Opportunities in Charlottesville

Habitat for Humanity

Since 1991, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville has partnered with more than 150 hard-working low-income families in the area to help them realize their dream of home ownership. Habitat doesn’t give away houses, but instead offers Partner Families the opportunity to earn “sweat equity” building their homes and those of their neighbors. Utilizing volunteer labor and donations, Habitat is able to sell homes to Partner Families at no profit with a zero interest mortgage. In turn, Partner Family mortgage payments feed the Fund for Humanity, allowing them to build even more homes.

Christ Church partners with Habitat for Humanity by participating in a build on the third Saturday of each month from 8:45 am- 3:30 pm. All levels of skill welcomed. Please check The Messenger for the group schedule. Contact Assoc. Rector Marilu Thomas Marilu@christchurchcville.org or Mike Kavanaugh atrmikek1050@embarqmail.com to volunteer or for more info.

In order to help families settle into life in the community, we also partner with Habitat in Community Conversations. This is an evening meal that offers time for families to get to know each other better while engaging in neighboring activities. Christ Church serves a meal and participates with families in activities on the 1st Tuesday of the month from 5- 7:30 pm. Please contact Rev. Marilu Thomas or Alex London-Gross, key volunteer, at alex.londongross@gmail.com

The Haven

The Haven is located in a beautifully renovated church and annex building that offers a One-Stop resource for those struggling with homelessness or other basic needs located two blocks from Christ Church. The Haven has adopted a Housing First approach to ending homelessness and facilitates Homeless PreventionCoordinated AssessmentHousing NavigationHousing Stabilization, as well as providing a Day Shelter with breakfast and laundry facilities. Christ Church members can attend a volunteer training and help out in a variety of ways at the shelter. Assoc. Rector Marilu serves on the board of The Haven. Contact her for more info on how to get involved.

Soup Kitchen/Our Daily Bread

Tuesdays at noon, you will find the Monticello Room in the basement of the church full of food, conversation and neighbors. The downtown churches participate in a rotating soup kitchen that feeds approximately 80-135 of our fellow community members who are without funding for food. It is a time to sit and hear guests’ stories as well a serve a generous and healthy meal. There are four teams that serve in the Soup Kitchen, one for each week of the month, headed up by a Cook and Asst. Cook. (St. Paul’s Ivy team does the 5th Tuesdays.) We are always in need of servers and subs. Please contact Marilu (marilu@christchurchcville.org) if you would like to join a serving team.


PACEM (People and Congregations Engaged in Ministry) is a group of local congregations forming an interfaith coalition to provide overnight shelter and food for the homeless during the winter months. PACEM’S vision, “a pillow for every head”, and mission of compassionate support make this a reality in our community. PACEM, now in its twelfth season, consists of two shelter programs operating in parallel, one for men and the other for women. Christ Church participates with Wesley Methodist who acts as a host congregation for men.  We host approximately 45 guests for 12 hours each night. Participating in PACEM puts some of us “a little out of our comfort zone”, but that has not stopped members and friends of Christ Church from being involved.  We set up cots, prepare and serve food, spend fellowship time with our guests, stay overnight, launder clothing and towels, donate needed supplies, etc.  Other activities we have sponsored at PACEM are haircutting, tax return help, and other practical needs. Look for the sign-up link in early 2017 to volunteer or contact Marilu at marilu@christchurchcville.org

Here is a Signup for PACEM: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0e48a8ab2aa1ff2-pacem

Clothing and Toiletries Drive (November)

Each November, Christ Church collects warm clothing and basic toiletries to distribute to our neighbors in need. This includes warm socks, hats, gloves, gently used coats and sweaters as well as soap, shampoo, toothbrushes and toothpaste and deodorant. Look for boxes in Meade Hall in the month of November. Contact Rev. Thomas or Alice Brown at brownhyland@gmail.com for more info.