During this time of crisis, many in the congregation have asked how they can help others and continue to stay safe by taking advised precautions against the coronavirus. Please consider helping our mission partners with a donation so that they may continue to serve.
L’ARCHE OF GREATER WASHINGTON
Join L’Arche Greater Washington, D.C. for the Heart of L’Arche Virtual Fundraiser on April 15th, at 7pm EDT. Come hear the stories and voices of L’Arche Greater Washington DC community members, be inspired by special guests, and find out how you can support L’Arche GWDC’s work building inclusive communities of people with and without intellectual disabilities.
Please RSVP at www.larche-gwdc.org/together. Respond by April 1st and receive a special event program in the mail!
L’Arche is an inter-denominational Christian resident community whose focus is serving the community of intellectually challenged adults. Community life is centered around four communal homes and the 16 members who have intellectual disabilities, known as “core members”. Volunteers and core members typically are matched one-to-one. The bond between core members and volunteers is very much an extended family relationship that invests the core members with caring and self-confidence to live active lives with dignity.
For more information, please contact Jan Jacewicz at email@example.com.
L’Arche operates four group homes for their local clients and support volunteers. Activities in which the public might visit and participate are curtailed due to the COVID-19 isolation. However, they have many out-of-the-ordinary expenses that would benefit from your supporting financial donation. Remember that L’Arche participates in the Amazon Smile program, in which Amazon donates 0.5% of your qualified purchases to the charity of your choice. If you frequently shop with Amazon, those purchases can provide a sizeable financial benefit to your charity. Details of the program can be found at http://smile.amazon.com. This donation cost you nothing as an Amazon shopper.
WINTER IN THE CITY
Through its mobile outreach van, Unity Health Care distributes blankets on cold nights to homeless men and women living on the streets of Washington. Used blankets, in reasonable condition (frayed or missing binding is OK) are greatly needed. Your warm blanket could make a life or death difference! Unity Health Care serves the most vulnerable residents of the District of Columbia, including the uninsured, working poor, homeless, the incarcerated and formerly incarcerated. One of its service sites is located at Christ House.
Sweaters, jackets, coats, caps and flannel shirts in good condition are needed for Christ House patients and the homeless men who use the Unity Health Care shower room at Christ House. New men’s underwear and socks are especially needed. Online ordering is a safe and easy way to shop!
Donations may be dropped off at the Lewinsville church office from 8:30 am -12:30 pm Monday through Thursday and 8:30 am – 11:30 am Friday. (Call Sandy at 703-356-7200 to meet you at the door). For alternate drop-off arrangements, please contact Janet Jacewicz (703-231-4973).
Second Story provides a wide range of programs and services to supporting at-risk youth, young single mothers, and under-served neighborhoods of Fairfax County.
How can we help? The Lewinsville congregation always has generously supported Second Story’s different support programs to Teens in Crisis, to Young Mothers, and to the local Community Outreach Centers. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, they now have some particularly urgent needs to locate additional housing space for youth in crisis and for a specific list of non-cash items. PLEASE CLICK HERE for more details about what’s needed and who’s being served.
Items can be shipped or dropped off to 2100 Gallows Rd, Vienna, VA 22182. If you’re dropping them off please text 703.217.5205 and then you may simply leave your items on the doorstep. If you’re shipping your donation directly, please include a note with your order including your name and email address if you would like to receive a donation receipt.
FALLS CHURCH-McLEAN CHILDREN’S CENTER
There is great news to share with you about the McLean-Falls Church Children’s Center. From their mid-July reopening with 20 students, their enrollment is now 42. They expect to have 50 students by mid-September. That’s a comfort to the Center staff for making their payroll, and more-so for the parents who depend on the Children’s Center reliable and nurturing care for their pre-K children.
One marvelous aspect of the Falls Church-McLean Children’s Center program is the Nutrition Program. Each day every student is served a nutritious lunch, along with healthy snacks during their morning and afternoon breaks. Children sit in small groups with their teachers, who model and encourage good table manners during the meal. The Good Food Company of Arlington provides healthy meals with plenty of variety. Meals are served “family style,” allowing children to pass food to one another and pour their own milk. Children practice taking turns in conversations and self-help skills as they serve themselves.
The Center seeks to find people and groups willing to sponsor the program for a week, at a cost of $300 – and several individuals and groups at Lewinsville and other faith communities have generously made that commitment. Still, at this time there are 20 (of 50) weeks needing sponsors. If you (or your group) can help meet their need at any level, a lot of good would happen. If you donate via the Children’s Center website, please be sure to designate the Nutrition Program. As always, we greatly appreciate your support for this important mission partner.
