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The Outreach Ministry sends God's love out into the community and the world by combining their faith, time, skills, and resources to actively do the work of reconciliation, compassion, and justice. The Outreach members are eager to learn about the hopes and goals of people near and far as they team up with them to overcome challenges.


The ministry is comprised of several community programs (supported by A&HT) that promote housing and food security, welcome immigrants, foster children’s education and mental health, and more. For any questions or for more information about a particular program, please contact the office at office@ascensionholytrinity.com.

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Community Programs

Valley Interfaith Community Resource Center, 420 Wyoming Avenue, Lockland
A&HT is a founding supporter of this ministry, which has grown into a lifeline for 12 zip codes in the Mill Creek Valley. It provides food, household essentials, and emergency assistance, connecting people to essential social services and the skills and mutual support to build the futures they want. Current volunteer roles are limited for safety reasons, but absolutely vital. 
 
Tikkun Farm, 7941 Elizabeth Street, Mt. Healthy
A thriving hub where people of all backgrounds from urban teens to Bhutanese refugees come together to garden, prepare food, and grow in physical and emotional wholeness. Many roles available from planning logistics to chopping ingredients at home for community crockpot meals.

Habitat for Humanity + HOPE Coalition
HOPE Coalition, the Episcopal team of Habitat of Greater Cincinnati, welcomes A&HT volunteers to help build or renovate houses with partner families who will become homeowners through interest-free mortgages. Click here to volunteer at a work site
 
Heartfelt Tidbits
Heartfelt Tidbits is an extraordinary network of volunteers inspired by Wyoming resident Sheryl Rajbhandari to welcome immigrant families to Greater Cincinnati and help them navigate a new culture, language, schools, jobs, and friendships. COVID-safe volunteer opportunities include Virtual Buddies (weekly conversations with a school child), tutoring adults in English, or helping people prepare for their citizenship exams. Sign up here.
 
Matthew 25 Ministries
M25M is our major way of supporting Sustainable Development Goals projects abroad. It is a logistical miracle, and a joy to be part of it. A&HT’s volunteer day is the third Wednesday of the month. Learn more about volunteering and the COVID safety protocols, including the need to pre-register.
 
St. Paul Village
St. Paul Village is one of Episcopal Retirement Services’ affordable senior housing communities, and our parish volunteers have a monthly commitment of serving lunch, organizing games or entertainment, and conversing with the residents. Volunteers sometimes also serve at monthly parties for residents which can include bingo and hilarious contests, or special event parties such as a Halloween Costume Party or a “Senior” Prom. St. Paul Village is in Madisonville and Wyoming parishioners usually carpool there. 
 
Mill Creek Valley: ACTS
As one of four Episcopal congregations near the Mill Creek, we are teaming up with Lincoln Heights parents to support mental health in the community and document the environmental dangers (lead dust, toxic sound) created by 300 days a year of gunfire on the Cincinnati Police Firing Range as the stakeholder municipalities continue negotiations to implement their commitment to relocate it.

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Current Outreach Events

The Edge House

Volunteers are needed to provide meals for weekly NOSH worship!

A&HT is officially collaborating with Rev. Alice Connor and The Edge House campus ministry. As partners, we need A&HT volunteers to provide dinner for college students two to three times a year at their weekly NOSH worship

You might be wondering what this “NOSH”-thing is all about. When Jesus and his disciples celebrated the Last Supper, most of them weren’t aware that it was the last supper—it was just supper. It was very likely to have been another in a long line of communal meals, time for the inner circle to unwind, debrief, pray, and enjoy one another. When Jesus said, “Take and eat, do this in remembrance of me,” it’s very possible that he meant, “Whenever you eat together, remember me.” That is, whenever you share a meal—Sunday or not, in church or not—remember Jesus and what he said and did. Thus, our weekly worship at the Edge is embedded within our weekly dinner. We will read and discuss scripture, pray, sing, and share the Body and Blood of Christ, all while enjoying one another’s company and homemade food. And, that’s where you come in! We’d like to have homemade dinner every week at NOSH and we’d like to invite you to share it with us. - Rev. Alice Connor

