Within our own community, there are many projects available to help others such as Rebuilding Together, Reid Elementary School, the LAMB's Basket, CARITAS, and Camp Hanover. RRPC participates in these and other local projects to improve the lives and wellbeing of those in need of help. Whether it is working on someone's home, serving in a local soup kitchen, tutoring a child, or providing food and manpower to a local food pantry, there is a place for you to make a difference.
"Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received." -1 Peter 4:10
We cooked and served supper to 200 grateful men at the CARITAS and Healing Place on Saturday. It was a fun and fulfilling experience, which we plan to repeat.
Have you been interested in helping out at LAMB’s Basket but don’t know where it is or what it is like when you get there? The Mission and Service Ministry would like to help you plug in! On the second Thursday of each month, Lesley Glotzl will meet you in the RRPC parking lot at 9:45 a.m. to caravan over then work with you around the facility and get you charged up for return visits. The volunteering window is short and manageable, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The work is not heavy duty and is suitable for ages 10 to 100! Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes.
Reid Elementary School Partnership
Volunteer in the School
Please consider being a mentor, tutor, classroom assistant, library helper, or a lunch buddy once a week, or an occasional reader. Please contact Marty Thornhill to learn how you can make an impact on the life of a child.
Your generous giving provides camp scholarships to 20 hardworking Richmond City public school students. During the months of June and July, these students participate in 1- or 2-week overnight camp experiences at Camp Hanover.
Rebuilding Together - Richmond
RRPC partners with Rebuilding Together - Richmond on much needed repairs to area homes. RRPC will be participating in our 4th consecutive National Rebuilding Day on Saturday April 27. We will be working on the home of Ms. Margaret who lives with her brother, Sam. Both are very excited to be working with us this year. There are lots of small home improvement projects and cleanup to be done. Please sign up online at https://rebuildingtogetherrichmond.org/. Click on the Volunteer area on the home page and then on the blue "View and sign up for our upcoming volunteer opportunities" link. Scroll down to House #21 and "sign up." By using this online sign up, you can indicate your t-shirt size and fill out a waiver as well. Or you may contact Scott Duff III to indicate interest. All are welcome!
We regularly participate in mission projects within our region. Each year our youth and adult leaders travel and work in teams as part of the Appalachia Service Project. RRPC also provides assistance in fighting hunger through monthly Nickels for Hunger. When disaster strikes, we give generously to the PCUSA's Presbyterian Disaster Assistance Program.
Appalachia Service Project
Appalachia Service Project (ASP) is a week-long home repair ministry with which our youth have been participating since 1996. For one week a year, we help families in the Appalachian region who could not afford the work to repair their homes to become warmer, safer, and drier. At River Road Presbyterian, this is not just a youth activity but an activity in which everyone in the church can participate.
For 2019, our dates are July 7 – 13, and we will be heading to the state of Kentucky. High School Youth and the Adult Leaders are divided into teams, with 5 youth and 2 adults for each team. Each team is assigned to a home for repair. The trip is open to youth who are currently in 8th - 12th grades, college age, and adults. Youth are also allowed and encouraged to invite friends who are not members of RRPC to join us as well!
With over 50 participants, our youth and adult leaders accomplish a great deal during the summer, working on homes as part of the Appalachia Service Project.
We host annually a Rise Against Hunger event to assemble and package meals for 25,000. We have sponsored several children coming to the United States for lifesaving surgeries through the World Pediatric Project. Our Military Support Committee provides care packages and messages to our service men and women stationed around the world.
World Pediatric Project
World Pediatric Project mobilizes dozens of pediatric diagnostic and surgery specialist teams each year. Annually, more than 2,000 children receive diagnostic or surgical care in their home countries or regions. We partner with World Pediatric Project to bring a child and his or her caregiver to Richmond for surgery at VCU Health and provide activities and fellowship with the family while here.
Rise Against Hunger
Each year we pack 25,000 meals for those without food. This is a multi-generational mission activity for which our entire congregation comes together. What a wonderful evening of service to others and a fun time of fellowship as well. Great fun is had by all at our annual Rise Against Hunger meal packing!
Our Military Support Committee provides support to and encourages prayers for our service men and women in our armed services. Please consider dropping off a toiletry item or non-perishable healthy snack to be sent to our service members overseas. If you need ideas on what to bring, there is a list of suggested items on the bulletin board near the collection box.