“And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them be for signs and for seasons, and for days and years,” Genesis 1:14 (ESV)
Spring is a special time in our area. The days get longer and the flowers and trees begin to blossom. Spring reminds us that God is faithful. Every three months, we have a new season and the God who created these cycles is faithful to bring them about. And He is faithful to us! LINK would like to thank all of our volunteers in the past few months that helped us with food donations and volunteer time.
Volunteers Needed to Deliver Food to our Clients in April – LINK delivers Tuesday through Fridays (between 4 pm – 8 pm) and Saturdays (between 1 pm – 4 pm) to families in Herndon, Sterling and Ashburn. To sign up to help make deliveries, go to - http://www.signupgenius.com/go/904044ea9a7292-20172
LINK Food Coordinator – LINK is looking for a volunteer to serve as a Food Coordinator for this timeframe – 1st half of January, 2nd half of July, and 1st half of September. The volunteer would receive an email from clients seeking food assistance and would contact the clients back via a phone call to schedule a food delivery. The volunteer would also email the deliveries scheduled to the Delivery Coordinator, as well as the Packing Coordinator Tuesday through Saturday. If you might be interested, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Holiday Program School Coordinator – LINK is looking for a volunteer to coordinate the schools who participate in our Holiday Program. The volunteer would communicate with area schools and volunteers to coordinate the pickup of donations. The timeframe would be September (initial contact timeframe) to December. If you might be interested, please email us at email@example.com.
Other Volunteer Opportunities –
- Mobile Food Pantry - we need volunteers to help at our Mobile Food Pantry events which are held on the 2nd Tuesday of each month in the rear parking lot at Christ the Redeemer Church from 12:30 pm – 3 pm. To sign up to help, click here. LINK has distributed more than 348,000 pounds of fresh vegetables, fruits and non-perishable food to more than 6400 families. The food is donated by the Capital Area Food Bank.
- School Food Rescue – we rescue food from area schools in Fairfax and Loudoun County. Volunteers are needed to transport the food from the school to the pantry or other locations. To sign up to help, click here.
- Top Food Needs – Here is a list of our top food needs – hearty canned soup, canned chicken, boxed rice/pasta side dishes, canned fruit, tomato sauce, boxed potatoes, as well as paper products and toiletries.
- Donate to LINK – your donations are tax deductible and graciously welcomed! For more information and ways to give, visit our web page.
Thank you to the following individuals/groups/businesses that have helped LINK –
- Schools – Algonkian Elementary School held its XVI Souperbowl for LINK and filled two very full SUVs twice; Herndon High NJROTC donated food to LINK through its neighborhood food collection; Oak Hill Christian School Student Council Members donated their time in the pantry; Dominion High School Special Needs students come to help LINK out on a regular basis; Sanders Corner Elementary School Students, Parents and Art Teacher held a “Bowls for Hunger” night where families could create a bowl and the proceeds went to LINK; and Sophomores from Bishop O'Connell High School volunteered their time on March 7th to help LINK.
- Churches – Northern Virginia Church of Christ Adults and Children volunteered their time for MLK day; Trinity Presbyterian Church donated 272 food items and cash following its Souper Bowl event; and St. Theresa Catholic Church collected for LINK in February.
- Individuals – The Sturrock Family who lives on South Garfield in Sterling collects food for LINK during the Christmas season. Their yard, which won “Most Extravagant” is decorated with blow ups that attract people from all over. What a great way to share your love of Christmas and collect food for our pantry! Mark Leigh, a butcher in Hillsboro, along with Hunters for the Hungry, donated 500 pounds of deer steak and burger.
- Youth & Scouts – Chris, an Eagle Scout candidate from St. Theresa Catholic is developing a project plan to help LINK stabilize shelving.
- Businesses & Organizations – memoryBlue held a food drive in January for LINK; DaVita Dialysis donated funds to LINK; Pennoni, located in Herndon, donated food from a recent food drive to LINK; SNAP donated food to LINK following a photo shoot where food was needed for publicity; Northwest Federal Credit Union collected soup for LINK; Simple Gestures donated 2000 pounds of food to LINK in February – the next event will be in April; and Home Depot (Ashburn) donated 6 boxes of food to LINK from a recent food drive.
For other volunteer opportunities, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and check our SignUpGenius link below –