How to Serve


Social Justice Ministries at Church of the Ascension

"He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?" Micah 6:8



Volunteers are critical to enable Ascension to have a tremendous outreach to our community.  Time commitments for specific ministries are dependent upon individuals’ willingness and availability to help. Commitments are generally flexible and involve 2 to 4 hours, depending on responsibilities accepted.  Several ministry requirements are seasonal in nature.


Apple Tree–School Supply Drive:  Collection of school supplies during July and August for the Homeless Education Program/Project HOPE of Virginia Beach Public Schools.  Supplies are distributed among agencies for families.  Prep meeting in July and two sorting meetings in August. Contact: Elisabeth Berry at 757.497.5403 (


Bread for a Better World


Faith Works Coalition: This ministry includes the repair and improvement of homes for the elderly, low income, and working families. Also providing disaster relief and helping eliminate substandard housing in our community. We  look for "willing helpers" or folks with skills to join with volunteers from other churches. More information at Matt Schorr at 757.467.4112 (


Funeral Receptions: Small teams to assist with set-up, food preparation, serving and clean-up for funeral receptions to help support the grieving family. Time commitment: 2-4 hours per reception.  Contact: Barbara Thompson 757-408-9038


Garden Ministry:


Giving Tree: We help make Christmas a more joyous time for underprivileged children and adults.  Ministers make Giving Tree tags, sort, wrap and buy gifts, and occasionally deliver gifts.  We’re a match for Santa’s elves!  Prep meetings in Oct / Nov; sorting meetings in December.  Contact: Elisabeth Berry at 497-5403; or Kathie Fowler at 497-1040


Global Solidarity:


Holiday Food: Thanksgiving and Christmas offer a special time to provide food for families in need.  We collect, sort, pack, and distribute the boxes.  Contact:


Meals on Wheels:  Pick up and deliver hot and cold meals from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm to a prepared list of shut-ins one day per week each month.  The route list is very easy to follow, even if you are not familiar with all parts of our city. Three hours per delivery. Contact: Eileen Komuves-Overstreet at 757-739-8430;


Parish Food Pantry:  Volunteers in the pantry: Organize and maintain Ascension's Food Pantry and take weekly food cart collection to pantry.  Assist with food shopping when necessary.  Pack food for families needing assistance. Pantry open 10:00 am to Noon Monday-Friday.

 Volunteers can also serve as rescue food deliverers by picking up food donated by Food Lion on Saturday mornings or Kroger on Monday mornings. 

Contact: Ruth Brogan 757-340-3186,


Prison Ministry: Our team serves a variety of roles in this important ministry.  Perhaps you would like to visit our local jail; advocate for our prisoners to the legislature; assist Kairos retreats at prison; serve potluck dinner and fellowship with individuals who are in transitional living; advocate against the death penalty.  Contact: Ann Beatty 757-463-5547; 


Sandwich Ministry:  Supports the Norfolk Catholic Workers Homeless program by preparing sandwiches that are served in food lines on city streets for the homeless.  Meets once a month. Contact:  Barbara Wiley at 499-4340;


Social FoodsDo you enjoy cooking and/or baking? We would like to call on your skills during our busy times. We often need food donations for receptions, meetings, shelter activities and/or other events throughout the year. Commitment will vary based on ministry needs and your availability. Contact: Christine Chambers at 287-8116 or


Soup Kitchen:  Once every 2 months prepare and/or serve dinner to the homeless and pre-homeless at Judeo-Christian Outreach Center on Virginia Beach Blvd. near Birdneck Road. Prepare 2 hours one evening at Ascension; serve 2 hours the following evening at JCOC. You can do one or both. Time: Cook 2 hours and Serve 2 hours.  Contacts:   Marie Thompson at 757.467.3207 ( or Jim and Kathie Fowler at 757.497.1040


Sowers of Justice: Follow your passion and join this vibrant Catholic network of volunteers to educate yourself and others on issues of Social Justice. Monthly meetings offer focus groups that encompass a wide range of issues from death penalty to the environment and respect for life. Contact: Marie Thompson at 757.467.3207;(  


Stop Hunger Now:


Summer Shelter: During the summer months we work with VBFEST (Virginia Beach Family Emergency Shelter Team) to provide 1 week of shelter for families.  Families arrive around 6 or 7, eat dinner and fellowship.  Early morning breakfast and a bag lunch is provided.  Volunteers cook, serve, play with the kids, and serve as listening ears for parents who are frequently frustrated by their living and financial conditions.    We also need volunteers who are willing to spend the night in the ACC as a security contact. Contacts:   Rudy and Terry Van Oekel at 757.467.6840 ( Debbie & Mark Wilsey at 757.321.9303 ( Ann and Jim Young at 757.416.1512 (


Winter Shelter (Ministry to Homeless): We provide meals, laundry, fellowship, showers, and a warm, safe place to sleep. Contacts:   Rudy and Terry Van Oekel at 757.467.6840 ( Debbie & Mark Wilsey at 757.321.9303 ( Ann and Jim Young at 757.416.1512 (


World Food Day: Help collect, sort, and divide food among local nonprofit organizations and our own Food Pantry. Food collection occurs Columbus Day weekend. Contact: Sandy Raiter 757-499-5775;