Scholarship Committee which awards two scholarships, one for $1,000 and the other for $500, available to graduating students of Central Kings Rural High School, Horton High School and Northeast Kings Education Centre.
Updated and approved February 2017
Building Community through Outreach
Our Outreach Committee has decided to name itself Outreach Team- to reflect our values of teamwork and equality. Leadership is shared by single team members taking on projects they are interested in, possibly creating a sub project group. We are depending on volunteers from the congregation and community and new members and ideas are always welcome!
How to get involved
You can join the Outreach team or just one specific project. Check the project description page and the bulletin for current needs. If you have a brilliant idea to bring forward, email the secretary (see contacts) and be prepared to present it at a team meeting.
If you would like to support a certain project financially, mark the project name on an envelope and bring it to the office or drop it in the offering plate on Sunday.
See our Collect and Help projects which do not cost any money, but a bit of effort.
At present, outreach money is only used for the projects we are actively involved in (see description of projects) and for the Benevolent Fund, which is money available to the minister to assist people in emergency situations. Unfortunately, due to the large amount of organizations fundraising for good causes, we are not able to use outreach money towards fundraising requests from single congregational members or large fundraising organizations.
The Outreach team supports actively projects presented by the inter-church councils.
- Collect and help
We have set up four collecting containers in the back of the sanctuary for the following items:
Used Stamps: These stamps are going to Oxfam Canada “Stamp out Poverty” campaign, supporting projects in Third World countries.
Pop Tabs: Pop tabs will be forwarded to help pay for wheelchair and other equipment.
- Canucopia of Plenty
In support of our three local food banks, we ask the public to fill our “Canucopia” with items or give a monetary donation. This is a twice a year (May & November), 12 hour fundraiser (8am -8 pm) with volunteers taking on shifts.
- Food Bank Sunday
Food bank donations can be dropped off in the shopping cart in front of the Sanctuary. OVUC is supporting the Fundy Foodbank- the largest food bank- with the Sunday donations.
- Christmas Hampers
OVUC takes part in the Christmas Hamper program of all three Council of Churches (Canning, Kentville/NM, Wolfville)
- Glooscap Elementary Breakfast Program
In cooperation with the Canning Inter Church Council, OVUC assists with serving breakfast for one week 3-4 times a year. Food is provided- we are in charge of making the toast and receiving the big smiles with appreciation. Though it involves being there early ( 7:15), it is especially rewarding.
- Meet your Feet Foot Care Project
Since September 2015 with the help of two community health grants (Eastern Kings Community Health Grant and Eastern Kings Foundation Grant), OVUC provides free professional foot care on three half days a month for people in need. The sessions include healthy snacks, opportunity to get other support as needed, and a fresh pair of socks. Volunteers are needed to assist with hospitality and registration of clients.
Volunteers for MYF require a police records check and need to sign a confidentiality agreement. (Contact outreach committee for further information).
- Minute For Mission
The First and third Sunday service of the month, Outreach organizes the “Minute For Mission” (M&S)- a short story about how God is working through us in the world.
On the first Sunday, we are telling stories from the wider United Church- in Canada and Overseas- the third Sunday is dedicated to our local projects.
Donations to M&S will support the National Church and their projects. Every year, each congregation pledges a financial goal of donations to the M&S fund.
Learn more about how M&S money is used here:http://www.united-church.ca/files/funding/msfund/at-a-glance.pdf
- OVUC Environmentally Friendly- Battery collection
We have to admit – there is a whole lot of work to be done for the Creation – and this is presently our weakest involvement. OVUC is collecting empty batteries (blue container to be found by the coat racks). Batteries can leak all kinds of poisonous stuff into our drinking water if they go into the regular landfill, that’s why we are dropping them off for you at the recycle place. And don’t forget those tiny button batteries from hearing aids, mini flash lights and singing birthday cards. Collect them in a small container (pill bottle works).
Anybody interested in starting a team to look at OVUC and the environment – contact us – and bring a friend to start a sub-team.
Please contact us if you are interested in any of these projects or would like more information. We will put you in touch with the team leader of the sub team.