While we may be limited in opportunities for personal contact, we have many opportunities for personal impact.

The Missions Commission and Deacons put together an excellent resource of local organizations and ways to serve our surrounding community in the Covid-19 crisis. Please take a look at these ideas and prayerfully consider how you can extend much needed aid.

address pressing needs

  • Reach out directly to help neighbors, particularly seniors, who may need assistance with errands like grocery shopping. 
  • Donate money or food to your local food bank or other organizations serving vulnerable communities in our area. For example,  Little Lights serves families living in public housing on Capitol Hill. Young Lives supports teen moms in the DC region. Central Union Mission serves homeless and poor communities in DC. DC127 is collecting donations to their Coronavirus Relief Fund to support local foster care families
  • If you are a counselor, your expertise is needed! DC127 is seeking counselors willing to have a weekly video call with parents to give them space to process what is going on their own life and in their family. Please reach out directly to Chrissy Weeks at   
  • Volunteer with Jubilee Jobs, an organization coaching and connecting individuals in need of jobs with opportunities citywide. They need volunteers to assist with resumes and online applications. Learn more and sign up at

  • Consider volunteering for a food service organization. Many are reporting volunteer shortages and have modified their volunteer protocols to abide by social distancing, such as Capital Area Food Bank or Food and Friends.
  • Donate blood. There is a severe blood shortage due to cancelled blood drives. 
  • Take action to relieve the shortage of protective equipment needed for health care workers: Donate to Direct Relief, which works to equip doctors and nurses with medical resources or if you have extra N95 face masks, donate them to a local hospital or medical organization: Share your Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) with those on the front lines. If you are crafty, sew your own face masks and donate them. 
  • Donate grocery store gift cards to your local PTA for families in need or to other under-resourced schools in your area.
  • Join the Arlington rent assistance coalition of churches and social workers for families in need, started by one of WCF's very own. Sign up to sponsor a family and provide a $500 supplement in April and another $500 in May to benefit 100+ Arlington households in need of rental assistance.
  • Worried about someone in our congregation? Donate to the Mutual Aid Fund here and designate the your gift to the "WCF Mutual Aid Fund". Or reach out to the Deacons via email to let them know how you can help. 

Support Local

  • Support local restaurants and restaurant workers. If you’re able, order carry-out food from a restaurant that has been closed or buy a restaurant gift card. 

  • Donate to support restaurant workers who have lost their jobs. 

  • Buy small/local. Many local businesses have introduced curbside pickup options to keep their businesses going while social distancing.