Mount Vernon Unitarian Church is a member of Ventures in Community and participates in their projects to help the homeless with food and shelter. We collect food throughout the year and take it monthly to the United Community Ministries for distribution. We provide food about six times a year for the shelters in Alexandria. We also help provide Rising Hope, United Community Ministries, and the Kennedy Shelter with toiletries, sheets, towels, coats, hats, gloves, and school supplies.

On Thursday nights December through March we prepare dinner and provide overnight supervision at Rising Hope United Methodist Church. Our church has participated since 2006 in this project (VIC-HOP) sponsored by Ventures in Community, a group of neighborhood churches, intended to prevent hypothermia.