Embracing Action at Fairlawn means that we reach out beyond our own congregation and have the enriching experience of getting to know those who are marginalized and whose voice has been silenced. This experience engages our hearts, challenges stereotypes and moves us to learn about why some of our neighbours live in poverty. From this comes a desire to advocate for systemic change that will make poverty a thing of the past.
Fairlawn members volunteer to serve meals at the community kitchen, collect clothing for the Clothes for Friends Program, assist with English as a second language programs, run knitting classes, serve on the organization’s board of directors, and volunteer for a variety of other activities.
Fairlawn is currently supporting Syrian families to successfully integrate into Canadian society. In addition to the church providing financial support for one year, volunteers help our newcomers connect to important resources for such things as housing, medical and dental needs, schools, English instruction and employment.
We educate ourselves and our congregation about the root causes of poverty and by joining our voices with those of other faith and secular groups, we advocate for systemic change that would make poverty a thing of the past. Our focus is on affordable housing, living wage, adequate social assistance rates and income inequality.
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The first Tuesday morning of the month, Fairlawn opens its doors to those who are struggling to make ends meet. We offer a warm and friendly environment where visitors have a hot drink and snack, a chance for conversation with volunteers and time with the minister. Grocery gift cards are distributed.
Fairlawn offers lots of opportunities to “Embrace Action” by helping others through activities such as the Soup Ministry, Pastoral Care, Need a Ride~Give a Ride, Prayer Shawl Ministry, etc.
Volunteers from Fairlawn and Regent Park at 40 Oaks affordable housing.
“Embracing Action” is a wonderful way to make a contribution to society, meet new friends, put your own problems into perspective, and experience belonging with a wonderful group of people.