Anyone is welcome to attend meetings of the Outreach Committee. The committee’s expenditure intentions for aid projects are 10% for international, 10% for national and 80% for local. International and national projects are usually supported with money. Projects supported in the past have included disaster relief, such as Puerto Rico hurricane relief, and educational projects, such as girls’ UNICEF scholarships. More regionally, support has been given to Claggett church camp scholarships.
Our work with local aid is often more diverse, involving both the donation of money and practical help. We have helped when we are able with food and financially with utility cut-offs and with prescription medicine needs. Occasionally individuals are provided with temporary shelter. In addition to financial aid to the Welcome One Homeless Shelter in Belcamp, MD, Outreach volunteers have provided groceries and home cooked meals to the Help for the Homeless rotating winter shelter program. We maintain an active relationship with Harford Family House, a transitional shelter for homeless families.
We partner with school guidance counselors to provide school clothes for children. At Thanksgiving and Christmas, we provide individualized gifts and groceries for identified families. Through the schools we have also helped in emergencies that affect the children, such as house fires or electricity cut-offs.
Women of Holy Trinity
The Women of Holy Trinity is open to anyone in the parish. As a group we promote fellowship and raise supplemental funds for the work of the church. We currently meet on the third Monday of each month at 7:00 pm on Zoom. Volunteer opportunities include these annual events:
Annual Tea – The spring Garden Tea is geared to mothers, daughters and granddaughters. It’s an afternoon of dressing up, wearing a hat or fascinator, and enjoying the fellowship. Organizing the tea is a team who determine a theme, create an invitation, in fact, who attend to every detail. No matter your talents, there will be a fun job for you!
Quarter Auction – The Annual Quarter Auction occurs in late September/early October. Parishioners donate items for themed baskets that are auctioned off. This fun and entertaining evening for all members of the family starts with dinner, followed by the auction of at least fifty baskets and by the drawing of door prizes. The proceeds from this event go to Outreach. We are always looking for volunteers to assist with putting baskets together, with setting up, and with help during the evening.
Breakfast with Santa – Breakfast with Santa is the first Saturday of December. Many of our parishioners are busy even weeks before. It is our best annual fundraiser, offering photo ops for children with Santa and, sometimes, with Mrs. Claus. A pancake and sausage breakfast is offered, and baked goods and Christmas gifts are sold. Our incredible bake table has many people from the community at large returning year after year. Helpers meet several times prior to the breakfast to craft ornaments and holiday items to sell. Just as with the other annual events, we rely on the talents of many to make Breakfast with Santa a success. Volunteers include the men of the parish who cook breakfast and men and women who craft, bake, cheerfully man the sales tables and turn their willing hands to anything that needs doing.
Community Food Pantry
We are proud to support individuals in Harford County. Holy Trinity is deeply committed to serving the community around us. We welcome volunteers, donations of food and money from parishioners as well as the community. More information.
Praying Hands Ministry
The knitting group of Holy Trinity, provide prayer shawls to individuals who are ill and knit caps to hospitals both for infants and for cancer patients.
Each member takes turns in mailing cards to our members each month who have birthdays, feeling ill or in need comfort.
Lawn Maintenance and Landscaping
Holy Trinity is very fortunate that members volunteer to maintain our beautiful grounds by mowing the lawn, as well as planting and weeding the flower beds. The lawn maintenance ministry has been in place for over 40 years. The purpose is to minimize the cost of such operation by providing the time and labor from our church members so that the Holy Trinity operating budget is not severely impacted by the high-cost of hiring someone.