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Causes Supported by Outreach Ministry

Carpenters Shelter volunteers

Immanuel parishioners volunteer at Carpenters Shelter.

Each year the committee prepares an Outreach budget using a set of guidelines to determine which organizations and projects to support in the coming year: 

  • The organization must be tax-exempt,
  • its goals must reflect the goals and values of the parish,
  • it must have a plan to fulfill a clear need in an effective manner,
  • it must provide evidence that funds will be used carefully and directly for the intended use, and
  • Immanuel should not be the sole supporter of any program. 

Special consideration is given to organizations that offer opportunities for parish member involvement. 


 Carpenters Shelter volunteers workingALIVE food distributionDominican Republic mission teamRebecca in CongoHaiti

 Among the more than 30 causes we annually support are the following significant Outreach programs and activities:

  • ALIVE!, a coalition of Alexandria faith communities helping low-income families through food distribution, delivery of donated house wares, support of a pre-school daycare program and emergency shelter for women and families.  
  • Carpenter’s Shelter - providing nutritious, home-cooked meals to Alexandria shelter residents and walk-ins.
  • Community Lodgings - supporting the transitional housing program for Alexandria's formerly homeless and after-school enrichment programs for Alexandria kids.
  •  Child & Family Network Centers, a program in Alexandria providing preschool education for low income families.
  • Christmas in August, in which parishioners donate school supplies for low-income Alexandria school children, and Christmas Families, in which parishioners donate gifts, books and toys to needy local families at Christmas. 
  • Five Talents USA fights poverty, creates jobs and transforms lives by empowering the poor in developing countries through innovative savings and microcredit programs, business training and spiritual development.
  • Haiti Micah Project, a nonprofit organization to house, feed and educate street children in Mirebalais, Haiti.  Twenty-seven children are provided loving care in the Project’s orphanage, and over 400 children are fed daily through its nutritional programs.   Immanuel Church is one of the affiliated congregations, and our parishioners are active on the Project’s board of directors.
  • Heifer International helping fight hunger through sustainable agriculture.
  • Hopkins House operates education enriched preschool academies for infants and children, summer discovery camps for adolescents, and a college and career development institute for teens and adults.
  • Interfaith Power and Light - a religious response to climate change
  • Lazarus Ministry - a counseling and support service for low-income Alexandrians in which Immanuel partners with three other Episcopal parishes
  • Offender Aid and Restoration - a community-based restorative justice organization, blends compassion and accountability to assist offenders in leading productive and responsible lives, to the benefit of all.
  • Senior Services of Alexandria, an organization dedicated to programs for the elderly. 
  • Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington, serving the needs of the homeless in the greater Washington, D.C. area
  • The Center Pole - promoting knowledge, justice and sovereignty in Native Communities
  • Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy.  Morally driven advocates working to advance public policies that better serve low-income, vulnerable, and underrepresented communities in the Commonwealth of Virginia.