Mission: COVID


Mission COVID: Road to Recovery


The pandemic may be ending but our neighbors still need our help! Last year God moved us to launch Mission: COVID to help those immediately impacted by COVID-19. A year later, the world is beginning to open back up, but there will be a long road to recovery for the individuals and communities most impacted by the pandemic.


Locally, many are still struggling to find employment, and are worried about housing security and finding resources to feed their families. In response, Calvary has launched Mission COVID: Road to Recovery, a project designed to provide a second wave of support for our neighbors in their time of need. We need YOUR help to make this mission a success!

  • Reports have shown that nearly 1 in 8 people in the United States will experience food insecurity in 2021 in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. 
  • The Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC) is reporting a 50% increase in new clients at their centers, and 1 in 3 of their clients are children. 
  • Chiralagua, also known as Arlandria, is a mostly-immigrant community a short distance from Calvary, which has been deeply impacted by COVID-19 and we want to help.
  • For some of our neighbors, it may take 5-10 years to economically recover from the pandemic. Our work is just getting started. 


One way to help is by donating goods. Donations can be given at Calvary UMC outside our elevator lobby in the blue bins at anytime of day or night. A list of items needed can be found below.


Another way to help is by giving financially. It is our goal to raise $15,000 to help those in our community. If you would like to give, you can do so by clicking the button below and select “Mission: COVID” in the drop down menu.

Stuff the Truck

On Saturday, June 12th, we will hold a large volunteer and donation opportunity called Stuff the Truck. On that day we will need volunteers to come and help organize and pack bags which will be loaded into a moving truck to be donated. More information below.


To make all this happen we will need volunteers! If you would like to help with set up, take down, passing out fliers, sorting supplies, etc. you can do so at the link below.

More Resources:

  • To contribute to this effort via our secure online portal, please click here and select “Mission: COVID” from the dropdown menu.
  • To see a list of preferred items click here!
  • Stories of our neighbors in need here.


“Stuff the Truck!”

Calvary UMC is sponsoring a BIG effort to help families in the nearby Chirilagua/Arlandria neighborhood on Saturday, June 12th.

We hope to filL a BIG truck with food and supplies for this community — 100% of the items are going directly to them!

Join us by collecting items from the list below, or by clicking here, and bringing them to the Calvary Parking lot (2315 S Grant Street) on June 12th.

If you have questions, about this mission please contact Christina Heslink at CalmethCOVID@gmail.com or by calling the church office at 703-892-5185.

Donation List

Most Needed Household Items

  • Laundry detergent
  • Body soap
  • Dish soap
  • Masks
  • Toilet paper
  • Paper towels

    Most Needed Baby Items

    • Baby formula (Simiilac Advance blue lid)
    • Diapers (size 2-5)
    • Pull Ups
    • Wipes

    Donation List

    Most Needed Food Items

    • Uncooked beans (black/pinto)
    • Uncooked rice
    • Maseca (corn, flour)
    • Oil (canola, olive)
    • Uncooked pasta
    • Canned tuna/chicken
    • Canned beans (black/pinto)
    • Canned mixed vegetables
    • Tomato sauce
    • Apple sauce
    • Peanut butter


      Calvary United Methodist Church
      2315 S.
       Grant St.,
      Arlington, VA 22202-2548 

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      Call: (703) 892-5185

      Fax: (703) 892-0414

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      9 a.m.-2 p.m.