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Serve Opportunities

Serve Opportunities

Opportunities to serve as a volunteer are available with our mission partners. Imagine the transformation in our community and in our hearts, if every member of the church was connected in some way with at least one of our mission partners. Volunteer opportunities range from one-time events to weekly commitments. Questions? Contact the church to be connected to a member of our Outreach team.

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Outreach Partners

Local 

Henry L. Marsh III Elementary School (HMES)

An outreach partner for twenty-one years, Henry Marsh empowers its students to be critical-thinkers, lifelong learners, and responsible citizens. Named after the first African-American mayor of Richmond, this school serves amazing children who face real challenges, with 92% of the student classified as economically disadvantaged. Support this twenty-one-year partnership by serving as a reading buddy or classroom assistant; or help with a special project like the Dessert Fair and Cadre Breakfast.

Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School

Our newest outreach partner, the staff and teachers of MLK work ensure success for their students by creating an inquiry-based learning environment where they question and investigate the world around them. Middle school is a critical link between adolescence and young adulthood, where a ministry of presence makes all the difference. Current volunteer opportunities include male volunteers who support staff and assist students during class transitions and reading buddies for 6th graders. Volunteer opportunities start at one hour a week.

Armstrong Leadership Program (ALP)

ALP's mission is to grow student leaders from Armstrong High School by helping them acquire skills in the areas of personal development, leadership, mentoring, post graduate preparation and cultural exposure. Armstrong High was founded in 1865 as the first school dedicated to freed African American students in Richmond. Located in the center of five public housing developments, ALP supports these youth so they can reach their potential and overcome adversity. 

This program, run through Richmond Hill, is looking to grow. Mentor a student in the 9th through 12th grade. Commitment is two hours a month with a mentee for at least a year.

Richmonders Involved to Strengthen our Communities (RISC)

RISC (riscrichmond.com) is a justice ministry organization of twenty-two congregations in Richmond, Henrico, and Chesterfield. Founded in 2002 RISC uses the power of large numbers of people to hold public officials accountable and to solve critical community problems. 

RISC follows a yearly process that focuses on building a justice ministry network in congregations. In the fall, Team Leaders host House Meetings to discuss community problems and engage participants. From November through March, Issue Committees are formed to conduct research into the problems, and ultimately come up with specific, winnable solutions. The Nehemiah Action Assembly is held in the spring, where thousands from the partner congregations gather to ask public officials to implement these solutions. After the Nehemiah Action, leaders follow up on the commitments made at the Action, and Network Members are invited to invest in RISC.

International

Jewish Family Services (JFS)

In the Summer of 2024, First Presbyterian identified Jewish Family Services (jfsrichmond.org) as our international outreach partner to offer support in their work with Ukrainian refugees displaced by war.

JFS has helped more than 142 Ukrainian individuals and families settle to the Richmond area, no matter their faith or finances. They work with community partners, like FPC, to provide an apartment for each family free of charge for six months, along with furniture and basic household necessities. In addition to housing assistance, through their partners, JFS also offers transportation assistance, ESL classes, and employment matching and training.

Partnering with JFS’s refugee resettlement program provides our congregation with a local outreach opportunity with an international impact that builds on the church's history of responding to international crises with direct action and support.

Click HERE to learn more about how you can participate in this important ministry.

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