Afghanistan – Local Efforts

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The DMV area is expecting to receive a great number of Afghan families and individuals. Arlington County currently has three agencies authorized to resettle SIV (Special Immigrant VISA) refugees – Ethiopian Community Development Council, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington and Lutheran Social Services. Our local refugee-serving nonprofits are overwhelmed by the fast response of our community and because of that, NOVA Friends of Refugees and One Journey are working to help them mobilize and organize volunteers. The top areas of need are: housing, volunteering, transportation and behavioral health/wellness services. These are the most urgent needs. If you are able to volunteer and assist in any of those areas, please fill out this form. The responses will be available to ALL nonprofits serving refugees and SIVs in the DMV area. They are particularly interested if you have connections to housing options, would like to volunteer your time or donate major items (used car, sofa, computers, etc.) If you can’t volunteer time or offer housing but want to support financially, please consider donating VISA, MasterCard or Target gift cards to Grace Community Church. We will collect them at our Sunday services at Thomas Jefferson Middle School or you can mail them to the church office at Grace Community Church, 5401 7th Rd S. Arlington, VA 22204. Gift cards will be distributed directly to families.

Afghanistan - World Relief

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Our partners at World Relief are working tirelessly to support Afghan refugees arriving in the United States and those still trapped in Afghanistan. The need for financial support is great and you can support their efforts here.

Haiti - Feed My Starving Children

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Haiti is one of the most food-insecure places in the world, and it’s difficult to overstate the level of crisis the country is currently facing. We are joining forces with our partners at Feed My Starving Children as they set to send millions of meals to survivors of the earthquake. If you’d like to know more or donate meals through FMSC, please visit their website.

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.