Committed to making a difference in our local community and in the world, Washington Street UMC seeks to respond to God’s love for us by sharing that love with all persons. Whether it is serving meals for the homeless and low-income families in the community, helping children practice reading or rebuilding homes, there are many opportunities for you to make an impact in your local community and the world.

Open Table

Since 2010, this church has faithfully offered the Open Table Breakfast  Ministry, which has provided breakfast every Monday morning to the community. In eight years, the church has never missed a Monday morning – rain, shine, snow, or holiday! Hunger doesn’t take a day off, and so neither does Open Table. In the past eight years, we have also celebrated as other churches in the community have joined in the Open Table efforts by offering breakfast on Wednesday mornings and Thursday mornings. Today, we share in ministry with Old Presbyterian Meeting House and Downtown Baptist in providing food for the hungry, and a space for community three days each week. Beginning Friday, October 12, 2018, our Open Table team added another day of breakfast to the rotation, as we will begin serving breakfast on Friday mornings. The generosity of financial gifts, the capability of our physical space, and the commitment of our servants is making possible this additional day of Open Table. Starting April 14, 2020 with an ACT Now COVID-19 Relief Fund grant, we are able to add Tuesdays, too. It is now possible for those who need food support in Old Town to find a hot breakfast every weekday! 

Click here for more information on Open Table and to see how you can be part of this vital ministry in the community. You can also contact  the church office if you are interested in helping with this program.

ALexandrians InVolved Ecumenically serves over 12,000 Alexandrians annually with shelter; low-cost early childhood education and childcare; financial help for rent, utilities, medical care and other critical needs; emergency food; and deliveries of donated furniture and housewares. More than 700 volunteers a year from nearly 42 religious congregations (including Washington Street) help ALIVE! fulfill the mission to put faith and love into action. (For questions about any of the below ways to volunteer for A.L.I.V.E.! through Washington Street Church, contact Brenda Bickel.)

    • A.L.I.V.E.! Furniture Delivery – One month of each year we are responsible for providing 4 strong persons to move furniture on a Saturday morning from 8:00 a.m. until noon. Volunteers will have direct contact with the Alexandria families they are helping.
    • March and August are the two months that WSUMC is responsible for helping fill the food pantry of A.L.I.V.E.! (although we send food and household items at other times of the year, too.) Items that are especially needed are: baby formula, baby food,  canned meat (tuna, chicken, any protein), peanut butter, dried beans, cereal, canned fruit.
    • Walk for a Good Cause…………..Annual Walkathon – The  annual StepALIVE! Walkathon is held on a Sunday in May to raise funds for ALIVE!’s Child Development Center (CDC), a full-day preschool program serving children of low-income working parents, with a sliding fee scale for tuition. This five mile walk starts at 2:00 p.m. at First Christian Church, 2723 King St., Alexandria, and ends at the same place. Register in advance online at or by phone at 703-837-9300 or at the event. Each registrant receives a specially-designed T-shirt. If you are unable to participate, please consider registering as a “virtual walker.”
      • Last Saturday in the Month A.L.I.V.E.! Food Distribution at the Chick Armstrong School Recreation site.  Address is still:  Commonwealth & Reed Avenues. Volunteers are needed Saturday from 7:30am until about noon, or whatever amount of time they can participate to distribute food from the National Capital Area Food Bank & USDA Program. (This event does not occur in November and in December on regularly scheduled last Saturdays.)
    • Turkey Trot,  ALIVE’s Alexandria Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning starts at George Washington Middle School (1005 Mount Vernon Avenue in Alexandria). Runners support ALIVE! by bringing nonperishable food to donate. Volunteers are needed to help collect, sort, and box the donations for delivery to our food warehouse. For more information or to volunteer, please contact the ALIVE! office at 703-837-9321 or [email protected]
Carpenter's Shelter

Carpenter’s Shelter – WSUMC prepares and serves lunch once a month at Carpenter’s Shelter (2nd Saturday of the month at 11 a.m.), a homeless shelter temporarily located in the old Macy’s at Landmark Mall (5701-D Duke Street, Alexandria, VA 22304). Join in this meaningful ministry. (This is a two hour time commitment.)  Erin Lee or Kelli Back can tell you more.

To learn more about the Carpenter’s Shelter and other ways you can be involved in their mission in Old Town, visit their website at

Jefferson Houston School


WSUMC is partnering with local Old Town, Alexandria Jefferson Houston School throughout the year. For this Pre-K through 8th grade school we collect collect school supplies, calculators, school uniforms and more.

Thanks to all who offered support for this year’s Back to School Supply Drive! In mid-August, 50 backpacks were completely filled and delivered along with additional backpacks and supplies.

Computer Lab

In 2017, a computer lab was opened at WSUMC, offering free access to computers for any who need computer and / or internet access. The computers are available on Monday mornings during the Open Table Breakfast from 6am – 8am.

The church always has internet access available for anyone with a personal computer or mobile device. You can even gain access from the front steps when the church is closed! The guest wifi is “WSUMC_Guest”, and the password is “GodIsLove”.

If you’d like to volunteer your time to staff the computer lab, or if you’d like to offer a computer training (teaching how to use email, Word, Excel, etc.) please contact the office at [email protected].

Rising Hope UMC

Rising Hope United Methodist Mission Church is a United Methodist mission church serving primarily the poor who live and work along the Route 1 corridor south of Alexandria. Over the years Washington Street Church has strongly supported Rising Hope’s ministries with the poor by collecting staple food items and warm clothing and blankets in the winter season. Also, Washington Street partners with Rising Hope in the Christmas season by providing angel tree gifts to fulfill Christmas wishes for children and parents. To learn how you can help with these important ministries, contact the church office.

You can visit Rising Hope and serve in their kitchen ministry and clothes closet which provide food and clothing year round for the low-income and homeless in Alexandria. You can learn about more ways to volunteer and serve at Rising Hope on their website,, or contact their Intake Coordinator, Venisa McCormick at [email protected].

United Methodist Committee on Relief

UMCOR (The United Methodist Commitee on Relief) is the humanitarian relief and development agency of the United Methodist Church. Compelled by Christ, UMCOR responds to natural or human made disasters – those interruptions of such magnitude that they overwhelm a community’s ability to recover on its own.

UMCOR maintains a corps of trained disaster response specialists for quick reinforcement of local efforts, and it keeps a supply of relief materials in warehouses for dispatch when and where required.

When disaster strikes outside of the U.S. – whether a natural or human-made disaster – UMCOR serves as the primary channel for United Methodist assistance. UMCOR moves in concrete ways to ease human suffering and do whatever possible to restore normal life

Washington Street UMC offers support to UMCOR at different times of the year as needs arise. Sometimes this means packaging and shipping flood and health kits, other times it means collecting money to offer emergency relief. As a part of the Virginia United Methodist Conference, Washington Street UMC also participates in the Conference’s effort to provide support teams for disaster relief through the United Methodist Volunteers in Mission (UMVIM).

You can learn more about these important agencies of the United Methodist Church by visiting their websites: and