Hypothermia Prevention Season - Help Needed!

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.

In the 2018-19 season, CBE will be providing food to four large dinner gatherings as well as a full week of breakfasts and related donations and volunteer activities:

  • December 2: Embry Rucker Community Shelter; Reston; 120 guests (more info and signup provided below)
  • December 24: We'll provide, prepare and serve Christmas Eve Dinner for up to 55 at Epiphany Church in Oak Hill/Herndon (more info and signup provided below
  • January 20-27CBE 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 signature roast chicken dinner for 100 on Monday, January 21.
  • March 31Embry Rucker Community Shelter; Reston; 120 guests

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 2, 2018 (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, roasted potatoes 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 3:45 PM on December 2 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 - THANK YOU TO ALL WHO PARTICIPATED!
  • Contact (for questions or if you prefer not to sign up online): Gail Greenberg

December 24, 2018 (Monday)
 


Week of January 20 – 27, 2019; Host dinner Monday, January 21
 

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 Monday, January 21. 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 CBE Dinner January 21: volunteers (adults, and teens 13-17 with parent present & signed waiver), cooked and uncooked foods and items for centerpieces. 
    • For the week: Donate breakfast foods, clothing and $5 gift cards to fast food locations (provides guests a "ticket" to a warm place during the day).
  • Bring donated food/items: Breakfast food and clothing collection is Sunday, January 13 to Sunday, January 20 in the CBE Lobby (please leave gift cards in CBE Office). Perishable food for our dinner can be dropped off 4:30-5:00 PM on the day of the dinner at St. John Neumann Church on Lawyers Rd in Reston (or contact Ted Benjamin for alternate arrangements). 
  • Umbrella organization: FACETS, in partnership with Fairfax County Hypothermia Prevention Progam
  • Details & signup - THANK YOU TO ALL WHO PARTICIPATED!
  • Contact (for questions or if you prefer not to sign up online): Ted Benjamin


March 31, 2019 (Sunday)

We’ll prepare and serve roasted chicken, vegetables and cookies for about 120 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, roasted potatoes 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 March 31 at the shelter (dinner is served at 4:45 PM). Clothing: to the CBE lobby during the week before. Gift cards: to the CBE office during the week before.
  • Volunteers are asked to arrive at 4:00 PM
  • Umbrella organization: Cornerstones (formerly Reston Interfaith).
  • Details & signup
  • Contact (for questions or if you prefer not to sign up online): Jan Pohl

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