Our Crossroads team of youth and adults travels
to Marion, Virginia, for a week each summer. They have repaired roofs, porches, and ceilings, replaced rotted floors, done interior and exterior painting, and built handicap ramps -- whatever is needed -- in the area around Marion. The 2017 trip is planned for July 16 - 21.
Members of Mount Vernon Church have played a vital role in organizing and participating in the annual Danville CROP Walk each year since it began -- through corporate sponsorships, individual donations, and walkers. The money raised goes to Church World Service, to fight hunger and extreme poverty worldwide, and to God's Storehouse, Danville's food pantry.
Since the Danville CROP Walks began in 2008, $128,000 has been raised!
OLD MUTARE UNITED METHODIST HOSPITAL
Mount Vernon supports the work of Dr. Tendai Mayeza at the Old Mutare United Methodist Hospital in Zimbabwe, Africa. Dr. Manyeza is the Chief Medical Officer at this hospital, where patients receive affordable life-saving and spiritually transforming treatment so they can take care of their families and live to contribute to their communities. Donations given by Mount Vernon members during the 2017 Lent/Easter season will be added to the more than $7,500 given in the past three years.
In 2015, the Vacation Bible School offering went to Danville Habitat for Humanity, and in November 2015 Mount Vernon's children, at the Children's Sabbath worship service, invited the congregation to provide funds to help complete a house in Danville with the Advent / Christmas offering. In the spring of 2016, a team from Mount Vernon installed the sheetrock in Danville's most recent Habitat House.
Mount Vernon members work as volunteers at Habitat and serve on the Board of Directors.
STOP HUNGER NOW
In March 2017, Mount Vernon members were joined by George Washington High School football team members to package 10,800 nutritious dehydrated meals.These meals are used primarily in school feeding programs in developing countries. Hunger is the common thread among the world’s most challenging issues. Targeting hunger leverages support to other causes including poverty, disease eradication, education, and the welfare of women and children.
This mission of Mount Vernon Church helps local people with needed home repairs. Most are referred by the Danville Community Development office, because they are physically or financially unable to make the repairs, yet their income level causes them to "fall between the cracks" for getting any other kind of help. Teams of workers from Mount Vernon make the repairs, and other Mount Vernon members support the teams with donations and prayers.
We support our local food pantry by providing non-perishable food items and volunteers who assist with food distribution and serve on the Board of Directors.
Part of the funds raised by the Danville CROP Hunger Walk go to God's Storehouse each year -- more than $45,000 since 2008.
At Vacation Bible School at Mount Vernon, the children and Mount Vernon Church members raised a total of $4,100 for Heifer International. That is enough to purchase a flock of chicks, honeybees, a trio of rabbits, a tree seedling, a pig, a sheep, two goats, a llama, two water buffaloes ... a heifer ... and lots more!