Working in Our Community
These ministries are a strong representation of those that St. Anne’s and its Outreach Committee support. For additional information on our Outreach ministries, or if you want to share additional outreach ideas, please contact us at email@example.com.
Partnering with Reston Interfaith
In 1970, six Reston-area religious organizations including St. Anne’s founded Reston Interfaith (RI) to encourage the development of affordable housing in our community.
Reston Interfaith now provides support and advocacy for more than 13,000 Northern Virginia residents annually who are in need of food, shelter, affordable housing, quality childcare, and other human services. Reston Interfaith works along a continuum to deliver services that support people in crisis and help them achieve and maintain lasting stability. RI was a recipient of a 2008 and 2009 grant from St. Anne’s.
Thanksgiving Basket Drive
St. Anne’s parishioners assemble up to 60 Thanksgiving food baskets that are distributed to needy families served by Reston Interfaith.
Christmas Gifts Drive
St. Anne’s collects Christmas gifts for approximately 60 children and adult family members who participate in various Interfaith programs. Reston Interfaith Food Pantry. St. Anne’s parishioners help keep the Food Pantry’s shelves well-stocked year-round by bringing donations of canned and packaged foods to the church on the first Sunday of every month. Reston Interfaith distributes the collected food to Reston and Herndon families in need of emergency food assistance.
Reston Interfaith’s Homeless Walks
Each fall, Reston Interfaith holds a “Help the Homeless Community Walk,” the proceeds going to support the Embry Rucker Shelter. St. Anne’s has hosted the walk for many years, and parishioners join other faith organizations and community members in walking to raise both funds and awareness.
Doing Our Part to Provide Food, Shelter and Healthcare to the Needy
FACETS (Fairfax Area Christian Emergency & Transitional Services) serves a hot nutritious evening meal each nightto families and individuals in the Fairfax area who are homeless and temporarily housed in motels. This is a volunteer-intensive program – more than 1,000 volunteers participate from 35 faith partners. The St. Anne’s FACETS team prepares and delivers a complete dinner to families on the first Wednesday of each month.
Jeanie Schmidt Free Clinic
St. Anne’s has contributed for many years to this local clinic that provides health care services to low-income residents in our community. Volunteers provide administrative assistance, translation services, occasional evening meals for volunteers and assistance to the clients during their visit to the clinic.
The clinic was a recipient of a St. Anne’s grant in 2008 and 2009; part of our donation provides medicines and visits to specialists for clinic patients.
FISH (Friendly Instant Sympathetic Help)
FISH is a volunteer-run organization dedicated to helping people deal with emergencies and short-term needs. FISH operates an answering and referral service which provides callers with sources of potential assistance available and arranges transportation to medical appointments.
Eighteen faith communities, including St. Anne’s, support the Closet, a thrift shop in Herndon. Sale items include donated clothing, books, small furniture and appliances, toys, sporting goods and housewares. Profits are donated to charitable groups and college scholarships. St. Anne’s parishioners have volunteered at The Closet for many years.
Our Daily Bread
Providing food deliveries to about 60 families per month, Our Daily Bread is focused on easing the plight of low income families in the Fairfax County area. They rely heavily on volunteers to provide weekly food deliveries, maintain a food pantry for emergencies and provide mentoring and training to families to help them manage their finances and avoid homelessness.
St Anne’s Mission Outreach Camp (“Mission Possible”)
For a week in July, twenty-one 6th – 8th graders went out on daily mission trips that included stocking books and labeling clothing at a thrift shop, performing and playing bingo with the elderly at Fellowship House, creating a day of fun activities for children at a homeless shelter, and cleaning and planting at a neighborhood park. Each day, the campers spent time with Rev. Denise as they studied scriptures related to the day’s activities.
Habitat for Humanity of Northern Virginia
An ecumenical Christian organization, Habitat is building nine new condominiums for low income families who otherwise would not be able to afford a home. St. Anne’s is a sponsor of Maple Ridge, a new Habitat project located in Fairfax City. Building began in November, 2008. In 2009 St. Anne’s parishioners had the opportunity to spend a day at the building site working side-by-side with future owners to help build one of these condos.
Relay for Life: The Grateful Living
St. Anne's sponsors The Grateful Living team, founded in 2001 by parishioner Victoria Reid. The team is co-sponsored by Reston’s Used Book Shop. The annual Relay for Life is an American Cancer Society event established over 20 years ago to raise awareness and solicit contributions for a cure. The Reston Relay takes place each spring at South Lakes High School, but the team is active from January through June each year. During the seven years in which we have participated, hundreds of teams representing cancer survivors have raised several million dollars to fund research, outreach, and patient services.
Caring for the Elderly
Front Porch Singers/Elder Outreach
This spirited group of folk-style singers and musicians take familiar, good-time music, sing-alongs, and fellowship to retirement communities and similar venues. They also sing at church functions.
Meals on Wheels
Each August, St. Anne’s parishioners deliver prepared meals to neighbors in need through Fairfax County’s Meals on Wheels program. Participants receive two meals a day, five days a week.
Supporting Parents and Children
Common Ground Child Care Center
Common Ground Child Care Center
leaving St. Anne's website and entering Common Ground Child Care website) is a not-for-profit corporation located in the educational wing of St. Anne’s Church. The Center was started in 1972 by the Common Ground Foundation, an organization created by St. Anne’s (then named the Episcopal Congregation of the Church at Reston) to provide solutions for community needs in the new town of Reston.
Common Ground provides year-round child-care programs for children ages 6 weeks to 12 years of age as well as before- and after-school programs and summer camp for elementary school children. Common Ground’s goal is to provide high-quality childcare to all segments of the community. They maintain this tradition through participation in the Fairfax County Child Care Assistance Program for low and moderate income families.
Newborns in Need
St. Anne’s provided support this year to the Fairfax INOVA OB/GYN clinic which provides assistance to approximately 400 mothers and their infants who cannot afford even the most basic infant needs. In addition to purchasing diapers, car seats and other items from this fund, parishioners have made in-kind contributions to this worthwhile project.
Other Outreach Programs
Jennifer Mitchell Memorial Scholarship Fund
St. Anne’s joins four other congregations annually to make scholarship awards to 11 high school seniors from Reston and Herndon. The fund was established to recognize students who have attained a solid record of achievement despite economic, family, linguistic or other difficulties that would have impeded less dedicated and determined students.
“A Just Church in a Just World” - We are an organization of progressive Episcopalians working in the Diocese of Virginia who seek, through action, discussion and education, both a church and a society that strive for justice and peace among all people.
Lake Anne Tutors
Each fall St. Anne’s recruits tutors to work with Lake Anne Elementary School students who need a little extra help in reading, writing, math and/or science.
Twelve-Step Support Groups
St. Anne’s welcomes a number of community self-help groups including Alcoholics Anonymous, Overeaters Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous, Al-Anon and Survivors of Incest. Meetings are held throughout the week as well as on the weekend.
Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy (VICPP)
VICPP is an interfaith alliance of Jewish, Christian and Muslim communities in Virginia (including St. Anne’s and the Diocese), which prepares for active involvement in Virginia’s General Assembly. Issues for concentrated attention are selected by the membership. Weekly updates during each session of the Virginia General Assemby are posted on VICCP's website to inform faith communities of bills under consideration which require monitoring and advocacy.