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Picture of Trinity Trinity Lutheran Church
Where Jesus' Voice is Heard, Proclaimed and Lived
N60 W6047 Columbia Road
Cedarburg, WI 53012
(262) 377-0610

Reaching Out

What a blessing it is to be a blessing to others! Below are some opportunities to reach out and share God's love beyond Trinity's walls. If you'd like to find out more about these opportunities, please talk with the contact person listed or call the church office.

Donation List

Here are some items Trinity collects and distributes or recycles. Details about some of the groups benefiting from these items are listed further down the page. Please bring items to the Gathering Area and put them in the designated collection container. If you know of something we should collect, please let the Care Crew know.

  • Aluminum can pull tabs for Ronald McDonald House
  • Athletic shoes (used) (no shoes with cleats or spikes) for recycling through Nike Reuse-a-Shoe or donation to shelters
  • Batteries (dead) (not car) for recycling
  • Bed sheets and cotton fabric for quilts
  • Box tops and labels for Central Wisconsin Center
  • Cellphones for Advocates of Ozaukee
  • Children's books for the Next Door Foundation's Books for Kids
  • Clothing for various outreach programs such as Guest House, Family House and Milwaukee Rescue Mission (separate and mark men's, women's, children's and baby clothes to make sorting and distribution easier)
  • Corks for recycling
  • Crayons (used) for Time and Talents for Children
  • Empty prescription bottles for Bread of Healing Clinic in Milwaukee
  • Eyeglasses and hearing aids for Lions International
  • Hotel toiletries for Bob's Under the Bridge
  • Ink cartridges for recycling
  • Non-perishable food for Family Sharing
  • Personal care items for Lutheran World Relief kits (see list of items below)
  • Plastic bags for recycling
  • School supplies for Lutheran World Relief school kits (see list of items below)
  • Soap (used) for making new soap for Guatemala missions
  • Yarn -- drop it off or pick some up. Baby sweaters, hats, scarves, mittens can be donated for various community projects.

We do not collect:

  • Computers (take them to a recycle center or watch the paper for computer recycling events)
  • Leftover prescription medicine. Your unused, unwanted, expired household and prescription medications can be taken to the following locations: Police departments in Cedarburg, Grafton, Mequon, Thiensville, Port Washington and Saukville, and the Sheriff's Department in Port Washington. Simply bring in your medications, in their original containers (with your name blacked out) and place them in the secure container provided.


Advocates of Ozaukee
Advocates (advocatesofozaukee.com) operates a shelter for individuals seeking a temporary safe haven from situations of domestic and/or sexual violence and assists clients on an outreach basis.

ITEMS COLLECTED:
Old cell phones recycled to earn money for their agency.


All Peoples Church
As a partner with All Peoples, Trinity supports this community of faith in Milwaukee's central city with prayer, financial resources (supported through our mission envelopes), and sharing ideas, time and talents of our members. We are always looking for ways to enhance our relationship for the sake of Jesus Christ in the world. In the past we've eaten and worshiped together during a Lenten service at Trinity, provided lunch for the Kids Working to Succeed program, and worshiped together at All Peoples. We look forward to continuing to grow together as people of faith.

Their contact information is:
All Peoples Church
2600 N. 2nd St.
Milwaukee, WI 53212
(414) 264-1616
allpeoplesgathering.org


Bread of Healing Clinic
The Bread of Healing Clinic (breadofhealingclinic.org) began as a ministry of Cross Lutheran Church, established with the support of community partners (UW-Madison Medical School, Aurora Health Care, other local churches). It continues now as a separately incorporated organization, holding clinics at Cross Lutheran Church and Eastbrook Church. They provide:

  • High-quality medical care for people with chronic illnesses, who are working but are without access to health insurance. The clinic dispenses only a few pills at a time so that patients come back to be monitored and then receive more medication.
  • Education for patients and for volunteers to learn more about the treatment of chronic illnesses in patients who most often experience disparities in care.
  • Opportunities to experience, request, and offer healing for all of us (patient, provider, volunteer).
  • Health care for patients in between health insurance coverages.

