Mentors for Cunningham Park Elementary School: Following a very successful inaugural year, we are excited to continue our mentoring program in the fall of 2018! Prayerfully consider if you have an hour a week to make a difference in the life of a child. (Don’t be surprised if they make a difference in your life!) For more information, contact Sue Hamblen at sue.hamblen@viennapres.org.

 

CROP Hunger Walk on Sunday, October 7: This community-wide event, sponsored by Church World Service, is organized by local groups to raise funds and awareness to end hunger. For more info and to join the VPC team, contact Doris Cooper at dcoopva@aol.com. Register to walk or make a donation.

 

Global Friends Hospitality/Outreach: This cross-cultural ministry helps immigrants and Americans gain cultural awareness in a fun way. Beginning October 28, volunteers are paired with an international individual or family to plan a once a month low key activity or meal. In the first 3 years of the ministry, we’ve matched over 120 volunteers with international friendship partners from 24 countries! For more information and to sign up, contact Kathy Underhill at butifnot@aol.com. If interested in becoming a Global Friends Partner, please complete the Global Friends Partner Form.

 

Fighting Human Trafficking: Pray, serve, and learn about the growing epidemic of human trafficking in Vienna, and the greater NOVA area.  This bi-weekly group meets on 1st and 3rd Wednesdays from 9:30-11am in the parlor, and is led by Dr. Megan Gerbracht. Dr. Gerbracht is a licensed clinical psychologist and volunteer with our mission partner, NOVA HTI (Northern Virginia Human Trafficking Initiative). For more information about the group and/or how you can fight human trafficking in Northern Virginia, contact Megan Gerbracht at drgerbracht@gmail.com.

 

Support for Domestic Violence Survivor’s: VPC hosts a women’s group of Domestic Violence Survivors twice a month for counseling and strategizing ways to ‘break the cycle’. Small groups have been providing a much appreciated meal for these women as they diligently work to repair and rebuild their lives. If your small group would like to engage in radical hospitality, contact Sue Hamblen at sue.hamblen@viennapres.org.

 

Bethany Women’s Center and Alternative House: These shelters regularly need our food support. The easy-to-prepare recipes and sign-up sheet are located outside the kitchen door in a box on the wall. Preparing these meals is a great way for students to complete volunteer hours.  This outreach ministry is tremendously appreciated by both shelters.  For more information, contact Cindy Alls at 703.222.3657.

 

CHO (Committee for Helping Others): has several volunteer opportunities for individuals who are interested in making a difference by assisting with tasks that are essential to the community services that CHO provides. Most activities can be done at your convenience, although there are certain time periods when the work is more concentrated. For more information, contact the CHO volunteer coordinator, Carol Digan, at carolamacura@gmail.com.

 

ESOL: Each year VPC teaches English to more than 400 adult students in our community. Approximately 90 volunteers teach and assist students in learning English on Monday and Wednesday morning and Tuesday and Thursday evenings. All classes are taught in English, and teaching experience is not required. We provide training and support for teachers and staff two teachers for each class. For more information, contact Deb Rymer at deb.rymer@viennapres.org.

 

VPC Quilt Makers: Quilters, crafters, or those who can sew – come be a part of a friendly community that makes quilts for  children and adults in need.  All levels of sewing skills are welcome. This group meets on 1st and 3rd Wednesdays from 1-3 pm in Room 308. For more information, contact Stephanie Russell at sprmeme3974@gmail.com.