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 email@example.com. 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
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:
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!
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.
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 the local and global community through generosity, service and understanding.
The space below is held for volunteer opportunities for you to consider as an individual, while the projects above are run by our team and done as a congregation, or in group format.
"When people are financially invested, they want a return. When people are emotionally invested, they want to contribute." - Simon Sinek
Non-Profit of the Month
The mission of Homestretch is to empower homeless parents with children to attain permanent housing and self-sufficiency by giving them the skills, knowledge and hope they need to become productive participants in the community.
Since 1990, Homestretch has helped over 2,000 families in the Falls Church area achieve permanent housing and self-sufficiency. Homestretch welcomes volunteers for several remote/virtual opportunities, including donation drive coordination, adult tutoring, kid tutoring and more.
Visit Homestretch’s website to learn about all of the ways you can help Homestretch help homeless families on their way to self-sufficiency.
Last updated on July 1, 2021