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The parishioners of Holy Comforter make financial contributions to the following local mission projects. Volunteers also contribute many hours of hands-on labor to Pennywise Thrift Shop, Britepaths, and FACETS.

Arise Campus Ministry at George Mason University: A Christian ministry that encourages students to explore faith and discover grace through worship, mission projects, social events and small groups. Contact the Rev. Valerie Hayes.

BRAWS: The mission is to support women and girls in shelters by providing new (with tags on) bras and underwear. Contact Jill Maroney.

Britepaths: Provides Fairfax County area neighbors in need with short-term safety net services, empowering them to work toward long term self-sufficiency. Holy Comforter parishioners help to stock the emergency food pantry by collecting, sorting, and delivering grocery items on a weekly basis. Twice a year, our volunteers shop, sort, pack and deliver groceries to thirty families. Contact Susan McGuire.

Committee for Helping Others: A Vienna-based mission comprised of Vienna churches, synagogues, and civic groups which helps people in need of food, shelter, clothing, furniture, and transportation. Volunteers are needed to collect, store, and distribute donated items at several sites in Vienna. Contact Heather Glynn.

FACETS: Fairfax Area Christian Emergency and Transition Services: “Helping parents, their children and individuals who suffer the effects of poverty – so often unnoticed – in the Fairfax, VA area since 1988.” Holy Comforter contributes many volunteer hours to FACETS programs:

  • Hot Meals prepared at Holy Comforter and delivered(2nd Sunday each month) Contact Leslie Barnhart.
  • Hypothermia Prevention Shelter: At Holy Comforter one week during the winter months. Many volunteers help with preparations and during the shelter week. Contact Alisa Vogt.

Images for Good: Celebrates our community by documenting acts of service and special events via photography. Contact: Kevin Krisko.

Insight Memory Care Center: Formerly known as Alzheimer’s Family Day Center, this organization prides itself in caring for individuals with a variety of memory impairments and helping families through each disease process. More than just a day center, IMCC provides family caregiver support and education. Volunteers are welcomed.

Junior League of Northern Virginia: The Community programs of this Junior League address childhood obesity, which affects one in five children in Northern Virginia. Contact Maj-Lene Keech.

L’Arche: L’Arche Greater Washington, D.C. is part of an international L’Arche movement to imagine community differently; a community where people with and without intellectual disabilities live together sharing homes, providing mutual support, and advocating for one another. There are two of these communities, including four communal homes, in D.C. and Northern Virginia. In these communities the weakest members are given a place of honor and their gifts are called forth. Mutual relationships and trust in God are at the heart of their life together. Contact Joni Langevoort.

Main Street Child Development Center: Located in Fairfax, Main Street was founded in 1973 and serves 150 children, ages 2 to five, from predominantly low income families. Volunteers are welcomed.

Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington: Helps those with the greatest needs in D.C., empowering them to choose their own goals and pursue them. See the website for volunteer opportunities. Contact Candace Dibblee.

Second Story:  Known until April, 2017 as Alternative House, Second Story’s mission is to help homeless, abused, and at-risk young people by providing safe shelters and opportunities for growth. There are also programs for young mothers. Second Story has four types of volunteers: Individual Long-Term, Individual Short-Term, Group volunteers, and Community Service Hours for Students. Contact Aimee Davis.

Sprout Therapeutic Riding and Education Center: A mission-based non-profit organization providing equine assisted activities and therapies to individuals and groups. It seeks to raise public awareness about special needs and to provide dynamic learning, recreation, and socialization opportunities in a farm environment in Loudon County. Volunteers provides critical support to Sprout clients. Contact Jane Reft.

The Lamb Center, Fairfax: Operates as a day-time shelter serving the poor and homeless, transforming lives, and sharing God’s love. Volunteer opportunities are varied. Contact Dottie Stone.

The Shepherd Center Oakton-Vienna: Serves older persons in our community by offering a number of services including classes, ‘Friendly Callers’, ‘Handy Helpers’, transportation to appointments, grocery delivery, and a registered nurse on site. Contact Barbara Fitzsimmons.

Veterans Moving Forward Service Dogs: A source of service dogs and canine therapy services for veterans with physical and/or mental health challenges, provided at no cost to the veteran. Volunteers are welcome. Contact Michele Khol.

Washington National Cathedral Reconstruction Fund: The Cathedral sustained more than thirty-four million dollars in damage during the August 23, 2011 earthquake.