Compassionate Community Service

Putting Feet to Our Prayers


Unity of Fairfax’s outreach ministry, known as Compassionate Community Service, provides opportunities to contribute to the well-being of others locally and globally.

  • Mission: To inspire and engage Unity of Fairfax in compassionate connection with the local and global community through generosity, service, and understanding.
  • Vision: A connected, compassionate community serving together to meet needs and empower people.

The Compassionate Community Service Team meets on the 3rd Sunday of the month at 12:30 p.m. at Unity of Fairfax(we are currently meeting online due to the COVID-19 pandemic); check the church Calendar to confirm. We welcome new projects, volunteers and ideas on how to better serve the world around us.

To get more information about our current projects or to get on the Community Service email list, please contact communityservice@unityoffairfax.org. Send an email or come to our next meeting.

Details of current projects can be found further down on this page, or in the weekly emails that go out to those who are subscribed.

We look forward to your participation with our team as we answer the call to assist those in need. Our support for the following non-profits and the general public comes in many forms.
 


Compassionate Community Service Activities


Current Projects

Back to School Supplies Program

Britepaths and FACETS both run programs each summer in a county-wide effort to ensure that the neediest children in our community receive the supplies they need to succeed in school. 

This year we are conducting a school supply and backpack drive in conjunction with "Collect for Kids" - a program run by the Foundation for FCPS in order to support the needs of over 57,000 students in Fairfax County who live at, or below  poverty level. These students will need assistance in getting the materials and supplies needed for whatever path their educational journey takes them to this fall. Every $10 donation suports a student in need with the basic supplies needed for academic success.

You can donate here.



Projects

Food Bridge Program

Even in one of the most prosperous counties in the United States, hunger is a persistent and growing reality for many people. In Fairfax County, nearly 70,000 people do not know where their next meal is coming from. Britepaths’ Food Assistance Programs provide emergency and short-term food assistance to Fairfax county area residents who are struggling to make ends meet- helping them bridge the gap until they can recover from a crisis.

Unity of Fairfax participates with this community service project to help those in need by collecting grocery gift cards.

Holiday Program (including Angel Tree)

Britepath's Holiday Program helps those in need in the Fairfax County area with food for the holidays and gifts for their children. The congregation has the opportunity to sponsor families by providing children gifts and food for their families at Thanksgiving and Christmas.

 

Hypothermia Prevention Programs

The Hypothermia Prevention Program, sponsored by Cornerstones and FACETS, is a program that provides a drop-in shelter and meals for homeless adults in Fairfax County from December to March each year. Each church partner participates in many ways, including providing and serving meals, as well as driving individuals to and from the shelter in the mornings and late afternoons. In addition, we provide volunteers for shifts at the shelter that is held at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax, which gives us an opportunity to make a big impact in the lives of people who are experiencing homelessness.

Volunteers are needed as drivers, cooks and servers for the week we partner with UUCF.

Lamb Center Supply Collection

The Lamb Center is a daytime drop‐in homeless shelter for individuals who are homeless in Fairfax, Virginia. They provide breakfast, lunch, showers, laundry service, Bible studies, employment opportunities, housing and job counseling, AA meetings, a nurse practitioner clinic, a dental clinic, and much more. Their emphasis is on providing a community of fellowship, support, empowerment, and learning together.

Once a year, we collect non-perishable goods, toiletries, and supplies for the center’s operations.  Financial donations are also accepted.

Food Packing Event

In Northern Virginia, one in six children is at risk of or experiencing hunger and one in five children in public school is eligible for free or reduced-price meals.  But what do these same children have available to eat on weekends?  The Assistance League of Northern Virginia has been running a Weekend Food for Kids Program since 2010 to help provide supplemental food for children over the weekend when school meals are not available.

Volunteers are needed one weekday a month for 2 hours (while school is in session) to help pack food. This project requires no talent or treasure...just time!  We are supplementing a large team of people that do this once a month in Herndon for the Assistance League.



Non-Profit of the Month

Insight Memory Care Center

IMCC is a nonprofit adult day health and resource center providing specialized care, support, and education for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other memory impairments, their families, caregivers, and the community. Serving Northern Virginia since 1984, IMCC offers a spectrum of holistic care, with a vision of a community where those affected by memory impairments can achieve the highest quality of life.

This month, IMCC is hosting a virtual wellness workshop on 8/22 from 1-3:30 pm.  There is a grief support workshop starting at 1 pm., and a mindfulness art class starting at 2:30 p.m.  Register here or email Lindsey for more information.

 

Last updated on September 3, 2020