Mission & Service – December

The work of the United Church of Canada across the country and around the world is funded by the Mission and Service (M&S) Fund. ... It also gives us a collective voice in advocating change, justice, and peace, whether through the Canadian government or in work with our ecumenical partners.

Mission & Service (M&S) - "Gifts with Vision" is a giving catalogue from the United Church of Canada.  It provides an opportunity to support M&S by making donations, in a family or friends name, to a specified ministry or program.

Visions United had a 2018 M&S objective of $18,500.

Thanks to the generosity of our congregation we surpassed that for a total of $20,732.

We can accomplish more together than we ever can alone. The people of the United Church pool their gifts in the Mission and Service Fund (M&S). This fund is used for our national and global mission with partners, our justice and peace advocacy, and our efforts to care for the environment.

Headstart – November

Visions United supports Moncton Headstart each year with donations towards the School Supplies Drive ($600) and over $1200 towards Toyland (cash or gift cards appropriate for teenagers).

Moncton Headstart was founded in 1974 by Claudette and Doug Bradshaw as a modest child care program of the Moncton Boys and Girls Club. It has grown as an organization, focusing on early education, positive parenting programs, child & family literacy, food security and housing for families who struggle to meet the most basic of needs.

Headstart’s outreach projects include:

  • The “Lorne Preston Scholarships’ Drive”, funding scholarships for graduates and parents of Headstart
  • The “School Supplies Drive”, helping annually to fill over 1,000 backpacks with needed school items
  • “Coats for Kids”, depending on community, individual and business donations to distribute winter coats and other warm clothing items to those who need them.
  • “Toyland”, providing NEW toys, gift cards and personal items for children of all ages, to help families, no matter their circumstances, to enjoy a happy Holiday Season.

Headstart is located at the corner of Mapleton and Mountain Roads.

Karing Kitchen-September

Visions' Giving Tree: September's Leaf - The Karing Kitchen

The Karing Kitchen provides a hot lunch (and emotional and practical support) from 11:30 am to 1 pm, Monday through Friday, to anyone who shows up, regardless of residence, age or income. Take outs are also available. It is located at 75 Alma Street (St. John's United Church) and is supported by churches, United Way and volunteers.

The first Sunday of every month is Karing Kitchen Sunday at Visions.

We encourage you to bring a non-perishable food item or donate a grocery card to the Karing Kitchen. (These are available for sale at the church.)
Thanks to your generosity, Visions has donated $825 in grocery cards to the Karing Kitchen the first 6 months of this year (2018).

The Giving Tree

Green Initiative - Petition for Moncton City Council to ban single use plastic.

This Giving Tree tells the story of our outreach and the projects we support through our Visions Aid Fund.

 

We will be updating this page throughout the year...

Visiting the Food Bank

The Vision Aiders were out in November to visit the Peter McKee Community Food Centre. They were taken on a tour of the facility and were excited to share their experience and some pictures with the congregation.

For more about the centre you can visit their website: http://fooddepot.ca/en/default.php

Plastics Reduction Petition

Visions Signs Petition

Plastic is everywhere. It makes up the bags at our grocery stores and the lids of our coffee cups. But most of us don’t think about where these plastic items go when we’re through with them. Unfortunately, these plastics are making their way into our waterways, lakes, rivers and eventually into our oceans. It is now common for us to find species that have been negatively affected by plastic pollution, some become entangled and others ingest plastic (mistaking it for a food source).

Join Us!

Did you ever wonder what 388 signed petitions would look like? Well, Visions United has collected that number of signed petitions in support of the Canadian Wildlife Federations "Plastics Reduction Petition"

We encourage everyone to take a look at the Web site, Canadian Wildlife Federations Platic Reduction Petition and join the global community in supporting this cause.

 

Head Start Backpack Program

Being August you would think the VisionAiders would be taking the summer off to recharge. Instead they were out in full force ensuring that the Moncton Head Start School supplies program had lots of back packs full of school supplies for those in need.

Taste of Syria

Taste of Syria

Syrian Dinner

A dinner, catered by 5 Syrian ladies from a "Taste of Syria", was enjoyed by 58 people on May 26, 2017, at Visions United. It was not a fund raiser, but rather all proceeds went to the caterers.  One of the ladies did a brief presentation on their experiences since coming to Canada 1 1/2 years ago.  Everyone attending agreed that it was a unique and most enjoyable evening.

Coats For Care

Year 2 of Coats for Care

In the fall of 2015 we launched a test project to address the issue of poverty. We had heard the stories of those living on the streets and unable to obtain winter shelter due to mental illness. Our generous congregation supported our cause, along with many others and it was determined we would place 5 coats (sleeping bags) in each of the seven Maritime  cities. We followed up in the spring and winter of 2016.

It would appear that we had a mild winter and the coats were not all given out. We were also testing our distribution contacts and have made a few changes in 2017. The following list is an update by Provence .

New Brunswick - St John (Ramero House) gave out all the coats and requested more / Fredericton (Wilmet United Church ) gave out all the coats and requested more / Moncton ( Reconnect) gave out three and still have two, will contact Visions when more are needed.

Nova Scotia - Sydney ( United Protestant Church) gave out all the coats and requested many more, the need is tragic, / Halifax ( Brunswick Street Mission) gave out three and still have two,  so they suggested MOSH which is street nursing and the nurses really want to use them so we sent 6 as a trail.

Prince Edward Island - Summerside ( Summerside United Church) they received three and still have one left/ Charlottetown (Salvation Army) they did not use them so we collected 4 of the 5 and have them in Moncton.

We recently ordered another 10 coats to start the second year (2017 winter). Again we will monitor this and report in the spring. We still have money in the Coats of Care account.

Our supplier is The Empowerment Plan in Detroit, they are great to work with and we continue to enjoy this partnership. You many be interested to know they have provided 23 jobs for homeless women and their families, all now are able to provide housing and food for their children.

Thank you for your continued support, this is an important project for those in need.

Visions Pride!

Pride 2016

Visions United joined with local area United Churches, Central and St Paul's, to march in this year's River of Pride Parade.  Our Visions United Doors 'God Doors Are Open to All' were proudly displayed on the float. Here are some pictures from the day.