Committee for Helping Others
Simple, loving charity for the needy of Vienna, Oakton, Dunn Loring, and Merrifield
CHO is an all-volunteer organization that helps by providing
The links on the menu bar take you to descriptions of each of these services, as well as to information on our organization and, most important, on how you can help.
CHO has moved
CHO has moved. Our new Food Closet will open in July and will be at the Vienna Presbyterian Church, 124 Park St. NE. You will need to call us when you arrive in the parking lot. The door is the one facing Maple Avenue and in the parking lot (see arrow), not on Park Street. Our phone number is the same: 703-281-7614 box # 1.
The Clothes Closet will be at Unity of Fairfax, 2854 Hunter Mill Rd., Oakton. The number is the same. 703-679-8966.
CHO se ha movido. Nuestro nuevo Food Closet abrirá en julio y estará en la Iglesia Presbiteriana de Viena, 124 Park St. NE. Deberá llamarnos cuando llegue al estacionamiento. La puerta es la que da al estacionamiento (ver flecha), no en Park Street. Nuestro número de teléfono es el mismo: 703-281-7614 casilla #1.
El armario de ropa estará en Unity of Fairfax, 2854 Hunter Mill Rd., Oakton. El número es el mismo. 703-679-8966.
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Or, send a check (payable to CHO) to CHO, P.O. Box 233, Vienna VA 22183.
Winter Coat Drive – Thank You!
Thank you to Paula McGinnis and to Vienna Body Grace and Yoga for your timely winter coat drive. Not only did we receive badly needed coats for our Clothes Closet, there was also a collection of blankets that will keep our clients warm this winter.
Food Donations Warm Our Hearts this Winter
In addition to the ongoing “food donations” from our regulars, which we so much appreciate, we had two very large donations of food that helped to fill up our Food Closet.
We received a very large donation of food from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, facilitated by the Oakton Stake – 4 pallets of food that took 3 men 2-1/2 hours to unload the truck and store. Many many thanks.
We also just finished “Stuffing the Bus” at the Vienna Giant on Maple Avenue on January 27. We collected 2,204 pounds of food, $190 in gift cards, and $126 in cash. Thanks to the wonderful staff at the Giant, mother-and-son volunteers from the Young Men’s Service League, Fairfax County Neighborhood and Community Services, Supervisor Walter Alcorn, who stopped by, and FASTRAN, which provided the bus. Also thanks to all who helped to publicize the event and to all who donated on Saturday, including a donation via Venmo from a person in Florida! See the picture below of Supervisor Alcorn and Carolyn Mysel, CHO Food Chair, with volunteers.
New Year in Vienna
Happy New Year from CHO! Here are pictures from this year’s first ever “Noon Year” held at Cedar Park Shopping Center, sponsored by the Town of Vienna and attended by Heather Glynn, pictured at the left and representing CHO, with a representative from the town of Vienna. The great balloon drop happened at noon on the 31st.
The CHO Christmas Store!
Thanks to all who participated in CHO’s annual Christmas Store and Bike Drive on December 9. The Store itself served 104 families (503 family members). CHO will continue to provide gift cards, toys, clothes and food throughout the holidays; over 65 additional people have been helped so far.
Bikes were collected, repaired and distributed, thanks to volunteers from Antioch Christian Church and bikes@vienna.
Thanks to Vienna Presbyterian for providing the space, and to the volunteers who helped staff the Store, including Social4good, pictured here.
We could not have done it without individual donations and the toy drives sponsored by numerous local businesses and organizations, including Merrill Lynch and Green Hedges School (students pictured here). There were also many gift card donations made for the Store in December and throughout the year from churches and individuals, including OLGC’s gift card drive during all Masses one weekend in September.
CHO’s new food closet!
On Sunday, September 24, Vienna Presbyterian Church (VPC) hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of CHO’s new Food Closet at VPC. You can see CHO’s Carolyn Mysel cutting the ribbon, with Reverend Dr. Hope Lee of VPC (second from left) and representatives of Belong! and VPC participating. Members of the congregation were invited to tour the space afterwards. Thanks again to VPC for their interest and support.