Community Outreach at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
Outreach and service to others is an integral part of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. A wide variety of opportunities are offered each month and throughout the year that directly supports the community, families and children. Everyone is invited to participate!
OPEN M is a non-profit neighborhood-based ministry that works to address short-and long-term needs of the poor in inner city Akron. OPEN M serves numerous sections of the city and county with a variety of programs that focus on jobs, safety, health care, recreation, and self-sufficiency. OPEN M is part of the mission and outreach of more than 75 congregations in the greater Akron area.
Holy Trinity supports OPEN M through financial donations, as well as special contributions of food and other needed supplies for families and children. Holy Trinity is a covenant partner with OPEN M and sends representatives to serve on its governing body of stakeholders which provides oversight for the organization.
St. Bernard's Hot Meals Program
In conjunction with St. Bernard’s Catholic Church, members and friends of Holy Trinity bake cookies and cook and serve meals for the needy of the community.
Good Neighbors of Akron
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church provides rooms for a clothing distribution center, which is housed on the third floor of the educational wing. This clothing unit is open each Thursday, from 9 a.m.-Noon to aid those in need in the Akron community. Donations of gently worn clothing items are accepted. For more information call (330) 733-1453.
Family Promise is a community of faith-caring for homeless families. Participating churches provide shelter, meals, and assistance in searching for jobs and housing. During the day, families receive counseling at the Family Center located at 111 E. Voris Street in Akron, and in the evening, they are sheltered for one week at a time in various churches who participate in the Family Promise program.
Volunteers from Holy Trinity prepare meals and eat with the guests; provide transportation in the Family Promise van; visit with the families in the evening and stay overnight. They also prepare bedrooms with fresh linen and towels to make the guests comfortable during their stay at Holy Trinity. Volunteers are always welcome to assist with this important program.
Lutheran Urban Ministries of Akron is a group of representatives from two downtown Akron Lutheran churches: Holy Trinity Lutheran Church and Bethany Lutheran Church. Representatives meet monthly to plan cooperative worship and fellowship events among the two churches. Some of the events include dinner/worship services during Advent and Lent. Events are publicized in the bulletins and newsletters of the three churches.
Holy Trinity Food Pantry
On Monday and Tuesday of the last week of the month, bags of food are provided to those who come to our doors. Each guest must provide a photo ID to receive a bag of groceries. Donations of non-perishable food items are made by members of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church throughout the year.
Wesley Temple AME Zion Church
Wesley Temple AME Zion Church is located one block from Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. The two churches have an ecumenical relationship. Four times each year, the two Adult Sunday School classes meet together for spiritual learning. Additionally, both churches co-host Vacation Bible School in the summer and combine their resources for a Thanksgiving service.
The LINKS (Letting Individuals Know Kingdom Success) Program is a free after-school academy that focuses on identifying the inclusive needs of at-risk children and their parents. The LINKS Boys & Girls After-School Academy helps to put in place a supplemental learning experience that not only focuses on academics, but also behavior, individual counseling needs, leadership training, drill team experiences and family supportive services. Holy Trinity Lutheran Church is a sponsor and host site of the LINKS Program along with the University Park Alliance, LINKS Community & Family Services, Open Door AG Church and the North Ohio Golf Charity Foundation. Participating students attend sessions at Holy Trinity four afternoons each week where Church volunteers provide tutoring, enrichment program, meals and exercise activities. For more information about LINKS Community & Family Services at (330) 794-5230.