What they’re about: Empowering the physically blighted commercial corridor of Highland Park by restoring buildings, operating social enterprises and providing jobs. Rebuilding lives of men and women needing a second chance through relationships and training. Connecting Highland Park neighbors and our program participants to the wider Richmond community through shared experiences that bridge racial, economic and geographic barriers.
How to get involved: Pray for the participants, neighborhood and organization Coach a participant Provide dinner for a class Grant writing Newsletter Gardening Painting facilities Donate gently used clothing and household goods Volunteer at Harvest Thrift and Sunny Days
What They're About: CARITAS serves as the first line of community support for anyone in need of emergency shelter. Over 185 participating congregations provide shelter, food, and necessities on a weekly basis to individuals and families in need of immediate assistance. Through our four programs- Shelter, Furniture Bank, Works, and The Healing Place- CARITAS provides support, training and material assistance to break the cycle of homelessness and restore stable productive lives.
How to get involved: Cleaning/organizing on-site Personal Shopper: helping people shop for their new home Tutoring and preparing individuals for employment
What They’re About: Church Hill Activities and Tutoring, known as CHAT, is a system of integrated programs that empower aspiring youth to break the cycles of poverty and reach for their goals. How to get involved:
Tutoring: Homework help, basic reading, writing, math and study skills Wacky Wednesday life skills programs, at Nehemiah’s Workshop, in our cooking, sewing and gardening operations, hip-hop, spoken word and in our other entrepreneurial ventures. Community events, summer programs and holiday activities.
What They're About: Christian Student Fellowship (CSF) at Virginia Commonwealth University is the collegiate ministry partnered with Area 10 Faith Community. CSF is a fellowship on the campus of VCU who join in Area 10’s vision to “Love Beyond Reason” by fostering community with Christ, the Church, and the Lost within the students of VCU.
How to Get Involved: "Adopt a Ram” Mentorship Helping carpool students to church gatherings Meal provision Assisting in teaching, worship, times of fellowship and retreat.
What They’re About: A Fresh Start For Single Mothers And Their Children Community Outreach Mission Project is a unique faith based non- denominational 20 week program designed to provide an environment of positive support for single mothers and their children in which they will find encouragement, education, spiritual enrichment, growth, hope for daily living and the future. The program seeks to break the cycle of broken relationships, generational failures and shape the hearts of the next generation by promoting positive life changing advancements, ideas and information. The focus is to help the single mother accept the singleness factor and move beyond it. This is a community cooperative effort. We welcome women from all faiths, economic backgrounds never married, separated, divorced, grandmother raising grand kids alone, single mom by adoption. There is no charge to our families for the program. We are an all volunteer organization with no paid staff.
How to Get Involved: Dinners For Meetings: Simple Main Dish for approx. 25 Ladies Donate: Cookies / Candy / Juice Boxes / Soda Liters & Small cans / Snacks (for weekly meetings / check expiration dates, no peanut / nut products) Donate: supplies for meals, gift cards, food items (Call for more details) Small home repairs and yard work for our moms / Car Repairs / Computer Repairs Sponsor: Storage Space, Sessions, Families in crisis, Pizza for kids, families for Christmas (Call for details) Volunteer: for childcare, as a teen mentor, early set up for meetings, clean up for meetings
What They're About: William Fox Elementary is a local, public elementary school that we partner with most consistently throughout the year! They have hosted our Rise Richmond in the spring and have shown their support of Area10 for many years.
How to get involved: (check out the calendar for orporate church-wide events) Backpacks School Supply Drive Back to School Night Thanksgiving Turkey Boxes Rise Richmond
What They’re About: At Hands Up Ministries, our mission is 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.
How to Get Involved: Monthly Work Days (Like their FB Page for Constant Updates) Offer your skill set, labor, etc. Donate Financially Donate, Deliver, Distribute books for Little Free Libraries
What They’re About: Cary Elementary is a local- Title 1- public school located just a few blocks away from Carytown. We have worked with them throughout the years to help meet needs of families, the PTA, and the school itself.