ITEMS COLLECTED:
Empty prescription bottles (please completely remove the labels and the adhesive left on the bottles, and wash out the bottles so there's no danger of mixing the residue of your medication with a new medication)


Central Wisconsin Center, Madison
Central Wisconsin Center (dhs.wisconsin.gov/cwc/index.htm) supports individuals with intellectual disabilities. Services are provided to assist individuals in acquiring the personal skills needed to reach their highest potential. Central Wisconsin Center offers residential and short-term care services. To raise funds for items not covered in their budget, volunteers collect and sort box tops and labels.
For more information, contact Jeanne Mueller.

ITEMS COLLECTED:
Box tops and labels


Family House of Milwaukee
More than an assisted living community for care of the elderly, Family House (fhimilwaukee.org) is a community revitalization project that takes care of all people. A food pantry, training center for young mothers, after-school and adopt-a-grandparent programs are a few of many gifts of Family House.

ITEMS COLLECTED:
Food, personal care items, laundry soap, cleaning supplies, etc. during the Thanksgiving in-gathering


Family Promise
Family Promise of Ozaukee County (familypromiseoz.org) is an interfaith network of churches who come together to provide homeless families and single women with shelter, basic needs and assistance as they seek permanent housing. Churches take turns providing hospitality, meals and safe housing. Trinity supports St. John Lutheran in Grafton when it's their turn to host.
For more information, contact Donna Kramer or Rosa Cyrier.


Family Sharing
Located in Grafton, Family Sharing (familysharingozaukee.org) is a nonprofit community organization that provides food to people in need in Ozaukee County. All donations of food are distributed directly to those who need it, at no charge. In addition, they provide clothing, furniture, household items, school supplies, new winter jackets for children, and information and referrals.
For more information, contact Jill Klitz.

ITEMS COLLECTED:
Non-perishable food


Homeless Women Veterans
The Boudicca House is a transitional housing facility for homeless women veterans and is located in Milwaukee. They offer assistance in education, training, employment, healthcare, and general skills to fulfill parental responsibilities. A wish list of items for the Career Center is below.
For more information, contact Amy Luft.

Monetary Donations
New or refurbished computer/laptops with speakers
Color laser printer
Computer desks
Computer chairs
Computer paper
Pens/pencils
Highlighters
Flash drives
Electric stapler
Electric pencil sharpener
Three hole paper punchers
Note pads, notebooks
Pocket folders
Dry erase boards/cork boards
Clocks/ alarm clocks
Construction paper
Paper shredder
Projector and screen
Bookshelves
Locking display case
Digital cameras (for photography classes)
Art supplies (for art therapy classes)
Task lighting
Post it notes
Locking storage drawers
Tape and tape dispensers
Stereo (for relaxation therapy)

Lions Clubs International
Donate glasses and change someone's life. Imagine if you could help a child read. An adult succeed in his job. A senior maintain her independence. And provide a community with more opportunities to grow and thrive. Every day, the recycled eyeglass programs of Lions Clubs (lionsclubs.org) do all of this and more.

ITEMS COLLECTED:
Eyeglasses, hearing aids


Lutheran World Relief Parish Projects
Empowered by God's unconditional love in Jesus Christ, Lutheran World Relief (lwr.org) envisions a world in which each person and every generation lives in justice, dignity, and peace. LWR works with partners in 50 countries to help people grow food, improve health, strengthen communities, end conflict, build livelihoods and recover from disasters.

Put your faith into action. Share tools for better health, education, and comfort by donating supplies to make quilts and assemble kits. We have ongoing collections throughout the year that are shipped in October.

Personal Care Kits
When LWR distributes Personal Care Kits, it's often to people who have lost everything. In the wake of an earthquake, or having fled from violence as their homes were overtaken, they clasp a towel from a faraway place, with a bar of soap, a toothbrush ... and washing up, they know that they have not been forsaken by the world. The very simple gesture of giving a Personal Care Kit can give someone the encouragement to start anew, starting with a bath. You can share God's grace and love by providing that simple comfort.

