Our members are making a difference...


Food & Hypothermia Relief

Both Rising Hope and INCA Relief are members of Ventures In Community. Rising Hope’s Hypothermia Shelter houses up to 24 overnight guests from December through March and its fellowship hall is open daily for lunch. INCA Relief provides food, clothing, health care and other services in the area.


VIC-HOP Volunteer Support

Ventures in Community members provide volunteers to staff VIC's Hypothermia Outreach Program (VIC-HOP) at Rising Hope Methodist Mission Church. From December through March, volunteers provide and serve dinner and breakfast and server as overnight chaperones. The program is administered by New Hope Housing.


Martin Luther King Event

VIC organizes an annual Martin Luther King Day event in the Mount Vernon area. It  features a student essay contest, speakers, and musical contributions from a wide range of church choirs from local churches.

Members Say...

“This effort shows that people of all faiths can work together for the betterment of the community.” ~ Rising Hope Pastor Rev. Keary Kincannon

VIC also...

  • Holds a multi-denominational Easter sunrise service at a member faith community
  • Hosts monthly speakers on topics of local interest determined by the membership
  • Focuses on understanding the needs of individuals, families, and groups along the Richmond Highway corridor; the resources available to support those needs; and how VIC members and others can collaborate to help those in need

Image Notes

  • Top 2 photos: The Islamic Center of North America (ICNA) Relief distributes warm hats, scarves, and gloves at the hypothermia shelter at Rising Hope Methodist Mission Church.


  • 3rd photo: Lee District Supervisor Jeff McKay (second from left) and Rev. Abe Smith (right) congratulate the three essay contest winners after the 2018 MLK celebration at Bethlehem Baptist Church.