Compassion lies at the heart of generosity.
From serving a hot meal at a local soup kitchen, to visiting a lonely neighbour, to financially supporting those in need in our local communities and around the world, the people of the United Church are committed to turning compassion into action.
In the last year alone, those who attend and support The United Church of Canada gave over $26 million to people in need and projects that matter.
How did we raise over $26 million in a year?
It’s pretty basic. We share.
United Church people across the country join together to share what we can. We give to people and places in need through a unified fund called Mission and Service.
What does Mission and Service do?
We share our resources with three goals in mind:
- to transform and save lives
- to inspire meaning and purpose
- to build a better world
How do you transform and save lives through Mission and Service?
To put it simply, we help.
Locally, we help people in need by supporting homeless shelters, food banks, soup kitchens, and refugee programs. We help young people on campuses and through camping outreach. We help people who are sick or at the end of life by supporting addiction, mental health, and counselling services and hospice care. And more…
Globally, we help people access clean water, food, and medical care. We support skills training and economic development. We help with peace-making and sustainable agriculture efforts. We provide disaster relief and advocate for the rights of those who all too often don’t get a say, like children and migrant workers. And more…
How does Mission and Service inspire people to live with meaning and purpose?
We support opportunities for people to grow spiritually in all kinds of ways.
Locally, we support theological schools and education/retreat centres. We support events that promote spiritual development and personal reflection. We support new and innovative ministries, as well as communities of faith that are remote or in need. Globally, we support church organizations that work with theological schools, and we support places that offer practical training in agriculture and health.
It’s a win-win. We trust that when people are in tune with their meaning and purpose, they will naturally want to save and change lives and make the world a better place for all.
Learn more about where the money goes, who it helps, and why it matters in Mission & Service at a Glance.
What’s our approach?
It’s all about respect.
We work in partnership with people and organizations and never impose our solutions, ways of doing things, or belief systems. We aim for long-term solutions over quick fixes because we want to make a lasting difference. At this very moment, we are working alongside 72 partners in 21 countries around the world. We’ve built many of these relationships over decades. These vital partnerships allow us to maximize generosity in places that desperately need our help, and put donations to work quickly and effectively when disaster strikes almost anywhere in the world.
Learn more about our partners by downloading Mission and Service Partners and Ministries at the bottom of this page and by checking out our Partners in Mission.
How can I give to Mission and Service?
Thanks so much for your generosity!
The United Church offers many ways to give. You can make a worldwide impact by donating through Mission and Service, help a special project by giving a meaningful gift through our gift catalogue, or support emergency and disaster relief—and so much more.
However you choose to give and whatever amount you are able to give, your generosity will change and save lives! Thank you.
Reach out to our team
We love to talk about the difference Mission and Service makes. Reach out to us at
E-mail: ms [at] united-church.ca (Mission and Service)