Church of the Ascension is committed to loving and serving those at the margins of our community. We have varying levels of volunteer opportunities: from weekly and monthly commitments to quarterly and annual events. Our two primary community partnerships are with the Bridges to Independence and the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC). For more information and to learn how to get involved, contact us.
Bridges to Independence
The Bridges to Independence is an organization in the heart of our community that helps homeless women and families get back on their feet again. Their primary shelter, the Sullivan House, is located just a few blocks from our church building. A group of Ascension volunteers tutor the Sullivan House youth on a weekly basis and run their School Kids in Transition (SKIT) program semimonthly. The group spends time with the youth playing games, creating art, and enjoying healthy snacks. Click here to learn more about upcoming opportunities to serve at SKIT.
Our congregation also helps support former Sullivan families who are transitioning into their own housing by collecting and delivering furniture and other household supplies. We participate in additional events throughout the year that benefit AACH including the Help the Homeless Walk and the Safe at Home Kickball Tournament.
As we continue to build relationships with the families at Sullivan House, we hope to match other specific needs with the skills and talents of our congregation, including but not limited to skills related to interviews and employment, technology and entrepreneurship.
Arlington Food Assistance Center
The Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC) is a non-profit that serves the community by providing supplemental groceries and fresh food to households who cannot afford to purchase enough food to meet their daily needs.
We have partnered with AFAC to work on a Plot Against Hunger site located at the Washington Boulevard American Legion. The garden’s harvest this summer provided 150lb of fresh fruit and vegetables which supplemented the packaged foods AFAC clients received. This fall, we’ll make a trip to a local farm to glean for AFAC, providing similar fresh fruit and vegetables to clients.
In 2011, our congregation committed a special offering during the season of Advent to purchase a truckload of farm-fresh foods for AFAC clients and we led a team in unloading and packing the vegetables for distribution.