Westminster Community Grant
Westminster Presbyterian Church offers assistance to local charitable organizations through its annual grant program, the Westminster Community Grant. Now in its 10th year, the Community Grant is open to non-profit organizations in Northern Virginia that provide services in the areas of Children, Hunger, Education, Shelter, and Self-Sufficiency (CHESS).
Applications are due by 5:00pm on Friday, April 2, 2021.
Serving in Our Communities: How to Help
Our local mission committee members are in close consultation with our local mission partners and keep this list of financial needs, donation requests and volunteer opportunities regularly updated. Please contact [email protected] if you have any questions.
Updated February 23, 2021
ALIVE! | Please visit this page to see the range of ALIVE volunteer opportunities including to support their extensive food security initiatives. One of their latest volunteer needs is for interested people to work remotely and in-person to help people facing eviction through the Alexandria Eviction Prevention Program (AEPP).
Bridges to Independence has a variety of volunteer opportunities including a need for anyone to pick up these groceries and household items anytime and drop them off at Bridges’ Shelter and Sullivan House in Arlington. Click the link for details. Bridges’ “Drive and Drop” on March 2 lets people in need to pick up coats, blankets, toys, shower caddies, and groceries safely. The event will take place at Macedonia Baptist Church, 3412 22nd St South, Arlington. Volunteers are needed to sort items on February 26 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm and to distribute items on March 2 from 3:00 to 6:00 pm. To volunteer in person, contact [email protected].
Carpenter’s Shelter has continuing needs for volunteers to staff the front desk, to assist with preparing and serving meals, and other needs. They are also in need of some specific items (in-kind donations) which can be purchased via their amazon wish list or dropped off by appointment. A specific item they currently require is new bed pillows for residents. For more information on any of these needs, including to schedule a drop-off appointment contact [email protected].
Community Lodgings has an Amazon Wish List for individuals that want to support their non-perishable food item needs and continues to accept financial donations to support their ongoing distribution of Giant gift cards. Their “Signs of Hope” campaign has been very successful. To participate, order yard signs designed by youth in our programs (original artwork and themes).
Friends of Guest House is in need of female volunteers ideally between ages 30-50 to support their mentorship program. Mentors help Guest House’s women residents set goals, and develop the confidence, patience, and perseverance needed to reenter the community successfully. Mentees are typically 20-40 years of age, and have been incarcerated for substance-related issues rather than violent crimes. Training is provided. Due to COVID, mentors have mostly virtual, email, and/or phone contact with their mentees. For more information email Friends of Guest House’s Mentor Coordinator or see the Friends of Guest House website volunteer page.
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. Lastly, they are also looking for a detail-oriented volunteer/intern who can input data into their case management system. They have social distancing measures in place. Contact [email protected] if you can help.
OAR (formerly Offenders Aid and Restoration) is currently seeking items for its Reentry Program for individuals returning to the community from incarceration that you can donate via OAR’s Amazon Reentry Wish List, as well as donations for its Project Winter Cheer Program supporting children and families impacted by incarceration for the winter season. Volunteer opportunities include administrative and computer work as well as assisting for court appearances. OAR is also accepting registrations for its third three-month Virtual Racial Justice and Anti-Racism Cohort beginning in April 2021.
Senior Services of Alexandria welcomes participation in their 2021 Virtual Annual Gala & Silent Auction fundraiser on Saturday, March 13, 6:30-8:00 pm. March 13. Additionally, they have a continuing need for volunteers under 65 and in good health to deliver Meals on Wheels and/or to shop for and deliver Groceries to Go to vulnerable seniors. If you are 70 or older, live in the city of Alexandria and have been unable to score a vaccine appointment, call Senior Services of Alexandria. They will help you make an appointment, 703.836.4414.
Rebuilding Together DC*Alexandria Save the date for June 26, 2021 National Rebuilding Day. Rebuilding Together DC is treating this as their flagship annual event. Teams of volunteers from companies, organizations, and houses of worship will come together to repair homes owned by individuals and families in need in Washington, DC and Alexandria.
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).