Our Church in Community
Jesus tells us to love our neighbor as ourselves.
Outreach Ministry Team is one of several ways our church takes action “to love our neighbor as ourselves.” Through educational programs, social action initiatives and community events sponsored by Outreach, the Church promotes awareness and provides support of a wide range of missions and social responsibility concerns, as well as interfaith outreach activites. Check our church bulletins and newsletters for current pursuits.
We also share income specifically pledged to Mission Outreach with a variety of charitable agencies in Canton, New England and worldwide. (Details noted below.) We support participation in volunteer opportunities through these organizations as well, to provide personal connection, advocacy and caring for those served by their endeavors.
In addition, the Outreach Ministry Team sponsors special contributions of items and funds throughout the year:
JANUARY: Canton Food Pantry
FEBRUARY: Pilgrim Trinitarian Congregational Church-Food Ministry in Dorchester (Weekly on Saturday: community lunches at church & bag lunches to homeless in Boston Common)
MARCH: One Great Hour of Sharing & Abundant Table (bi-weekly hot meal in Norwood)
APRIL: Canton Food Pantry
MAY: Evelyn House (family homeless shelter in Stoughton, part of Father Bill’s/Mainspring)
JUNE: Church World Service (CWS) – Blanket+ Program
JULY: Canton Food Pantry
AUGUST: Canton Food Pantry
SEPTEMBER: Abundant Table (bi-weekly hot meal in Norwood)
OCTOBER: Seafarer’s Friend (Christian Ministry for seafarer’s in New England ports)
NOVEMBER: Contributions to order Thanksgiving Pies for Canton Food Pantry & My Brother’s Keeper Christmas Program – (unwrapped gift donations for all ages)
My Brother’s Keeper delivers furniture and groceries free as needed year-round
DECEMBER:Canton Secret Santa (anonymous wrapped gifts to local Canton family)
& Special Seasonal Donations as announced
Included further down are brief descriptions of some of the benevolences we sponsor, as well as contact information, should you be interested in further exploring or responding to a particular need.
As well as those sponsored by the Outreach Ministry Team, The Congregational Church in Canton also participates in Missions & Social Action activities and donations that are sponsored by the Christian Education Ministry Team.
Heifer International – For six decades, Heifer International has provided millions of struggling families with animals and training, and then watched as they passed on the gift of their new skills and animal offspring to neighbors in need. See further information at www.heifer.org.
Project Bread: Holiday Spoons Project – As the state’s leading anti-hunger organization, Project Bread is dedicated to alleviating, preventing, and ultimately ending hunger in Massachusetts. See further information at www.projectbread.org.
Canton Area Helpline – Provides information and referral services, emergency funding for utilities, transportation and housing assistance, and food and household items to the needy in the Canton community. Sponsors Canton Food Pantry* (see under Hunger). All calls for assistance are confidential. 781-828-6666 www.town.canton.ma.us/194/Canton-Area-Helpline
Canton Council on Aging – Responsible for identifying the needs of and educating the Canton community about issues of people 60 and over, and providing or linking elders up with programs and services that meet their needs. Also maintains the D. Forbes Will Senior Center at 660 Washington Street. Most programs and services are offered at the Senior Center, which is handicapped accessible. Provides emergency funds to elders in need through the Canton Seniors Emergency Fund. COA Office 781-828-1323 www.town.canton.ma.us/341/Council-on-Aging
My Brother’s Keeper – A vibrant, welcoming Christian ministry in Easton, MA, which delivers furniture and food to families in need. Their mission is “To bring the Love and Hope of Jesus Christ to those we serve.” Anyone living in their Southeastern MA service area is eligible to receive their help, regardless of religion. They are a 501(c)(3) non-profit and all services are provided free of charge. 508-238-4416 www.mybrotherskeeper.org/
City Mission Society of Boston – An interfaith association of 61 churches, synagogues, and mosques in the Boston area, it is the oldest multi-service agency in New England. Offering assistance to low-income and marginalized men, women, and children in Boston since 1816, services reach over 45,000 people each year, including: emergency assistance for families and individuals, positive activities for teens and elementary school-aged youth, academic enrichment for Boston Public school children, and reducing youth violence. Their mission is to bring together people from across economic, religious, racial, and ethnic boundaries to work in partnership for a just society. 617-244-3650 www.cmsboston.org
Habitat for Humanity South Shore – An ecumenical, nonprofit organization dedicated to building simple, decent homes in partnership with families in need. This affiliate serves the 35 cities and towns south and southwest of Boston, including Canton. They totally depend on volunteers to help make homeownership a reality for local families. 781-337-7744 www.sshabitat.org
The Sanger Center (includes Quincy Crisis Center) – A faith-based outreach agency that provides 24-hour hotline, emergency food services, hot meals, crisis counseling and advocacy programs “to serve the needs of marginalized and forgotten people”, primarily seniors, people with disabilities. Business: 617-847-6967 Emergency Hotline: 617-471-7075 www.sangercenter.org
YOU, Inc. – A leading child welfare and behavioral health organization based in Worcester, which provides a wide range of social, psychological, educational, vocational, and other preventive and rehabilitative programs for troubled and at-risk children, adolescents, and families. 508-849-5600 www.youinc.org
