Outreach Team Mission Statement
Our mission is to advance the work of Christ outside our parish walls by creating a more humane and just world. We strive to inform, inspire, and involve parishioners in service opportunities and advocacy locally, regionally, and globally and steward our shared time, talent, and treasure.
The Outreach Team provides us with opportunities to do much more good in the world collectively than we could do individually. The Outreach Team coordinates activities, discusses future initiatives, allocates the Outreach budget, and leads us towards achieving our strategic plan objectives. We meet quarterly and all parishioners are invited to attend our meetings.
We take inspiration from Jesus’ words:
"Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me." (Matthew 25:40)
Emmanuel parishioners use their time and talents to help our neighbors in Alexandria. The Outreach Team coordinates the following volunteer efforts:
Alexandria Tutoring Consortium. Emmanuel volunteers tutor 10 to 12 kindergartners and first graders each year with their reading skills.
Alive! Furniture Delivery. Emmanuel volunteers participate twice a year to pick up furniture from donors and deliver to families and individuals in need in Alexandria.
Alive! Food Collection. Emmanuel collects non-perishable food items and distributes them monthly to hundreds of Alexandria families in need. Emmanuel volunteers support the “Last Saturday Food Distribution” each month, where up to 600 households receive groceries.
Bag Lunch Program. Emmanuel volunteers prepare over 2,000 bag lunches each year to distribute through the Meade Memorial Church Bag Lunch Program.
Carpenter’s Shelter Meals. Emmanuel volunteers prepare and serve two hot meals to residents of the Carpenter’s Shelter each month.
Meals on Wheels. Emmanuel volunteers pick up and deliver 30 hot meals to home-bound neighbors once a month.
Organizations and causes that we support financially:
Alexandria Tutoring Consortium. Emmanuel provides operational funds to purchase books for children in their tutoring programs.
Alive! Programs. Emmanuel provides operational funds to support Alive!’s Child Development Center and Alive! House. Emmanuel also helps sponsor the annual walkathon.
Community Lodgings. Emmanuel supports their Back-to-School Backpack program for at-risk children. In 2015, Emmanuel provided backpacks and school supplies to 120 low-income Arlandria students.
Christmas Giving Tree. Emmanuel raises money for gift cards to under-served teens in Alexandria so that they would have Christmas gifts.
Emmanuel also serves as a meeting place for three Alcoholics Anonymous weekly meetings.
Haiti Partnership. Emmanuel has partnered with St. Croix Parish in Léogâne, Haiti. Emmanuel supports a school lunch program for students in the kindergarten and primary school. In February 2016, the parish sponsored the Rev. Joseph Sonley (rector of St. Croix Parish) to visit Emmanuel to meet old and new friends, educate the parish, and to co-celebrate the Eucharist. In July 2016, Emmanuel sent two parishioners to St. Croix Parish to establish personal connections within the parish and school, to discern how Emmanuel could best provide additional resources, and to lay a foundation for possible future mission trips to St. Croix. In addition, Emmanuel supports the Singing Rooster coffee NGO through coffee sales within the parish.
Inreach to Church Community - Emmanuel's Inreach Committee provides help to parishioners in need, whether they may benefit from a short-term meal service due to sudden or unexpected life events, from cards and letters of encouragement when facing life’s challenges, or from prayers for those facing illness or facing harm’s way. We invite you to join the Inreach Committee, or If you or a member of your family need assistance with meals, transportation, prayers, cards, letters of encouragement or any other kind of support, please contact the Inreach Committee.