Calvary provided 50 backpacks for students in our area this fall.
For the last couple of years Calvary UMC has joined in efforts at Central United Methodist Church (located in Balston at 4201 Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22203) in preparing and serving food to the homeless of Arlington County. Every Thursday evening from 5:30-7:00 p.m. volunteers from Calvary gather to help prepare for Friday meal distribution.
On Friday mornings from 5:30 a.m.- noon Central UMC again welcomes volunteers to cook and serve hot meals. This ministry is an extension of ASPAN (Arlington Street People's Association). If interested please feel free to enter the rear downstairs kitchen entrance at Central UMC and jump right in lending a helping hand!
The church is conveniently located directly across from the Ballson Metro Station, and parking is available in the back parking lot.
Calvary UMC cares for families and individuals in need within Arlington by offering utility assistance and assistance with some basic needs. Donations to the "Communion Fund" are used, exclusively, to provide the means to offer this assistance.
ARLINGTON FOOD ASSISTANCE CENTER FOOD DONATIONS
Many thanks for all the food donations for Arlington Food Assistance Center . Please continue to bring food (especially cereal) the first Sunday of each month. Place in the rear of the Narthex (the area at the rear of the sanctuary). Thank you. https://afac.org/
"BACKPACK BUDDIES" mission of AFAC (Arlington Food Assistance Center).
Here's some information on this wonderful program:
AFAC’s Backpack Buddies program provides weekend and holiday meal packs for food-insecure Arlington County schoolchildren. “Food Insecurity” is the term used to describe the uncertainty of not knowing where the next meal will come from, or if it will come at all.
On Fridays at their school, each child in the Backpack Buddies program is given a backpack filled with nourishment for the weekend. Items usually distributed in the backpacks are ready-to-eat meals, microwave soups, snack bars, fruit cups, shelf-stable milk, fresh produce, and canned vegetables. There is enough food in each pack to feed the child for two days (six meals, plus snacks).
The children return the backpacks to their school on Monday, and then the packs are filled and redistributed to the children the following Friday.
The food for the Backpack Buddies program is more expensive than other food AFAC purchases for the families in our care because it is pre-packaged and prepared. AFAC estimates that the Backpack Buddies program costs approximately $7.50 per child, per week.
Did you know that Calvary is one of the leading providers of Christian literature for prisoners at the Arlington jail? Well we are thankful to the many persons who have contributed to a project initiated by Dottie Cumings, but more literature is needed.
As you contemplate Spring cleaning, please remember to put your old Upper Rooms, Guideposts, Decision magazines, Bibles, and other Christian materials in the box on the floor of the closet by the steps between Harris Hall and the church office for Walt Baumann to take the jail to be distributed by the Chaplain.
(Arlington Street People's Assistance Network)
A-SPAN’s mission is to secure permanent housing and provide life-sustaining services for Arlington’s most vulnerable individuals through outreach and relationships built on trust and respect. Calvary UMC provides funding for monthly dental extractions and other services though A-SPAN. Please make donations to the "Communion Fund" to provide financial support.
Calvary supports the Art for Humanity by collecting shoes, paint, and other item donations that are used for humanitarian relief in Honduras. Art for Humanity's mission is to "Help the Poor to Help Themselves" by "Promoting small business development and education so those in need can transition to sustainable self-sufficiency." The organization was founded by former Calvary UMC Senior Pastor, Glen Evans.
The crafters of Calvary have developed a wonderful comfort shawl ministry. These hand made shawls are given to those members and friends who are ill or unable to join us in worship. If you know someone who would benefit and be blessed by such a gift please contact Molly Sessions at [email protected]