There are many ways to serve your neighbors! We need weekly volunteers to pick up orders from the Food Bank, create and distribute food boxes for Food Share on Tuesdays, organize donations in our Children’s Clothing Closet, set up and welcome neighbors at The Sharing Table on Thursdays, and assemble and deliver food bags for our Backpack Ministry (when school is in session). Contact Mary Liz Ingram to learn more about volunteer opportunities with Trinity’s Outreach Ministries and Local Ministry Partners.
Trinity has the great opportunity to welcome over 50 Afghan refugees to Birmingham through the Inspiritus Refugee resettlement program (find out more about it here). Individuals and families began arriving just before Christmas and will continue to arrive over the next few months. They are coming here essentially with only the clothes on their backs. Evacuated amidst chaos in August, these refugees have been living on military bases and are now finally getting into apartments. This is a new land and a traumatic experience for each of them, and a long process that they are still enduring. That’s where we step in!
By networking with several area organizations and churches, we can play a huge part in making this time of transition more comfortable and help these families and individuals get the items they need to restart their lives here in the United States. So far, thanks to our Trinity family and community, we have already created a large Adult Clothing Closet in the Trinity West Homewood gym, along with a good collection of furniture items. We have welcomed 8 men, a young couple, and a family of 4, providing them with clothes, food, furniture, and some household items. We are grateful to be able to utilize our Trinity West campus to store donations from other local churches, creating a welcoming, central location where our new Afghan neighbors can come get what they need.
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Each week we serve over 250 local households, giving each family shelf stable groceries, produce, and meat that we receive from the Community Food Bank of Central Alabama as well as donations from church members. At the height of the pandemic, we saw over 400 households on several Tuesdays. We are also able to distribute diapers for children and adults thanks to our partnership with Bundles of Hope Diaper Bank, and church member donations.
Trinity volunteers pick up our food bank orders on Mondays (10:00-11:00), and a small team unloads and sets up the gym each Monday morning (10:30-12:00). On Tuesdays, we have a morning shift of volunteers from Trinity and the community who pack the bags and set up for distribution (10:00-12:30). The afternoon shift welcomes and checks in guests, and then distributes the food in a double line drive-through service (1:00-4:00). Volunteers of all ages can plug into this ongoing relational ministry. We hope you join us! To volunteer, click here.
Ongoing Collections for Food Share:
We Need Drivers
Pick up trucks, large SUVs or other large vehicles are best, and our pick up window is usually a Monday morning around 10:15 AM. We will be in touch once our order is placed to confirm the pick up time. (Occasionally we have pick ups on Tuesday mornings, but we will contact you if that is the case to see if it still works for you!)
The Food Bank asks that drivers arrive together, wear a mask, and that all food is covered if not inside the vehicle. We have tarps at Trinity West Homewood if you need one.
The orders can be picked up at the Community Food Bank of Central Alabama, 107 Walter Davis Dr. 35209 and brought to Trinity West Homewood. Click here to volunteer.
You can also donate non-perishable food items, adult diapers, and kids’ pull-up diapers. Drop off any items at our Oxmoor Welcome Center (1400 Oxmoor Rd.) during office hours, or our Trinity West campus (914 Oak Grove Rd.) anytime on the Outreach Collection Shelves located outside the Fellowship Hall. Want to get involved? Contact Mary Liz Ingram.
The Sharing Table is a neighborhood initiative that grew during the pandemic to meet the needs of our neighbors facing financial insecurity. Each week, an average of 40 local families come to get what they need in a safe, welcoming, and relational environment. We make it a point that this ministry is all about sharing – neighbors helping neighbors. Those who need food and household items often have things to share as well; we are all supporting each other and making connections to spread joy and encouragement to our neighbors in need!
The Sharing Table is filled by donations from individuals, churches, scout troops, sports teams and more, allowing us to provide fresh food, books, household items, clothing, baby equipment, and furniture, working to meet needs as best we can. We are currently collecting items that cannot be purchased with food stamps (SNAP), listed below.
Have something to share? Drop off donations at Trinity West Homewood outside the Fellowship Hall anytime (914 Oak Grove Rd), or the Trinity Oxmoor Campus Welcome Center during office hours.
Want to get involved? Contact Mary Liz Ingram.
The Sharing Table, Trinity West Homewood, 914 Oak Grove Road, 35209
Ongoing Collections for The Sharing Table
Trinity’s clothing and supply closet, located at our West Homewood Campus, is available to families in need. Like-new donated items and volunteer shopkeepers are always needed. Join our volunteer team each week to sort donations and gather items for families.
Donate: Drop off donations at the Oxmoor Road Campus or West Homewood Campus. We accept in-season clothing in sizes suitable for newborn-teens, baby equipment and children’s items.
Trinity UMC has a Blessing Box (also known as a Little Free Pantry) at both our Oxmoor and Trinity West campuses. The Blessing Box is located on Seminole Drive near the upper sidewalk and entry to the Oxmoor church building, and next to the gym at our West Homewood campus (914 Oak Grove Road). The Blessing Box is a place where people can “take what they need, and give what they can.” Non-perishable food item.