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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.


Food Donations for Community Assistance

Help our Community Assistance guests have a great Christmas! We will be collecting the following non-perishable food donations:  

Canned green beans
Canned pumpkin
Canned corn
Boxed or canned potatoes
Canned tuna
Canned chicken
Boxed Macaroni & Cheese
Cooking Oil  

You can drop off your food donations thru December 14 at one of the following locations:  

At the church in the drop box on the 16th Street porch  

At the church in the bins (near the Sanctuary and Fellowship Hall) on Sundays  

162 N. Columbus Street, Arlington, VA 22203

901 N. Larrimore Street, Arlington, VA 22205

Thank you for your continuing support of our Community Assistance ministry.

Want to volunteer? Contact Tina Marcus | 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.

Have Questions?

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Tina Marcus
Office Manager