In September 2020, the Outreach and Advocacy Team invited Peace people to conversations where we will shared our work and learning over the past few months.
- Session 1: A video of the first session from September 20th is below. It focused on what direct service and faith-based advocacy are and the role of the church in advocacy efforts.
- Session 2: The second session on Sunday September 27 will delve more specifically into organizations doing service and advocacy work, and offer ways of getting involved as an expression of our faith.
Help our community members:
- The nearby ACCA Child Development Center needs masks for kids! Support two community partners at one time by ordering handmade masks through a Lutheran Social Services’ initiative of clients sewing masks for supplemental income during this difficult time of financial insecurity. Masks are $5-10 each with a quick turnaround. Please contact Netra Anand at email@example.com to order child-sized masks that can then be dropped off directly to the ACCA Child Development Center. For questions or to coordinate a drop off at Peace, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Clothing Drive: The ACCA Child Development Center, 7200 Columbia Pike in Annandale, has a table outside where you can put giveaways. Children’s clothing is most needed. Although the CDC only serves children through 5 years, clothing for older children is also welcome. Please put clean, lightly used clothing in clear plastic bags and label with gender, size and season. Better to have several smaller bags than one really big bag. Here is an opportunity to serve our community. For more information, check out accacares.org.
1. Annandale Christian Community for Action (ACCA): Peace is a founding member of this 36-member ecumenical organization that helps with emergency cash, food, furniture, and other services to families living in our community. Find out ways to help and donate at accacares.org.
You can help in one of these 3 ways:
- Write a check (made to ACCA Inc.) and mail to ACCA, 7200 Columbia Pike, Annandale VA 22003
- Donate online through the Catalogue for Philanthropy.
- We will continue to collect donations on Saturday mornings from 9 am. – noon through September 26, 2020 at the food pantry located at 7200 Columbia Pike (trailer separate from the day care center) in Annandale. Weekday food collections will take place from 1 – 5 p.m. Pantry volunteers are following social distancing guidelines while volunteering at the pantry and we encourage visitors to keep the health and safety of our volunteers in mind while donating.
2. Peace partners with LSS to provide Homework Clubs to youth and families who are new to the U.S. There is now an emergency relief fund set up to help clients, including Homework Club families. Click here to donate to the fund. Link: https://lssnca.org/get_involved/make_donation/donate.html
3. Food for Others: Peace partners with this organization by providing space for fresh produce to be grown. Donate time or money to this organization that helps families in our area by clicking here and signing up.
4. Donate blood:There is a need for life-saving blood donations right now. High schoolers may also donate (depending on age, parental consent may be required). Find an appointment time here.
Dear church, it is widely reported and known that the Covid19 pandemic is disproportionately affecting black and brown communities across the United States. The pandemic has exposed and exacerbated racially-driven inequities that exist in business, healthcare, education, law enforcement, and public policy. Advocacy is a way to address these inequities: “We’re involved in advocacy because it’s part of our baptism…the God who justifies then sets us free to do justice and turns us away from ourselves and towards our neighbor.”
Watch more about ELCA advocacy and please stay tuned for more details on how you can be involved in efforts to love and support our neighbors facing especially difficult times right now.
ELCA Advocacy https://www.elca.org/advocacy
Faith Alliance for Climate Solutions https://faithforclimate.org
Alliance for Justice https://mffh.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/AFJ_what-is-advocacy.pdf
Bread for the World https://bread.org/get-involved
Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy https://www.virginiainterfaithcenter.org/get-involved/
Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement (VOICE) https://www.voice-iaf.org/
Lutheran Social Services/National Capital Area https://lssnca.org/
Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) https://www.lirs.org/take-action/