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.
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. Program coordinator, Karen Welch, needs help with this program in 2017. Please review the following position descriptions and contact her with any questions or interest.
Transportation Coordinator – RRPC volunteers provide transportation between campers’ homes and Camp Hanover on Sunday (check-in) and Saturday (check-out) of camp weeks. The Transportation Coordinator organizes this effort and provides support to the volunteers. A healthy list of repeat drivers and SignUpGenius helps kick-start this process.
Each year, we host CARITAS guests at our church. This is a meaningful experience in helping those who are homeless in our community.
The Furniture and Household Items Drive for CARITAS was a success. Many thanks to those who donated household items as well as those who collected the many items large and small.
Rebuilding Together - Richmond
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 weeklong 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 2018, our dates are July 15 – July 21, and we will be heading to the State of West Virginia. High School Youth and the Adult Leaders are divided into teams of 7, 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 divided into 8 teams, our youth and adult leaders accomplished a great dealduring the summer of 2017, working on homes in Tennessee as part of the Appalachia Service Project.
We host annually a Rise Against Hunger (previously known as Stop Hunger Now) 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.
Our Military Support Committee provides support to and encourages prayers for our service men and women in our armed services. With Veterans’ Day approaching on November 11, the Deacons, along with the generous assistance of the Presbyterian Women, are asking members to bring in a toiletry item or non-perishable healthy snack to be sent to our service members overseas. Look for the camo-decorated boxes in the Narthex to drop off your items. If you need ideas on what to bring, there is a list of suggested items on the bulletin board near the collection boxes.
Rise Against Hunger (formerly Stop Hunger Now)
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 was had by all at our annual charity event, Rise Against Hunger! Over 95 members of RRPC ranging in age from 2 to 94 along with many friends came together for 2 hours on Sunday, September 17, to prepare 25,000 meals for people in need throughout the world. Our outreach to University of Richmond even resulted in having a table of Spider students pitching in. There was great energy in the room and lots of gong “booms” as we cleared each 1000 meal mark. If you don’t know what you look like in a hair net, you’ll need to join us next year to find out! It was a wonderful show of support from the congregation to help those who are less fortunate, and the Mission and Service Ministry is very grateful. Thank you to all who participated!