Volunteers Needed for Hypothermia Program

The Compassionate Community Service team is partnering with the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax as they open their doors to provide food and shelter through Fairfax County's Hypothermia Prevention Project. 

Opportunities include making and serving food, setting up, cleaning up, volunteering to stay overnight, serving breakfast, and transportation.

UUCF is one of the original locations of the program and is operated by Facets, a nonprofit based in Fairfax County. Our volunteers will provide a meal on February 17, and will work with volunteers from other churches to assist with food preparation, staffing, and cleanup from February 11 to 18, when the shelter operates at UUCF. Clothing and personal care item donations will also be accepted at Unity of Fairfax, and they will be taken to the shelter.

A short training will be held for all volunteers to familiarize them with the facility and the processes. The two dates are Sunday, February 4 at 4 p.m., or Tuesday, February 6 at 7 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax, 2709 Hunter Mill Road in Oakton.

Unity of Fairfax will be providing dinner for up to 45 guests and volunteers on Saturday, February 17th.  We will need volunteers to cook, drop off food and supplies, set up at UUCF and clean up after dinner.  Last year was our first year assisting UUCF.  Rev. Russ gave an opening prayer that night and the volunteers had a lot of fun. Please sign up for helping with the dinner in the atrium after services or by emailing Laurie Warhol.

There is also a great need for other assistance that week.  Van drivers, co-pilots, shelter captains, overnighters, and other assistance will be needed that week to ensure that the week of sheltering homeless individuals is successful.   Please go to the UUCF signup website for more information about the assistance needed and to sign up. You will find most of the needs listed in the last 2 tabs, labeled Drivers and Copilots, and Other Tasks.

If you assist with dinner on February 17, you do not need to sign up on the website.  Your names will be entered by a Compassionate Community Service member after you sign up in the atrium or by emailing Laurie Warhol.

Dinner on March 3 at Cornerstones Shelter

On Saturday, March 3, 2018, Unity of Fairfax will be providing and serving dinner to 25 homeless guests staying at the Cornerstones drop-in shelter.  The shelter is located at the Social Services Building off Cameron Glen Drive.

This year we will be making a chicken dish.  Food and supplies need to be dropped off at Unity of Fairfax by 4:30 p.m. on the 3rd, or make arrangements to meet the other volunteers at the shelter at 5:30 p.m.  Dinner is served at 6 p.m.

There will be a table in the Atrium for more information and to pick up the recipes for UUCF and the Reston shelter.  Any questions?  Email coordinator Laurie Warhol.

Thank you for making a difference!

The Hypothermia Prevention Program

The Hypothermia Prevention Program is one of the county’s most successful public-private partnerships, run by Fairfax County government in conjunction with nonprofit and faith-based community partners. With a life-saving mission to give our most vulnerable neighbors a safe place stay from the cold, the hypothermia shelters operate from November through March, with a “no turn-away” policy during freezing temperatures at all emergency homeless shelters. For more information visit http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/homeless/hypothermia-prevention/


Facets is a nonprofit organization that touches and improves the lives of thousands of families and individuals every year by helping people meet their needs for emergency shelter, food, and medical needs. In addition, Facets helps them gain safe, sustainable and permanent housing and works with them to end the cycle of poverty through educational, life skills and career counseling programs. Learn more at http://facetscares.org.