Vale actively supports the following ministries and programs with volunteers and with funds raised through the annual auction, Christmas tree sales, and special offerings. If you would like to learn more about Vale missions or participate, please contact Vale Mission Co-Chairs Deb Cohen (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Tom Feeney (email@example.com). The mission shepherds are listed below in brackets.
“Fighting Hunger Near and Far” Moving beyond our walls to creeate a more just and loving world.
Local hands-on mission opportunities:
Homeless Hypothermia Prevention Shelter and Picnics– Every winter, Vale provides manpower, food, and supplies to the homeless guests who stay in the shelters. We supported three shelters during 2013. Vale also sponsors and supports summertime picnics with Fairfax homeless. [Shepherd: Linda Potts]
The Lamb Center – Vale financially supports this daytime drop-in center that serves homeless individuals in Fairfax. [Shepherd: Linda Potts]
Alternative House's Emergency Shelter‒ Vale provides a monthly dinner to the residents of this voluntary crisis intervention program for young people 13 to 17 years old. [Shepherd: Jan Feeney]
The Closet (More Information) ‒ This nonprofit enterprise supplies used clothing to low-income families. Vale provides two volunteers to the Closet two to three times a month. [Shepherd: Chris Olsen, Betty Chapas]
Community of Faith Food Pantry ‒ Vale supports the pantry by donating funds, food, and service on the third Tuesday of each month. [Shepherd: TBD]
Committee for Helping Others ‒ Vale volunteers help CHO pick up donated furniture, appliances, and other household articles and redistribute them to those in need. [Shepherd: John Potts]
FACETS –This nonprofit organization provides emergency intervention services and educational programs for homeless and low-income people in Fairfax County. Vale participates by preparing and delivering more than 100 meals six times a year. [Shepherd: Dottie Brinker, Amy Masters]
Sunshine Buckets ‒ Vale volunteers collected hygiene materials for two local battered women’s shelters. [Shepherd: Mariela Walker]
Washington, DC, Ministries:
First Sunday Mission – the first Sunday of every month, our youth group prepares food for 150-200 people and travels to Washington D.C.’s Franklin Park to serve the homeless. Adults have the opportunity to chaperone this monthly mission. [Shepherd: Randy Brouckman, Moises Altamirano]
SE DC Kids – Individual Vale sponsors provide school supplies and Christmas and birthday gifts to 32 kids in SE DC. We also mentor youth who need help navigating the system to gain entry into college or the workforce. [Shepherds: Linda Allardyce, Mary Moran, John & Linda Potts]
SE DC Food Pantry – Vale provides food for ten low-income families in SE DC once a month. [Shepherds: Linda Allardyce, Mary Moran, John & Linda Potts]
Highland Partners ‒ (formerly HSP) For the past 9 years, Vale has sent a team of adults and youth to the Guatemalam highlands, where they have built stoves, school additions, a home, and a community gathering area and planted trees for reforestation. [Shepherd: Deb Cohen]
Stop Hunger Now ‒ Last year Vale raised funds through Christmas tree sales and packaged 50,000 meals for this relief organization whose mission is to provide sustainable food programs to the maximum number of hungry throughout the world in the most rapid, efficient, and effective manner. Our meals went to the Dominican Republic and Burkina Faso last year. In our four-year history supporting Stop Hunger Now, Vale has packaged 113,000 meals for the needy throughout the world. [Shepherd: TBD]
Heifer Project ‒ empowers families to turn hunger and poverty into hope and prosperity by bringing sustainable agriculture and commerce to areas with a long history of poverty. Heifer animals provide partners with both food and reliable income, as agricultural products such as milk, eggs and honey can be traded or sold at market. The first female offspring gets passed on to another family helping the community grow. [Shepherd: Jan Feeney]
Society of St. Andrew ‒ This ecumenical hunger ministry delivers fresh produce that would otherwise be wasted to needy persons across the U.S. Vale youth have taken part in the Society’s Harvest of Hope, a worship, study, and service mission trip.
Fair Trade ‒ Vale sells Fair Trade coffee & tea products weekly during fellowship after church. [Shepherd: Jan Feeney]
Financial Mission Support
Wesley Housing Development Corp. of Northern Virginia ‒ Vale donates funds to this United Methodist ministry that provides low-income housing for persons living with AIDS and for disabled or low-income elderly persons.
United Methodist Committee on Relief ‒ Vale supports UMCOR financially and with in-kind donations, which help provide ongoing assistance to the survivors of last year’s hurricane in Haiti as well as emergency relief to Zimbabwe in the form of school and health kits, tents, water filters, and maize.
Dr. Elma Jocson ‒ Vale helps financially support this United Methodist missionary serving as a pediatric surgeon at Ganta United Methodist Hospital in Liberia. [Shepherd: Steve Miska]
Malaria No More ‒ (formerly Nothing But Nets) Vale financially supports this grassroots campaign to save lives by preventing malaria, a leading killer of children in Africa, by hanging nets over children while they sleep.
Oxfam in Sudan ‒ Vale contributes funds to Oxfam, which has built 1,500 latrines and 200 bath units at a site chosen to house 30,000 displaced people in North Darfur. The organization has also distributed hygiene and household items to 12,000 more displaced Sudanese people.
Fonelisco ‒ This NGO provides a home, food, and education for children who are living on the streets in Mwanza, Tanzania.
Other Mission Opportunities
The Shepherds Center of Oakton and Vienna (SCOV) – Vale financially supports and provides volunteers to this nonprofit organization that offers opportunities for adults 50 and over to live independent, meaningful lives through service and enrichment programs. [Shepherd: Susan Leigh and Ed Lowry]
Just Neighbors – Vale financially supports this nonprofit organization that provides immigration legal services to low-income immigrants and refugees of all faiths and nationalities. [Shepherd: Laura Clark]
United Methodist Family Services ‒ Vale provides funds for this vital ministry in the Virginia Conference that offers statewide adoption and foster care services, a retirement community for older adults, and a residential home for troubled teens.
White Dove Christmas Program – Every Christmas the Vale congregation donates approximately $10K of new clothes, toys, and books to 150 individuals in McDowell County, West Virginia, one of the poorest counties in the nation. [Shepherd: Bill DuBois, Andy Cohen]