From our Minister for Outreach and Community Engagement regarding COVID-19
“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my Mother would say to me, look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.”
~ Mister Rogers
One of the many things that inspire me every day (even as I work from home) is that St Paul’s is filled with helpers. Every day I hear from parishioners that want to know how they can help others. It always brightens my day and fills my heart! Currently we are exploring how to be there for others without physically being present. Please know, that Emmaus is continuing, but without volunteers, to provide needed meals and support on Thursday, and we are keeping our building available for Al-anon and AA meetings, as needed. We are also highlighting a handful of organizations you can support from your own home.
If you have other ideas or things you would like to share, please contact Minister of Outreach and Community Engagement, Lynn Williams.
RVA STRONG Community Updates and Information
RVAStrong centralizes support for our neighbors who need it and amplifies those who are willing to offer it.
St. Paul’s Emmaus Program
We are still providing bag lunches to our Emmaus guests throughout the pandemic. We anticipate as hourly workers and low-income folks are impacted our need may grow. If you are interested in helping fund the Emmaus program CLICK HERE.
RPS and Food for Families
Richmond city public schools (RPS) has worked hard to continue to provide meal service to children and families that receive food from school. If you are interested in helping to fund these programs. Please direct your donations to Richmond City Public Schools Education Foundation.
Henrico County Public Schools and Henrico Cares
Henrico County Public Schools (HCPS) is also providing meals for families that are in the most need. There are several school sites where families can pick up food daily. If you are interested in helping HCPS provide meals please CLICK HERE.
The Community Foundation for a greater Richmond
The Community Foundation has established the Central Virginia COVID-19 Response Fund in partnership with the Central Virginia Emergency Management Alliance to support organizations that are addressing the immediate needs, longer term effects of the pandemic, and community recovery. Learn more and support the fund HERE.
Health Brigade Clinic
Health Brigade offers health care services to low-income neighbors form all over Richmond. Health Brigade serves the most vulnerable and medically underserved populations in our community. They do not receive federal funding to support the care they offer and they rely on the community to support their work. CLICK HERE to support their work.
Daily Planet Health Center
The Daily Planet’s mission is to provide accessible, comprehensive, and integrated quality health services to anyone regardless of their housing, financial, citizenship or insurance status. The Daily Planet is also an integral part of providing health services to many of our Emmaus guests and homeless neighbors. To learn more and donate CLICK HERE.
The Sacred Heart Center
The Sacred Heart Center connects Latino families with tools to thrive and flourish.
Their work manifests through: A continuum of educational opportunities for adults, innovative programs for youth and children, and strategic partnerships to meet community needs. The Sacred Heart Center is located in Manchester, across the bridge from St. Paul’s. Ways to support HERE.
Support our local Richmond Economy
– Consider supporting your favorite local eateries and small businesses with gift cards or flat out donations.
– RVA HUB has a list of ways to support the local community or access help if you are in need. READ MORE HERE.
He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
And what does the LORD require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly with your God.
St. Paul’s commitment to service is important to both our own church family and to those beyond the boundaries of our parish. Reaching out and ministering to those in need means that we, as individuals and as a parish, are living our faith and sharing with others the importance of Christ in our lives.
You are invited to become an active member of our ministry to others. Whether through a commitment of time, talent, or treasure, you will find a variety of opportunities from which you can choose to serve.