Open hearts and helping hands
here are some of the ways our congregation reaches out to the
community providing to those who need assistance.
HIGHLAND PARK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
As a member of the Old Southwest Congregations In Action, we are in partnership with 7 other churches and a synagogue to provide needed items and support for the children in this school. We provide school supplies, food items for their pack-a-snack program, “morale” meals for the faculty, Fun Day (a day full of games, crafts, food and fun for the children and staff), tutors, lunch buddies, classroom helpers and other volunteer needs as requested.
The Congregations In Action assist with special needs request; provide Thanksgiving food baskets for 40 families and provide Christmas presents to fifty children.
This is the only program of its kind in the Roanoke Valley. This ministry provides diapers, wipes, and toiletry items to young mothers through requests from our local agencies such as CHIP, TAP, RAM House, etc. This is funded through generous donations from our congregation. We have as many as 55 orders a month from the local agencies.
RAM (Roanoke Area Ministries) provides lunch daily and other services to those in need. Our members prepare lunch at RAM House the 4th Saturday of every month. We take up a collection at our Wednesday Noon day Services to go to RAM House and we sponsor a First Sunday food collection for them collecting specific needs upon their request. We also provide monetary support to RAM House as well as diapers and wipes for their clients.
FIRST SUNDAY FOOD COLLECTION
The first Sunday of every month, we sponsor a “food collection”. We collect cans, boxes of food, juice boxes, peanut butter, soup and crackers for LOA and AARP, and other items our local agencies may request. Every month, a different agency is highlighted: RAM House, Samaritan Inn, Feeding America of Southwest VA, St. Francis House and Highland Park Elementary School are a few agencies for which we have collected.
FAMILY PROMISE OF GREATER ROANOKE
We are a supporting church with St. John’s Lutheran in this program. Four weeks each year, the two churches house and feed homeless families. We have members that cook the meals, stay overnight as supervisors, set up and clean up and do other jobs as needed for the entire week. The Family Promise of Greater Roanoke also has a furniture closet and we have provided furniture items to this.
COMMUNITY OUTREACH PROGRAM
The Community Outreach Program (COP) provides at-risk children hot meals, tutoring, life skills development, etc. Members of the Edith Long Schisler Circle cook and serve dinner for COP every 1st Tuesday during the school year. We also provide supplies, Thanksgiving baskets to families in need and we also provide scholarship money for children to be able to go to summer camp at Camp Alta Mons.
SUMMER FEEDING PROGRAM
We began this new outreach project in 2013, with the realization that we have over 600 children considered homeless and struggling . This program was developed to provide a hot meal on Saturdays during the summer break. Food is cooked at the church, delivered to an area in the community with the highest children in need. We serve the food, have some fellowship time and then return to Greene Memorial for clean-up.