Saint Luke's outreach activities extend a helping hand to the greater community of Mount Vernon and our world in numerous and myriad ways, touching the lives of many. Saint Luke's members serve individually and collectively to offer support and enrich our community at large.
“I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink… I needed clothes and you clothed me.” Matthew 25:35-36
immediate Volunteer needs
Share the Joy Toy Drive
Now through December 10, 2017
Make the holidays brighter for children in need by donating to St. Luke's Share the Joy Toy Drive. All donations will given to UCM's Holiday Gift Room. There are several ways you can help share the joy this Christmas season:
1. Bring new, unwrapped gifts (in original packaging) to St. Luke's
2. Donate in cash, gift card or by check (payable to UCM; include "Holiday Gift Room - St. Luke's Toy Drive" in memo line). Drop cash, gift cards or check donations at St. Luke's Parish Office.
3. Donate online by credit card to UCM (enter "Holiday Gift Room - St. Luke's Toy Drive" in the comments field)
4. Shop online at your convenience! UCM has a "UCM Books & Toys" Wish List at Amazon.com, with pre-selected gift suggestions for various ages. Your purchases will ship directly to UCM. Start shopping to make a joyful holiday for our kids! (If possible, please identify yourself as a St. Luke's Church parishioner)
Food Bank Donations
The local Food Banks are having a difficult time staying stocked due to an increase in demand. Due to this upturn in the need for food in our community, Outreach is reviving the tradition of collecting food at Sunday services. There will be a basket in the narthex to drop your food items in before each service. While all items are welcome, staples like canned tuna fish, cereal, fruit cups/canned fruit are needed most. Thanks for considering to support this ministry to the community.
Wine Cork Donations
THE WINGS FOUNDATION,INC (a 501 3C corporation) is a charitable organization administered by active American Airlines Flight Attendants to assist American Airlines Flight Attendants in critical need of financial assistance due to illness, injury or disability; or who have sustained damage to their primary residence that is damaged or destroyed by a catastrophic event or natural disaster. The Wings Foundation, Inc recycles wine corks to raise funds.
If you would like to help by donating wine corks, you can drop them off at 7214 Park Terrace Drive.
Saint Luke’s is proud to be a major participant in worthy programs where many people’s lives are improved. The needs are great, so you are encouraged to be involved in this ministry. Please contact the church office or any of the organizers listed below to find out how your gifts of talent and treasure can make a significant impact on the lives of people in our community and the world.
Alice’s Kids provides Mount Vernon area kids in need specific items needed/wanted that they would not be able to receive otherwise—including corrective eye wear, dental work, athletic equipment, school field trip fees, choir uniforms and SAT/ACT fees. Each case is handled specifically to help children of low-income families receive items that that their parent(s) cannot afford, but need to succeed or build self-confidence.
Adopt a Kindergartner
For 16 years St Luke’s has been providing backpacks filled with school supplies to rising kindergartners at the Bryant Early Learning Center to ease parents’ budgets and help ensure a happy and successful transition to kindergarten. For more information, contact Anne Hargrove at email@example.com
Christmas Adopt a Family
This program began in on December 23, 2011 when a single mother living in her van behind Walmart contacted St. Luke's asking for assistance for her and her children. A parishioner met her at Walmart and shopped for clothing for her children. Since 2011, the program has grown significantly. The Outreach chairperson works with local schools and social workers to identify families who are unable to buy Christmas gifts for their children and are not covered by other local Christmas gift programs. Volunteers adopt a family and shop for toys, food gift cards, and anything else to help the family at Christmastime.
In 2016, the Adopt a Family Program helped 67 families with 165 children have a brighter Christmas.
“A father came to pick up the gifts and he was overwhelmed. His eyes welled with tears and he fought to hold them back. That was when I brought one bag out. When I told him to wait because there was another bag, he was overcome with a combination of gratitude, disbelieve and awe. No one has ever done anything like this for my family.” -- Caseworker M. St. John recounting a parent reaction to receiving Adopt-A-Family Christmas gifts, December 16, 2016.
“Nunca me lo imaginaba.…” (I never imagined anything like this). -- Parent reaction, 2016 Adopt-A-Family
Creekside Tutoring is a safe and enriching place for children to come after school, administered by United Community Ministries. St. Luke’s provides tutors each Tuesday, 4-5pm.
Diocese of Jerusalem Project
Beautiful afghans are made each year for babies and their mothers in Palestine through Episcopal Relief Services.
Eagles Wings Tutoring
This program is conducted at Calvary Presbyterian Church on Wednesday evenings and benefits 3rd-6th graders from Mt. Eagle Elementary School. St. Luke’s provides 8-9 tutors each year. For more information, contact Joe Gilfillan at (703) 360-7632.
Meals on Wheels
Volunteers make deliveries once a month to shut-ins who have a difficult time preparing meals. Meals are picked up at Gum Springs and delivered to designated routes. Contact Zelda Shute for more information, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Mental Health Homeless Program
Personal hygiene supplies such as small shampoos, soap, etc. and clothing are collected at the church in a marked basket. Joan Howerton delivers these items to the Mental Health Care Center. Contact information: email@example.com or (703) 765-0799.
Neighbors Helping Neighbors Food Drive
This community-wide annual food collection is coordinated by one of our youth and the food is donated to families in need through United Community Ministries. This event occurs in the spring of every year. In 2016, over five thousand pounds of canned food and $2,500 in cash donations were collected in our Mount Vernon neighborhood.
Rising Hope Meals Ministry
Groups of volunteers prepare a meal for 75-80 people every third Sunday of the month. Many of these recipients are homeless and attend the Rising Hope Mission Church on Route 1. Joyce Delaney chairs this program and can be reached at: TomandJoyce.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Share the Joy Toy Drive
Each December St. Luke’s collects new toys, games, books and clothing for the UCM Holiday Gift Room. In 2015, UCM was able to bring some joy to over 600 families and over 1,200 in the Mount Vernon community at Christmas time.
Ventures in Community Hypothermia Outreach Program
Rising Hope Mission Church hosts an overflow shelter for the homeless, known locally as VIC HOP. St. Luke’s volunteers cook dinner and spend the night at the shelter each Wednesday in February and March to provide food for about 25 homeless people. This has helped save lives during cold winter weather.
Outreach also supports the following programs:
- Ahli Arab Hospital in Gaza
- Boy Scout Troop 654
- Boy’s Home of Virginia
- Covington Boys’ Home
- Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem and the Middle East
- Episcopal Relief Fund
- Girl Scout Troops 612 & 922
- Good Shepherd Housing and Family Services
- Hollin Meadows Care and Share Program
- Inova Blood Drive
- Jackson-Feild Home for Girls
- Kennedy Shelter
- New Hope Housing
- Mental Health Homeless Program
- Our Little Roses Orphanage, Honduras
- Peter Paul Development Center
- Rising Hope Sunday Meals
- Running Strong for American Indian Youth ®
- San Marcos Mission
- St. Luke’s Day School Scholarship Fund
- United Community Ministries
OutReach Funds Originate from The following Sources:
- Rock Against Hunger
- Annual Spaghetti Dinner
- Annual Craft Fair
- Lenten, Good Friday, Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas offerings
- Individual gifts
- Annual Catesby Jones Barbecue
- Pumpkin Patch
- Church rental space for community events