15 Upton Lane, Stafford, VA 22554 | P.O. Box 1357, Stafford, VA 22555

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Stafford Emergency Relief through Volunteer Efforts

Our Mission: To encourage individuals and groups to work together to alleviate local human suffering by meeting the emergency needs of children, individuals, and families who are experiencing financial crisis, and to promote programs to help individuals become more self-sufficient. SERVE is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization serving all of Stafford County as well as portions of Spotsylvania, Caroline, King George Counties and the City of Fredericksburg.

The History of SERVE

In 1979, the time was right, the time was ‘now’! Community need for emergency help was rising and resources were very limited.  Churches did what they could, people chipped in to help, but there needed to be an organized effort to join forces to make a greater impact in the lives of families in need.

This was when a devoted Social Worker and three local Pastors came together to form Stafford Emergency Relief through Volunteer Efforts, affectionately known as SERVE  The Social Worker was Jeri Dulin (Redman), she has come home to 
SERVE and is now on our Board! The Pastors were Jim Treslow, Jack Hancox and Glenn Thomas. Their mission was to provide for the emergency needs of local Stafford families in need of food, utility, housing and prescription assistance. These compassionate people knew that there were good people suffering with great need and that Social Services was unable to do but so much to help! More resources needed to be made available to them for their survival, hence, SERVE was born.

Under the Internal Revenue Code, SERVE Inc, as a 501(c)(3) organization is absolutely prohibited from directly or indirectly participating in, or intervening in, any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any party, cause, or candidate for elective public office. SERVE Inc will not contribute to, or receive, contributions from political campaign funds or political issue organizations. SERVE Inc will not support public statements of position (oral or written) made in favor of, or in opposition to, any candidate for public office or causes associated with political messages or campaign activity.  Doing so could result in denial or revocation of SERVE Inc’s  tax-exempt status and the imposition of certain excise taxes. SERVE encourages everyone eligible to vote to participate in the political process as civic duty. SERVE Employees and Board members can be involved in political activities as private citizens but their involvement does not represent SERVE or constitute endorsement by SERVE Inc.  For more details on this position please see the IRS website.


SERVE is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization serving Stafford, Virginia.
Tax deductible monetary contributions can be mailed to:
P.O. Box 1357
Stafford, VA 22555

Food donations are welcomed at SERVE at the following times:
Mondays - Thursdays 11:00 am-4:00 pm
and the 2nd and 4th Saturday from 10 am- 12 pm
Or call (540) 288-9603 for special delivery options

Donations may be dropped off at:
15 Upton Lane
Stafford, VA
(near the Stafford County Courthouse)

Off-Site Food Donation Locations:
Porter Library
England Run Library
Giant Stores in Stafford County
Present & Past - Chatham Heights