Sack Lunch Program
Volunteers gather three times weekly, Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and work from 9 a.m. until around 11 a.m. Volunteers hand out food in a sack lunch to the hungry and needy in our community. These volunteers not only provide sustenance in the form of food, but a healthy dose of dignity to those less fortunate in downtown Reno. Members of Trinity serve as “Angels” providing dog and cat food on a constant basis. We distribute a great deal and our clientele do have pets and take very good care of the creatures in their lives who offer unconditional love on a daily basis.
In asking many of the volunteers about their personal feelings in doing this ministry, the most common response was humility and an intense joy in serving others while a part of this important outreach.
St. Paul’s Food Pantry
Members of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral generously contribute food, paper items, etc. throughout the month. These goods are blessed at the altar on the 3rd Sunday of the month and then delivered to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Sparks that maintains a not for profit community food pantry. This small ministry is a valuable outreach program to the community and to Trinity. Members of the congregation continue to be very giving and supportive, contributing generously to the food pantry anonymously every week.
Baby Bundles prepares and deliver basic layettes to both Renown and St. Mary’s Hospitals. The layette contains newborn diapers, wipes, onesie, sleeper, outfit, receiving blanket, quilt or afghan, a pair of socks, a bib, washcloth and a hat. If extra items are obtained, each layette gets a bonus item. These layettes are given to new mothers that are determined by hospital staff as unable to provide for their new baby. With the generous support of Trinity members and St. Catherine’s Episcopal Church, Reno, this outreach program has been self-sustaining.
Prayer Shawl Ministry
The Prayer Shawl Group meets on Thursday afternoons in the Cathedral Library, 2:00 to 3:30 pm. for knitting and fellowship. Prayer shawls are distributed to persons who are recovering from surgery, an illness, grief from the loss of a love one, etc.
The Angel Tree Project has a new purpose. Through the counseling staff at Libby Booth Elementary, families are identified. Tags are put on a Christnas tree. Monetary donations are also collected to provide a $25 food gift card to identified families. We are ready to assist other schools that show a need
A little history on Libby Booth Elementary School. Libby Booth is one of many Title One schools in the Reno/Sparks area. 100% of the children that attend Libby Booth live in poverty. 40% of those children are either homeless, living in a shelter or in foster care. The average amount of time a child is enrolled in school at Libby Booth is six months. Six months is the time allowed for a family to stay in a homeless shelter. Many families are now not forgotten for the Christmas season.
United Thank Offering
Members of Trinity give of their personal financial resources to many assistance programs around the world. As a parish Trinity contributes to three specific programs – United Thank Offering, Episcopal Relief and Development and KIVA. The UTO boxes provide an opportunity for individuals to give a simple prayer of thanks and a few coins any day of the year. These gifts are gathered together once or twice a year to be sent to the national UTO office which provides grants for special ministry projects beyond the resources of an individual parish or diocese. ERD provides a channel to respond with financial gifts when a community anywhere in the world is coping with disaster or unmet basic needs. Individuals are encouraged to respond either with direct gifts to ERD or through a parish gift.
KIVA is a non-denominational program providing loans to individuals for their attempts to find a way out of severe poverty. Micro-loans are used to purchase inventory for small businesses and for livestock, feed and seed for farmers. The monetary account established by Trinity with KIVA continues to provide assistance to individuals in impoverished communities as previous recipients repay their loans. To date Trinity sponsored loans have helped people in 29 countries around the world.
Kairos (k.eye-rowse) is an outgrowth of Dias Con Cristo and Cursillo. It is a prison ministry that has been in existence in Nevada for over thirty years. Christians go into the minimum security prisons with the message of God’s love and forgiveness. The Ultreyas (meetings) are once a month in the Northern Nevada Correctional Center and on a Sunday afternoon and every other month in the Lovelock Correctional Center. An Episcopal Service is held before the Ultreya in Lovelock. The Lovelock Maximum Security Prison Ultreya is the second Saturday of the month.