What We Do For The Community and The World

 Outreach comes in both monetary donations and “hands-on” time and talent. Following the teachings of Jesus, it is our mission to reach out to disadvantaged people. Below are listed most of the organizations and activities supported by the Parish of March.

Projects within the city

Cornerstone and The Well (Women’s Shelters)
A team provides, delivers and serves lunch for 50-70 women once a month. Food is funded by the church. We also have a small sewing team that regularly hems donated sheets and pillowcases. Volunteers also help with “odd jobs” and renovation projects. We collect and donate good used clothing and toys to The Well/La Source.

Centre 454 ( Men’s Shelter)
We support the Christmas Dinner program and address requests as needed. Our Youth Group has supported needs with Christmas gift bags. We collect and deliver new items of clothing and necessities.

Chrysalis House (women’s shelter)
Chrysalis House is a safe and secure twenty-five bed home in Western Ottawa. It is a place where a woman can go to protect herself and her children from violence and abuse. In this supportive environment, a woman can focus on her personal needs and choices as well as on her children's needs. The Parish of March Soup Mission is a group of women that meets four times a year to make soup for Chrysalis House. Please watch the Parish Calendar if Events for dates.  If you would like to join us please contact the tema through the Parish Office.

Kanata Food Cupboard
This community food bank distributes to self-identifying people who live in Kanata, who are in need of food. Throughout the year we encourage our members to donate preserved food to our food box which is in the front hall at St John’s. At Christmas we fill approximately 30 stockings with suitable gifts for all ages.

West-Carleton Emergency Food Aid
A member of the Ottawa Food Bank, this is an emergency food bank that provides 4-5 days of food once a month to self-identifying people in West-Carleton. St Mary’s and St Paul’s support this food bank with donations of non-perishable items.

Guided Labyrinth Walks have been advertised to the local community as a tool for healing and meditation. A grief counsellor uses our facility regularly for group sessions in grief counselling work. Our labyrinths are used in training sessions to increase the number of local, qualified facilitators.

Please see the Pastoral Care page for information on visitation to the Queensway-Carleton Hospital, home visits, the Prayer Shawl Ministry, and the Casserole Ministry.

Global projects

Primate's World Relief and Development Fund - PWRDF, the Canadian Anglican response for emergency relief, refugees, development and justice programs around the world is endorsed and supported financially by many parishioners. In October, on the anniversary of its founding, we hold a PWRDF Sunday when we hear a speaker on the work of PWRDF in the world and encourage financial support of PWRDF. At Christmastime we sell PWRDF Christmas Cards.

Kanata Grandmothers Together
This is a local branch of the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign that seeks to raise awareness and mobilize support in Canada for grandmothers who are raising their orphaned grandchildren because of the AIDS/HIV epidemic in Sub-Saharan Africa. The campaign was launched by the Stephen Lewis Foundation in 2006. St John’s Hall is used for monthly meetings and fundraising events. Several members of the Parish are involved directly with this project.

SchoolBox
The Parish Youth Group, Young@March planned and fundraised for a trip to Nicaragua in 2011 with the SchoolBox program to help build a school.

Plan Canada foster children
Through this foster child program, the Parish Sunday Schools each support a child; a little girl in Honduras, and a little boy in Sri Lanka.

Fair Trade Coffee
Fair Trade Coffee is purchased by the churches to promote equitable standards for international labour, environmentalism, and social policy.