Christian Compassion Opportunities Close to Home

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Food Pantry
Open Monday and Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Food may be donated by placing items in the cart located on the first floor hallway by the church offices. To volunteer or for further information, please contact Brenda Andrews.

Clothes Closet
Open Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Donations of clothes are accepted and may be placed in the containers located next to the elevator on the lower level. To volunteer or for further information, please contact Brenda Andrews.

Youth hand-make sleeping bags for the homeless.

Grace Fellowship
Provides Bible study, a hot meal, fellowship, and worship time every Thursday night from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the church. To volunteer or for further information, please contact Hanna Zhu. Read more...

Open Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday mornings from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Toiletries and towels are provided. Donations of toiletries (such as hotel soap and shampoo) are collected in the first floor hallway shopping carts. To volunteer or for further information, please contact Brenda Andrews.

Sleeping Bags
Meet on Wednesday nights to hand make sleeping bags that will be given to the homeless. This is an important ministry to provide warmth and comfort to those without during cold nights. To volunteer or for further information, please contact Steve Blanchard.

First Baptist Church serves as a homeless shelter for one week during the winter months. Volunteers provide three meals, showers, recreation, etc, for our approximately 40 guests. To volunteer or for further information, please contact Steve Blanchard.

Operation Joy
A holiday ministry which provides Christmas joy to those in nursing homes, youth centers, hospitals, etc. For further information, please contact Steve Blanchard.

New Americans Ministry
They are Here. They are New Americans. How can you be Christ to them? The Bhutanese New Americans Ministry at First Baptist Church reaches out with Christian Hospitality in many ways, such as home settlement, church attendance and tutoring. Learn more...

Essex Village Partnership - Work with leaders and residents of Essex Village on a variety of projects to improve life in the community. More info... Contacts: Theresa Norton and Vicky Pope.

Adopt-a-School - Help tutor, provide supplies, landscaping, special projects, etc. at Glen Lea Elementary School. More info... Contacts: Raylene Harton and Linda Dilucente.

Community Partnerships
First Baptist Missions is part of a broader base of religious and secular organizations whose intent is to help provide a wide range of services to the Richmond community. FBC Missions partners with several area churches and organizations to provide tutoring, financial assistance, community and individual support, referrals, beautification projects, etc. For more information on these partnerships or how to get more involved, please contact Steve Blanchard.

Bake and Take
Every other month families gather at the church to bake cookies and make cards which they will deliver door to door in the Fan area the same day. This project needs a coordinator. Interested? Contact Vicky Nicholau.

Can you give someone a ride to church?
Every so often, church members or those wishing to visit First Baptist need a ride to church. They come from all over the city. Some are elderly, some are disabled, and some have no other means of transportation. If you would be interested in being on a list of those willing to offer rides to people in your area or on your way to church, please send your name and contact information to contact Steve Blanchard. When people call needing rides, the church will contact you to see if you are available.

Prison can be a lonely, neglected place.
A simple letter can make all the difference. Due to the blessings and popularity of our televised and webcast worship service, many people who are otherwise unable to physically attend, are able to participate and be a part of our Sunday morning worship. These include the sick, elderly, disabled, out of towners, and even those confined to hospitals and prisons. We receive several letters a month from inmates around the state seeking someone with whom to correspond. Many of these inmates claim to be Christians seeking a spiritual connection with other Christians and simply want to have someone to share their faith, concerns, questions, etc. Many of these inmates consider First Baptist to be their church and even support us with their tithes. All correspondence from the inmates comes to the church so your place of residence is not given out. Many people use only their first names. If you would like to be part of this ministry of encouragement, contact Steve Blanchard.

Fluvanna Correctional Center – Help the women at Fluvanna Correctional Center by providing them with individually wrapped toothbrushes and tubes of toothpaste – no larger than 6 oz. Leave these items in the bins labeled Richmond Baptist Centers at the Mulberry Street entrance during the month of October.

Richmond Friends of the Homeless is in need of volunteers to serve lunch to those in need at their southside location the 4th Monday of every month: Broomfield CME Church, 609 Jefferson Davis Hwy from 11:45 am- 12:45 pm. Call Shawnee Hansen at 608-0971 for more information.

Volunteer with one of our partner ministries in the area:
RVA United
Second Baptist Church
Alpha and Omega Bible Church
McGuire’s Veterans Hospital
Department of Social Services
Charitable Souls Foundation (sleeping bags)
Commonwealth Catholic Charities
Church World Service
West End Presbyterian Church
Westover Baptist Church
Office of Newcomer Services
V.C.U. School of Social Work
Habitat for Humanity
Meals on Wheels
Fresh Start for Single Women
Rosey Grier Youth Pavilion
Area Congregations Together in Service
Richmond Justice Initiative
Essex Village
Glen Lea Elementary School

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