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, through generosity, service and understanding.

  • We welcome new projects, volunteers and ideas on how to better serve the world around us

We meet on the 3rd Sunday of the month at 1:00 p.m. via Zoom. Check the church Calendar to confirm.

To get more information about our current projects or to get on our email list, please contact us or come to our next meeting.

Our Work

  1. Current Projects are time-sensitive and offer opportunities for you to help out today
  2. Non-Profit of the Month offers volunteer opportunities for you to consider as an individual
  3. Annual Projects are run by our team and done as a congregation in partnership with other non-profits

Non-Profit of the Month


Homeless Animals Rescue Team (HART)

HART is a no-kill animal rescue groups that takes in and rehouse abused and unwanted dogs and cats.  

Working with local vets, foster homes, kennels and trainers, they are able to provide temporary housing, medical care and training (if needed) until the animal is placed into a loving, carefully-screened new home.  

In addition, HART helps those people who need assistance caring for their pets due to failing health, financial reverses or other personal circumstances. 98.1% of revenues goes directly to benefit the dogs and cats.  To learn more about how you can help, visit their volunteer page here:  

 


Annual 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.  Each summer, Unity of Fairfax collects donations for Britepaths to use to purchase grocery gift cards at a discounted rate.

Hypothermia Prevention Program

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. The program relies on church partners for support.  In 2021, Unity of Fairfax provided dinner for approximately 75 individuals, including FACETS staff, in partnership with the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax.
 

"No-Contact" Food Drive To Help Restock Local Food Pantries

In partnership with “A Simple Gesture” our church community periodically holds food drives to collect urgently needed non-perishable grocery items. In December 2020, our collections benefitted the South Lakes High School Food Pantry, and the LINK Against Hunger Food Pantry.

If you’d be interested in assisting the organization on a more regular basis, you can individually volunteer with them and get more information here.

Here’s a video from our December 2020 event:

 

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.

 

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.

You are welcome to help them at anytime; our dedicated month as a congregation is typically April.  Financial donations are also accepted.

Lamb Center Bag Lunch Drive

To help address food insecurity in our area, area churches and groups take on the task of providing bag lunches for the clients at the Lamb Center, a day shelter for homeless people near Fairfax Circle.

This is typically just a one-day effort.  

Unity of Fairfax provided 131 lunches for just one day in November 2020!

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.
 


The Compassionate Community Service Team is nothing without its reliance on volunteers to carry out it’s mission:

Volunteers inspire and engage Unity of Fairfax in compassionate connection with our community through generosity, service and understanding.
 

When people are financially invested, they want a return. When people are emotionally invested, they want to contribute - Simon Sinek


 

 

 

Last updated on October 12, 2021