There are many ways to donate food, clothing, and other household items for families in need within the community. Donations (unless otherwise noted) may be dropped off in the Donation Center, located in the hallway between the Fellowship Hall and Education Wing, or given to the office receptionist.
Food For All baskets are located around the church where non-perishable food donations are received each Sunday. The donated foods are delivered by volunteers to the Western Fairfax Christian Ministries (WFCM) food pantry each week. Everyone is invited to bring one non-perishable food item each week to help keep the food pantry shelves full throughout the year.
During the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday season, financial gifts and food are collected for two deliveries of Food Baskets assembled and delivered by volunteers to assist needy families in the Centreville community.
Each week, please bring and place your donations into the Food for All baskets during Worship, which are located outside of the Sanctuary and the ROC.
GRACE Ministries is a community outreach program that serves low-income immigrant families in the local community. On the second Saturday of each month, low-income families receive food, clothing, diapers, household linens, toys and children’s books. The ministry also provides job training for Personal Care Aids and Commercial Drivers Licenses to eligible low-income immigrants.
There are many ways to serve in the ministry:
Set Up Fridays:
Opportunities to serve on the Friday preceding a Grace Ministries Saturday include volunteers that prepare the Fellowship Hall and rooms for the ministry by:
- Setting up tables and chairs
- Preparing the hospitality area for serving on Saturday
- Sorting and hanging clothing donations
- Setting up the Children’s Corner with books and crafts
- Arranging toy donations and linen donations
- Bagging food
- Collecting and disposing of trash and cardboard
Saturday at GRACE Ministries:
- Pre-registration and greeting (Spanish speakers are very helpful)
- Registration (Spanish speakers needed)
- Hospitality – setting out refreshments
- Children’s Corner – doing crafts with children/reading to children
- Worship (assisting with the short worship time – music)
- Working in the clothing, toy, linen, diaper and food rooms
- Helping guests take their goods to their vehicles
- Clean Up
MORE OPPORTUNITIES TO SERVE:
Support GRACE Ministries through your financial gifts and donations. Donations are accepted Sunday – Friday the week of Grace Ministries. Donations of the following items are appreciated:
- Good condition, seasonal clothing bagged by clothing type
- Bed and bath linens, dish ware and cookware (We are unable to accept other household items.)
- Small toys and stuffed animals (We are unable to accept large toys and video games.)
- Books for young children
- Diapers, especially sizes 4, 5 & 6.
PLEASE TAKE ALL OTHER HOUSEHOLD ITEMS TO SALVATION ARMY, CLOCK TOWER, OR SOME OTHER THRIFT STORE. THANK YOU!
To sign up to help contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Or call the church office at: 703.830.2684
Each Thanksgiving and Christmas, Centreville UMC packages food baskets to be given to families within the community with low-income. The baskets provide enough food to feed a family for almost a week. This ministry is a partnership with Western Fairfax Christian Ministries, who provides the family lists for our delivery schedule.
Donations of canned foods are collected beginning in October for the Holiday Food Baskets. A list is published each fall requesting certain food items. Also, financial donations may be made to help with the purchasing of the food to complete the basket needs.
The Saturdays before Thanksgiving and Christmas are the primary day when help is needed. Servants are needed on both days to help package and deliver the baskets. Other servants are needed in the weeks leading up to help with the counting of canned food items and the contacting of recipient families.
If you would to participate in this year’s Holiday Food Basket Ministry, please contact Chris Granberg at email@example.com.
The Katherine K. Hanley Family Shelter helps assist families experiencing homelessness move into permanent housing as quickly as possible while continuing to provide services to families once they are housed. The model is based on the premise that families respond better to services when they are in their own homes, as compared to in shelters. Once the family is housed, community case management services are then specifically tailored to each family’s needs to help them maintain stable housing.
To support the families in the shelter, you may donate the following items Centreville UMC (in the Donation Center) or directly to the Kate Hanley Shelter:
(All items must be new and unopened)
- Disposable diapers (various sizes)
- Baby wipes
- Baby lotion
- Baby shampoo
Clothing (Items must be new)
- Hosiery (for kids & adults)
Gift Cards – Our biggest need!
- Wal‐mart, Target, Giant, Costco
- Gas cards (Exxon, Shell, Etc.)
- American Express, Visa
- Fun certificates (movie passes, bowling passes, etc.)
- Beauty/salon certificates (Bath and Body Works, massages, manicures, Hair Cuttery, etc.)
- Moving boxes
- Antibacterial wipes
- Powdered laundry detergent
- New pillows
- Paper towels
- Ziploc bags (sandwich & freezer)
- Scrub brushes
- Large heavy duty trash bags
Personal Hygiene Items
- Body wash
- Feminine hygiene products
- Shaving cream & disposable razors
- Hand & body lotion
Tutoring & Office Supplies
- White copier paper
Address: 12970 Katherine Hanley Ct
Fairfax, VA 22030
The Lamb Center is in continuous need of personal care, laundry, paper and plastic food serving products and maintenance supplies. The following are our most needed items used daily. These items can often be purchased in bulk and dropped off at Centreville UMC (in the Donation Center) or at the Lamb Center facility.
- 55 Gallon trash bags
- 13 Gallon trash bags with draw-strings
- Lysol spray
- Laundry detergent & liquid bleach
- Costco paper towel rolls for wall dispenser
Personal Care Items
- Small deodorant
- Shaving cream
- Disposable razors
- Styrofoam bowls, dinner & dessert plates
- Coffee, creamer, sugar & cold drink mix, styrofoam coffee cups 8-9 oz
- Plastic utensils
- Thermal underwear
Address: 3220 Old Lee Hwy
Fairfax, VA 22030
Over 900 UFO’s are distributed each month to children at Bull Run, Deer Park, and Centre Ridge Elementary Schools who do not have enough to eat on the weekends. Gallon size zip-lock plastic bags are filled with non-perishable, nutritious food items kids will enjoy. The bags are distributed by the school counselors each week. UFO food bags are collected on the first Sunday of each month.
To see where you can buy items for UFO food bags, download Pastor Alan’s Shopping List.
- 2 breakfasts (granola bars, oatmeal, small cereal box, etc)
- 2 lunches (cheese/crackers, cup of soup, peanut butter crackers, etc)
- 2 dinners (easy mac-n-cheese, individual beef ravioli, tuna, etc)
- 2-3 snacks (applesauce, pudding, fruit cup, fruit snacks, etc)
- 1 juice box (100% fruit juice box or a milk box)