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.
Help in Swansboro Elementary Classrooms
Reveille is recruiting helpers 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:
Second Grade Classroom Helpers | Work with small groups of students or individuals during station time, help students with group classwork, read to the class, or other duties as directed by the teacher. There are two second grade classes with over 20 students per class. Second grade was chosen for this program to help students improve reading skills and be better prepared to “read to learn” in third grade. Frequency: Weekly, as determined by teacher and helper
After School Assistance | Work with elementary school students on homework, special projects, cultural arts, enrichment, life skills, clubs, and recreation. This program is directed by DeBora Holliday, site supervisor, weekdays, 4:00-6:00 pm, in the cafeteria, and serves a maximum of 36 children. The program is sponsored by Richmond Parks and Recreation. Plans are underway for Reveille’s Musical Monday’s team, in partnership with Koinonia Christian Church, to become part of the after school program. Frequency: Flexible, depending on helper’s schedule
Mentors | Those currently serving as mentors will continue their student mentee relationships.
Tours of the school and training will be provided. Background checks are required.
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.
There are also opportunities to get involved with the joint fellowship team and help coordinate the annual cookout in 2019. If you are interested in serving with this ministry, please contact Jill Gaynor.
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.
Swansboro Elementary School
Classroom and After-school Volunteers Needed
Swansboro Elementary Students (September-June)Create a life-changing relationship with a Swansboro Elementary student by becoming a mentor, a reading helper, or support students in the after-school program by helping with homework and fun activities. To help, contact Carol Hampton.
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.