Our Community Outreach Ministries Team is responsible for stimulating the congregation to have a broadened perspective of our Christian responsibility to the needs of people within our community. The team focuses on the needs of the people in the Harrisburg and West Shore Regional Areas. We encourage your participation and questions; fill out the “Ready to make a difference in our community?” form below to get involved!
Community organizations and ministries that we support
We are proud to support the following local organizations and ministries:
Allison Hill Medical Clinic Located at 124 S. 13th St, Harrisburg in the facilities of Allison Hill’s Christ Lutheran Church, this assistance program provides prenatal, medical and dental care to over 800 local residents each month. Free banks distribute baby furniture, durable medical goods and orthopedic items.
Bethesda Mission Since 1914, Bethesda Mission has been a missionary arm of the local church, reaching out to men, women, and children of all races, nationalities, and creeds, providing the poor and homeless with shelter, food, clothing, sharing the good news of Jesus Christ, and discipling them in the Christian life.
Camp Curtin YMCA The Camp Curtin YMCA seeks to provide a safe haven for youth to engage with their peers, broaden horizons, and get healthy. Located on 6th Street in Harrisburg, the Camp Curtin Y serves the surrounding community by providing a variety of programs from basketball to chess, SAT prep to mentoring. Their motto is that communities are only successful if they give everyone the opportunity to be healthy, confident, connected and secure. Membership rates are based on household income with a goal that no one is turned away due to an inability to pay.
Christian Churches United (CCU) Christian Churches United (CCU) is a 3-county ecumenical group of more than 140 churches and is headquartered in a former church at 413 S. 19th Street, Harrisburg. This centralized agency provides emergency services (housing, fuel, transportation, food referrals, prescription drugs, etc.) to the neediest of the needy. Funding comes from churches and from corporate & government sources.
Christian Residential Opportunities and Social Services (CROSS) CROSS provides residential and social services to persons with developmental disabilities and their families. In addition to receiving benevolence budget support from Trinity, church volunteers host a Friday evening coffee house several times a year to provide a social gathering for the CROSS residents.
Criminal Justice System Ministry There are many ways to get involved with the Criminal Justice System Ministry:
• Help with the worship services at Dauphin County Prison. These are led by Trinity approximately five or six times each year. All participants are required to obtain a security clearance allowing admittance to the prison and must attend volunteers training every two years.
• Help with the Christian Churches United weekly Work Release Outreach Worship Services. These are led by Trinity three or more times each year. Everyone is welcome to attend this service and no security clearance is required to participate.
• Help with the monthly Christian Churches United Community Connections breakfasts hosted by Trinity each May. No security clearance is required to participate in this breakfast.
Delta Housing/Gaudenzia Gaudenzia helps individuals and families affected by drug and alcohol dependency, mental illness, and related conditions. One way Trinity members support this ministry is by providing meals throughout the year for the monthly Delta Family Night Out. After the meal, children take part in group activities while the parents attend a planned program.
Domestic Violence Services of Cumberland and Perry Counties DVSCP supports the empowerment of those who are experiencing domestic violence through the provision of direct services and the promotion of nonviolence through social and systems change. They serve victims of domestic violence in both Cumberland and Perry Counties.
Ecumenical Food Pantry Housed at Messiah Lutheran Church, Harrisburg, this emergency food assistance program has served the community since 1972. The Ecumenical Food Pantry is an all-volunteer lead organization that operates five days per week, and provides a 3-day supply of food to over 1,700 people per month. Volunteers greet clients and record pertinent data, fulfill client orders, and pack food bags. Click HERE to sign up to volunteer; no experience is necessary.
Non-perishable food donations are always welcome and may be dropped off at Trinity in the collections closet. If you would like additional information on how you can get involved with this very important ministry, please contact Lynn Bertram.
Men’s Winter Shelter Men’s Winter Shelter – Operating under the umbrella of Christian Churches United, serves 18-24 homeless men each night in the Safe Harbor facility in Harrisburg. Trinity volunteers, two each night, cover the shelter for one week during the period of December through March. Volunteers spend the night (separate sleeping quarters) and offer coffee and snacks before the men leave the shelter in the morning.
New Hope Ministries New Hope Ministries is a non-denominational, faith-based social service agency meeting the needs of over 2,000 families each year. New Hope shows the love and hope of Christ by serving all neighbors in times of need and supporting their efforts towards stability. A variety of assistance and services are provided in the Dillsburg, Dover, Mechanicsburg, and West Shore areas.
Pink Hands of Hope A non-profit dedicated to helping women as they fight breast cancer. They raise money through monetary donations and their thrift store.
School Tutoring Volunteers tutor elementary aged children for about an hour weekly in reading and math in several Harrisburg schools.
St. Patrick’s Homeless Breakfast Breakfast is served every Saturday morning at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Harrisburg for the homeless. Trinity members take turns every week helping to prepare and serve the meal.