Westminster’s local mission work is organized around the acronym CHESS for Children, Hunger, Education, Shelter, and Self-Sufficiency. The Local Mission Committee supports several local nonprofit organizations, including: ALIVE!, Bounty Community Table, Bridges to Independence, Carpenter’s Shelter, the Child & Family Network Centers, Friends of Guest House, Just Neighbors, Neighborhood Health, Offender Aid & Restoration, Rebuilding Together Alexandria, Senior Services of Alexandria, and The Untouchables.
Members of Westminster are invited to attend Local Mission Committee meetings. The committee meets the first Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at the church, unless otherwise advertised. Contact the committee at [email protected].
Looking for ways to serve locally and develop connections inside and outside the church?
Our mission programs work to ensure that our financial giving is paired with hands-on involvement. One way we do this is by providing Mission Liaisons, congregation members who serve as a primary (but not sole) contact and connection point with groups to whom we provide support. Our liaisons serve as bridges between WPC and local agencies, keeping up with their needs and wants and looking for ways to connect the wider church with the communities they serve.
Currently, we are seeking Mission Liaisons for:
ALIVE (Alexandrians Involved Ecumenically), the oldest and largest private safety net for Alexandrians living in poverty
Neighborhood Health, which provides comprehensive primary health care services to 15,000 low-income men, woman and children annually who reside in Alexandria and surrounding communities
OAR (Offender Aid and Restoration), which supports men and women returning to the community from incarceration.
We are also looking for new members for the 2018 WPC Community Grant Team, as they discern which local agencies will receive grants for projects in the areas of children, hunger, education, shelter and self-sufficiency.
If intrigued, contact Patrick Hunnicutt, who can explore the opportunity further with you.
Year-Round Service Opportunities
To volunteer or for more information, contact the coordinator at the specified email address. If no specific address, contact [email protected].
ALIVE Food Distribution | [email protected]
Donate: Leave perishable (canned and packaged) food items in the baskets in the education wing lobby or in Fellowship Hall.
Deliver: On the last Saturday of each month, help distribute food at the Ladrey Senior High Rise Building. 2-3 hours.
Bounty Community Table | [email protected]
Make sandwiches: Sandwiches can be made anytime you want, anytime of year. Make generous turkey and cheese sandwiches on wheat bread. Bag and label with date and place in Fellowship Hall freezer.
Serve lunch: Westminster serves about four times a month on a Monday or Friday. Sandwiches are served at Meade Memorial Church in Old Town. Volunteer as little or often as you like! 9:30 AM-Noon.
Meals on Wheels
The 3rd Tuesday of every month, Westminster delivers meals to the elderly at their homes. Meals are picked up around 10 AM and the delivery route is completed by noon. Once a month, 2 hour commitment.
First Monday of each month provide and/or serve dinner at the shelter with a team from Westminster. 2-3 hours. Once a month, as often as you wish. No skills required. Sign up in the education wing lobby the week before to bring food or to serve.
Packets for People in Need
Westminster’s concern for and interest in reaching out to the homeless has resulted in the assembling of packets which are distributed to the congregation in the spring and fall and by request at other times. Items included are notions for personal care, power bar, Capri drink, McDonald’s card, card listing resources for social service assistance, food and housing help, job training, etc. Donate items by leaving them in the basket in the education wing lobby.
Volunteers from Westminster assemble between 250-300 complete Thanksgiving meals into boxes and then distribute them the Saturday before Thanksgiving. Help is needed to assemble and distribute the boxes. 2-3 hours. No skills required. Vans, station wagons, trucks helpful. Also supported financially by the Cents-Ability Offering.
Alternative Giving Bazaar | [email protected]
Help staff a table in support of an organization before and after both Sunday services at our annual alternative giving fair. Two Sundays in December. 2-3 hours each Sunday.
Rebuilding Together Alexandria | [email protected]
Westminster puts together a team of people from the congregation in the spring to rehab a house. 2-8 hours. Once a year on the last Saturday in April. No skills required.
ALIVE Furniture Donation
Join a team of folks from Westminster one Saturday a year to pick up donate furniture and deliver to families in need in the same day. 4-6 hours. Once a year. Muscles helpful.