Operation Unsung Heroes

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The COVID war rages on and grocery store workers are the unsung heroes in this fight. Volunteers from Grace Community Church assembled thousands of gift bags to personally encourage every grocery store worker in our community. Watch the video

Volunteer with our Local Partners

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Whether it's distributing food to families in need, teaching ESL, cooking dinner for individuals in shelters or mentoring a student via Zoom, our local partners have an opportunity for you to serve our neighbors during this pandemic. Please visit their volunteer pages to learn more: Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC), Bridges to Independence, Carpenter’s Shelter, Casa Chirilagua, Little Lights.

Love Your Neighbor Effort

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During this time of uncertainty, there are many ways to be a good neighbor in our community. Here are a few ideas.

Donate Blood

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The American Red Cross is in urgent need for blood during this time. Donating blood is safe and does not impact or weaken the immune system, so people should not hesitate to give or receive blood during this time. Volunteer blood donors are the only source of blood for those in need of transfusions. Visit the Red Cross Blood Donor App, RedCrossBlood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to find a blood drive close to you.

Volunteer Arlington

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Going stir crazy at home? Volunteer Arlington has a list of local nonprofits and a number of volunteer opportunities around Arlington County for you. To serve others is an amazing way to love and support our community.

AFAC Food Drive

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Shopping for groceries? Consider buying extra items for our friends at AFAC (Arlington Food Assistance Center). Items can be dropped off at their warehouse during working hours - more details here. AFAC is most in need of the following low sugar & low sodium items: Canned tuna, canned soup, canned vegetables, peanut butter (in plastic jars) and cereal. Please refrain from donating foods that are opened, expired, prepared meals, or packaged in glass.

Empowering Our Local Partners

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Throughout the first weeks of COVID-19 relief efforts, Grace made monetary and/or product donations to several of our local partners to empower them to help our community during this tough time. Donations were sent to A-SPAN, Arlington Free Clinic, Bridges to Independence, Carpenter's Shelter, Casa Chirilagua, Little Lights, Northern Virginia Family Services, American Red Cross, Thrive and also to the Family & Students Support Funds of Thomas Jefferson Middle School and George Mason High School. You can support our local partners by to our Covid-19 relief efforts.

Give a Book, Nourish a Mind

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Did you know that kids who need food also need books? Children facing food insecurity due to school closures are the same children who depend on schools and libraries for books. And young minds need nourishment, too – especially during this difficult time. Grace Community Church has made a donation of $700 to Read Early and Daily (R.E.A.D.)  to support these children with books. If you would like to help, consider donating $7 to R.E.A.D. today to get books into the hands of every child in need from PreK through 3rd grade.