Opportunities to Serve
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Richmond Volunteer Opportunities:
Second Presbyterian supports a number of Richmond area agencies and programs with our financial resources and through the time and talents of our members. These programs address the needs of our most vulnerable populations in Richmond. This list describes the many volunteer opportunities for individuals or groups – some are ongoing commitments and others are one-time projects. Learn more about these opportunities and if interested in getting involved, contact the agency volunteer coordinator.
Questions about outreach, mission and advocacy at 2nd Presbyterian? Contact Mission Council Co-Chairs, Mary Sue Donahue or Lucretia McCulley.
“Lunch on Mondays” - Walk-In Ministry
Mission: For more than 30 years, we have provided lunch on Mondays at Second Presbyterian Church to homeless people and others in need. The meal is prepared and served by more than 50 members of our church. This hospitality mission includes other churches that rotate in sending teams to Second Presbyterian to prepare and serve the meals.
Volunteer opportunities: Register guests as they arrive; prepare and serve lunch; serve drinks; share meals with our guests.
Volunteer contact: Elva Mapp email@example.com
Micah Tutoring Project
Mission: Working with other faith communities in the city, Second Church members and friends provide tutoring in math and reading at Chimborazo Elementary School in Church Hill. Tutoring begins toward the end of October after students have completed testing at the beginning of the semester, and continues through the school year.
Volunteer opportunities: Serve one hour per week during school year as a Math Buddy (3rd through 5th grades) or Book Pal (1st grade).
Volunteer contact: Greg Dickie, firstname.lastname@example.org, 804-441-2328
Assisting Families of Inmates
Mission: AFOI seeks to prevent the breakdown of relationships between inmates and their families by providing regular, meaningful visitation, support, and education services. The organization provides transportation to 15 correctional centers for hundreds of Richmond area families, enabling them to maintain relationships with incarcerated loved ones.
Volunteer opportunities for individuals: Help with Saturday morning bus transportation; registration for buses; help with video visitation on Saturdays and Sundays; serve on the organization’s board.
Volunteer opportunities for groups: Prepare a meal on Saturday afternoons for the families when they return to the church from their trips.
Volunteer contact: Fran Bolin, 804-643-2401, email@example.com
Area Congregations Together in Service (ACTS)
Mission: ACTS provides funds, support and resources to our neighbors in financial crisis, enabling them to live sustainable, self-sufficient and dignified lives. ACTS provides a central point where partner congregations have the ability to refer people in crisis for a full assessment including budgeting, referrals to other more appropriate agencies and pay for rents, utilities, to keep people stably housed instead of becoming a homeless statistic. ACTS takes a proactive stance on homelessness as the costs involved for the homeless become exponentially higher and we also feel it is the compassionate manner to help neighbors in need.
Volunteer opportunities for individuals: Preparation of “care bags” for clients; Committee/Board members
Volunteer contact: William Poarch, firstname.lastname@example.org
Feedmore/Central Virginia Food Bank
Mission: FeedMore is Central Virginia’s core hunger-relief organization dedicated to providing neighbors in need with healthy meals and hope for a better tomorrow. With a service area that stretches across 34 cities and counties, FeedMore helps the nearly 200,000 children, families and seniors in Central Virginia who struggle with hunger. Working to efficiently and effectively fight hunger, FeedMore’s multi-tiered approach, comprehensive programs and network of more than 300 partner agencies are dedicated to providing neighbors who face hunger with one of the most basic necessities: nourishment.
Volunteer opportunities: Sort and stock food in the Distribution Center, pack and deliver weekend BackPacks, organize Healthy Snacks, assist with every aspect of meal preparation in the Community Kitchen, sort food for Mobile Pantries, deliver meals to home bound senior and disabled clients through field sites across the service area, work with community-wide food drives, and offer front-line response to those who call our Hunger Hotline or visit our facility desperate for food.
Volunteer Coordinator: Sudeshna Das Menezes, email@example.com
Mission: Provides health care to the uninsured in metropolitan Richmond. In addition, the organization promotes wellness and connects the talents and resources of the community with people in need. Established in 1983, CrossOver offers health care services ranging from family medicine to obstetrics and pediatrics. CrossOver operates a network of three free clinics in Richmond, serving more than 6,500 individuals annually.
Volunteer opportunities for individuals: CrossOver's most critical volunteer needs are for nurses, dentists, and interpreters (Spanish and Arabic).
CrossOver appreciates donations of items for our patients, particularly toiletries and personal care items such as deodorant, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, sunscreen, antibacterial ointment, toilet paper, tissues, feminine products, diapers, and laundry detergent. CrossOver’s Social Work Program is also always accepting grocery store gift cards (Wal-Mart, Kroger, Food Lion, etc) for our patients struggling with food insecurity. Additionally, unopened medical supplies and over-the-counter medications like ibuprofen, allergy medicine, and cold medicine are appreciated donations.
