Embracing Action at Fairlawn means moving out of our silos to get to know our neighbours and recognizing the richness that comes with diversity. It means building relationships with those who are marginalized and whose voices have been silenced. It means helping to create a society where all can live with dignity. Below is a list of some of the volunteer opportunities available at Fairlawn that strive to do this. Whether you have time for an occasional commitment or something more regular, we’d love to have you join us. And, you’ll make some wonderful new friends along the way.
Fairlawn’s children and youth join the rest of the congregation to fundraise to send children to Camp Scugog. Many campers are from families who struggle to make ends meet. We also help with the annual camp clean up day and write letters to campers.
Fairlawn members volunteer to serve meals at the community kitchen, collect clothing for the Clothes for Friends Program, work in and manage the clothing bank, 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. By joining our voices with those of other faith and secular groups, we advocate for policy that would make poverty a thing of the past. Our focus is on affordable housing, living wage, adequate social assistance rates and income inequality.
Your donation to the United Church Mission and Service Fund (M&S) supports hundreds of partners and projects in Canada and around the world.
Contact Judy Fleming to find out more about where the money goes, who you’re helping, and why M&S matters.
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.
We have a variety of opportunities for you to contribute towards making a positive change in someone’s life. Contact us today to find out more about how you can help.
Call: (416) 481-6848 x27
Formerly called “Outreach”.
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.