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Community Assistance

Serving our neighbors in Arlington


Community Assistance changes lives. It’s changing the lives of hundreds of women, men, and children who are struggling to make ends meet. It’s changing the lives of more than 425 volunteers who have found a place to serve others. And it’s changing our community into one that seeks to work together to give a helping hand to our neighbors by providing a safe place to enjoy a good meal, receive groceries, toiletries, clothing, a health screening, and – most importantly – experience God’s love.

Building Partnerships
Community Assistance began as a ministry of Mount Olivet United Methodist Church in 2007. Then it affiliated with GRACE Ministries, which made it part of a network of United Methodist-supported organizations. Now, it is supported by a diverse group of faith communities, individuals, local businesses, foundations and social service organizations. Generous financial contributions and hands-on help from our partners make it possible to serve a growing population of low-income residents from our community.

Offering Hospitality & Hope
Each month, volunteers welcome members of more than 250 households into the doors of Mount Olivet to receive a hot meal, groceries, clothing, and a gift card for food. There is a program for children with crafts, stories, and games. The children also receive a supplemental bag with extra food for them – granola bars, mac & cheese, and more. Health screenings are available on a monthly basis. We also offer referrals to other organizations that provide services and/or resources for our guests.


We are excited to announce some updates concerning our Community Assistance Program:

We are currently completing the recertification process with Capital Area Food Bank, who was our food distribution partner for many years.  

We hope to have Community Assistance up and running by late spring or early summer 2023.  

When we restart our in-person program, we will invite all previous guests, and we are also working with Glebe Elementary School to invite families in need who live in the Mount Olivet neighborhood (about 60 additional families.)  

If you would like to volunteer for Community Assistance, please email Tina Marcus at tmarcus@mtolivet-umc.org

Make a Donation

Community Assistance needs financial contributions to sustain its ministry. Financial contributions are tax deductible. For example, a $25.00 donation provides groceries, clothing, and a Giant Food card for a household for one month, along with dinner and the children’s program on the day of Community Assistance.

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Tina Marcus
Office Manager