Highlands is not just about meeting the needs of our own congregation, it’s also about community. We offer outreach programs and special projects to help those around us and around the world.

We have a group of volunteers committed to providing a lunch of soup, sandwiches and fruit to the YESS (Youth Empowerment & Support Services) Shelter once per month.  This involves covering the monetary expenses and food preparation to help this organization which provides immediate and low-barrier shelter, temporary housing, and individualized wrap-around support for youth ages 15-24.

We collect used eye glasses and donate them to the Lion’s Club “Recycle for Sight” program.  This program provides glasses for millions of people in third world countries who lack access to basic eye care services.

World Wide Communion Sunday, in October, is dedicated to collecting towels and face cloths for Recovery Acres.  Recovery Acres provides residential treatment, aftercare support and transitional housing for men with a history of addiction who are motivated to address their addictive behaviours and live prosocial lives. Every year, we are able to donate a “car full” of towels, which are gratefully received by the folks at R.A.

A Christmas tradition at Highlands United Church is to decorate a Christmas tree with toques, mitts, scarves and socks, all of which will be donated to Bissell Centre, to help the homeless population of Edmonton stay warm through the cold winter months.