Poverty and need are year round issues for many in our area, but the winter months and holidays make that reality a little more stark. There are so many ways to give back in Fairfax County and make a difference in our local communities! We’ve compiled a list of a few local organizations and how to help them help the vulnerable during the holidays.

ACCA (Annandale) – Founded in 1967, the Annandale Christian Coalition for Action is now a collection of 26 churches that work together to provide assistance to those in need. Their annual outerwear clothing drive will occur starting the week after Thanksgiving. Coats will be distributed to day laborers, homeless at the Baileys Shelter, and the Safe Haven Day Homeless Center. Children’s outerwear will be given to the children at the ACCA Child Development Center. For more information, or if anyone is looking for volunteer hours contact the Di Spiritos at 703/256-9513 and they will try to connect you with appropriate volunteer opportunities. ACCA also has a furniture ministry, food pantry, meals on wheels program, and medical transportation program. 

Britepaths (Fairfax County) – Founded in 1984,  Britepaths serves low-income working families through emergency assistance, financial literacy and one-on-one mentoring. Volunteer opportunities exist year round, and currently their Holiday Program allows you to Sponsor a Family for Thanksgiving Dinner and/or December Holiday Dinner/Gifts. Contact them directly at info@britepaths.org or 703.273.8829

Facets (Fairfax) – Founded in 1988, FACETS opens doors by helping parents, their children and individuals who suffer the effects of poverty – so often unnoticed – in Fairfax County. Help is needed for their Thanksgiving Food Drive! They are requesting donation baskets with non-perishable items (see a full list on their website) and/or a $25 grocery store gift card. Please drop off your donations of Thanksgiving food baskets and gift cards by Friday, November 22nd. Donations will be accepted at FACETS’ main office (10700 Page Avenue, Building B, Fairfax VA 22030) between 9AM – 5PM. 

Food For Others (Fairfax) – Founded in 1995, their mission is to give food to neighbors in need. Food donations are greatly needed, specifically: Fresh fruits & vegetables, rice, spaghetti sauce (ideally in cans), fruit juice, & cans of the following – chili, tomato products, meats, fruit, pasta, and beans (can also donate dried beans). They also are happy to accept perishable items like meat and dairy products that are sealed, in original packaging and unexpired. Donations can be dropped off at the warehouse: 2938 Prosperity Ave, Fairfax, VA 22031 at loading dock 2, M-F between 9:30-5:00pm Volunteers are needed in their warehouse throughout the year, but definitely in the busy season during Nov/Dec. People wishing to volunteer can sign up on their websiteFoodforOthers.org

One Warm Coat Drive (Falls Church) – One Warm Coat is a national non-profit started in 1992. Keller Williams Falls Church hosts a coat drive annually. The 2019 drive kicks off October 15th and coats will be collected until Dec. 24th this year. Drop coats off at the Falls Church office (105 W. Broad St, Suite 200) in the lobby, or you can contact the McIvaines Steve@mhtsells.com or 202-359-2483 to drop coats off at our home in Annandale.