For more information, please visit the following resources: Edge House Website | Nosh Volunteer Information | Sign-up Sheet

St. Paul Village

Monthly Volunteer Day

Since 2013, we at A&HT have provided volunteer support for the mission of Episcopal Retirement Services in creating an enriched quality of life for the low-income senior residents at St. Paul Village in Madisonville. Our normal monthly commitment is serving lunch, organizing games or entertainment, and conversing with the residents. Sometimes we are called upon to assist with special events such as a Halloween Costume Party or a “Senior” Prom. 

On the third Tuesday of each month, a carpool from the church leaves by 12:15 pm, and those driving directly to St. Paul arrive at the village by 1:00 pm. In advance of each monthly commitment, once we learn the planned activity and how many volunteers are needed, we poll our established list of volunteers to see who is available. The A&HT Outreach budget provides funding for the meals.

More volunteers are always welcome. If you would like to be a part of this ministry, or if you would like more information, please contact the A&HT office.

Matthew 25: Ministries

Monthly Volunteer Day

On the third Wednesday of each month, A&HT members volunteer at M25: Ministries. The group meets in the M25M lobby at 9:30 am and usually stays for about 2 hours.

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Stewardship Spotlight: Housing & Food Security

A&HT parishioners have been working for decades, with passionate dedication, to provide free food and reduce the burden of housing costs for people in Greater Cincinnati. Valley Interfaith Community Resource Center, which was founded in our undercroft, is now the major emergency food provider for twelve communities in the Mill Creek Valley. Last year, thanks to a $5,000 anonymous donation from a young family in our parish, we spearheaded a successful campaign to raise over $50,000 for a refrigerated van to enable Valley to accept more fresh and frozen food donations and to deliver food to people who can’t safely come to the pantry in Lockland. The parish outreach budget provides a grant of $5,000 a year, and we also hold fundraisers for Thanksgiving baskets and Christmas Target gift cards which families can use to choose useful and joyful Christmas presents. We also collect specific items like noodles or soup, as requested by the pantry. You respond to these campaigns with incredible generosity, always exceeding what Valley requests. If you’d like to put your toe in the water, consider the Thanksgiving campaign which includes delivering the baskets. This has been an incredibly rewarding experience for many parish families. For more information, contact Melissa Monich at monich.melissa@gmail.com.

In affordable housing, parishioner Maurice Bason spearheaded Valley Habitat in the 1980s. Habitat is a fantastic model for homeownership, a major pathway out of poverty in the United States. Families and volunteers contribute sweat equity to build or remodel houses, greatly reducing the cost, and families are provided an interest-free mortgage. Under the leadership of Christina Brandewie, A&HT volunteers help build houses every year through the HOPE Coalition, the Episcopal coalition in Habitat of Greater Cincinnati. Christina posts weekly updates in this newsletter. The Outreach budget sends $1,500 a year for materials and other costs. You can also experience the joy of Habitat in the one-day Rock the Block event on May 14 in Cincinnati’s West End. We’ll be working with West End residents on repairs to 15-20 houses, and learning about this historic neighborhood. Sign up here.

Did you know that Episcopal Retirement Services, a Cincinnati non-profit, is a major provider of safe, beautiful, and affordable housing for senior citizens living on limited means? Under the leadership of Noel Horne, we have a vibrant team who travel to ERS’s St. Paul Village community in Madisonville once a month to host lunch parties for the residents, with Kathy Kessler as our celebrity Bingo caller. We help plan truly zany celebrations for holidays like Veterans Day and Halloween. Costumes and sing-alongs with live performers are also on tap. The Outreach budget sends $1,000 a year to help cover the costs of these parties.To join this dauntless team, contact Noel at anghorne@aol.com.

Ariel Miller | Outreach Co-Chair

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