Every year Trinity, with the help of the Gainesville community, provides Thanksgiving Baskets to over 1,000 families, all referred by local community agencies.
How you can help:
Donate: We need your support to make sure no family in need goes without a Thanksgiving Meal! You can get involved by organizing a food drive at your school or office, or making a donation. We also accept 10 - 12lb frozen turkeys, or $10 grocery gift cards.
Sorting and packing: We have multiple opportunities to sort and/or package the baskets for distribution. We will have a packing event on Wednesday, November 20 from 5 - 7pm, with sorting opportunities on November 18 and 19. Please click the link to sign up below!
Distribution: On distribution day, November 21, volunteer servants help us get the baskets to each of the referring agencies. Please click the link to sign up below!
Rebuilding Together North Central Florida (RTNCF) is a home repair organization dedicated to addressing the substandard housing needs in North Central Florida. They strive to increase safety, security, and well-being for residents in need by providing a tangible place for the community members to get involved in rebuilding efforts.
How you can help: Join us on a build day! Volunteers must be at least 14 years old and have finished 8th grade to participate. No construction experience is necessary, the construction staff onsite will teach everyone everything they need to know. We will have our next build day on Saturday, October 26 from 9am - 1pm in Alachua (we will send the address to those who sign up to participate). The projects include: Subfloor repair, installation of vinyl plank flooring, Foliage removal / lawn cleanup, Skirting repair, Ramp/stairs repair, and Construction and installation of window screens.
Faith Mission is a church and neighborhood collaboration located at 3701 NE 15th Street. Our purpose is to be an active community of faith that closely partners with the neighborhood for the well-being of us all.
Family Promise has been helping Alachua County's homeless children and their families since 1998. They believe no family should have to spend the night on the streets and unites and coordinates the collaborative efforts of volunteers from all faiths to house, feed, and transport homeless families. The families are housed in area houses of worship that move every week.
How you can help: Trinity is a host for these families four times a year. During that time, the following volunteer servants are needed:
Evening host: Socialize with guests (read/play with children if present) and share dinner together at 6pm, then stay to oversee clean-up. Your children are welcome!
Overnight host: Stay overnight at the Trinity B&B and serve as the “on-call” person. Volunteer alone or in a pair or group! There are separate rooms for all, which can be locked for the night; bedding is provided or you may bring your own. In the morning, ensure guests are awake and ready to leave by 7am, and lock their rooms. Coffee, juice, milk, and quick breakfast foods are available in the Atrium kitchen for you and our guests to enjoy. Your own children are welcome to stay overnight with you.
Initial setup: Help unload the trailer and set up beds in rooms on the Sunday before families arrive. (12pm, following the last church service)
Departure cleanup: Help clean up rooms and load bedding supplies back into the trailer on the Sunday families depart. (7am)
We all know how important it is for young children to have someone to read to them. Children whose mothers are imprisoned do not have that privilege through no fault of their own. With Mommy Reads, these children still have that opportunity. Four times a year, volunteers visit Lowell Correctional Facility and record mothers imprisoned there reading a book to their children. The books and recordings are then sent to their children so they can still read with their moms.
How you can help:
Donate: We take enough supplies to record 40 moms. This includes an assortment of children's books, mp3 players, recorders, batteries, and shipping envelopes with us. Members of the group meet individually with the inmates/mothers to record books for their children. The recordings are transferred via computer to an MP3 player. We ship each child their book, mp3 player, and a note from the mother. All items are kept by the child. Each of these trips costs approximately $900, not a small amount of money. Donations of new/gently used books are appreciated, as well as financial donations to purchase the mp3 players and defray shipping and travel costs. Any donations can be left at the church desk at any time.
Come with us: If you would like to be a part of Mommy Reads and come with us to Lowell, we are always accepting new ladies. We need at least 8 women to make each trip. Required background checks are done through Lowell, and we have training sessions before each trip. This is a fantastic opportunity to be the hands and feet of Jesus. These women are beyond grateful for the opportunity to communicate with their children.
Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope. They believe that everyone deserves a decent and affordable place to call home and invite people of all ages, races, genders, religions, political views - or any of the other distinctions that too often divide us - to build together in partnership with the future homeowners who we are working with. Working together, side-by-side to build solid houses, new relationships, and stronger communities.
How you can help: We partner with other faith-based communities in Alachua County to work every year on the Interfaith House and participate in build days. The minimum age is 16 years old, and no construction experience is necessary! The construction staff onsite will teach everyone everything they need to know. Please watch our communications (Tuesday Word, Sunday Bulletin, and social media) and sign-up when we are having our next build day.