What is Community Assistance?
On the third Saturday of each month, something special happens on the corner of North Glebe Road and North 16th Street in Arlington. It’s called Community Assistance, and it’s changing lives. It’s changing the lives of hundreds of women, men, and children who are struggling to make ends meet. It’s changing the lives of more than 425 volunteers who have found a place to serve others. And it’s changing our community into one that seeks to work together to give a helping hand to our neighbors by providing a safe place to enjoy a good meal, listen to music, receive groceries, clothing, a health screening, and – most importantly – experience God’s love.

Building Partnerships
Community Assistance is unique. It began as a ministry of Mount Olivet United Methodist Church in 2007. Then it affiliated with GRACE Ministries, which made it part of a network of United Methodist-supported organizations. Now, it is supported by a diverse group of faith communities, individuals, local businesses, foundations and social service organizations. Generous financial contributions and hands-on help from our partners make it possible to serve a growing population of low-income residents from our community.

Offering Hospitality & Hope
Each month, volunteers welcome members of more than 225 households into the doors of Mount Olivet to receive a hot meal, groceries, clothing, and gift cards for food. There is a program for children with crafts, stories, and games. The children also receive a supplemental bag with extra food for them – granola bars, mac & cheese, and more. Health screenings are available on a monthly basis. We also offer referrals to other organizations that provide services and/or resources for our guests.

How Can I Help?
There are many ways to participate in Community Assistance at Mount Olivet.

  • Volunteers assist with food prep and serving, registration, and data entry
  • Translators, especially Spanish language speakers
  • Set-up and clean-up helpers
  • Healthcare professionals to be on site during the distribution in case of an emergency
  • Donations of clothing, toiletries and household items. Please bring them to Mount Olivet before 3:00 p.m. on the second Sunday of the month.

Men’s, women’s and children’s new or slightly used seasonal clothing that are clean and ready to wear.

Diapers and Baby Wipes
Hand Sanitizers
Feminine Hygiene Products
Razors and other Shaving Products
Shampoo Soap or Body Wash
Toilet Paper
Toothpaste, Toothbrushes and Dental Floss
Other Miscellaneous Items

We encourage families to volunteer together. Childcare is provided for infants and toddlers, and elementary-age children may participate in the children’s program. Older children and teens are welcome to volunteer in selected areas.

Can I Give Financially?
Community Assistance needs financial contributions to sustain its ministry. Financial contributions are tax deductible. For example, a $25.00 donation provides groceries, clothing, and a Giant Food card for a household for one month, along with dinner and the children’s program on the day of Community Assistance. You can give online by clicking the button below and indicating on the form that your donation is for Community Assistance.

Online Giving

Community Assistance Contact: Tina Marcus | tmarcus@mtolivet-umc.org