Outreach Vision Statement: Our Call to Ministry
The work of God is our vocation in our families and community. We look not to enlarge outreach at Christ Church but to deepen it. To see outreach not as a project, but a calling. We do not wish to improve ourselves, but to change the world on Christ's terms and to see the world with God's eyes.
We have no choice to make in matters of outreach. The parable of the Good Samaritan ends with these words from Jesus, "Go, and do thou likewise."
In grateful response to the love of God given to us in Jesus Christ, the faith community of Christ Church is called to live out Christ's love that brings transformation and new life, both within the Christ Church community and to our brothers and sisters who suffer from poverty, violence, and injustice.
For a downloadable summary of opportunities to volunteer, click here for the Outreach Ministries Brochure.
Outreach Service Opportunities:
- ALIVE! Furniture Delivery: We serve Alexandria. Christ Church volunteers two Saturday's a year to pick up furniture from donors and deliver it to residence of Alexandria. (ALexandrians InVolved Ecumenically) is a nonprofit organization of volunteers from nearly 40 religious congregations, including Christ Church, working together to help those in need in Alexandria, VA. Contact Rawles Jones, or call 703-548-2016.
- Bag Lunch Program: We prepare and serve food. Prepare and serve lunch to feed hungry neighbors. Bag lunches are prepared at Christ Church and then delivered to Meade Memorial Church. Lunches are prepared five days a week on a rotating schedule. Contact Mary Dixon Hutcheson.
- Bread for the World: We advocate to end poverty. Volunteers work with the group on writing letters and making phone calls related to specific legislation and policy. Bread for the World is a Christian advocacy group working to end hunger and extreme poverty. Contact Nancy Carson or call 703-683-3722.
- Carpenter's Shelter Meals: Helping the community in many ways. Christ Church volunteers shop and prepare healthy meals at the Shelter bi-monthly. Carpenter's Shelter works to stabilize the lives of homeless families. Contact Barbara Boehm, firstname.lastname@example.org , 703-336-8684.
- Christ Child Christmas Store: Giving the gift of Christmas. Shop, support, organize, and/or be a Christmas elf for families. The Christ Child project helps working low-income families provide gifts for their children. Contact Nancy Runton.
- Ladrey Senior Bingo: We bring fellowship. Bingo, snacks and prizes for the residents of Ladrey Senior High-Rise, a subsidized community in Old Town Alexandria. Contact Trish Fineran or call 703-980-4858.
- Lazarus Financial Help: We pray and help. Financial counseling and support for people in the community facing financial emergencies. Volunteers are trained to review financial documents, interview guests and make appropriate recommendations. Contact Denise Jean-Claude.
- Lazarus Food Pantry: We shop and share. Food pantry volunteers set up and distribute food in the Meade Room on Thursday mornings. Volunteers also pick up local food donations from Trader Joe's, Panera Bread and the Capitol Area Food Bank. Contact Liz Denson.
- Meals on Wheels: We deliver lunches. Prepared meals are picked up and delivered to home-bound Alexandrians. Contact Jane Baird.
- New Neighbors ELL (English Language Learners): We teach and welcome. ELL provides English classes to immigrant and refugees. Contact Marcia D'Arcangelo or call 703-224-2361
- Rebuilding Together: We repair and improve houses. Volunteers give their time on the last Saturday in April to repair homes for people are are financially and physically unable to. Contact Dave Buffaloe or call 208-891-8579.
- SNAP Enrollment: We help people obtain healthy food. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) allows families with limited income to purchase additional food each month. Contact Julie Duke.
- Hypothermia Shelter: We provide a winter overnight shelter. St. Clements Church provides emergency shelter for homeless men in January - March. Team of two Christ Church volunteers staff the shelter on Wednesdays from 7:30 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. Contact Dave Buffaloe.
Christ Church members work in many service programs throughout the city. While the volunteers are not managed by the outreach committee, these programs are integral partners. More information about these programs and their sponsors are listed below. For additional program opportunities or ideas, contact Nancy Carson.
- Blessings in a Backpack: Blessings in a Backpack is a national program that sends food home with school children in need. Currently, two schools in the City of Alexandria are sponsored by volunteers. To assist with these programs or to support its fundraising efforts contact Kristen Moore.
- ALIVE! Food Distribution: Volunteer to help with the monthly USDA surplus food distribution by assisting with set-up and food distribution.
- Carpenter's Shelter Reception Desk Support: Volunteers needed to staff the reception desk in two-hour shifts on Friday's.
- Community Lodgings (CL): CL opens doors of opportunity for homeless and disadvantaged families through transitional housing. Tutoring children and budget mentors are needed.
- Hunger Free Alexandria: A cooperative effort made up of local clergy, congregations, non-profits and community leaders to bridge the gap on hunger in Alexandria.
- Farmer's Market Gleaning: Old Town Farmer's Market sellers provide unsold produce every Saturday. Gleaners collect and distribute the produce to areas in need. Gleaners are needed and can sign up via Volunteer Alexandria.
Opportunities for Youth Community Service Hours:
Please bring your paperwork with you and the volunteer-in-charge will provide necessary documentation and sign for the number of hours worked.
- Community Lodgings Inc. where you can tutor a child in the after-school program.
- Lazarus Ministry offers you the opportunity to work in the Client Choice Food Pantry and assist guests with their shopping.
- Meals on Wheels needs volunteers to serve lunch to the home-bound in our community.
- Bingo Night at Ladrey Senior High Rise where you can play Bingo with low-income seniors.
- Last Friday of the Month ALIVE! distributes food to low-income Alexandrian residents.
- Bag Lunch is a program where you can help make and distribute lunch to the hungry in our community.
- Rebuilding Together is the last Saturday in April where volunteers assist in repairing homes for low-income elderly and the disabled.
- Step-ALIVE! Walk-a-Thon walk to support the ALIVE! Child Development Center the first Sunday in May.
- Christ Child Project helps low income families provide affordable Christmas gifts for their children.