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Giving Through Community Service
 
 
THE COMMUNITY SERVICE COMMITTEE is responsible for a host of outreach activities and services to our surrounding Northern Virginia community. Project ideas are considered and ongoing projects evaluated at monthly meetings the 2nd Thursday of each month, 3:00 p.m., Top of the West. Contact: Chair: Donna Cornman, Apt. 414, ext. 7385, donnacornman@icloud.com or Vice Chair: Dottie Moser, Apt. 1119, ext. 7565, dlmmouse2@gmail.com
 
Current Projects
 

CLOTHING COLLECTION
Contact: Paul Lannon (ext. 3104)

Residents who wish to donate good quality used clothing are asked to place them in 13 gallon trash bags. Bags should be tied securely, labeled "For Clothing Collection" and placed outside the resident's door. Please call Paul Lannon (ext 3104) to arrange for pick up.

BOX TOPS FOR KIDS

Contact: Judith Miller (ext. 3168)

We donate our box tops to two nearby elementary schools. Examples are in the Resident Business Office as is the box designated for collection. 

KNIT FOR KIDS
Contact: Peg Lorenz (ext. 7690)

Sweaters and blankets are knit by residents and donated to World Vision. Meet Tuesdays at 1:30 at Art Center if you enjoy being part of a knitting circle. Otherwise, feel free to knit on your own. Patterns, yarn, and restrictions are available from Peg. 

CULMORE CLINIC
Contact: Susan Daniels (ext. 3162)

Volunteers from GHBC assist in setting up the clinic on Tuesdays and Thursdays at a church on Leesburg Pike. GHBC also collects dental supplies for distribution at the Clinic.

 

GHBC in the Schools

GRANDINVOLVE
A project of Fairfax County Schools at Parklawn Elementary School --- Contact: Greta Christ (ext. 7671)

ARLINGTON SCHOOLS
Contact: Todd Endo (ext. 7692)

Current Arlington School projects include:

Mentoring Dreamers(DACA)
Tutoring Arlington Community High School students
Conversations with parents of Even Start students at Barcroft

SECOND FLOOR SERVICE PROJECTS
Contact: Donna Cornman (ext. 7385)

Residents of the Health Care Center, Assisted Living, Independent Living gather on Fridays at 10:30 for one of the following projects:

Prepare weekend food packs for elementary school kids who live with food insecurity 
Prepare net bags for produce distributed by Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC)
Assemble Dental Kits for Culmore Clinic to distribute to its clients
Weaving mats for the homeless

UNEXPIRED DATE FOOD DRIVE
Contact: Chris White (ext. 7587)

Canned goods and non-perishables that do NOT have expired dates can be placed in a box in the Resident Business office.  (The Expired Date Food Drive has been discontinued.)

Annual Projects

MAKE-A-DIFFERENCE DAY
Residents donate funds to provide Thanksgiving dinner for the Bailey’s Crossroads Shelter. Food is purchased by GHBC Dining Services with the collected funds and prepared by the Shelter staff and volunteers. Any extra money is donated to the shelter.

ANGEL TREE
Residents donate funds which are given to the Patrick Henry Family Shelter so that parents can purchase holiday gifts for their children.

COOKIES FOR PRISONERS
Contact: Nancy Randolph (ext. 7565)
Collection and delivery to the women's prison is suspended for now.

Homemade cookies are collected once a year for a ministry at a woman’s prison in southern Virginia. 

 

SUITCASES FOR ESWATINI
Contact: Otto Reinbacher (ext. 3111)

SUITCASES FOR ESWATINI. Thank you for your support by giving used suitcases for our Michilu project for Eswatini (formerly Swaziland). Due to the coronavirus, the trip did not happen this summer. That means we have many suitcases. Thanks to Goodwin House, Mollie Warner, and Jane Kenny for providing storage space. We have more than enough suitcases for two future trips. Some smaller bags and duffle bags have been donated to the new Bailey’s Crossroads Shelter. We have 16 larger bags for Eswatini and 20 smaller bags for the Shelter. We also disposed of 14 that were no longer needed. Thanks again. We are still open for donations. Otto Reinbacher, ext. 3111 or email Oarrock@aol.com..

 

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