Coronavirus and Our Communities: How We Can Help
Updated August 13, 2020
Our mission committees are in close contact with our mission partners and will update this list of financial needs, donation requests and volunteer opportunities on a weekly basis. As expected in this time of great hardship, each of these agencies is in need of financial support, so look to their web sites for instructions on how you may give.
Our neighbors at Trinity Methodist are receiving donations of non-perishable foods in their parking lot (2911 Cameron Mills Road) on Saturdays from 10am-noon.
ALIVE! invites participants to their virtual walk the weekend of September 11-13. All proceeds from StepALIVE! will be used to provide food, shelter, and emergency financial assistance to Alexandrians suffering from poverty and hunger. For more information, to register, or to donate, go to stepalivewalk.org.
Volunteers are also still needed and welcome to assist food distribution throughout Alexandria. To sign up, visit Volunteer Alexandria.
Bridges to Independence needs volunteers who are able to translate documents from English into other languages such as French, Chinese, Russian, etc.. They also need people to host food drives in support of their families at the shelter. You may sign up for these and other volunteer needs here.
Community Lodgings is accepting non-perishable food donations that may be dropped off at Fifer Family Learning Center (607 Notabene Drive; please call ahead at 703-739-5856). They also need grocery gift cards and emergency rent assistance for local hourly wage-earners with job insecurity, as well as masks for residents, staff and families.
Just Neighbors seeks those who are fluent in Spanish who can do translations from home. They also need volunteers who are willing to come into the office to do telephone intakes. They have social distancing measures in place. Lastly, they are also looking for a detail-oriented volunteer/intern who can input data into our case management system. Contact [email protected] if you can help.
OAR (formerly Offenders Aid and Restoration) is currently looking for donation items for our Reentry Program for individuals who are returning to the community from incarceration. Our current donation needs include: Men’s Shorts/Sweatpants (size L/XL), Men’s T-shirts (size L/XL), socks, backpacks, and giftcards to local grocery stores or places like Target and Amazon. If you are looking to donate items, please call 703-228-7030 or email [email protected]. *Please note that OAR only accepts donations of new, unopened items for our participants.*
See also their upcoming three-month Virtual Racial Justice and Anti-Racism Cohorts, including a curriculum focusing on racial justice. The first cohort will be held from September 2020 – November 2020, the second from January 2021 – March 2021, and the third from April 2021 – June 2021. For more details about the virtual racial justice and anti-racism cohorts and to apply, visit the OAR website.
Senior Services of Alexandria seeks volunteers for Meals on Wheels and to shop for groceries and deliver to vulnerable seniors in our communities. They also operate a frozen meal delivery service (twice a week between 10:30 am – noon) for seniors who do not qualify for Meals on Wheels. Volunteers must be under 65 and in good health. To sign up, contact [email protected]. SSA’s Friendly Visitor Program is reaching isolated, lonely older adults through phone calls and notes. If you would like to volunteer to call seniors in our community, contact Tanya Edwards at [email protected].
Our primary national mission projects remain focused on our partnership with the children and families of the Bdecan Presbyterian Church on the Spirit Lake Indian Reservation in North Dakota, the Appalachian Service Project, and the gleaning food assistance programs, Society of St. Andrew and Healthy Harvest Food Bank.
Continue to pray for the children and staff of the United Orphanage and Academy in Moi’s Bridge Kenya, where the K-8 Academy has closed along with all schools in Kenya.
The Local Mission Committee coordinates Westminster’s local mission work through partnerships with community service organizations and nonprofits. Our local mission work is organized around the acronym CHESS: Children, Hunger, Education, Shelter, and Self-Sufficiency. The Local Mission Committee also sponsors the Westminster Community Grant Program, an annual award to local nonprofits to help further their missions.
The National Mission Committee coordinates Westminster’s national mission work. They currently focus on three primary areas: housing rehabilitation in Appalachia with the Appalachia Service Project; regional hunger concerns through gleaning trips in connection with the Northern Neck Food Bank and the Society of St. Andrew; and support of Native American ministry and mission with the Bdecan Presbyterian Church in Spirit Lake, North Dakota.
The International Mission Committee coordinates the mission activities of Westminster around the world through direct partnerships, through the Presbyterian Church, USA, and in cooperation with mission organizations. Westminster’s international missions are primary focused on the United Orphanage & Academy in Moi’s Bridge, Kenya, supported since its founding in 2001 by Westminster, Old Presbyterian Meeting House (Alexandria), and Lewinsville Presbyterian Church (McLean).