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 and opportunities.
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.
Koinonia Christian Church
Musical MondaysReveille 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 ScoutsReveille 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.
Love Center of Unity
Youth MinistryHelp support the new youth ministry at Love Center of Unity. Initial plans include music lessons and art classes. If you enjoy young people and have a passion to make their lives better, please volunteer. Time commitment: Two hours one night a week.
Swansboro Elementary School
Reveille Reads! ProgramRead to students at Swansboro Elementary School. You may read one time, occasionally, or once a week. The media specialist will help you choose a book or you may bring your own. Time commitment: Varies. Plan to help on Read Across America Day, each year in early March, many volunteers are needed to read to every class. Time commitment: One hour.
Pair with a teacher to provide consistent support in the classroom with math, reading, and writing. Help also is needed with creating bulletin boards, field trips, and special events such as Field Day in May and the Fall Festival in early November. Time commitment: Varies, several hours per week for classroom teacher’s assistants.
Media Center AssistantHelp the media specialist at Swansboro with cataloguing and sorting books, creating bulletin boards, and preparing for special events. Time commitment: Two-three hours when needed.
Swansboro BakersBakers are in great demand to provide cakes for the Fall Festival in early November. Approximately 50-70 cakes are needed. Baked goods may be needed for other special occasions, such as Teacher Appreciation Week. If you enjoy baking, this is a wonderful way to support the school. Time commitment: varies.
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.
Fall Festival and Field DayMany volunteers are needed for both of these events to help with games on Field Day in June and assist with the cakewalk at the Fall Festival in early November. Time commitment: One morning for Field Day, one-hour shift for Fall Festival.
Westview on the James CampershipsEach 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.