The purpose of the Local Outreach Committee is to help the Church contribute to the welfare and needs of the community as concerned Christians interested in social betterment.
The Outreach Committee is responsible to the Congregation through Council for ensuring that the Church plays an active and vital role in contributing to family needs and to the improvement of social conditions in the community.
The duties and activities of the Local Outreach Committee include:
Being aware of social needs in the community and planning ways and means of meeting them.
Counselling families or individuals who ask for guidance and referring them to a professional social agency for help when the need arises.
Arranging emergency assistance to families or individuals who need help with food, fuel, clothing or shelter, and assisting, as needed, with other items such as household furniture and appliances. Where possible, help should be given in consultation and cooperation with established social service agencies, e.g., those concerned with family benefits, regional welfare and community service.
Providing special programming such as Christmas help and recreational and educational activities for children and adults, e.g. camperships, tuition fees.
Cooperating with local social service organizations and assisting families and individuals when they are referred to Woodroffe United Church for special help.
Arranging for transportation services, such as to medical appointments, shopping, etc., for deserving cases.
Supporting and cooperating with neighbourhood social action service agencies such as the West End Interfaith Social Action Committee, the West End Community Chaplaincy, local food banks, the Carlington Social Action Committee and the Ottawa West Seniors' Support and recommending to Council representatives to their Boards of Management.