World Day of the Poor Events & Volunteer Opportunities

Pope Francis announced Sunday, November 19th as World Day of the Poor. During the week leading up to World Day of the Poor, he invites us to create ‘moments of encounter’ with those we serve.

It is my wish that, in the week preceding the World Day of the Poor…  Christian communities will make every effort to create moments of encounter and friendship, solidarity and concrete assistance.” (World Day of the Poor Message, June 2017)

In response, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington (CCDA) will be hosting volunteer days, presentations, and events the week of November 13th through November 20th, 2017 that invite the community to learn how CCDA is serving the poor.


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Build "Care Bags" for the Homeless in the Diocese

Help Catholic Charities bring hope to the homeless! Fill "care bags" with the items we have listed, then drop them off at one of the specified locations between Monday, November 20 and Wednesday, November 22 during regular office hours. "Care bags" will be distributed to the homeless in the Diocese via the new Catholic Charities Mobile Response Center Vehicle.

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Blessing of Mother of Mercy Free Medical Clinic by Bishop Burbidge

Join us for Bishop Burbidge’s blessing of the new Mother of Mercy Free Medical Clinic, a facility that will serve low income households without insurance in the Manassas and Manassas Park area.

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Know Your Rights – Train the Trainer

Learn about immigrant rights, the importance of creating an emergency plan for oneself and one’s family, and referral information for assisting immigrants in your community. Registration slots for this event are limited and are on a first-come first-serve basis, so please register soon!

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Presentation on the Four Social Doctrines of the Church

Learn how Catholic Social Doctrine inspires us to transform lives and encounter Christ through the 4 principles of human dignity, common good, subsidiarity, and solidarity. Please Note - Registration is required

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