HUMAN CONCERNS MINISTRIES
Bainbridge Community Ministry
Bainbridge Community Ministry is an ecumenical ministry founded to assist the working poor in the Richmond area. Emergency food and other resources are provided. Groceries are donated to the Bainbridge food pantry four times per year and clients receive Gifts from the Manger at Christmas. The ministry is seeking to expand membership on the board of directors and increase the number of volunteers to help at the food pantry.
Bless the Children
Bless the Children provides material relief, financial aid and medical assistance to handicapped, orphaned and impoverished children in third-world countries. Alternative gift-giving cards at Christmas are available to benefit the needs of children.
CARITAS Furniture Bank
CARITAS Furniture Bank is a regional warehouse for donated furniture and household items, to assist those moving from transitional housing into a permanent home. Volunteer to be a personal shopper, donation sorter or furniture fixer. Pots, pans, dishes, tableware, lamps and other household necessities are always needed. Do you have furniture to donate? Visit caritasva.org for more information.
CARITAS Shelter Program
CARITAS Shelter is an ecumenical effort providing shelter to the homeless. Epiphany hosts CARITAS in January and July. Volunteer needs include night supervisor, food/snack preparation, food donation, set-up/clean-up and fellowship. Check the bulletin for sign-up dates. Visit caritasva.org for more information.
Fair Trade is a ministry of awareness and support for fairly traded goods, including coffee, tea, and chocolate. Items are offered for sale in the Commons on the first full weekend of each month. Also, handcrafted items from around the world are offered for sale during our Fair Trade Bazaar, in November. If you would like to be part of the team that prepares for the Bazaar or for weekend coffee sales, please join us. There are no meetings to attend and the time commitment is limited. If you have a few minutes to spare before and after Mass, once a month, then this ministry may be for you. To learn more, visit serrv.org or Equal Exchange
Gateway Homes is a residential facility in Chesterfield County offering supportive services for adults suffering from chronic mental illness. Residents attend Epiphany functions and ministry members host four parties a year at the Gateway campus. Learn more about Gateway here,
Gifts from the Manger
In partnership with local organizations, parishioners provide Christmas gifts to families in need. Planning begins in October. Planners, table-staffers before/after Mass, gift sorters and delivery drivers are needed.
Habitat for Humanity
Epiphany is part of Bon Air Friends, an ecumenical group of religious congregations organized to build homes for low-income families under the guidance of Powhatan Habitat. Volunteer opportunities include construction and providing lunches for workers.
HELP Program: Help with Emergencies and Long-term Planning
Commonwealth Catholic Charities, CCC, provides professional financial & housing counseling to support clients in their efforts to build assets and reach financial stability. The Dibert Food Pantry at CCC receives food donations from Epiphany four times per year. Volunteers are needed to assist in the food pantry and to triage phone calls for assistance. Visit cccofva.org for more information.
Honduras Medical Mission Trip
Periodic medical mission trips to El Progresso, Honduras are coordinated with Bless the Children. Medical personnel and others are invited to participate in the mission trip in February.
Kassunga Mission Initiative
St. Teresa Education Center was started with the help of the parents, teachers and children from Kassunga, Uganda to provide quality integral education to local children particularly the orphans, children from single parent families, poor children and children with special needs. We strive to build a firm foundation for the successful future of the child who attends St. Teresa Education Center. Mission trips take place in August.
The Virginia Catholic Conference is a Diocesan effort to provide information and advocacy on social justice issues. Signup to receive email alerts about pending legislation, to learn the church’s position, and then to discern how you will respond to your elected officials. Make your voice heard. Additional information is available at vacatholic.org and usccb.org.
Micah Initiative and Summer Camp on the Hill
Micah Initiative is a partnership between communities of faith in metropolitan Richmond and the Richmond Public Schools for the purpose of supporting the education and the nurture of the children of Richmond. Volunteers from Epiphany coordinate schedules with individual teachers at Redd Elementary School. Summer Camp on the Hill is a program for rising 3rd and 4th grade children. Epiphany partners with an inner city church to build relationships and participate with the children. Camp is held the first week of August.
Salvation Army Meals Program
Epiphany provides home-cooked meals and drivers to transport food to the homeless feeding site. Needs are for cooks to prepare meals from a prescribed menu and drivers to deliver the meals. Servers are also needed on the 2nd Friday of each month.
St. Francis Home
This facility is an adult home in the Bainbridge area that serves low-income elderly and disabled residents. Volunteers offer friendship and activities such as monthly birthday parties. For more information, visit saintfrancishome.com.
This parish ministry collects food and special needs requests in the Commons, throughout each month. Donations are distributed to area organizations and schools and some donations support our own Epiphany food pantry. Volunteers are needed to sort and deliver the donations once a month.
OWLS – Older, Wiser, Livelier Souls
This is a ministry of Fellowship for those who are 50 or older. Potluck dinners are held on an occasional basis. Invite your friends! Watch the bulletin for specific dates and times. Send me your email address to receive messages about future OWLS events.
Prison Ministry: Deep Meadow, OAR, KAIROS
There are three different ways to participate in prison ministry at Epiphany. Working with OAR, Epiphany provides assistance to offenders, their families, and/or children, through our Gifts from the Manger, at Christmas. KAIROS Prison Ministry is an ecumenical retreat ministry for incarcerated men. 100s of dozen of homemade cookies are needed for two retreats each year. Deep Meadow Prison Ministry members lead prayer services for incarcerated men each Tuesday. Participants are needed for each ministry.