The pantry is our most visible program. Each neighbor may visit the pantry twice a month and choose the food and clothing they need. Some items in high demand have limits to ensure everyone gets at least one a month. This service relies on community members' food drives and independent donations as the pantry goes through over 900 bags of groceries a month!
This program provides monetary help to neighbors struggling to pay rent, utilities, or health bills. Requests for assistance come from Fairfax County Social Services and payments are sent to landlords, ultility companies or medical providers. This programs relies on the generosity of our donors.
At the beginning of December, neighbors are invited to a celebration with light refreshments, live music, entertainment for kids, and holiday decorations. At this event, the Share "wishes" that community members fulfill are given out as wrapped gifts and families are given the chance to get their photo taken with Santa.
The furniture program offers pickups and drop-offs of furniture in good condition. This program provides essential furniture to neighbors who have lost their belongings after being homeless or victims of domestic abuse. The program also assists the disabled, the elderly and others who cannot afford new furniture.
Throughout the summer months, Share collects school supply donations and then distributes them to our neighbors in school. Each student receives a box of supplies, a backpack, a gift card for other school related needs (such as calculators and textbooks), and can have their hair cut by a volunteer from a local salon.
The technology program solicits computer donations from the community, refurbishes them, and distributes them to families who would otherwise be unable to afford them. These volunteers also work to keep Share's internet, databases, and webpages running smoothly.
Because our neighbors in need have diverse ethnic backgrounds and may have dietary restrictions, Share distributes a grocery gift card to each family which allows them to shop for their own celebratory meal. In addition to this card, neighbors receive a reusable bag filled with pantry staples and holiday favorites.
All community members are invited to bring donations of fresh fruits and vegetables from their own gardens to be distributed to our pantry shoppers each week.