St. Aidan’s has a strong history of outreach activities that help people in need both inside and outside our church family. Everyone is invited to lend their ideas and support.
Our newest outreach effort is working to welcome and help support a refugee family. We have been working for months to ready a home for them, and will soon be helping them acclimate to life in Alexandria.
We are involved in varied ministries in the community, including food and clothing efforts with United Community Ministries and Rising Hope United Methodist Mission Church, which serve the poor and homeless along the Route One corridor. For years, we have provided juice for families at Mondloch House, a transitional housing unit for displaced families. We have helped build homes with Habitat for Humanity in Virginia and West Virginia. We have delivered meals to the elderly through Meals on Wheels. And we have contributed to material and spiritual needs of select people and organizations in Malawi, Thailand and Sudan.
St. Aidan's also invites the community to use our spaces for meetings and events. Frequently you will see Boy Scouts or 4H or exercize or drama groups in White Hall or kids practicing soccer on our large lawn. We are delighted to have become such an integral part of our community.
VICHOP (Ventures in Community Hypothermia Outreach Program)
Many homeless people who are located along the Route 1 corridor are unable and/or unwilling to seek the services in a shelter. The VIC Hypothermia Outreach Program provides an overnight place for them to stay during the coldest nights of the winter. It’s intent is simply to SAVE LIVES. The goal is to have zero deaths from exposure. This program is managed by Route One Housing and is located in the building o. Rising Hope United Methodist Mission Church. Churches in the area provide volunteers so that the center can be open every night during the months of December through March. This commitment includes providing people to stay all night, people to cook and serve the guests an evening meal.
Many years, St. Aidan's parishioners staff a mission trip. In the past we have worked rebuilding from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina along the Mississippi coast, worked in soup kitchens in New York City, and spend several days of service learning at the Steinbruck Center in Washington, D.C.
Family Outreach Opportunities
St. Aidan's provides ways for families to teach their kids about volunteering. One favorite is the Angel Tree that appears in the Church before Christmas with ornaments families can choose listing gifts requested by area kids in need. Many families work as a group on a service project through Volunteer Fairfax on Martin Luther King Day. The Church also sponsors various other projects throughout the year that are perfect for smaller hands.
If you are interested in hearing more about St. Aidan's Outreach or in getting involved, please contact Phil Paradine - firstname.lastname@example.org