Our Outreach Programs
There are three areas of Outreach undertaken by the congregation of Toorak Uniting Chuch:
Despite the Covid-19 restrictions imposed within our state, country and world, our Outreach Projects are still in place and vital to the continued well being of the communities they support. Each Outreach Project has complied with all government mandates and continued when possible under all Covid-19 restrictions. All volunteers for these projects have been trained to carry out their work under the Victorian Covid safe plans. Each project is still in need of our support especially during these challenging times. Thank you for considering supporting these worthwhile and important projects for those in our communities who are disadvantaged and still in need of our aid.
The first are Outreach Projects funded by monies donated to a retiring offering on each of the monthly Communion services. The Church Council also contributes to this area from the annual budget. Historically the contributions from both these sources have been very close to equal.
For projects to be considered they must be:
Not have a tax deductible source of support
- transparent in how the money is spent and send bi-annual reports
Require a relatively small amount of money to achieve their goals
The second category of Outreach Projects are funded from the Elspeth White Bequest. This is part of the interest of a significant bequest made to the Uniting Church of Victoria and Tasmania by Lady Elspeth White who was a member of the congregation for over sixty years. Programs supported by the Elspeth White Bequest are Southern Mornington Peninsula Uniting Church Community Relationship Manager and the Ustaz Vincent Mang'ok Foundation.
Lastly, we have Outreach Projects funded from the Toorak Uniting Church’s share of the profits from the Toorak Opportunity Shop, which is jointly run by members of the Toorak Ecumenical Movement. This includes the congregations of St. Johns Anglican Church, St. Peters Roman Catholic Church and Toorak Uniting Church. Funds from the Op Shop support the Black Rhinos.