Compassionate Community Service

 

Current Project

   
 

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

When
8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Saturday, December 5, 2020

Where
Drop off your grocery donations at Unity of Fairfax parking area

In partnership with “A Simple Gesture” our church community is holding a food drive to collect urgently needed non-perishable grocery items. The food drive will serve the needy and hungry of our community by helping to restock two local area food pantries:

  • South Lakes High School Food Pantry, where nearly 30% of the student population depends on the federal Free and Reduced Price School Meals program
  • Link Against Hunger Food Pantry, serving Herndon and surrounding communities

Most Needed Items:

CANNED:  Beans / Tuna / Salmon / Vegetables / Soup / Chicken / Chili / Juices / Tomato / Sauces / Fruit

JARS: Cooking Oil / Peanut Butter / Jelly

BOXED/DRY: Cereal / Oatmeal / Beans / Lentils / Macaroni & Cheese / Pasta

BAGS:  Rice / Flour / Sugar

PERSONAL HYGIENE:  Soap / Toothpaste / Toilet Paper / Toiletries / Feminine Products

We request donation of at least one full grocery bag. However, any amount will be greatly appreciated.

We are following all recommended COVID Safety Practices during this service project.

Volunteer Positions

Several volunteers are needed on the day of the Food Drive:

  • Sorters and Drivers to pick up from homes of individuals who want to donate, but may be unable or uncomfortable to deliver the groceries to the church themselves


It's going to be a Fun Event for all!


 

If you have questions, contact the Project Leader:

BJ Thomas
703-868-7235 Mobile
bjthomas100@usa.com

The need in our own community is great, and we are counting on a everyone to do what's in their heart to help.

NOTE: If you would like to participate but would prefer to donate money, please send the funds directly to Unity of Fairfax with a memo: "December Food Drive". Your donation will be used to purchase additional needed grocery items.

Thank you for your love, prayers, encouragement and participation.
 


 

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 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.

The 2020 School Supply drive collected $312.13 for the FCPS Foundation, which was used to get school supplies for 33 students. Thank you to all who donated!

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.

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.



Non-Profit of the Month

GLSEN

GLSEN Northern Virginia is a grassroots initiative, working locally in our community to ensure safe schools for all students, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity.

Every day GLSEN works to ensure that LGBTQ students are able to learn and grow in a school environment free from bullying and harassment. GLSEN is proud to work with the leadership of passionate activists, tireless historians and researchers, inspiring educators and advocates, and most of all, the students and educators working every day to ensure safer, more inclusive schools for LGBTQ youth.

Learn more about GLSEN’s efforts and how you can help by watching this short video.

 

 

Last updated on November 22, 2020