The Outreach Committee seeks opportunities for Tansley to offer help, wherever and whenever it is needed.
North BurLINKton Community Group
North BurLINKton Community Group is a grassroots collection of community members and organizations working together to connect community and build strong and healthy neighbourhoods.
North BurLINKton Community Group activities can be found at northburlinkton.com.
North Burlington Dinner Night Out Community Dinners (DNO)
A number of churches and community members prepare a delicious dinner twice a month in partnership with Food for Life and Partnership West who have been amazing at supplying food for the dinners. Thanks to the Tansley volunteers who work at the dinners. These dinners are held on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month at Glad Tidings Church on Guelph Line. All volunteers must have a police check (vulnerable people).
Chill Zone in partnership with Boys & Girls Club
This afterschool program at Tansley is up and running with up to 30 children (age 7 to 12) registered on Tuesday. Activities focus on help with homework, crafts and sports. The kids are excited and happy with the program. This program is making a big difference in the lives of these children and their families. Tansley will continue to support them with donation of our loft space.
Tansley supports many families in our area who need a friendly ear to listen, food help, housing/kitchen/furniture supplies, child/parenting issues, school issues, security and safety, legal issues, income tax etc. In many cases we help directly and in others we make connections with community resources that are in a better position to assist. The community is always welcome to join in Tansley congregational activities and/or worship.
Tansley has distributed backpacks to families in North Burlington who would struggle to provide the necessary school supplies. Since 2014 we have distributed around 500 backpacks to children with the help of many volunteers including Tansley youth. This is a great way for Tansley to connect with more families in our community.
Christmas Tansley Elf Network (TEN)
Each year at Christmas, Tansley supports a number of families from our community who need some help. We provide food hampers, gift cards, gifts, wrap and cards. The food hampers have food for a Christmas dinner including a turkey. In addition, our Food for Life families are able to “go shopping” at Tansley to choose toys and other gifts for their families. In addition to the Tansley congregation, Food for Life and Halton Regional Police support this program.
Single Moms @ Tansley
For the past 3 years, each month, Tansley plans and hosts a meeting for single moms in North Burlington. There is always a theme and speaker. A dinner is served to the moms and their children. When the programming begins for the moms, the children go to their own program in the loft.
Tansley offers a program to reach out to seniors in our community. We offer a line dancing sessions as well as Strengthen and Stretch with Susanne.
Summer Outreach Youth Coordinators
Through the federal government’s Canada Summer Jobs program, Tansley has been able to employ a number of Summer Outreach Youth Coordinators each year. This position allows Tansley to reach into the community to develop relationships and work with children and their families. The focus is on the support of Chill Zone and family programming and other community Outreach programs such as the backpack program and youth activities (movie night, sports night) as well as camps at Tansley.
This past year, in partnership with ArtHouse we were able to offer a Musical Theatre Camp for children aged 7 to 12 featuring The Lion King. Also in partnership with ArtHouse, we offered a Mending Fences camp for children aged 7 to 12 to work with a professional artist to plan and paint a garden scene on a wall.
Little Free Library @ Tansley
Tansley installed a Little Free Library at Tansley in September 2015. There is both an adult and children section. The library is for both the Tansley congregation and the community. The idea is to take a book, leave a book. More information can be found at http://littlefreelibrary.org/
Tansley Food Cupboard
We are requesting non-perishable food items to continue to help fill Tansley’s Food Cupboard. These items are distributed locally to those in need. Donations can be left in the front lobby of the church.
Some suggestions are: peanut butter, canned tuna, pasta, sauce, soup, cereal and crackers.
Your generous support will make a positive difference in so many lives! Thank you.
Food for Life
Food for Life is a food recovery program that picks up surplus food from grocery stores, restaurants and corporate partners (mainly fruit, vegetables and baked goods) and delivers it to outreach programs in low-income locations throughout Halton. Tansley Church has one of these outreach programs each Friday morning. People needing food can drop into Tansley Church before 10:00 am with their grocery bags. A Food for Life van drops off food and volunteers sort and organize the food into the client’s bags.
Halton Fresh Food Box
Halton Fresh Food Box is a non-profit, volunteer run healthy eating program supported by Halton Region Ontario Trillium Foundation and Ontario Ministry of Health. Tansley United Church also acts as a depot for the Halton Fresh Food Box. Fresh food can be ordered and picked up between 4:00pm and 6:30pm on the 3rd Tuesday of each month.
Eye Glass Collection
Thanks to everyone who donated prescription eye glasses. We have collected hundreds of pairs to date which are donated to charities which ship them overseas.
Additionally within Tansley, other groups plan and organize other community Outreach projects.
- The UCW supports the following groups throughout the year: Halton Women’s Place, Wesley Urban Ministries, SOCKS, Food4Kids, Carpenter Hospice and the United Church Mission & Service Fund.
- Tansley Park Community Homes (TPCH) consists of fourteen non-profit townhouses located next to the church at 4090 Millcroft Park Drive. The townhouses are predominately rent-geared-to-income units, and play a part in the community outreach program of Tansley and the Hamilton Conference of the United Church of Canada. TPCH operates in partnership with Community Housing and Services of the Region of Halton who provide the rent subsidies for our rent-geared-to-income structure. While not a requirement, the Board of Directors and officers of TPCH are members of the Tansley congregation.
We are always looking for ways that Tansley can support those in our community who need a helping hand – where best we can put our resources in Burlington. If you have any suggestions, please speak to one of the members of the committee.
United Church of Canada
In addition, we will support appeals by the United Church of Canada.
Want to Help?
- Pray for these projects, for the people who serve on them, and for those they serve.
- Volunteer some time.
- Donate items. From time to time, we will be asking for donations of food items for dinners, toys, clothing and other items as need arises.
- Make financial donations.
- Join the Outreach Committee. We could use your ideas and input. If you would like to work on Outreach projects, please contact us.
If you have any questions or want to help, please contact a member of the Outreach Committee – Janice Martin, Janice Hatt, Marsha Aherns, Sandra Newcombe, May Turner, Wendy Mycroft, Christine Capozucca and Liz Burroughs.