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2017 MLK Day of Service
This year's Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service featured service projects in all three regions. More than 75 people served the community through projects at local food bank, a senior center, a foster care center, and several other projects. Thanks to David Sprague, Dave Hollinger, Marcia Llorens, Liz Rivera, and Chad Winchell for their leadership that inspires others to serve!
2016 MLK Day of Service
2015 MLK Day of Service
97 volunteers from the Northern Virginia Chapter of HOPE worldwide canvassed areas in Loudon and Fairfax county, providing fire prevention materials to more than 1200 homes, having conversations with more than 300 families about smoke detectors, escape plans, and fire safety. Across the nation, 10,500 HOPE worldwide volunteers served more than 32,000 people, logging 48,000 hours in 34 states at 274 service sites. Thanks to all who served!
Backpack Drive / Teen Service Day
Each year, our Chapter partners with Northern Virginia Family Services and the Northern Virginia Church of Christ to donate backpacks to needy students. This year, we once again smashed our goal of 50 backpacks, collecting more than 75 backpacks, completely filled with the items requested.
The teens hosted a service day on August 9 to collect the items, pack three backpacks, and the collect food donations for needy students. They collected thirteen bags of food items for the charity Giving Circle of HOPE, who provides food for students in local Fairfax County Elementary Schools including Dogwood, Armstrong, Terraset, Clearview, Coates, and Belvedere. The charity provides over 300 packages each week to children needing food over the weekend.
Another highlight for this year’s backpack drive was the Loudon County singles group, who collected over $300 and assembled and donated nine backpacks!
Singles' Ministry Food Drive
Inspired by Luke 14:12-14, members of the Singles ministry of the Northern Virginia Church of Christ partnered with the Lamb Center homeless shelter to prepare 210 bags of trail mix, gather hundreds of toiletry items, and donate them to the homeless at the Lamb Center.
2016 Fall Day of Service
2013 Thanksgiving Food Drive Report
HOPE worldwide, Northern Virginia Chapter
HOPE volunteers from the Northern Virginia Church of Christ donated 75 Thanksgiving boxes, meeting the needs of many in the community, including our partner, the Herndon-Reston Charity, FISH (Friendly, Instant, Sympathetic Help). Each box included a $25 gift card and numerous non-perishable food items. FISH was very thankful and expressed how impressed they were that our group donates complete boxes with all of the supplies for a family, and that we always give more than our goal! Volunteers from the Youth and Family Ministry of the church organized the distribution of 48 boxes to local Fairfax County families. This year, several needy families contacted the HOPE worldwide Northern Virginia Chapter directly after seeing the drive on our website and we able to receive boxes. Chapter Director, Brett Kreider reported, “Our chapter values the personal experience of being able to meet these needs in our community and serve people directly.”