In addition to giving grants from our endowment to organizations that parishioners are involved in or support, members also roll up their sleeves and give of themselves, their time and talent. Below are just a few ways we get involved. Please join us! Just look for the contact name and email associated with each mission project below.
Christ House opened in December 1985 as the first 24-hour residential medical facility for homeless men in the United States. Today, Christ House is still the only facility of its kind in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, where over 6,000 people experience homelessness every day. To volunteer or learn more about any of these opporunities, please contact Jennifer Johnston. firstname.lastname@example.org
- Helping with Wednesday and Friday breakfasts (7 a.m. to 9 a.m.)
- Staffing the phones
- Outings support
- Assisting with medical services (nursing or medical degree required)
Transitional Housing Corporation (THC) is a nonprofit that provides housing and comprehensive support services to homeless and at-risk families so that they can transform their own lives. To volunteer or learn more about the opportunities, please contact Melissa Barrett. email@example.com
- Tutor at risk youth in Ward 4 of the District of Columbia 1-2 days a week
- Purchase and wrap Christmas gifts for children (November/December only)
- Purchase and assemble backpacks and school supplies for children (August)
- Adopt an apartment for a homeless family (All Souls does this every other year)
- Educate and garden with children at a THC housing location
Cleveland & Woodley Park Village helps our senior neighbors live safely and confidently in their homes and engage in community events through the support of a network of dedicated neighborhood volunteers. To volunteer or learn more about these opportunities, please contact Linda Mahler. firstname.lastname@example.org
- Volunteer drivers (requires orientation)
- Serve on various village committees
- Finance & Administration Committee: welcomes volunteers with financial acumen to review and monitor monthly financial statements and help develop the annual budget.
- Communications & Outreach Committee: welcomes people with a background in marketing, graphics and/or community building.
- Membership Committee: welcomes people who regularly phone Village members for check-in and assessment.
- Outreach into the community to reach isolated seniors needing assistance
Heifer International's mission is to work with communities to end world hunger and poverty and to care for the Earth. The Heifer Brigade at All Souls conducts one activity at least every other month to educate, invite and encourage donations to Heifer International. Events include speakers, visits to a Heifer Farm, movies, Christmas gifts and Heifer gift catalogues and other activities. To volunteer or learn more about these opportunities, please contact Charles Boone. email@example.com
Help End Hunger in Washington, D.C.
While we discern how we can be most effective in addressing hunger, we take donated food to the Capital Area Food Bank or Martha’s Table. Spend an extra $5 or $10 when you go grocery shopping and bring the food to church and place it in the baskets provided in the undercroft near the stage. Here’s what we most need: canned tuna, salmon or chicken; canned vegetables (low sodium/no salt); canned fruits in light syrup or its own juice; brown/white rice; pasta; macaroni and cheese; hot/cold cereal; canned or dry beans; healthy snacks like raisins or granola bars; peanut butter; and 100% juice (any kind).
Samaritan Ministry of Greater Washington
Founded in 1986 by 12 Episcopal churches in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, Samaritan Ministry helps improve the lives of more than 1,000 people who are homeless or otherwise in need. To volunteer or learn more about these opportunities, please contact Quinn Miller. firstname.lastname@example.org or 202 722-2280.
- Tutor youth or adults on computer skills
- Work in the front office as a coordinator
- Resume and/or career coaching
All Souls are Green
All Souls Are Green is the parish environmental stewardship committee. We are committed to environmental sustainability as a part of our role as Christian stewards of God's creation. In our prayers of the people that we say corporately every Sunday, we often pray: "Give us all a reverence for the earth as thine own creation, that we may use its resources rightly in the service of others and to thine honor and glory."
This picture shows the construction of our new storm water exfiltration trench, which collects rainwater runoff from our gutters, parking lot and walkways. It cleans the water and holds it so it can seep back into the ground at an acceptable rate, replenish the groundwater and reduce the load on the city storm water system. This, along with efficient lighting, natural exterior finishes, HVAC and other features are just some of the ways we try to live our values.
Please join us as we help our church and our members go green, save energy and respond to the challenge of climate change. Many of us are also involved in the non-profit group Interfaith Power and Light and its local affiliate Greater Washington Interfaith Power and Light both of which help provide a religious response to climate change for people of all faiths.
We would also like to become an Energy Star Congregation and hope to begin the application process soon.
Come join us! Look for meeting announcements in the bulletin.
- Re-lamped our entire sanctuary with LED lighting.
- Re-lamped much of the parish education wing and undercroft with compact fluorescent lights and installed programmable thermostats throughout the church that have saved thousands of dollars in avoided energy costs.
- Installed weather stripping around doors, windows and window air conditioners.
- Started a recycling program for plastic, steel, aluminum, paper and other recyclables. (Sign up for the Sunday rotation to take out the recycling!)
- Organized an environmentally themed Rogation Sunday service complete with “beating the bounds,” an old Anglican rogation tradition that dates back hundreds of years.
- Eliminated Styrofoam cups at coffee hour.
- Visited St. Alban’s Episcopal Church to learn about their photovoltaic panels and learn whether All Souls would be a good candidate for solar. (We’re not. Our roof orientation and proximity to nearby tall buildings prevent this.)
- Distributed a “carbon fast” calendar for Lent.
- Sponsored an adult forum where Rabbi Fred Scherlinder Dobb of Adat Shalom Temple in Bethesda, and the Board Chair of Greater Washington Interfaith Power and Light spoke about the call in the old and new testament for environmental action and responsibility for people of all faiths.
- Raised over $400 dollars during Christmas for compact fluorescent light bulbs that we donated to the Episcopal Center for Children and to Habitat for Humanity working here in DC. These bulbs add up to over $6,890 savings in avoided energy costs and replacement incandescent bulbs for these charities, enabling them and their clients to spend more of their scarce resources on programs that help people instead of pay utility bills.
Every Anglican church needs an English Head Gardener. All Souls’ comes in the form of one Jennifer ‘Scissorhands’ Johnston. She enthusiastically coaches all the Under Gardener volunteers who are known officially as the Garden Guild. Children in the church (and even those walking by who show an interest) can also get a lively lesson or two from Jennifer – or even the chance to have some fun planting something.
Jennifer describes the All Souls garden this way: The church is set back from the bustle of Connecticut Avenue and boasts a fairly large front garden with a lawn and benches under a huge shade tree, and a new peaceful back garden that is terraced and accessible from the Undercroft. The back is a perennial garden with Hydrangeas, Hollies, Dystillium, Boxwood and Irish yews among other shrubs. There is also a garden along the east side of the church on Woodley Place.
The All Souls Garden Guild welcomes all gardeners, would-be gardeners, and anyone else just wanting to be in the fresh air and chat. No experience is necessary! We will show you the difference between weeds and flowers!
For more information contact Jennifer at email@example.com.
The committee meets once a month to plan events that publicize and promote All Souls to the broader community and share the Word of God. We maintain a Facebook page, welcome visitors to the parish with a package of materials, develop advertising and mailing campaigns, and attend community events with a booth and offer a friendly face and voice to curious passers by. We also offer eucharist at street fairs. To find out more, contact Elizabeth Terry or come to a meeting. All are welcome.