Heifer International – An international organization based in Little Rock, Arkansas, that works to end hunger and poverty, as well as help children, enable women and families, build communities and care for the environment. Heifer does this by providing appropriate livestock, training and related services to small-scale farmers and communities worldwide. Heifer’s key concept is that each recipient must pass on to others some of the offspring of the farm animals they receive. This practice ensures that each participant in the program becomes a donor, enhancing dignity and participation in each project. Passing on the gift also helps communities to become self-sustaining. (toll free) 800-422-0474 www.heifer.org
Hope Worldwide – An international charity that changes lives by harnessing the compassion and commitment of dedicated staff and volunteers to deliver sustainable, high-impact, community-based services to those in need around the globe. Founded in response to the Scriptures, which call us to have the heart of Jesus by serving the poor and needy throughout the world, they began in 1991 with three small local programs. Today HOPE operates on every inhabited continent, serving more than one million people annually. 610-254-8800 www.hopeww.org
Seafarer’s Friend – A multi-denominational Christian ministry, their mission is to meet the unmet spiritual, social and practical needs of seafarers in the New England Maritime Community. Their services include: Hospitality, Advocacy, Phone Cards, Liturgy and Prayer, Bibles and Devotional Material, Pastoral Care and more. Locations are in Boston MA, Portsmouth NH and Portland ME. Executive Office 617-889-3222 http://www.seafarersfriend.org/
ShelterBox USA – An international disaster relief charity that delivers emergency shelter, warmth and dignity to people affected by disaster worldwide in “Big Green Boxes”. Each ShelterBox supplies an extended family with a tent and essential equipment to use while they are displaced or homeless. 941-907-6036 www.shelterboxusa.org
Bridge Over Troubled Waters, Boston – The only agency in the Boston area to provide a continuum of age-appropriate services. Its mission is to enable high-risk, runaway and homeless youth to achieve a healthy and productive adulthood through prevention, intervention, and education services. Serving 5,000 youth ages 14–24 each year, Bridge offers a comprehensive range of health, educational, career and housing services. 617-423-9575 www.bridgeotw.org
DOVE – Committed to serving communities, families and individuals impacted by domestic violence, they seek to empower their clients and the community by providing safety, shelter, education and support services. By promoting an environment free from abuse, they strive to see Domestic Violence Ended. Outreach & Family Services Center 617-770-4065, 24 Hour Crisis Hotline (toll free) 1-888-314-3683 www.doveinc.info
Father Bills & MainSpring (includes Evelyn House) – Their mission is to help people obtain a home by giving temporary shelter and food, finding safe and affordable housing, and providing permanent housing with supportive services. Father Bills & MainSpring helps people who are homeless, or at risk of homelessness, to achieve self-sufficiency. Administration Office: 508-427-6448 helpfbms.org/
Pine Street Inn – A not-for-profit agency committed to men, women and children in need of shelter, sustenance, and the basic moral and material supports necessary to lead a dignified and stable life. They provide a continuum of services from friendly visits and bag meals for people on the streets to work training, counseling, medical care and placement in permanent housing and more. 617-892-9100 www.pinestreetinn.org
Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless – “Committed to ensuring everyone has a place to call home”, their mission is to end homelessness in the Commonwealth. Recognizing that emergency services alone cannot solve this problem, they work to address the broader factors that contribute to homelessness. Since their inception in 1981, embracing a collaborative approach to unify people and mobilize resources, this mission has been realized through litigation, legislative advocacy and public policy, public education, and direct services. The Coalition is considered a leader in developing innovative advocacy and programming on homelessness prevention, affordable housing, and meeting basic needs. These efforts result in measurable outcomes and community impact. 781-595-7570 www.mahomeless.org
Abundant Table – Provides dinner bi-weekly for those in the area (including Canton) needing the assistance of a hot meal. Dinner is served every Wednesday and Friday evenings from 5:30-6:30 at the First Congregational Church in Norwood, located at 100 Winter Street, on the corner of Washington Street (1A) and Winter Street. Donations of food items, funds and/or volunteer time are gratefully accepted. 978-501-1264 www.abundant-table.org
Canton Food Pantry* – Provides free groceries to eligible Canton residents. Serves many individuals and families on a temporary basis, who have been affected by economic problems. Financial support and donations of nonperishable food, personal care items, baby food and household products are greatly appreciated and volunteers are welcome. 781-821-8062 www.town.canton.ma.us/193/Canton-Food-Pantry
Pilgrim Trinitarian Congregational Church (UCC) Dorchester, MA – Established in 1862, Pilgrim Church is an active, compassionate congregation imparting the Love of Jesus in an urban community. On Saturdays they provide food in two settings. Through “unCommon Outreach”, food is distributed on the Boston Common to those who need a free lunch (many recipients are homeless). Volunteers gather at the church at 7 am to prepare food, then go to Brewer Fountain on the Common for distribution from 8:30-9:30 am. Onsite at church, a free “Community Lunch” is prepared by volunteers and served from 12:00-1:30 pm. Volunteers and contributions of food and supplies for these Saturday events are always welcome. 617-282-0456 www.pilgrimchurch1862.org/home.html