The Service Commission’s goals are to create an awareness of and commitment to Christ’s social message as reflected in our actions and response to the needs of others. Committees in the Service Commission reach out from the parish community to those in need beyond our boundaries. The programs of the Commission provide opportunities for parishioners to act upon their faith by caring for others directly, by working with organizations and agencies who serve the poor and the vulnerable, and through advocacy at the local, state and national level.
“One thing I know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve”…Albert Schweitzer
How can I help those in need, right now?
* Donate Goods to local charities through our Matthew 25 Collection During the month of April we are focused on restocking the needs of the Lamb Center, a daytime only, homeless center in Fairfax, Va.
* Bake Cookies from home for Prisoners for the Kairos weekend in May.
Volunteer Opportunity – The St. Lucy Project of Catholic Charities Diocese of Arlington is working hard to distribute much needed food to partner pantries in the 21 counties of the Diocese. We need volunteers to assist in unloading food donations at our Manassas warehouse. Most deliveries are on Sundays between 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. Individuals, families and children are all welcome to lend a hand. Contact Debra Beard, Volunteer Coordinator, for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org or (703) 479-2975, ext. 100.
- MARK BABY SHOWER (May 20/May 21) for two local Crisis Pregnancy Centers in Northern Va. – Hope http://www.hopeinnova.org/ and A Woman’s Choice http://www.awomanschoicecenter.com/ . Helpful items include diapers, wipes, clothes, baby bottles, formula, etc., and gently used up to code items such as cribs, strollers, bouncers, and car seats. Please bring your donations to the Cassidy Activities Center after all Masses on May 20/May 21 and enjoy food and refreshments. Thanks for helping!
As people of faith, we need to know that it’s not enough to just love and do good works ourselves. It is our responsibility and part of our calling as disciples to urge those around us to lives of charity and unconditional love. By our words and, more importantly, by our actions, we must challenge others to lives of service as an essential way of drawing nearer to God.
Bill Grossman, Pastoral Associate | 703-938-1936 | email@example.com
Denise Argote, Secretary | 703-938-1936 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Helen Cascio, Service Chairperson | 703-242-2538 | email@example.com
How else can I help those in need?
* Participate in the Empty Bowls project to help feed hungry children.
* Help Special Needs children in a fun environment with Kids Enjoy Exercise Now (KEEN)
* Donate furniture/household items OR come shop at Capital Caring store called Twice as Nice
* Comfort Zone Camp Volunteer to help Children who have lost a loved one
* Food Pantry Volunteer for Western Fairfax Christian Ministry
* Food for Others Food Warehouse help
* Help with our monthly Donut Sundays at ST. MARK. Contact Ann Brinkmann 703-281-2322
* Help a Child in need through CASA – Lift up a child
* Volunteers Needed at FACETS (Fairfax based organization helping low income families)
*Volunteers Also Needed through the Fairfax County Government
*Foster Care for children in need
* Maybe you would like to start a new Service Project/Program
These are held two times per year to help Inova Blood Donor Services provide a safe and adequate blood supply for our area. Please consider giving the gift of life! Volunteers are needed to help after Mass to sign up donors, staff the drive as well as donate blood.
Next Blood Drive dates at ST. MARK are:
December 3, 2017
April 8 and December 2, 2018
CHINS (Children in Need of Smiles) is an organization created to replenish new items needed for sick children and their families at Inova Fairfax Children’s Hospital. Our mission is to provide comfort, support, and smiles to these children with the help of your donations and your time. Volunteers are needed to help sort donations, assemble care packages, and deliver the packages. Another volunteer opportunity is to knit and crochet hats for the children.
Click here to visit the CHINS website
Jennifer Allison | 703-938-2176 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Ann Paniszczyn | 703-281-4144 | email@example.com
The Christ House is a shelter for homeless men in need of health care. Every third Sunday of the month, ST. MARK is committed to providing a hot and nutritious lunch. There are two ways to participate: 1) purchase food and bring it to the kitchen at ST. MARK or 2) drive w/ the food, prepare & serve lunch to guests at Christ House. Additional food providers are needed.
Angela Spicer | 703-502-9420 |firstname.lastname@example.org
Alyce Coppage | 703-385-8742 | Aacoppage@msn.com
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CHRISTMAS GIVING TREE-Volunteers needed
Through the Giving Tree, volunteers provide the ST. MARK community an opportunity to spread the joy of Christmas to the disadvantaged in an organized gift gathering and delivery project. Most work on the Giving Tree takes place between November 1 and mid-December and includes contacting charities about their needs, making tags for the tree, putting up and decorating the tree in the Narthex, organizing incoming gifts for delivery to charities and families, and delivering gifts.
