Volunteers from St. Michael's staff the A-SPAN Homeless Center during mealtime on the first Friday of each month. Click on photo to sign up.
In Our Local Community St. Michael's parishioners support local community outreach through volunteer activities, fundraising, and gifts in kind. We also donate to a monthly basket collection, through which we give warm clothes, blankets, toiletries, food items, school supplies and books. The local groups highlighted on this page represent the major programs with which St. Michael's works. For more information, please contact Caroline Haynes at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rise Against Hunger volunteers from across Arlington help prepare meals
St. Michael's parishioners were among the over 100 volunteers
Rise Against Hunger (formerly known as Stop Hunger Now) lead a spirited team of over 100 volunteers from St. Michael's and five other Arlington parishes on the morning of Mar. 25, 2017 at St. Peter's Episcopal Church to fulfill a pledge to "make" 12,000 meals in under 2 hours!
In an effort to engage as many people as possible in the movement to eradicate hunger by 2030, RAH meal packing events provide an immensely fulfilling, impactful and fun experience for everyone involved. Volunteers are tasked with mixing, filling, weighing, sealing and boxing non-perishable meals that will be sent worldwide to fight the hunger crisis.
Creating a movement through educating people about the issue of hunger is core to RAH creating the will to mobilize the necessary resources to end hunger in our lifetime. Thanks to the amazing team from St. Michael's for being part of a wonderful community experience!
Arlington Street People's Alliance Network For many years St. Michael's volunteers have prepared homeless bagged meals the second Sunday each month for A-SPAN to distribute to the homeless in Arlington. We also staff the A-SPAN Homeless Center during mealtime on the first Friday of the month, and we donate clothing and toiletries for distribution to the homeless.
Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC) The economic downturn generated a huge increase in demand for food assistance from AFAC. Thanks to the ongoing generosity of St. Michael's parishioners, through the basket collection we were able to make donations to AFAC annually in excess of 1000 pounds of food, in addition to monetary contributions to purchase fresh food and milk.
Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing APAH builds and owns rental housing that is affordable to Arlington's low wage earners. St. Michael's has supported APAH's school age children by providing new backpacks filled with school supplies.
Rebuilding Together Formerly called Christmas in April, Rebuilding Together keeps dozens of St. Michaelites busy each yearon the last Saturday in April refurbishing a home for a low income family or individual in our community. In the past year St. Michael's volunteers provided the funds and people-power needed to refurbish a nearby house and its yard. Learn more about Rebuilding Together.
Doorways for Women and Families St. Michael's parishioners are long-time financial supporters of Doorways (formerly TACTS), the emergency shelter and safe house for women and families. We also provide assistance through basket collections of food, household items, and gift cards for purchasing back-to-school supplies. Meals on Wheels St. Michael's long-time commitment to the Meals on Wheels program continues. Our volunteers deliver meals to the home-bound three times a month. Additional volunteers are always needed and appreciated.
Salvation Army Angel Tree Each December we fill Christmas stockings for the Salvation Army to distribute to needy children. Through the Angel Trees, more than 50 disadvantaged children received clothes and toys. In addition, our Youth Group spends a Saturday morning before Christmas at the Salvation Army warehouse helping to organize the mountain of gifts that are donated from across Arlington.
The Reading Connection Working closely with Doorways and other shelters in northern Virginia, The Reading Connection (TRC) runs programs focused on improving the lives of local at-risk children and their families by helping them create environments that encourage reading. This mission is accomplished by volunteers who read aloud to children at shelters and community centers, and book donations that provide children with free, new books to keep. St. Michael's conducts an annual basket collection of books that can be given to the children and also docates funds to support TRC's programs.