COMMUNITY OUTREACH AT McDOUGALL
McDougall United Church has a proud tradition and a long history of community outreach in the City of Edmonton. Today, we continue that same spirit of generosity to our sisters and brothers in the wider community with helping hands and caring hearts.
McDougall supports this historic inner city agency throughout the year in many ways with donations of food, clothing and money through special projects.
- Once a year we provide lunch for 200 - 300 inner city folk on a Sunday who come to the Bissell Centre for the weekly church service (Community of Emmanuel) hosted by the Inner City Pastoral Ministry.
- Once a month, we have a group making sandwiches in the McDougall kitchen on a Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m. for the Bissell drop-in centre. On average,we make 350 meat and cheese sandwiches per month.
- Christmas donations of warm woollies and other supplies are supplied from the Mitten Tree, White Gift Sunday and Christmas Gift Bags.
- Throughout the year, donations of clothing, personal supplies and money are received to support this ministry.
Visit the Bissell Centre online
E4C - Courage Compassion Connection Commitment
E4C is a charitable human services organization providing a diverse range of services in the inner city and beyond.
McDougall Church was instrumental in the formation of Edmonton City Centre Church Corporation, now known as E4C, and in 1970 was one of the five founding denominational churches in the downtown area. Over the years, this non-profit organization has evolved into a $13 million dollar endeavour encompassing numerous programs. Our partnership funding of $7,000 supports:
- Emergency and Transitional Services
- Affordable Housing and Mental Health Services
- Collaboration/Joint Services
In addition, each year at Christmas, McDougall Church supports the School Lunch Program through cash donations received at various events during the season. In 2016, we supported the School Lunch Program with a total donation of $2,893. McDougall Church has two members on the E4C Board.
Visit E4C online
EDMONTON FOOD BANK
McDougall’s New Year’s Eve Concert supports the Edmonton Food Bank.
Each year, this concert collects donations of food and cash as admission to the concert. In 2016, we raised $5,326 and 250 kgs (551 lb.) of food. We continue to be grateful for the generosity of the people of Edmonton in helping those in need, and that McDougall Church can be a partner in the community. Visit the Edmonton Foodbank online
Inner City Pastoral Ministry
McDougall Church takes a turn in providing Sunday lunch once a year for 200-250 inner city residents following the ICPM worship service for the Community of Emmanuel at the Bissell Centre.
In 2015, support was provided to this ministry with 20 gift bags for their Christmas project for inner city residents.
NO ROOM IN THE INN
No Room In the Inn is an annual appeal to Edmonton area churches to help provide safe and affordable housing for those who are homeless in our city.
No Room In the Inn invites congregations and parishes to donate part of their Christmas Eve offering to the campaign. Funds are delivered to a different housing project each year selected by a committee from the Edmonton and District Council of Churches and the Quality of Life Commission.
Over the years, more than 60 congregations from eight different denominations have raised over $500,000 for projects aimed at providing safe and affordable housing for those who are in greatest need.
At Christmas 2016, McDougall Church donated $2,722 to the campaign in support of affordable and safe housing.
MISSION AND SERVICE FUND
This national fund of the United Church of Canada distributes about $30 million dollars annually in support of our worship life, our national and global mission partners, our justice and peace advocacy, and our efforts to care for the environment.
The United Church works with partners in Canada and around the world who alert the national church to local needs; tell us how best to serve; and deliver the assistance we offer. In an emergency, in development work, and for long-term commitment, the United Church is there making a difference through the M & S Fund.
McDougall Church supports the Mission and Service Fund through congregational donations. In 2016, we forwarded a cheque in the amount of $20,008 to support local and worldwide mission. Visit the United Chuirch of Canada online
Tools for School
McDougall Church participates in the annual Tools for School program in partnership with the United Way.
About: Tools for School brings together community agencies, educational institutions, corporate supporters and the general public for the purpose of a common goal: to provide back packs filled with school supplies for students in kindergarten through grade 12 whose families have limited resources to purchase these supplies.
When: Through July to September.
What: School supplies of all descriptions are collected: back packs, washable coloured markers, exercise books, duo tangs, pencil cases, pencils, wax crayons, white glue, glue sticks, rulers, erasers, pencil sharpeners pencil crayons, lined paper, binders, pens, highlighters, coiled notebooks, dividers.
The wish list includes: Kids' scissors, washable colour paints, coil scrapbooks, oil pastels, USB memory sticks, scientific calculators, dictionaries, graph paper, geometry sets, thesaurus, graphing calculators and scientific calculators. Monetary donations are also welcome.