Swansboro Community Ministries

Reveille UMC
Reveille is committed to building strong, vital partnerships in the Swansboro community on Richmond’s south side, working with Swansboro Elementary School, Koinonia Christian Church, and Love Center of Unity Full Gospel Church International. These partnerships have resulted in a number of ministry programs.

Shalom Farms Workdays

Sponsored by the Joint Fellowship Team
Adults and children of all ages participated in Shalom Farms workdays on April 21 and May 5. Thank you to everyone who came together to support Shalom Farms, ensuring Richmonders in need have access to healthy food. Learn more at www.shalomfarms.org

Opportunities to Help at Swansboro Elementary

Every weekday the second grade classes of Ms. Daniels and Ms. Marlow read from 1:30 – 2:30 pm.  The students are arranged in small groups according to their reading ability.  There is a need of 2-4 volunteers each day to help these groups.
 
The second opportunity is a need to help with the after school program, run by Richmond Parks and Recreation, 4:00-6:00 pm weekdays. Volunteers would help with homework, crafts, and other activities, with 4-5 helpers needed each day.

Swansboro Elementary has a Saturday extended learning program that focuses on Standards of Learning test preparation for students in grades third through fifth. The school is asking for help in providing a simple breakfast (granola bar and juice) or lunch (Lunchable and drink) for 50 students on select Saturdays. 
 
To help with one of these opportunities, please contact Sheelagh Davis.

Save the date! Family Cookout August 16

Your family is invited to a cookout, Thursday, August 16, 6:00-8:00 pm, at Byrd Park Shields Lake Shelter. Families from Reveille, Koinonia Christian Church, and Love Center of Unity will come together for an evening of food, fun, and fellowship. A sign up to help with this event will be available soon. 

Joint Partner Church Committees

In 2017, five new committees were formed with members from Reveille, Koinonia Christian Church and Love Center of Unity:
  • Worship - plans 1 - 2 joint worship services each year
  • Joint Studies - plans an annual joint study series and occasional other study events
  • Fellowship - plans two joint fellowship events each year
  • Transportation Taskforce - works with other Richmond groups to advocate for improved public transportation for city residents to provide better access to jobs and other opportunities for those who cannot afford a car
  • Prayer - creates prayer partners between the churches and holds several prayer events throughout the year
For more information about the committees contact Jill Gaynor.

Mentors and Classroom Volunteers Needed 

Swansboro Elementary Students
Create a life-changing relationship with a Swansboro  Elementary student by becoming a mentor. Mentors are assigned to one student for the school year and meet with that student once each week to talk, play games, and assist with math or writing skills. To help, contact Jill Gaynor.

One-to-One Mentoring:  This program matches volunteers with students to meet one-on-one during lunch, recess, or resource periods on a regular basis.  Volunteers give general support with life and social skills and academics. Time commitment: one hour per week

Second Grade Reading Buddies: Volunteers help during literacy stations in Ms. Marlowe’s second grade class, assisting small groups of students to complete literacy classwork.  Time commitment: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:30-2:00 pm

Kindergarten and First Grade Classroom Station Helpers:  Volunteers work with small groups doing math and/or literacy activities, and assist the teacher. Time commitment: flexible

If you are interested in helping at Swansboro Elementary, please contact Sheelagh Davis, sheelagh.d@verizon.net.

Koinonia Christian Church

Musical Mondays 
Reveille supports the instruction of beginning piano, drums, violin, and guitar at Koinonia on Mondays during the school year, 5:00-6:15 pm.  Volunteer opportunities are available for those with musical ability as well as anyone interested in helping students with arts, crafts, and homework.  Time commitment: One hour and fifteen minutes each week.
Girl Scouts
Reveille supports the Swansboro Girl Scout troop meeting at Koinonia the second and fourth Wednesday of each month, 6:00-8:00 pm.  Volunteer opportunities are available for anyone wishing to share their hobby or special skill with these young leaders of tomorrow. Time commitment: Two hours every other week or a one-time commitment of two hours.

Swansboro Elementary School

Read Across America
Read to students at Swansboro Elementary School on Read Across America Day, each year in early March, many volunteers are needed to read to every class. Time commitment: One hour. 

Teacher's Assistant
Pair with a teacher to provide consistent support in the classroom with math, reading, and writing. Time commitment: Varies, several hours per week for classroom teacher’s assistants. 

Teacher Appreciation Week
Help recognize the wonderful work done by the dedicated teachers at Swansboro Elementary during this special week, usually in May. Each day Reveille aims to provide a special treat or token of appreciation, including lunch for the faculty of about 60.
Time commitment: varies.

Westview on the James Camperships
Each year, Reveille helps send 20-25 Swansboro Elementary School students to summer camp for a week at Westview on the James. Children are selected by their school to receive a campership based on financial need. Reveille volunteers help children prepare for the experience and provide transportation to and from camp. Help also is needed in meeting with the families to complete paperwork and shop for camp supplies. Time commitment: Two afternoons each summer.

Swansboro Steering Committee or S.P.I.R.I.T. Team 
(Swansboro Partners Inspiring Relationships in Christ Together) 

This team promotes, publicizes, and encourages the Reveille congregation to get involved in the Swansboro community. The team recruits volunteers, supports existing programs, and initiates new ministries. Meetings are on the fourth Monday of the month at 7:00 pm. The committee produces the SPIRIT Team Shout Out newsletter with upcoming opportunities in the Swansboro community. 

Contact Sheelagh Davis for more information about Reveille's Swansboro Community Ministries.