Hypothermia Prevention Season - Help Needed!

Thank You!!!

A huge thank-you to everyone who helped in the 2016-17 winter season. We provided and served five large dinners for the homeless in our community, as well as providing many other related donations.

Stay tuned for dates and plans for winter 2017-18!

Why Help Especially in Winter?CBE Members serve dinner at hypothermia center

With all of your help again, CBE is continuing its tradition of caring for the homeless in our area by preparing and serving hot dinners during the upcoming winter months. Sadly, there are more than 1,000 homeless children, women and men in Fairfax County facing threats of severe temperatures and hunger. The majority of people without homes in our community are children and working families. Our sacred tradition teaches us to care for the poor and needy among us.

This coming season, CBE will be providing food to five large dinner gatherings listed below, representing 560 meals:

Under the aegis of several organizations, various faith communities host and feed homeless guests for the season or for a week at a time to prevent hypothermia. Those with smaller facilities (like Beth Emeth) assist. We have expanded our participation to include more opportunities to assist, both through volunteering and donations (in advance and at the event) of food, other items and/or funds. This coming season, CBE will be providing food to five large dinner gatherings listed below, representing 560 meals:

  • December 4, February 5, March 5: Embry Rucker Community Shelter; Reston; 140 guests (click on a date for more info)
  • December 24: We'll supply and serve Christmas Eve Dinner for 60 at Epiphany Church in Oakton/Herdon (more info)   
  • January 15-22: CBE members will again participate in feeding and sheltering 80 homeless adults during Hypothermia Week at the St. John Neumann Catholic Community on Lawyers Road, including our signuature roast chicken dinner on Thursday, January 19 for 80 guests. (more info)   

Each of these tzedakah opportunities is summarized briefly below, with a link to a SignUp Genius with full details and to sign up for each. If you have any questions, need help signing up or prefer not to sign up online, please contact the person named for each event. In addition, donations to the Acts of Lovingkindness Fund can be earmarked for "Hypothermia Prevention" to assist in these efforts.


December 4, 2016 (Sunday)


We’ll prepare and serve roasted chicken, vegetables and cookies for about 140 guests of the shelter. (Others will provide additional courses.)

  • Location: Embry Rucker Community Shelter, 11975 Bowman Towne Drive, Reston, VA 20190 (Next to the Reston Library)
  • Needed: 
    • 6 volunteers, roasted chickens and steamed mixed vegetables (CBE Religious School will be providing cookies). Also fruit or other items to fill centerpiece baskets.
    • Clothing and gift cards to local fast food outlets
  • Bring donated food/items: Food for dinner: approximately 3:30 PM on December 4 at the shelter (dinner is served at 5:45 PM). Clothing: to the CBE lobby during the week before. Gift cards: to the CBE office during the week before.
  • Umbrella organization: Cornerstones (formerly Reston Interfaith).
  • Details & signup
  • Contact (for questions or if you prefer not to sign up online): Janet Klayton

December 24, 2016 (Saturday)
 

Give our Christian volunteer friends the gift of Christmas Eve with their families – we’ll prepare and serve dinner for up to 60 people:


Week of January 15 – 22, 2017; Host Large Dinner January 19 (Thursday)
 

CBE members will again support a full week of caring for up to 80 homeless guests. Our commitment is to provide breakfasts, warm clothes and gift cards for meals, and also to prepare and serve dinner on January 19th, with entertainment from the CBE Chorale. We need a “full court press” to ensure that the homeless have all the things they need to make it through winter and that their week at St. John Neumann is filled with warm memories.

  • Location: St. John Neumann Catholic Community, 11900 Lawyers Rd, Reston, VA 20191
  • Needed:
    • For Thursday, January 19 Dinner: volunteers (high school teens OK with parent present & signed waiver), cooked and uncooked foods. And thanks for the CBE Chorale for providing entertainment the same evening!
    • For the week: Donate breakfast foods, clothing and gift cards.
  • Bring donated food/items: Breakfast food and clothing collection is Sunday, January 8 to Sunday, January 15 in the CBE Lobby (gift cards can be left at the CBE Office). Perishable food for our dinner on January 19 can be dropped off after 4:30 pm on January 19 at St. John Neumann Church on Lawyers Rd in Reston. 
  • Umbrella organization: FACETS, in partnership with Fairfax County Hypothermia Prevention Progam
  • Details & signup
  • Contact (for questions or if you prefer not to sign up online): Ted Benjamin

February 5, 2017 (Sunday)


TENTATIVE INFORMATION (Subject to change):

We’ll prepare and serve roasted chicken, vegetables and cookies for about 140 guests of the shelter. (Others will provide additional courses.)

  • Location: Embry Rucker Community Shelter, 11975 Bowman Towne Drive, Reston, VA 20190 (Next to the Reston Library)
  • Needed: 
    • 6 volunteers, roasted chickens and steamed mixed vegetables (CBE Religious School will be providing cookies). Also fruit or other items to fill centerpiece baskets.
    • Clothing and gift cards to local fast food outlets
  • Bring donated food/items: Food for dinner: approximately 3:30 PM on December 4 at the shelter (dinner is served at 5:45 PM). Clothing: to the CBE lobby during the week before. Gift cards: to the CBE office during the week before.
  • Umbrella organization: Cornerstones (formerly Reston Interfaith.
  • Details & signup
  • Contact (for questions or if you prefer not to sign up online): Ron & Janet Klayton

 


March 5, 2017 (Sunday)
 

TENTATIVE INFORMATION (Subject to change):

We’ll prepare and serve roasted chicken, vegetables and cookies for about 110 guests of the shelter. (Others will provide additional courses.)

  • Location: Embry Rucker Community Shelter, 11975 Bowman Towne Drive, Reston, VA 20190 (Next to the Reston Library)
  • Needed: 
    • 6 volunteers, roasted chickens and steamed mixed vegetables (CBE Religious School will be providing cookies). Also fruit or other items to fill centerpiece baskets.
    • Clothing and gift cards to local fast food outlets
  • Bring donated food/items: Food for dinner: approximately 3:30 PM on December 4 at the shelter (dinner is served at 5:45 PM). Clothing: to the CBE lobby during the week before. Gift cards: to the CBE office during the week before.
  • Umbrella organization: Cornerstones (formerly Reston Interfaith.
  • Details & signup
  • Contact (for questions or if you prefer not to sign up online): Ted Benjamin

 

Thank you for helping the homeless in our area during the winter season!