UNITY IN THE COMMUNITY
Unity of Richmond offers life-enriching community outreach opportunities, such as participation in …
Habitat for Humanity: Volunteer at a local Habitat for Humanity “Re-Store” or provide hands-on building, trimming and cleaning for a workday.
Habitat for Heroes: Provides manpower to rehab homes for needy veterans, so they may achieve the American Dream – home ownership. Part of Habitat for Humanity, an interfaith housing ministry.
Habitat for Humanity ReStores: Nonprofit home improvement stores and donation centers that sell new and gently used furniture, home accessories, building materials, and appliances to the public at a fraction of retail. Proceeds used to build homes and hope locally.
Stop Child Abuse Now
Learn how to be a “Steward” of children and safeguard our children.
Ongoing Food Drive
All the food we collect goes to the Central Virginia Food Bank (CVFB and “Feed More”). We are asking people to bring in food items that are most urgently needed: peanut butter, canned tuna, salmon, chicken, and ham; canned fruits and vegetables; hot and cold cereals; pasta and rice.
Our church goal is to collect 2,000 pounds of food this year. The kids and teens of Unity of Richmond are doing their part by collecting food in their neighborhoods. Please bring donated canned/boxed food to our Food Bank collection box in the Gathering Space. Volunteers are needed to drive foods collected to the food bank near the Diamond. To volunteer: Sign up in Gathering Space, or call the church office at 804-278-6489.
Unity of Richmond hosts CARITAS FAMILY FOCUS in August each year. CARITAS helps to break the cycles of homelessness and addiction in the Metro Richmond area so that people can lead stable lives. CARITAS is the largest provider of homeless services in the area.
Women’s Empowerment Project in Kayengona Namibia
Frances Hess, a member of Unity of Richmond, served in the Peace Corps, 2011-2013 in Namibia Africa. As part of her experience she was involved with a school in Kayengona Namibia. In an effort to support the school Frances worked closely with the Life Skills Teacher and a girl’s after school group. One need become quite apparent to Frances when working with these girls. Most of the girls could not afford menstrual products nor did they appreciate their self-worth as young women. She partnered with Empower Women In Africa (EWA) and was able to provide reusable pad kits for these young girls. She also assisted in developing comprehensive lessons about health, hygiene and puberty.
Frances and Unity of Richmond continue to support this school by making and sending reusable pad kits to the school. 150 kits were sent in 2013 and an additional 150 kits will be sent in 2014. The education program continues for the girls and Frances supports the teachers through internet. All Brands Sewing Center, Westland Shopping Center at 8079 W. Broad St., has partnered with Unity in making these kits. Women meet at the store the second Wednesday of the month throughout 2014, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., to cut fabric and sew together. Fabric, panties and cash donations are accepted. Project days will also be planned at the church. You can also support the project by taking material home to cut/sew fabric.
Reading Program in Otavi, Namibia
Frances was active with another volunteer project while serving in Namibia. She began a reading program in which students were empowered to read and then supported through small group discussions and question sheets which verified understanding of the material. She soon discovered that there were no books available to these students beyond a small sampling of texts books. Unity of Richmond offered initial support for her program by shipping over 800 books and reward prizes to her school. After this initial effort, Frances was able to secure support to have over 10,000 books shipped to her country. Local teachers were trained in the support of the program. At the end of 2013, the region was able to proudly announce an increase in reading scores greater than any other schools in the region. The program continues with in country support and Frances support through the internet. Unity of Richmond continues to support in 2014 by shipping over small school supply items as rewards for accomplishments in the program.
International Unity Missions
Connect with ministries throughout the world.
Call the church at (804) 278-6489 to get connected!