Compassionate Community Service

Putting Feet to Our Prayers

  Unity of Fairfax’s outreach ministry, known as Compassionate Community Service, provides opportunities for our congregation 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 the month at 1 p.m. at Unity of Fairfax; check the church Calendar to confirm.

To get more information about our current projects or to get on the Community Service email list, please contact

Details of current projects can be found on Unity of Fairfax’s Classes & Events and News pages.

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

  • Fundraising for specific events
  • Delivering and serving meals to the homeless
  • Providing donations such as shoes, coats, school supplies and food.

Compassionate Community Service Activities


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. Our Daily Bread in Fairfax sponsors this outreach program and screens all the families that our congregation help out.

Unity of Fairfax participates with this community service project during the Spring and Fall seasons to help those in need.

Back to School Supplies Program

Our Daily Bread’s Collect for Kids Back to School program runs each summer from June through August in partnership with Collect for Kids in a county-wide effort to ensure that the neediest children in our community receive the supplies they need to succeed in school. 

Numerous community-based organizations and businesses in the Fairfax County area who are working together to provide supplies in a more cost-effective and efficient way.

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 a family by picking a name off a Christmas tree of a family member to purchase food and gifts for children.

Hypothermia Prevention Programs

The Hypothermia Prevention Program, sponsored by Cornerstones (formerly Reston Interfaith) and Facets, is a program that provides a drop-in shelter and meals for homeless adults from December to March each year. Each year participate in many ways, including providing and serving dinner, and providing breakfast and bag lunches for the next day. 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 to make and serve the dinner and to purchase breakfast items, food, and materials to make the bag lunches. We need 8–10 cooks to make enough to feed them. For more information, visit

Congregants interested in volunteering in this project, please contact Laurie Warhol, (703) 817-1262.

The Shepherd’s Center

Older adults helping older adults—a new vision of aging The Shepherd’s Center of Oakton - Vienna is a not-for-profit interfaith organization sponsored by churches and synagogues to serve older persons in the Vienna and Oakton areas. Their primary purpose is to provide services to assist older adults to continue to live independently in their own homes and to offer programs which supply opportunities for enrichment, learning, and socialization.

For more information and to volunteer, contact Julius Hankin,, 703-734-1024.  

Volunteer opportunities include:

  • Drivers for medical appointments
  • Companion shoppers
  • Office workers
  • Friendly callers
  • Handy helpers
  • Committee members/Event planners
  • Instructors
  • Event assistants
  • Speakers/Performers
  • Tour guides
  • Board members


Unity Walk

The Unity Walk is an annual public celebration of religious unity and cooperation which is now sponsored by the Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington.

The Walk promotes interfaith understanding by bringing people of all ages, social-economic backgrounds, faiths and philosophical traditions to learn and respect each other through experiential education, compassionate leadership and intentional service. Thousands gather each year in September to walk along Embassy Row on Massachusetts Avenue in Northwest Washington, DC to visit religious communities, sample diverse cuisines, and establish friendships.

Participating houses of worship on Embassy Row open their doors to invite people to learn about their history, culture, and faith traditions.

  • Interfaith Expo at the Washington Hebrew Congregation
  • Muslim Call to Prayer at the Washington Hebrew Congregation
  • Mantra Meditation in the Khalil Gibran Memorial Garden
  • Leaders from different faith traditions and philosophies will share their unique insights about their communities on the event pat
  • Walk ends at the Mahatma Ghandi statue across from the Indian Embassy.

In the past, Unity of Fairfax has helped to sponsor the event. For more information about the Unity Walk, visit


Social Action Activities

Unity of Fairfax has a long history of participation in social action activities. We are open to planning new activities and projects whenever members express an interest and include a willingness to volunteer in leadership roles. If you are interested in social justice causes, please feel free to attend our meetings.

This Compassionate Community Service Team meets on the 4th Sunday of each month at Unity of Fairfax; check the church Calendar to confirm.

Social Justice

Unity of Fairfax’s Social Justice Team  conducts discussions during relevant Unity of Fairfax Friday movie nights, provides facts related to social justice topics in the monthly bulletin, and informs the Unity of Fairfax community of speakers on Social justice.

Current and upcoming projects appear on the Classes & Events page. Contact team leader Jacquie Smith,


Last updated on February 19, 2019