Social Concerns Committee

The Social Concerns committee focuses on economic and social justice efforts in our neighborhoods, state and nation. They actively work with organizations in the larger community to further Quaker values of Peace, Equality, and Stewardship among others. The committee works with the organizations listed below to support civil rights, housing, criminal justice, social justice and environmental issues. Click on each organization’s active link to learn more.

The Social Concerns Committee welcomes all who share our concerns.

Some of the organizations we work to support include:

Bridges to Independence - Bridges to Independence runs a shelter for homeless families. On a monthly basis, the committee members volunteer to help all the school aged children with innovative science, art, music or drama activities. The committee also provides a camping scholarship for children at the shelter to attend one of the Quaker camps in the area.

American Friends Service Committee is a Quaker organization that promotes lasting peace with justice, as a practical expression of faith in action. Drawing on continuing spiritual insights and working with people of many backgrounds, they nurture the seeds of change and respect for human life that transform social relations and systems.

Alternative House Capital Area Food Bank The mission of the Capital Area Food Bank is to feed those who suffer from hunger in the Washington metro area by acquiring food and distributing it through its network of partner agencies; and educating, empowering and enlightening the community about the issues of hunger and nutrition. CAFB is a member of Feeding America, a national network of 200 food banks.

Habitat for Humanity NV works with volunteers, generous individuals and corporate partners, to make affordable home ownership in Northern Virginia a reality. They believe that home ownership is key to sustaining communities and improving family’s long-term success.

So Others Might Eat (SOME) is an interfaith, community-based organization that exists to help the poor and homeless of our nation's capital. SOME meets the immediate daily needs of the people they serve with food, clothing, and health care. They help break the cycle of homelessness by offering services, such as affordable housing, job training, addiction treatment, and counseling, to the poor, the elderly and individuals with mental illness. Each day, SOME is restoring hope and dignity to one person at a time.