The Purcellville-based Tree of Life Ministries will kick off its Leesburg initiative Aug. 20 at Crossroads Baptist Church.
It was eight years ago that the nonprofit began as a partnership of Christian churches with one purpose—to reach out to the poor and needy in the county where 3.4 percent of the population live below the poverty line.
Initially, the Purcellville Baptist Church took the program under its wing, but in the ensuing years the organization has broadened its reach and greatly expanded its programs. Tree of Life is supported by 16 western Loudoun churches and more than 400 volunteers, all of whom have gone through the Volunteer Introduction Program.
The organization’s stated vision is “to plant the Tree of Life model in new communities to the glory of God.” The launch of a Leesburg program is a new step in that vision.
Tree of Life plans to engage with Leesburg area churches and invite volunteers to the initial volunteer introduction at 2 p.m. on Aug. 20 with a goal of beginning active ministry on Sept. 20 for everyone in need across the Leesburg community. Those who would like to help—by volunteering their services, praying or helping to support the organization financially—may attend the program. Volunteers and Tree of Life leaders will give full details of how the programs work as well as providing a meal to participants. The church is located at 850 Edwards Ferry Road NE in Leesburg.
The organization now has five branches—food, life skills, shelter, health care and relief—providing the basics of food and job assistance, housing and clothing, health care and relief. Currently, Tree of Life has 14 separate ministries, providing free assistance to 5,000 individuals across western Loudoun.
For more information on how to help, email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 540-441-7920 or visit tolministries.org.