SHARE meets the emergency needs of our neighbors in McLean and nearby. The groups SHARE serves include the working poor, disabled persons, the homeless, recent immigrants, and the elderly as well as those facing a crisis such as illness, job loss or other family emergency.
You may contribute food directly to SHARE. Food donations can simply be left in SHARE’s outside donation bins at SHARE (McLean Baptist Church), 1367 Chain Bridge Road, McLean, VA, 22101—a safe method of giving. For other ways to help, please visit https://www.shareofmclean.org
WESTGATE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Many have asked how they can help support the students at Westgate Elementary School during this time of uncertainty and distance learning. Lewinsville has partnered with Westgate for several years to support its back-to school backpack program as well as help food assistance for students and families in need. Thanks to Lewinsville’s partnership with Westgate it is now a site for Fairfax County’s breakfast and lunch meal program; 120 students will continue to receive this support during the school year.
How We Can Help! Provide grocery store gift cards from Safeway, Aldi or Giant in suggested denominations of $50.00 and $100.00.
Grateful thanks to all for your generous giving for this special outreach program that seeks to provide much needed help to low income families living in our neighborhood. Questions/Contact: Karen Siple (Karen.firstname.lastname@example.org) or Carol Kaffenberger (email@example.com)
SHEPHERD’S CENTER OF McLEAN-ARLINGTON-FALLS CHURCH
Shepherd’s Center volunteers provide “no cost to client” services to older adults, typically for transportation to medical appointments, the grocery store and pharmacy. The need for service always exceeds the volunteer pool – particularly due to the COVID-19 isolation. If you feel you can safely drive one of their clients on a local trip, that service would be a valued gift. With fewer people willing to drive, they’ve expanded their Friendly Caller program, whereby volunteers are paired with a client who wishes to have a friendly visit by phone periodically. That is a great need, as many of our clients are living alone and feel very isolated during this pandemic. And of course, your cash contribution is always welcomed at http://scmafc.org/
Homestretch is THE local nonprofit that empowers homeless parents with children to move from homelessness to financial independence and long-term stability. Through Homestretch’s 30-year history of unbelievable success working with homeless parents with children, they continue to do Incredible work leading to Amazing results. Case in point, Homestretch has over a 90% success rate getting their families to be fully independent following a two-year re-entry program – the highest results in the country. Homestretch saves lives, re-creates families and sets a foundation like no other for self-empowerment. And Homestretch needs the community’s help now more than ever.
The novel Coronavirus has hit our homeless families especially hard. In fact, many Homestretch families in our community have lost jobs, experienced personal setbacks, and have limited access to food and other necessities. There are TWO ways you can help:
First, Homestretch families need grocery store gift cards, VISA gift cards, Uber gift cards, diapers, wipes, paper towels, and toilet paper. CLICK HERE to download the flyer for how to help!
LEWINSVILLE RETIREMENT RESIDENCE
Lewinsville Retirement Residence (LRR) waived the April meal service fee residents pay so the residents have additional financial resources available for emergencies during the Covid-19 pandemic. The cost of this action is about $35,000 per month.
How can we help? To help offset this cost, please consider making a donation of any amount to: Friends of The Lewinsville, Treasurer, 1515 Great Falls St., McLean, VA 22101 with a note that the donation is for “meal program subsidy.” A tax receipt will be provided for your donation.
Miriam’s Kitchen serves the Homeless in Washington D.C by providing meals, permanent housing, and supportive services. They have helped house more than 1,570 veterans since 2013! During this Covid-19 Pandemic, they are still serving meals using DHS guidelines with 75 emergency volunteers. But additional help is needed, and you can help in these ways:
- Support our emergency response efforts at www.miriamskitchen.org/helpnow
- We need fresh fruit and creamers and plasticware. Check out our Meals Program COVID-19 Amazon Wishlist
- Tell your friends and family so they can support us too.
- We can always use more masks and hand sanitizer.
VIRTUAL VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Our Mission & Service team has compiled a list of virtual volunteer opportunities which cover a very large range of activities … and you can help while staying safe in your home! We’ve broken up the list into categories. Click on a category of interest to you to open the volunteer list in a new tab/window:
- Disaster Assistance
- Entrepreneurs Around the World
- General Skills
- Health and Well-Being for All
If you have questions, please contact Joe Parisi