Washington Interfaith Network (WIN)
St. John’s is a member of Washington Interfaith Network (WIN), a faith-based grassroots organization dedicated to improving the life of all residents of the District of Columbia. Founded in 1996, WIN is multi-faith, multi-racial and non-partisan. It has nearly fifty church, synagogue, union, and public school members, representing 25,000 families in every section of the city.
WIN is affiliated with the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF), the oldest and largest community organizing network in the United States with more than 60 faith-based community organizations across the nation, including BUILD in Baltimore, MD and AIM in Montgomery County, MD.
Visit the Washington Interfaith Network website for more information.
Communities in Schools
Communities in Schools of the Nation’s Capital is the local affiliate of a nationwide dropout prevention program which harnesses a variety of community supports for the most vulnerable students in the public schools. During the 2019-20 school year, CIS will serve nearly 6,000 students in 13 DC public schools.
Parishioners can contribute to this ministry by participating in a variety of initiatives:
Cardozo Education Campus
- The Connected Closet – donate snacks, school supplies, and other items for needy students.
- Family Markets – assist with the distribution of food to families experiencing food insecurity.
- Report Card Conferencing – meet one-to-one with students to review their report cards.
The Journal Project
Small groups of students, meeting once a week for about eight weeks, to enhance their writing, artistic, and social skills by creating journals centered on universal human themes. The final session is a trip to the National Gallery of Art.
Watch for further information in The Word and the Sunday bulletin, or contact ministry leaders Ann Gardner, Susan Lewis, and Livy More.
Each month St. John’s parishioners volunteer with our partners at Grace Church, Georgetown’s Grace’s Table to provide a meal to our homeless neighbors. Our last event was held on Saturday, April 16. Please check back for updates.
We also provide casseroles for SOME (So Others Might Eat), a ministry to the homeless and low-income individuals in D.C. You can pick up a casserole pan at church, and leave your casserole in our big freezer for SOME to pick up.
On Sandwich Sundays, parishioners gather in the dining room after the 11:00 a.m. service and create assembly lines to make 1000 sandwiches for the homeless, which are sent to Martha’s Table for distribution. Our last event was held on Sunday, April 17. Please check back for updates.
St. John’s parishioners annually join together to repair and refurbish a house in the District of Columbia as part of the nationwide “Rebuilding Together” program. The program meets a critical need of elderly, disabled and low-income homeowners to preserve affordable housing by providing skilled services, volunteers, and materials to rehabilitate homes and revitalize neighborhoods for one day in April every year. Painting, landscaping, and repairs of all sorts, and fellowship are all part of a day’s activities that help a deserving member of the broader community. Our last Rebuilding Together project took place on Saturday, April 30. For more information, visit Rebuilding Together DC | Alexandria’s website.
Clothing Drives are held seasonally. Pull aside gently-used clothing for our less fortunate neighbors.
Toy, Clothing, and Food Drives
Clothing and food drives are held several times a year. Toys for low-income community children are collected in November and December.
Bishop John T. Walker School
The Bishop John T. Walker School for Boys (BWS) is a tuition-free Episcopal school for children from traditionally underserved communities. The school nurtures the spiritual, intellectual, social-emotional, artistic, and physical development of its students in a Christian community of learners that welcomes boys of all faiths and beliefs. Working in close partnership with students and families, the school strives to create an environment where each boy is challenged to reach his full academic potential and receives the structured support necessary to develop his unique gifts.
BWS is primarily funded through the generosity of the philanthropic community, receiving funding from individuals, parishes, foundations, and corporations. There are numerous ways to get involved and support the school’s mission, from making a gift to volunteering as a Lunch Buddy or in the library. St. John’s has played an active role in the development of the school with consistent financial contributions as well as the annual Christmas book drive. Several St. John’s parishioners serve as representatives for BWS, including Andrew Clarke and Wande Johnson on the school’s Governing Board and Cay Buser on the school’s Advisory Board. James Lowe served on the Governing Board until 2016.
Learn more about BWS by visiting their website or following their Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter presences.