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

open tableIn 2010, Washington Street UMC launched Alexandria’s first walk-in breakfast program, Open Table, on Monday mornings from 6:00-8:00 a.m. Open Table provides anyone in the community the opportunity to gather for breakfast and fellowship every Monday morning throughout the year. While many Open Table guests are homeless, all are welcome to join in community over the shared breakfast table.

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.

A.L.I.V.E!
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.)

Carpenter's Shelter
On the 2nd Saturday of each month, we work with the Carpenter’s Shelter, a local homeless shelter at the corner of Henry and First Streets in Alexandria. Meal volunteers are responsible for providing, preparing, serving and cleaning up meals for approximately 75 people. The time commitment is usually 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Join in this meaningful outreach. 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 http://www.carpentersshelter.org.

Jefferson Houston School

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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! 40 backpacks were completely filled and delivered along with additional backpacks and supplies.

Carolina Cross Connection (CCC)
Every summer for the past 12 years, youth and adults from Washington Street UMC travel to western North Carolina to join with other church groups in Carolina Cross Connection’s summer mission program.

CCC is a year round, Christ-centered ministry that connects the local church to those who are in need both in their own backyards and overseas. We work with youth leaders, churches and parents to raise compassionate, servant-hearted, next-generation leaders.

CCC combines the spiritual connection of a camp-like experience with the life-changing opportunities that week-long service trips offer. Their priority is to see Christ-followers developing servant hearts and making a difference in this world!

To learn more about Carolina Cross Connection, visit their website at http://carolinacrossconnection.org. To participate in a future CCC trip, please contact the church office.

Computer and Internet 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 is again open for Computer access on Thursdays from 1pm – 3pm.

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”.

Beginning on Tuesday, September 26, an after-school internet lab will be opened for ACPS students. The internet lab will be open from 3pm-5pm each Tuesday. Students must bring their ACPS student ID. To learn more about the internet lab, CLICK HERE.

If you’d like to volunteer your time to staff the computer lab or the internet cafe, 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 Christie Dawson.

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, www.risinghopeumc.org, 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: UMCOR.org and UMVIM.org.