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.
Give Your Books a New Home
Bring in your gently used books for the new community libraries at Koinonia Christian Church. Books for adults and children can be dropped off in the bin near the elevator on the red carpet hallway.
Help in Swansboro Elementary Classrooms
Reveille is recruiting helpers each school year to serve at Swansboro Elementary School in specific areas identified by the school leadership and teachers. Ellen Ficker, the CIS site coordinator for Swansboro Elementary, is our primary contact to facilitate arrangements. Opportunities are in the following areas:
Volunteers are invited to join Reveille members Linda Gill, Jane Tucker, and Mary Jane Walls as they assist kids in second grade classrooms. If you would like to help in the classroom or mentor a student, Communities in Schools (CIS) offers one-hour, no-cost, training each month. Upcoming training dates are available at: www.bit.ly/cis-volunteer-orientation.
During the training, a required background check will be completed online. The background check fee is $24.80 and you can be reimbursed by Reveille.
Volunteers are welcome to join Reveille’s Marvelous Mondays team, led by Sheelagh Davis, to assist students in the after-school program with arts, crafts, games, dance, homework, and other enrichment activities. The program began in November and is off to a great start. To get involved, contact Sheelagh at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Come tour Swansboro Elementary to learn more about the school and its children. Please contact Carol Hampton, email@example.com, or Wendy Malamphy, firstname.lastname@example.org, to set up a time.
Swansboro Weekly Email Volunteer Update
To learn more about Swansboro happenings, Ellen Ficker, CIS Coordinator, distributes a weekly email with volunteer opportunities and special requests. Please email Ellen to join the distribution list, email@example.com.
Reveille will continue to support past programs such as providing school supplies, Thanksgiving and Christmas assistance, the Boys in Blue kickoff and closing, Read Across America Day, Teacher Appreciation Week, and Westview on the James camperships.
Get Involved in Swansboro
The SPIRIT Team is looking for people to join their ministry efforts in Swansboro and work with our partner churches, Koinonia Christian Church and Love Center of Unity. If you are interested in serving with this ministry, please contact Jill Gaynor. Meetings are on the fourth Monday of the month at 7:00 pm.
Joint Partner Church Committees
Five 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 getting involved with the committees, please contact Jill Gaynor.
Other Opportunities | Swansboro Elementary School
Read Across AmericaRead 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 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 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.