Volunteer contact: Molly Smith, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mission: The Daily Planet Health Services provides integrated care, including primary health, behavioral health, dental care and pharmacy services to anyone regardless of their housing, financial, or insurance status. The majority of those we serve are homeless; but we accept Medicare & Medicaid and private insurance as well as self pay patients.
Volunteer opportunities for individuals: donations of gently used towels and twin-sized sheets and new pillows.
Volunteer opportunities for groups: Our Breaking Bread program is a great volunteer opportunity for groups. Groups (4-12 people) purchase, prepare and serve dinner to the clients in our two residential programs (Medical Respite & Safe Haven)
Volunteer contact: Susan Sekerke email@example.com
Hands Up Ministries
Mission: To change lives by providing affordable housing opportunities for Richmond’s under served, with the vision of strengthening families and communities one house at a time! Additionally, we will engage in community outreach programs that provide dignity, self-worth, and increased community self-sustainability.
Volunteer Opportunities: Construction, Carpentry, Painters,
Volunteer Coordinator: Loretta Wallace firstname.lastname@example.org
The Healing Place
Mission: To reach the homeless, to offer recovery for the addicted, and to help restore productive lives. The Healing Place serves homeless men in Richmond by providing overnight shelter, even for those under the influence of drugs or alcohol; a licensed social detox center in a safe and secure place; and a residential recovery program lasting 9-14 months.
Volunteer opportunities: The Healing Place is always in need of men's clothing and shoes, particularly socks, underwear and clothing in larger sizes.
Volunteer contact: Tiffany Hall Terry email@example.com
Mission: Homeward is the planning and coordinating organization for homeless services in the greater Richmond region. Our mission is to prevent, reduce and end homelessness by facilitating creative solutions through the collaboration, coordination and cooperation of regional resources and services.
- Donate gift cards for restaurants or convenience stores for meals to Homeward. Homeward will disperse the cards to area agencies.
- Donate bus tickets to Homeward for individuals who lack access to transportation to employment, medical appointments, and other services. Homeward will disperse the cards to area agencies.
- Run a collection drive for basic kitchen and household items as well as cold weather clothing and shoes.
Volunteer contact: firstname.lastname@example.org (804) 343-2045
World Pediatric Project
Mission: World Pediatric Project was founded in 2001 as International Hospital for Children, with the mission to link worldwide pediatric surgical, diagnostic and preventative resources to heal critically ill children in developing countries. Nine out of ten people lack access to this sub-specialty care, which leads to more deaths globally than HIV/AIDS, Malaria, and TB combined. WPP fills that void, with the help of many RVA based medical personnel.
Volunteer Opportunities: Once volunteers go through orientation, they can assist as often as they like with patients that come to Richmond for care (must be 18 to be "in charge" for outings and appointments). WPP has a need for over 8,000 volunteer hours per year!
Volunteer Contact: Harper Lorencki, email@example.com
Second Presbyterian Child Care Center
Mission: Housed at Second Presbyterian Church and provided with church support as an outreach to the community, the center provides quality, experiential day care for children of all races, cultures, and levels of household income. The Center was started in 1976 and was one of the first non-profit child care centers licensed in the Richmond area.
Volunteer opportunities for individuals: Volunteer to read to children, hold babies, or help with a class.
Volunteer contact: Ginger Hudson, 804 649 0152 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Boaz & Ruth
Mission: Located in the center of Highland Park, one of Richmond, Virginia's most troubled areas, Boaz & Ruth advances a mission ofrebuilding lives and communities through relationships, training, transitional jobs and economic revitalization. Boaz & Ruth provides training to help these ex-offenders re-enter society; rebuilds the community’s commercial life; and connects people who have long been separated by mistrust and racial tension.
Volunteer Opportunities: Volunteer opportunities include helping with our community garden, sorting clothing donations for Sunny Days, facilitating Jobs for Life classes, mentoring a participant, participating in community events, and board service.
Volunteer contact: Bea Robinson, email@example.com
Mission: The primary need in the community CARITAS addresses is homelessness. We provide an emergency shelter for people that cannot be rapidly rehoused, a furniture bank that provides essential furniture and household items for people moving from shelter to permanent housing, and a job readiness program called CARITAS Works that is uniquely designed to assist those with the highest barriers to employment become employed.
- 2nd Presbyterian Shelter week: 2nd Presbyterian hosts CARITAS guests once a year for one week. Volunteers are needed for that one week to cook and serve food, to serve as shelter monitors and most importantly to provide fellowship to those in need.
- Furniture Build: An easy, single day activity that allows a group of people to build dressers, kitchen tables and beds for distribution to families in need through the Furniture Bank.
- Furniture Drive: CARITAS arranges to have a storage pod placed at a designated site to allow a congregation to collect gently used furniture and house hold items to be distributed through the Furniture Bank. The furniture bank is always in need of kitchen tables, dressers, beds, linens, dishes and crockery. Additionally, volunteers are needed and welcome in both the furniture bank and the CARITAS Works program.
Volunteer contact: Tiffany Hall Terry (firstname.lastname@example.org)