Trinity has had a long-standing commitment to mission both locally and world-wide. We have sought to fulfill Christ's mission to be Christ's "witnesses in Jerusalem, in all of Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." (Acts 1:8)
 

Helping Hand

Three local missions grew and eventually merged to become the current Helping Hand. The first, the Clothes Closet, began in the early 1970's in an upstairs room of Trinity's old manse. Members of the congregation and others donated good, useable clothing which was given to people in need.The Attic, a separate space for donated furniture and household appliances, opened soon after in a house rented by the church. The entire community was asked to make donations. In 1981, the Indianola Ministerial Association established a food pantry which operated from the Indianola Friends Church.

It soon became apparent that it would be much more efficient to house all three facilities under one roof. A steering committee's recommendations resulted in the establishment of a board of directors. Peggy Kruse and Margaret Vernon represented Trinity. A temporary facility was donated People's Trust and Savings Bank and over the next year, many volunteers from numerous churches worked to get the building (located at 124 East Salem) ready to use.

From 1982 through 1985, hundreds of hours of volunteer time went into the day-to-day operation of Helping Hand and also into fundraising, planning and building a permanent facility. Helping Hand officially opened for business at its present location (Clinton) on March 14,1985.

On an average, 20 to 25 volunteers work weekly at Helping Hand. There are between 50 and 60 total volunteers in most years. Peggy Kruse, Trinity member, is the executive director of Helping Hand and works with 20 board members representing the entire community.

Meals-on-Wheels

For nearly 40 years, Trinity members have delivered Meals-on-Wheels in Indianola to those in need of a hot, prepared meal. The meals are prepared at the Warren County Administration Building at the congregate meal site.Working in teams of two persons each, two teams deliver meals every Wednesday. This involves nearly 20 volunteers each month from September through May. An additional 6-8 persons serve as substitutes. In June, July and August, a new "crew" of approximately 15-20 people continue the deliveries for Trinity.
 
WeLIFT is a nonprofit career readiness organization that provides career development services, job search training and educational opportunities to individuals free of cost. WeLIFT’s mission is to emower unemployed and underemployed individuals to achieve economic self-sufficiency.

We receive funds to operate from many sources; chief among them is Trinity United Presbyterian Church. Providing WeLIFT a place to hold business is invaluable. Friends of WeLIFT are local residents who make monetary donations which help us meet our clients needs. Other funding sources are provided by grants from the following: United Way of Central Iowa, Chrysalis Foundation, Theisen’s Home/Farm/Auto, Warren County Philanthropic Partnership.

Hours of operation are:
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9 am to 3 pm. Thursday evenings from 6 to 8 pm.

We currently have the following staff:
Roger Netsch, Exec. Director/Certified Job Developer
Esther Snyder, Office Manager
Jana Tanner, Certified Job Developer
Lynn Anderson, Certified Job Developer
Donna Furnal, Client Services

Comforter Project

For many years, the women of Trinity have made comforters to donate to Helping Hand. During the months of January and February, volunteers meet on Tuesday afternoons to assemble the comforters. While many, many women have contributed to this project over the years, current volunteers lift up Thelma Pehrson's long-time commitment to dismantling electric blankets so they may be used in making the comforters. Donations of sheets (flat and fitted), washable draperies, large-size table cloths and blankets are all crafted into comforters. Most donations come from Trinity members. Each year, approximately 20 comforters are completed and distributed by Helping Hand in September and October. In addition, an annual monetary donation is made to Helping Hand and a mitten and hat collection is given at Christmas.
 

Backpacks 4 Hunger

​Backpacks 4 Hunger provides food free of charge for hungry Indianola elementary and middle school children on weekends throughout the school year. $250 was given to this mission and a basket is located in the PATH building to collect donations of individual-size food items. Beth Leuwerke and Kristine Nielsen coordinate delivery of donations and assist with deliveries of backpacks to the schools.  

Operation Christmas

Operation Christmas, begun in 1987, is conducted annually by Helping Hand through donations from churches and the community. The event provides Christmas meals and gifts for children and families of Warren County who are in need of assistance. Trinity makes an annual contribution to Operation Christmas to help pay for the gifts and food. Additionally, many individuals and groups within Trinity support Operation Christmas. Trinity member serving Operation Christmas is Peggy Kruse, co-chair.
The Mission Ministry Team shared with the congregation a video presentation of the many mission and service projects that Trinity has done and is doing in our community and beyond.  The video below is that presentation.  Because of proprietary rights, there are a couple of videos embedded into the video that can not be played.  However, you can copy the link and watch them separately.