Trinity has a long history of working for social justice in Charlottesville. Here are some of our current local outreach efforts:
GERTRUDE MITCHELL HOUSE
The Gertrude Mitchell House is a single-family home owned by Trinity and operated as transitional housing for battered women. With support from other Episcopal churches in Region XV and the Shelter for Help in Emergency, Trinity has been able to help women rebuild their families and their futures.
Interfaith Movement Promoting Action by Congregations Together (IMPACT) is a grassroots initiative with a mission to bring a greater degree of justice and fairness to the Charlottesville and Albemarle area. 33 IMPACT congregations come together to work on the root causes of community problems. IMPACT congregations range in size from 20 to 5,000 people and include Protestant, Catholic, Unitarian, Jewish and Muslim congregations. IMPACT addresses and achieves solutions to community problems through the basic organizing processes of listening/networking, research, and direct action meetings. Through coming together we build our power and ability to successfully live out God’s call. For more information, contact Erica Lloyd.
In late summer 2010, Trinity joined St. Paul’s Memorial Church it its work with the 10 1/2 St community garden. The garden, which sits on property owned by and in partnership with longtime neighborhood resident George King, is a wonderful opportunity to love and serve residents in the 10th and Page neighborhood. Trinity members, along with volunteers from St. Paul’s, UVA, and the neighborhood, clear out debris, till the beds, weed, plant, and harvest the garden. For more information contact Kendra Hamilton.
BLUE RIDGE FOOD BANK
We collect can goods and other nonperishable foods for the Blue Ridge Food Bank. On the first Sunday of the month we highlight this ministry and make a special appeal for Trinity members to fill the basket with a couple of extra things that can be picked up during your weekly shopping trip. Feel free to contribute on other Sundays as well!