ITEMS COLLECTED:
1 Light-weight bath-size towel (between 20"◊40" & 52"◊27"), dark color recommended
2 Bath-size bars (4 to 5 oz.) of soap, original wrapping
1 Adult-size toothbrush in its original packaging
1 Sturdy comb (no hair picks)
1 Metal nail clippers (attached file optional)

School Kits
Why school supplies? To the children who receive School Kits, these supplies mean the difference between getting an education or not. Public school is usually free, but in the places where LWR works, even a few required supplies, like pens and paper, may be more than many families can afford. And when parents can only afford to send one of their children to school, girls rarely get priority ... yet the education level of mothers has the biggest impact on development.

ITEMS COLLECTED:
4 70-sheet notebooks of wide or college-ruled paper 8"x10½"
1 Ruler (30-centimeter/12")
1 Hand-held pencil sharpener
1 Blunt scissors (safety scissors with embedded steel blades)
5 Unsharpened #2 pencils with erasers
5 Ballpoint pens (no gel ink) -- black or blue ink
1 Box of 24 crayons
1 2½" eraser

For more information, contact Jeanne Mueller.


Mr. Bob's Under the Bridge
As an outreach program, headquartered at Advent Church in Cedarburg, Mr. Bob's Under the Bridge (mrbobsunderthebridge.org) is dedicated to helping the homeless in the greater Milwaukee area. Items are collected and made into care packets and then distributed to the homeless in Milwaukee.

ITEMS COLLECTED:
Hotel-sized hygiene items: soap, shampoo, lotion, etc.


Next Door Foundation
Located in downtown Milwaukee, the mission of Next Door (nextdoormil.org) is to support the intellectual, physical, spiritual and emotional development of children so they become self-sufficient, contributing members of the community. Their Books for Kids program was established in 1990 with the hope that all children in Milwaukee's central city, regardless of family income or education levels, could have books to call their own. Books for Kids distributes over 50,000 books each year.
For more information, contact Donna Kramer.

ITEMS COLLECTED:
New or gently used children's books -- baby board books, picture books, children's fiction and nonfiction books, juvenile literature, children's dictionaries and cookbooks, multicultural books, and parenting books.


Quilters
Quilts are assembled for distribution to Lutheran World Relief and other places in need. All are welcome -- no experience necessary. If you can't join us on Mondays, you can work at home cutting and sewing together squares and making quilt backs. Meeting times are first and third Mondays of each month, 9am in the church dining hall.
For more information, contact Carolyn Anderson.

ITEMS COLLECTED:
Materials such as clean bedsheets, bedspreads, fabric and blankets -- bring donations to the quilters room (across from the women's restroom in the dining hall).




The dedicating and blessing of quilts, health kits and school kits on "Quilt Sunday."

Ronald McDonald House
Save the pull tabs off of aluminum cans and help the Ronald McDonald House (rmhcmilwaukee.org) provide lodging (near Children's Hospital) for families of ill children. Money raised is not used for medical bills or family travel.
For more information, contact Jeanne Mueller.

ITEMS COLLECTED:
Aluminum can pull tabs


St. Benedict the Moor Catholic Church
Located in Milwaukee, St. Ben's (stbensmilwaukee.org) serves an average of 375 homeless and hungry guests each night. The food is purchased, prepared and brought to the church each night by volunteers from some 75 churches, community groups and workplaces. Trinity partners with Faith Lutheran Church in Cedarburg to prepare and serve meals at St. Benís one afternoon (the second Friday) every other month. You can help by coming along to serve food, or by helping to prepare the food at Trinity.
For more information, contact Diane Weber


Time and Talents for Children
Time and Talents for Children (timeandtalentsforchildren.org) is an ongoing ministry to help the people of Central America, especially Guatemala. Dental and building teams are sent to partner with and offer assistance.
For more information, contact Greg and Jody Hoffmann.

ITEMS COLLECTED:
T-shirts (to be made into baby diapers)
Used soap (to be melted and shaped into new bars of soap)
Used crayons


Fair-Trade Corner

You can also enjoy and purchase fair-trade coffee in Trinity's dining room. The Mt. Meru Coffee Project (mtmerucoffee.org) is focused on providing fairly traded Tanzanian coffee, building grower-to-consumer relationships around a great cup of coffee, and developing a sustainable coffee marketplace for the growers of a truly high quality AA Tanzanian coffee. We like to say, Doing Justice Never Tasted So Good!


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