Coldest Night of the Year – February

On February 23, six members of Visions walked in the “Coldest Night of the Year” fund raiser. $645.00 was donated by various members of the congregation towards this project, supporting the work of Youth Impact Jeunesse.

The funds will go towards assisting nearly 500 at-risk and homeless youth in the Moncton area with clothing, a place to shower, a roof over their heads and a warm bed.

Christmas Cards and Calendars – January

For several years Visions United has given appropriate Christmas cards and calendars , donated at their Christmas Party, to inmates at the Springhill Institution. 360 cards, prepared by congregation members, and 67 calendars were donated in December, 2018. There are plans to continue this outreach program in 2019.

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.