Community Support

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Pray for Ukraine

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The global impact of Russian invasion of Ukraine is unmeasurable and we can't help but feel overwhelmed and heartbroken about it. And in times of mourning, the Bible encourages us to cry out to God for comfort and help. Church leaders in Ukraine have asked the global church to specifically pray for their protection between the hours of 7-9 PM EST. This is 2-4 AM in Ukraine and is when they are experiencing the heaviest shelling. Join churches around the world as we all lift up our brothers and sisters at the same time, TOGETHER!

Ukraine - Justice & Mercy International

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Over 1.7 million people have already fled Ukraine to surrounding countries, according to the UN Refugee Agency. From that number, more than 80 thousand people have found refuge in Moldova – a country about the size of Maryland, where one of Grace’s incredible global partners is located. Justice & Mercy International is have been a strong presence in Moldova for over 20 years and when the Ukraine invasion started, their team knew they had to take action and support their neighbors. Their staff & volunteers have been working day and night to provide food, shelter, generators, heaters, fuel, and other resources to Ukrainian refugees. We are committed to support JMI’s team in Moldova and we want to invite you to join us. If you were looking for ways to help, go now to trygrace.org/give and make your donation to our Compassion & Justice Fund.

Volunteer at IJM Global Prayer Gathering

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Don't miss this exciting in-person opportunity to support our partner International Justice Mission (IJM) by serving at The Global Prayer Gathering in Baltimore April 29-30, 2022. IJM needs to fill multiple 7 to 10-hour slots (with breaks) for the various roles to staff the event. These roles will include prayer room support, ushers and registration, both at the event and the days prior. All roles are at (or very close) to the Baltimore Convention Center. If interested, please sign up here for the limited volunteer slots by February 18.

Panera Doughnation

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The NoVA Doughnation Ministry is an incredible group of volunteers who pick up left-over food from Panera Bread before they close in the evening and donate those leftovers to the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC). So far the group has been able to donate over 600 lbs of food, and they need YOU to do more! This is a quick effort and a light lift that makes a huge difference. You can pick up once in a blue moon, once a month, once a week….whatever works best for you. To sign up to serve, please visit  Nova Doughnation Ministry sign-ups

Afghanistan - World Relief

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Our partners at World Relief are working tirelessly to support Afghan refugees arriving in the United States and those still trapped in Afghanistan. The need for financial support is great and you can support their efforts here.

Haiti - Feed My Starving Children

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Haiti is one of the most food-insecure places in the world, and it’s difficult to overstate the level of crisis the country is currently facing. We are joining forces with our partners at Feed My Starving Children as they set to send millions of meals to survivors of the earthquake. If you’d like to know more or donate meals through FMSC, please visit their website.

Operation Unsung Heroes

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The COVID war rages on and grocery store workers are the unsung heroes in this fight. Volunteers from Grace Community Church assembled thousands of gift bags to personally encourage every grocery store worker in our community. Watch the video

Volunteer with our Local Partners

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Whether it's distributing food to families in need, teaching ESL, cooking dinner for individuals in shelters or mentoring a student via Zoom, our local partners have an opportunity for you to serve our neighbors during this pandemic. Please visit their volunteer pages to learn more: Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC), Bridges to Independence, Carpenter’s Shelter, Casa Chirilagua, Little Lights.

Donate Blood

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The American Red Cross is in urgent need for blood during this time. Donating blood is safe and does not impact or weaken the immune system, so people should not hesitate to give or receive blood during this time. Volunteer blood donors are the only source of blood for those in need of transfusions. Visit the Red Cross Blood Donor App, RedCrossBlood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to find a blood drive close to you.

Volunteer Arlington

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Going stir crazy at home? Volunteer Arlington has a list of local nonprofits and a number of volunteer opportunities around Arlington County for you. To serve others is an amazing way to love and support our community.

AFAC Food Drive

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Shopping for groceries? Consider buying extra items for our friends at AFAC (Arlington Food Assistance Center). Items can be dropped off at their warehouse during working hours - more details here. AFAC is most in need of the following low sugar & low sodium items: Canned tuna, canned soup, canned vegetables, peanut butter (in plastic jars) and cereal. Please refrain from donating foods that are opened, expired, prepared meals, or packaged in glass.

Empowering Our Local Partners

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Throughout the first weeks of COVID-19 relief efforts, Grace made monetary and/or product donations to several of our local partners to empower them to help our community during this tough time. Donations were sent to A-SPAN, Arlington Free Clinic, Bridges to Independence, Carpenter's Shelter, Casa Chirilagua, Little Lights, Northern Virginia Family Services, American Red Cross, Thrive and also to the Family & Students Support Funds of Thomas Jefferson Middle School and George Mason High School. You can support our local partners by to our Covid-19 relief efforts.

Give a Book, Nourish a Mind

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Did you know that kids who need food also need books? Children facing food insecurity due to school closures are the same children who depend on schools and libraries for books. And young minds need nourishment, too – especially during this difficult time. Grace Community Church has made a donation of $700 to Read Early and Daily (R.E.A.D.)  to support these children with books. If you would like to help, consider donating $7 to R.E.A.D. today to get books into the hands of every child in need from PreK through 3rd grade.