HISTORY AND PURPOSE OF THE INTERFAITH COMMUNITY COUNCIL
The Interfaith Community Council (ICC) was established in the early 1970s by a small group of local church leaders to bring together diverse religious communities in the Fredericksburg area to collaborate on programs and services to help individuals and families in need.
ICC membership is open to all recognized religious communities in the Fredericksburg area that are interested in working together, sharing ideas and talents, representing a broad range of faiths. New members are welcomed at all times.
ICC meets quarterly on the third Tuesday of January, April, July, and October at 10:00 a.m. at St. George’s Episcopal Church, Faulkner Hall, with one or more representatives from each member of religious community present. Each religious community pays annual dues, based on the size of its membership, which help support ICC’s programs. Current dues range from $155.00 to $770.00.
Each year, ICC members elect an executive committee, which includes the president, vice-president, secretary, and treasurer. Currently, the following serve as the executive committee:
President Erin Faulconer 540-226-2234
Vice-President Paige Edwards
Secretary Jaye Anastasio 571-265-2354
Treasurer Clyde Matthews 540-373-3991
Financial Support – Salvation Army
Contact: Margie Brewer-Zambon, 540-373-3431
ICC provides monthly financial contributions to the Salvation Army’s Community Assessment and Assistance Program (CAAP), which assists families and individuals with food, clothing, furniture and household goods, as well as rent, mortgages, utilities, transportation, and medicine.
ICC oversees the following four community-based programs serving local residents from infants to the elderly: Dolphins, Layettes, Meals on Wheels, and School Dressing Days.
Contact: Munira Abdalla, Imani Multicultural Center, 540-308-3730
Through the Dolphin Program, volunteers from ICC member congregations are matched with lonely nursing home residents, especially those who have no religious affiliation, family or friends. Through this unique Dolphin ministry, the volunteers form an ecumenical, one-on-one friendship with these residents, visiting them on a regular basis. Volunteers are greatly needed for this important and rewarding ministry.
Meals on Wheels
Contacts: Rappahannock Area Agency on Aging to request meals:
Jackie Perez to volunteer as a driver: 540-659-9467
The Meals on Wheels program provides a cold noon meal and a hot evening meal for local residents who are unable to obtain or prepare meals for themselves and do not live with anyone who can do this for them. Eligibility is not dependent upon age or income. Subscribers pay for their meals at $90.00 per month for five days per week, or $4.25 per day for fewer than five days per week. Volunteers deliver the meals, which are prepared by Mary Washington Hospital, Monday through Friday, to homes within a four-mile radius of the hospital. Volunteers who will deliver meals once or more a month are needed.
Contact: Marcia Ransom 540-419-4846
ICC oversees and provides financial support to the Layette Program, through which individual ICC members sew basic infant gowns and blankets to be assembled into layettes for newborns of indigent mothers. The layettes are delivered to the Fredericksburg area health departments. Volunteers are needed to sew the layette items.
School Dressing Days
Contacts: Erin Faulconer: 540-226-2234
Becky Paul: 540-220-7161
School Dressing Days is an annual event that is held each August, which provides new school clothes and supplies to financially disadvantaged families in the city of Fredericksburg and the counties of Caroline, King George, Spotsylvania, and Stafford. Each August, approximately 1,000 children receive clothes and supplies in preparation for the opening of schools, through the financial contributions of ICC and its member religious communities and private donations. ICC’s School Dressing Days Committee meets monthly throughout the year, planning and purchasing clothes and supplies. Volunteers are greatly needed for this event. Financial donations are also greatly appreciated.
CURRENT ICC RELIGIOUS COMMUNITIES:
Beth Sholom Temple
Christ Lutheran Church
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
The Church of the Messiah
Fredericksburg Baptist Church
Fredericksburg Presbyterian Church
Fredericksburg United Methodist Church
Hillcrest United Methodist Church
Mt. Olive Baptist Church
Mt. Zion Baptist Church
Nativity of the Theotokos Greek Orthodox Church
Peace United Methodist
Shiloh (New Site) Baptist Church
Shiloh (Old Site) Baptist Church
St. George’s Episcopal Church
St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church
St. Matthias United Methodist Church
Tabernacle United Methodist Church
Trinity Episcopal Church
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
United Church of Christ
Zion United Methodist Church
Zoan Baptist Church