Interfaith Council launches initiatives to celebrate 35 years of community service

Since 1982, the Lancaster/Northumberland Interfaith Council has operated solely on donations and volunteers to serve the less fortunate. Attention goes mainly to the needy who otherwise may “fall through the cracks.”

A well known source of Interfaith in Action is the Interfaith Warehouse. Under the direction of Yvonne Williams, the warehouse receives and distributes gently used donated household items such as furniture, appliances, beds and linens.

The warehouse accepts all items except clothes, said Williams. Pick up can be arranged for large loads.

“Donation of beds and large appliances are always needed,”she said.

New Interfaith in Action signs are to alert the community to ongoing projects, such as emergency home repairs and wheel ramps. The Concerned Citizens Committee, led by Joe Curry, coordinates volunteer and paid contractor activities and many other functions.

Currently, Interfaith and Habitat for Humanity are working together in a joint venture to repair a burned out house on Mary Ball Road. The Northern Neck Builders Association, led by Mike Harvey, is prepared to step in when needed.

“Interfaith is raising the funding and Habitat is providing the labor,” said Curry.

In order to serve more needs, Interfaith is kicking off a 35th Anniversary Gold Star Fund Drive in April. Look for letters in the mail. Those who do not receive a letter may mail donations to Interfaith Service Council, P.O. Box 868, Kilmarnock, Virginia 22482, or call 512-8969.

President Edna Mason and the entire board of directors express thanks to the many donors and volunteers who have supported Interfaith during the past 35 years.