Seasonal Community Service

Back to School Backpacks

Remember the excitement and anticipation of going back to school: reuniting with old friends, making new ones, getting to know new teachers, and the challenges of the new year? For many families, the challenge is to pay for the back-to-school items that they need. St. Anne's participates with the Back to School program at Cornerstones which uses to provide supplies to local classrooms. But they need good quality backpacks as well.

 

Contact Judy Skirbunt at judy.skirbunt@gmail.com or Nancy Santoro at nsantoro8@yahoo.com.

Christmas Gifts Drive

In connection with Cornerstones (formerly Reston Interfaith), St. Anne’s collects Christmas gifts for children who participate in various Cornerstones programs. Wish lists are posted at St. Anne’s in November.

 

Contact Jane Smith at smithtjl@verizon.net or by calling 703-471-0054.

Community Garden

St. Anne’s has a community garden growing vegetables and other items to support our food pantry and others around us.  We are looking for volunteers for weeding, watering and harvesting, no previous experience required.

 

Contact Ray Copson at copsons@gmail.com.

Gleaning

After the regular harvest from July to November local farmers are left with produce in the fields that is not economical for them to gather. The Gleaning program allows local faith communities to gather together and bring teams in to collect produce for those in need. 

 

Contact Karen German at karengerman1@verizon.net

Hypothermia Shelter

December through March are the coldest months of the year. This is the time of the year that people living on the margins need our support the most. St. Anne’s feels that our work on this mission is crucial to the survival of the community around us. For one week a year Epiphany Episcopal Church in Franklin Farms, VA runs a temporary shelter. We help them to transport, feed, support and entertain the homeless staying at their shelter. 

 

Contact David Safford at daveheather724@yahoo.com.

Jennifer Mitchell Scholarship

St. Anne’s joins five other Reston-area religious congregations annually to make scholarship awards to high school seniors from South Lakes and Herndon High Schools. The scholarship 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. The fund is named after Jennifer Mitchell, who was a high school senior when she died in an automobile accident in 1990. St. Anne’s has participated since the inception of the fund. St. Anne’s also hosts a reception for the students, their families, and members of the Scholarship Committee to recognize their achievements.

Contact JQ or Graham Gillen at jqgillen@yahoo.com.

 

Contact Rosie Horn at rosiehorn@verizon.net

OAR - Coats For Recently Released Prisoners

Provides a warm, fresh start to those who are newly released from prison. 

Coat Donations. OAR needs gently used medium, large, XL and XXL warm winter coats — mostly men's — and sweatshirts from Sunday, Nov. 2, through the middle of March. As space is limited please only donate these items. 

We are also in need of volunteers to help us pick up the coats once a week for a month and deliver them to OAR in Fairfax. 

 

To learn more about OAR, see their website: www.oarfairfax.org.

Contact Jackie Wooldridge at chipwool@msn.com or by calling 703-819-2346.

Thanksgiving Food Drive

No one should go hungry on Thanksgiving. Sadly for some in our community a Thanksgiving dinner just isn’t possible. Working with Cornerstones we gather food to contribute to hundreds of local families in need. Look for the boxes in November! 

 

Contact Robin and Chip George at crgeorge2@comcast.net or by calling 703-925-9143. 

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