Carolyn Peterson | 703-281-3941 | email@example.com
Nancy Willis | 703-255-2281 | firstname.lastname@example.org
The Annual CHRISTMAS GIVING TREE will be set up in the Narthex beginning the weekend of December 2nd/3rd, 2017 with opportunities for you to help others in our community in many ways. Choose an ornament from the tree or simply click here, Giving Tree organizations in need of items for Christmas, to see what you can purchase, this season, to help those who don’t have much!
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CHRISTMAS GIVING TREE-ADOPTIONS
You can get a wish list from a child, an individual or a family through this process. Help is needed prior to and collection day to sort and deliver gifts.
Nancy Dunaway | 703-758-8142 | email@example.com
Mary Lou McIntire | 703-938-4276 | firstname.lastname@example.org
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CLOTHING DRIVE-Annual Thanksgiving Collection
The Clothing Drive is a great family ministry that supports many local charities in the Washington, D.C. area. Help to sort and pack donated clothing on Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving Day. Help with organizational tasks prior to the Drive. Help with small deliveries in your pick up truck or minivan after the drive. We invite all parishioners to contribute with the clothing they no longer find useful. Mens casual clothing is our biggest need.
Paul Renard | 703-255-1438 | email@example.com
COMPUTER DONATION PROGRAM
Do you have a Laptop Computer or Tablet that you’d like to donate to help someone in need? Securely donate them to those less fortunate at ST. MARK. If you have any Laptop Computers or Tablets, less than 5 years old, that you would like to donate, please contact me, Jason Wenrich at Jason.firstname.lastname@example.org. I will first wipe all of the data off so that you do not have to worry about your private information. If repairable, I will fix it up for the church to give away. If not, I will bring it to the Fairfax county recycling day for proper disposal. Thank you for helping me to help others.
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DONUT SUNDAY AT ST. MARK
I’m sure that you’ve seen or participated in (eaten) a donut or two at one of our monthly Donut Sunday events in the Cassidy Activities Center. Would you like to help? Each event is sponsored by one of the many ST. MARK ministries/groups under the guidance of our leader, Ann Brinkmann. Some groups don’t have enough volunteers to handle the event and call on other volunteers to pitch in. Please consider raising your hand to help in this easy and fun event. Contact Ann for more details.
Ann Brinkmann | 703-281-2322 | email@example.com
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ESL (ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE)
On an annual basis, this ministry offers English language/citizenship preparation instruction to hundreds of adult learners at various proficiency levels. No foreign language skills are necessary for most positions. ESL teachers and aides generally volunteer one evening a week, either Tuesday or Thursday, and classes meet in the ST. MARK Christian Formation Center. Time commitment for weekly volunteers averages 2-3 hours per week (September – June). Volunteers are also asked to help with program administration by participating in student registration, publicity, hospitality, student recognitions, and other program-wide functions. Others serve as occasional substitutes or assist with the summer program. Volunteers attend training, plan lessons, and report on attendance and classroom activity via email.
Monica O’Keefe | 703-980-9380 | firstname.lastname@example.org
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FACETS HOT MEALS
Our next gathering to cook and deliver dinner to the homeless is set for Monday, May 22, 2017. Please help!!
The ST. MARK Hot Meals team prepares 130 meals for the homeless and delivers them to sites in Fairfax six times a year: the fourth Monday of alternate months starting in January. We prepare the food here at ST. MARK Catholic Church. The cooks prepare and package food from 3:15 to 5:45 pm, then the drivers deliver the food from 5:30pm to 7:15pm. The drivers should have vehicles.
Ann Ramish | 703-242-4253 | email@example.com
Mary Purdy | 703-385-9572 | firstname.lastname@example.org
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FOOD FOR OTHERS
Deliver food from the Merrifield Warehouse to site on Draper Drive in Fairfax on Monday or Thursday evenings. Volunteers are also needed to assist at the front desk at the Merrifield Warehouse to greet clients, to pick up food donations from local grocery stores, and to help stack shelves. New volunteers are welcome! Please visit the website at www.foodforothers.org
Anne Suter Zimmer | 703-273-0952 | email@example.com
Food for Others Direct Number | 703-207-9173
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GIFT OF PEACE Embry Rucker Shelter
ST. MARK delivers lunch on the first Thursday of every month to help feed the homeless in Fairfax County at the Embry Rucker Homeless Shelter in Reston, Va. Some volunteers prepare a portion of the meal, others provide the menu items that do not need cooking; and still others deliver the meal and serve at the Shelter. Contact Diane Smith or go onto Sign Up Genius to volunteer: Sign Up Genius
2017 remaining schedule is: Apr 6, May 4, Jun 1, July 6, Aug 3, Sep 7, Oct 5, Nov 2 and Dec 7
Diane Smith | 703-620-0629| firstname.lastname@example.org
HYPOTHERMIA SHELTER VOLUNTEER HELP NEEDED:
Thank you to all our wonderful volunteers who supported the shelter at St John Neumann and Holy Comforter this winter. Your efforts kept many souls fed and sheltered each night.
