Embrace Action at Fairlawn means:
We have a long history of embracing action – and we’d love to have you join us, whether it’s regularly or occasionally. You can also make some new friends while you help to make a difference.
If you’d like more information about any of our Embrace Action programs listed below, please contact us at
Our Embrace Action Fund supports many organizations whose work is consistent with our social outreach vision of poverty reduction. We provide financial aid and also, when organizations are open, volunteers for those with whom we can deepen our relationship over time. The organizations that we support are Blythwood Out of the Cold, Anishnawbe Health Toronto, Fred Victor/CRC, L’Arche Toronto, Red Door Family Shelter and Street Health.
Usually, we have a small team of volunteers who visit a local boarding home every second Thursday afternoon to share food, music, laughter and conversation. We’re staying in touch with those residents by phone for now.
Camp Scugog is still offering online programming and support for children and families in need. Fairlawn fundraises so these programs can continue, and we are still writing letters to former campers. We also help with the annual camp clean-up.
Read the Camp Scugog update for the Summer of 2021.
We collect money and provide fruit and vegetables, as well as volunteers, when the Lansing United Church Food Bank is open. It is a member of the North York Harvest Food Bank and serves more than 200 families a month in north Toronto.
When Roehampton residents move into permanent housing, they often arrive with only the clothes they are wearing, without basic items needed to make their house feel like a home. Recognizing this challenge, and in partnership with other churches in the North Toronto Cluster, Fairlawn helps to collect home items.
Our latest refugee support team is working with Rainbow Railroad to sponsor a single male refugee. We have supported four families over the past five years and helped them successfully integrate into Canadian society. While Fairlawn provides financial support for one year, volunteers help our newcomers connect to important resources for housing, medical and dental needs, schools, English instruction and employment.
Learn more about Fairlawn’s Refugee Sponsorship Program.
We educate ourselves and our congregation about the root causes of poverty. We work with other faith and secular groups to advocate an end to poverty. Our focus is on affordable housing, a basic income to address income inequality, and providing adequate social assistance. We are currently writing letters to address those issues. If you would like to make a difference, you can also write to local politicians and newspapers.
We are working with other United Churches to support the five-year Gibimishkaadimin Reconciliation Journey, where Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal youth share a summer paddling adventure, and learn about each other’s lives and culture. Some of our Fairlawn youth have participated over the years. We have supported Gibimishkaadimin for three years, and look forward to the day it is safe to continue the journey.
Learn more about Fairlawn’s Truth & Reconciliation efforts.
When our building is open, we welcome those who are struggling to make ends meet into our Walk-in Support program on the first Tuesday morning of the month. We offer a warm, friendly environment where visitors have breakfast and a chance to talk one-on-one with a volunteer. We also distribute grocery gift cards. During the pandemic, we are mailing letters of support and gift cards to our guests.