Saturday, November 25, 2017

Volunteer Opportunities in the Community


We invite our congregation to go make a difference in the lives of others by sharing their faith and serving those in need. Wherever, whenever, whatever. It doesn’t take a committee or a program to serve. Just a heart for Jesus and your neighbor.

But let’s say you’re not sure what opportunities are there for you to serve. We can help, by introducing you to a couple of local groups with whom we work closely.

Franconia’s own ministry to the needy is Koinonia. Supported by Church of the Spirit and most of the other churches in the area, Koinonia has been reaching out and helping lift people up for many years. The Koinonia Foundation, Inc. is a 501 (c)(3) Christian non-profit human services organization, serving all individuals and families in the local communities of Franconia, East Springfield, Newington, and Kingstowne in Fairfax County, Virginia. Their mission is to give hope and help with compassion and care to individuals and families in our local community who are going through extenuating circumstances, and are in need of emergency assistance.

Koinonia has been a viable member of the community since the early 1960’s, serving the working poor and needy with emergency food and clothing, and offer financial assistance for rent, utilities and prescription drugs. Additionally, they offer various annual programs designed to meet the needs of local families at important times of the year, such as back-to-school, Christmas, and summertime. All services and programs are available to clients, free-of-charge.

To find out how you can volunteer, donate or serve please call Amy at (703) 971-1991 or visit their website at koinoniacares.org.

You can also help or volunteer through United Community Ministries. UCM is a community based social service agency whose mission is to assist families and individuals to improve the quality of their lives in a manner that builds their self-reliance and fosters their ability to function at the greatest level of their economic and social capacities, serving those in the Alexandria, Route 1 corridor. UCM runs many different kinds of programs, training for job applicants, a thrift store, etc. You can check in with the Volunteer Coordinator at 703-768-7106 ext. 328.

The UCM website can be found at www.ucmagency.org.

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