At ACOC, our local community service and outreach ministries are aimed at demonstrating the love of Jesus to those in need – not merely telling them of his love but showing them. We aim to be his hands and feet in the areas where we serve – and we’re always looking for volunteers to assist in accomplishing that mission. Here’s an overview of our community services activities – contact us if you’re interested in learning more or volunteering.

ARLINGTON STREET PEOPLE’S ASSISTANCE NETWORK (A-SPAN)

Arlington County, while one of the wealthier counties in the nation, still has a significant portion of our population that doesn’t have permanent housing and is classified as food insecure. At Arlington Church of Christ we partner with two local organizations to help address these needs. First, we work with the Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network (A-SPAN) to help the homeless in our community. We work with ASPAN to regularly provide toiletry items and new underclothing for shelter residents and street people. We also volunteer with ASPAN to distribute bagged meals to those on the street. Finally, once per year we host an ASPAN walk to raise awareness in our neighborhood of the homeless problem and raise money for ASPAN’s activities.
 

ARLINGTON FOOD ASSISTANCE CENTER

We also work with the Arlington Food Assistance Center to address food insecurity in Arlington. We are particularly concerned for school children in our neighborhood. We work with the social workers at our neighborhood schools to identify at risk students. We then partner with AFAC in their “backpack buddies” program to provide easily prepared, prepackaged food for these kids to have on weekends when they do not receive school breakfasts and lunches. We underwrite the cost of these meals and deliver the meals from AFAC to TJ Middle School.
 
In the summer, when food can be particularly short for Arlington families, our Children’s Ministry leads the whole congregation in a food drive for AFAC. This teaches our children the importance of service and provides local families needed food.
 

AGAPE TRUST

Established in 1986, the AGAPE Trust helps needy people in our community buy their groceries or pay for essential housing or medical care. The IRS has recognized the AGAPE Trust as a supporting organization of the Arlington Church of Christ, and most of the AGAPE Trust’s trustees are members of our congregation. Prospective Trust beneficiaries include members of the congregation and residents of the Virginia counties of Arlington or Fairfax, the Virginia cities of Alexandria, Fairfax or Falls Church, or the District of Columbia.
 

FALL COAT DRIVE

We believe that one warm coat can make a difference. Each fall we canvas the neighborhood in our immediate vicinity to collect coats for the homeless and those in need. Our members and generous neighbors typically donate from 120-200 coats. We sort these coats and deliver those for children to The Clothesline for Arlington Kids, an organization that specifically helps children in our neighborhood. We deliver the adult coats to the Central Union Mission in DC, one of the largest homeless support organizations in the city.