Outreach at Unity of London
At Unity of London part of our spiritual practice is to see the “Face of God” or the divinity in everyone. As we give so we receive. Outreach is a way to step outside our walls and be conscious and respectful of those who face life challenges and survival beyond our own spiritual community. Those beings have a great deal to teach us. Really who is the giver and who is the receiver? It is mutual.
Our Outreach efforts are a fluid process. Members come and go to volunteer depending on what projects interest them. In addition to the quarterly Sunday services which are offered at Glendale Crossing Nursing Home and our ongoing support of the annual London Pride Festival we select two projects every year to which we ask our members and friends to donate their money and energy. We are a very generous community with a big heart.
“If you have come to help me you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is tied up with mine then let us walk together.” Lilla Watson, Australian Aboriginal
Current Outreach Program
WE CAN HELP
PURCHASE ART & MERCHANDISE
ATTEND SPECIAL EVENTS
DONATE/SHARE PROFITS FROM ORIGINAL ART
ADOPT/FOSTER ANIMALS IN NEED
CONTRIBUTE TO THE DEC 15 BAKE SALE AT UNITY OF LONDON
Previous Outreach Projects
Tim Hortons’ Gift Cards
We were able to donate 190 Tim Hortons’ Gift Cards worth $5 each to brighten someone’s day with a smile and a treat.
146 cards went to homeless men residing at the Men’s Mission….one for every resident. 44 cards went to the Avola Women’s Shelter for Abused Women (formerly known as The Women's Community House and The Sexual Assault Centre)….one for every resident. This generosity translated into $950 in donations from our generous Unity community.
Merrymount Wee Ones Project
Merrymount Family and Crisis Support Centre serves families who are facing challenging circumstances which may include counselling, support groups, advocacy and shelter for children. Our purpose was to provide necessary items for newborns to 2 year olds. All items were new.
We received 182 donations such as snowsuits, onesies, sleep sacks, hats and mitts, complete outfits. And just as needed were baby care items donated such as pacifiers, washes and lotions, toothbrushes, bibs and wipes. On top of this we provided 1490 disposable diapers and $385 in cash to help the “wee ones”.
Healthy Food for Healthy Lives
Our second outreach project to benefit the London Area Food Bank netted 314 lbs. of healthy foods and $110 cash to be used by Londoners who were currently needing support. The healthy foods request really resonated with our members and we received only 1 box of Kraft dinner! We did receive lots and lots of vegetables, fruit, protein and sundries such as paper towels, feminine products, toilet paper etc.
Life*Spin Chairs Effort
Life*Spin is a grassroots community service which for more than 20 years has provided support, education and empowerment to low-income persons in London’s east end. This agency was in need of chairs for all their activities.
Our members and friends funded the purchase of 40 good quality folding chairs with a value of $1463. Those chairs will be used every day of the year for many years to come.
Healthy Food for Healthy Lives
This was our first effort to benefit the London Area Food Bank and our friends and members donated 234 lbs. of healthy food. A tremendous amount of food from a small but mighty generous Unity community.
My Sisters’ Place 100 Purses Project
My Sister’s Place is a community of women creating solutions to manage and overcome challenges related to homelessness, mental health, physical health, and woman abuse. The women of Unity asked friends and family to donate new or gently used purses which would later be filled with items useful to women who were currently without stable housing or were rebuilding their lives. The goal was 100 purses and the Unity women succeeded.
With the generosity of Unity members and the London community they were all filled with items such as toothbrushes, hand soap, hand sanitizers, lip balm, cosmetics, feminine products, cough candies, tissues, mitts, scarves and hats.
The Christmas Tree Socks Project
The research is clear that what homeless people value most in winter is good warm socks to provide comfort in nasty weather. Our members decorated (loaded down) a Christmas tree at Unity with new high quality thermal socks for homeless men, women and children.
101 pairs were donated to the Men’s Mission and 60 pairs were donated to Rotholme Women’s and Children’s’ Shelter.