OUTREACH

At Knox the whole congregation pitches in to help those in our community who may be less fortunate or need care and support.

Using money donated by the congregation or raised through fund-raising projects, Knox helps fund local community outreach programs such as the West End Community Chaplaincy ministering to low income neighborhoods, the Western Ottawa Community Resource Centre, the West End Community Lunch Program, Pinecrest Terrace Food Program, Morrison Garden Food Bank, FAMSAC (a local area food bank), Foster Farm Family House, the Pause Table at Algonquin College, and many others. Through Knox Outreach Committee we also support RefugeNOW, a refugee program run by a number of community and church partners. And in addition, Knox supports many outreach programs delivered by the United Church of Canada through donations directed to the UCC Mission and Service Fund. Minute for Mission, which is occasionally printed on the back of the bulletin, keeps the congregation informed about these important programs.

Even small things can make a very big difference. So our members donate and collect food items for FAMSAC and provide empty containers for use by Foster Farm. Members of the congregation participate in volunteer efforts such as packing and delivering Christmas hampers. We deliver foodstuffs to Foster Farm for the lunch program, and provide support for a monthly church service at the Medex long-term care facility. We collect toys for Toy Mountain and we donate winter clothing to the Ottawa Snowsuit Fund and Centre 507 on Bank Street. By acting on our beliefs and making the teachings of Jesus a reality every day we strive to make a difference and build a better community around us.