How to Get Involved: Math Tutors: We need math tutors every Monday and Tuesday from 12:15-1:15 to help students learn their multiplication facts. Tutors will work with one or two students under the direction of a lead volunteer who runs the math program. No experience is necessary and the kids love the individual attention.
First Friday Readers: We meet on the First Friday of each month at 9:00 am in the library at Cary and proceed to a classroom to be a guest reader. Books are provided by the librarian. It takes about 20 minutes.
Garden Help: We have a vegetable garden at Cary that serves as a learning center for the students. We need extra hands to help run our gardening program in the spring and assist students with hands on activities in the garden.
What They’re About: NOC is a non-denominational Christian-based 501(c)3. Since 2004, the NOC has been working to revitalize the Highland Park community in the Northside of Richmond, VA. Our desire is to bring positive transformation to Highland Park spiritually, relationally, and economically through connecting people to needed resources, mentoring and discipleship, and community outreach. The NOC's stable presence in the community positions us to serve the residents with consistency, as well as develop strong partnerships with local leaders and organizations so that we can work together to make a lasting difference.
How to Get Involved: Become a mentor Volutneer w/ afterschool Programming Volunteer at Community Store Volunteer at Community Food Pantry
What They’re About: World Pediatric Project (WPP) is an international non-profit organization based in Richmond, VA and St. Louis, MO. WPP coordinates surgical and diagnostic care for children in Central America and the Eastern Caribbean by sending out medical mission teams to our partner countries and by bringing children to Richmond and St. Louis for life-saving surgical intervention. Our volunteers work directly with the children and their guardians. Some families who travel for care speak only Spanish. It is not necessary for our volunteers to speak Spanish, but it is a bonus if they do! We rely on volunteers to assist families with many of the practical and supportive needs they have while undergoing medical treatment, including:
How to Get Involved: Picking up/dropping off families at the airport Transporting and accompanying families to medical appointments Assisting families with surgery check-in Visiting families in the hospital or housing facility Taking families on outings Providing social and emotional support to families
What They're About: The Virginia Saints are a group of dedicated men who spend several weekends in the spring and summer going into area prisons to engage inmates in a game of softball. However, we share more than the love of sport; we share the Gospel and personal testimonies with the men, wrapping up the day by giving inmates a chance to respond to Christ in faith.
Started in 2005 with just a few games, the Virginia Saints have grown each year. Celebrating a decade of ministry through 2014, the Saints have played more than 140 softball games, spoken to over 9000 inmates, and seen nearly 1000 men come to Christ.
How to Get Involved: Athletics: Use your softball talents for the Lord. We are always looking for new missionary athletes to join our teams. Your involvement allows us to expand into new regions of ministry impact, as well as continue to deepen relationships in areas currently being served.
Side Line Disciples: Don’t play the game? We need your sideline support to connect and minister to the inmates that are not on the field. The sideline action allows us to reach many more men for Christ.
Financial Support: Give to The Saints Prison Ministry as the Lord leads. If you do not have the ability to give yourself, perhaps you could mention us to your church family, your friends or even your employer. Whether you choose to support a specific missionary-athlete, a particular special project or trip, or provide Bibles, Gospels of John, athletic equipment or other materials your financial support is greatly appreciated.
What They're About: UMFS (United Methodist Family Services) began as an orphanage in 1899. Today we provide a comprehensive network of services to children and families across Virginia by specializing in treatment foster care and adoption, intensive residential treatment and crisis intervention services for adolescents, FamilyCARE services (collaboration, advocacy, resources, empowerment), and specialized education services for adolescents including students with Autism. The mission of UMFS is “Touching lives, Creating futures” by serving families with our hearts and expertise! If you have a passion for teens and want to make a difference in the life of a young person, please consider volunteering with UMFS!
How to Get Involved: Subject Tutors Life Skills Tutors Mentors Open Table Participant