Each winter, FACETS and area faith communities offer safe places to sleep and nutritious meals to men and women who are homeless. During the coldest months, area churches take turns opening their doors at night for one week. While ST. MARK does not shelter in our own buildings, for many years we have helped with the FACETS Hypothermia Shelter Program in nearby churches. ST. MARK volunteers provide a hot dinner or two, a warm welcome and a safe place to sleep indoors for homeless single adults.
Volunteer time commitment varies by location, but typical tasks would be to prepare and deliver part of a dinner, transport guests in a FACETS van, visit or play cards with guests, or several hours to keep watch in the shelter for a quiet nighttime shift. The shelters are run by professional staff, and volunteer training is free. All in-shelter volunteers must be 18 or older.
Diane Smith | 703-620-0629| email@example.com
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Has God been calling you to serve the poor in our community? An ecumenical ministry to the poor and homeless, the Lamb Center is a place where Christians pursue whole, loving relationships with men, women and children who know too little of real hope. The Lamb Center is open Monday-Friday, 9am-4pm and from 9am- Noon on Saturday. The storefront location is at the Fairfax Circle. Volunteers assist staff in serving breakfast and lunch, doing laundry, answering the phone and welcoming guests.
Paul Braun | 703-620-3651 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Annette Kane | email@example.com
MONTHLY SUNDAY SUSTENANCE – Amount of food prepared/delivered, year-to-date
One piece of lunch meat, two slices of bread, and one slice of cheese is all that it takes to make the world of difference in the life of the working poor who struggle to make ends meet with soaring housing prices, utilities, and other daily expenses in Fairfax County. On specific Sundays of each month, volunteers help to bridge that gap by making sandwiches for these families. Our donations go to Embry Rucker Shelter and the Lamb Shelter which then distributes the sandwiches. This year round ministry is run on the contributions from sandwich makers of two loaves of bread, one pound of cheese, and one pound of lunch meat. We also welcome donations of food from those who cannot help that day. This is a wonderful ministry for all people, but especially for those with children who can be involved in making the sandwiches and know that their efforts go a long way. Join us on these Sunday’s anytime between 9-10am in the Activities Center Kitchen.
Our 2017 sessions are scheduled for: May 21, Jun. 18, Jul. 16, Aug. 20
Vimin Honigford| 703-242-5109| firstname.lastname@example.org
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SOCIAL ACTION LINKING TOGETHER (SALT)
Social Action Linking Together (SALT) is a parish-based network of persons seeking legislation to aid Virginia’s low-income families, the incarcerated, the homeless, the working poor and their children. SALT, a non-partisan legislative network for social justice, can inform you about critical human needs legislation. SALT’s alerts, workshops, and special events provide new and experienced advocates the tools to promote compassionate human needs programs.
John Horejsi | 703-255-7074 | email@example.com
TRANSPORTATION FOR THOSE IN NEED
Drivers provide rides to people for necessary appointments. The riders are homebound people who cannot drive due to illness or age. The Shepherd Center of Oakton is an ecumenical group of volunteers working together to serve those in need in the Vienna, Oakton and Dunn Loring areas. Please contact the Shepherd Center of Oakton if you are in need of a ride OR if you are able to volunteer to be a driver!!
Shepherd Center of Oakton | 703-281-0538 | firstname.lastname@example.org
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WEST VIRGINIA FURNITURE AND HOUSEHOLD OUTREACH
You will be called on several times a year on Saturday mornings to assist other volunteers in picking up donations from local parishioners, bringing them back to ST. MARK, and loading them onto a big truck that will haul these items to people in need in West Virginia. We collect furniture, household items, appliances and office equipment in good working condition. New volunteers welcome! We are in great need of volunteers with pickup trucks.
Sam and Kathy Althoff | 703-255-9273