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Servant Sunday Extraordinaire!
Even in a pandemic, DOERS made Servant Sunday extraordinaire! Some 80 ministry slots were filled (and we are still counting), and you stretched yourselves across our city, from Southside to East End and all in between. You wrapped our community in your amazing compassion and generosity and provided a witness to faith-in-action all along the way. Ministry teams worked at the newly built CARITAS Center (cleaned apartments and created gift bags), the REAL program house (built raised garden beds), and at the Rise Against Hunger warehouse (packed 10,000 meals) and during this week many gifts will be dropped off to other community agencies. Your many and varied gifts of time, talent, and resources strengthen the mission of our partner agencies and uplift those who are served. Thank you to one and all who participated, and very special thanks to lay leader Margaret Bloor and her planning team: Becky DeCamps, Monica Lewis, Yvonne Gibney, Judy Philpott, and Jennifer Pollard. Also, many thanks to our dedicated and creative communications staff. As we get updates from our ministry partners, St. Philip’s and Beth Ahabah, we will provide more details and many pictures. Servant Sunday extraordinaire! You the DOERS make it so!

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September 27, 2020

Local community agencies and our partners in service are looking forward to being the recipients of Servant Sunday and are so very appreciative of the love and support from our congregations. Others that you serve on this day will be as well.

Servant Sunday celebrates who we are as faithful people responding to the needs of others. Together with friends from Congregation Beth Ahabah and St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, we will “blanket” our community with love-in-action and provide witness to a faith that calls us to love God and to love our neighbors.

Once again we will welcome Rise Against Hunger, a meal packaging program aimed to stop hunger around the world. On September 27th we are scheduled to have 2 shifts of 20 people each at their site, 5022 Byrd Industrial Drive, Richmond 23231. RAH will follow CDC guidelines and local regulations to maintain the utmost care for the safety of their volunteers. To register for Rise Against Hunger, see the link at the top of the page.

Please review the list of ministry options, sign up below, and plan to have supplies available to create your gifts to be delivered during the week of September 27 or as designated in each agency’s instructions. Be creative in packaging any gift items you plan to give and please add a tag that reads “From Friends of St. James’s Episcopal Church.”

Also, add your message and name if you like.

We would love photos depicting your Servant Sunday ministry!

Please send your photos to  subject “Servant Sunday”, include your name, the name of your congregation, and the name of your project.

 With any questions, please contact

Important information regarding COVID-19 regulations:

  • For all on-site events please bring your mask, bring your gloves, and wear a name tag.
  • Also, you must take your temperature the morning before attending an on-site event, must be under 100.4, and if you have a fever or any symptoms, please do not attend.



Location and Instructions

Blood Drive

You must register in advance on the American Red Cross website. No walk-ins at any location.

9/27  6:30 AM to 2:30 PM

Emerywood Donation Center 

2825 Emerywood Pkwy.

Richmond 23294


Innsbrook Donation Center

4040 Cox Road, Glen Allen 23060

9/29  12 Noon – 5 PM

St. Philip’s Episcopal Church

2900 Hanes Ave.
Richmond 23222

Rise Against Hunger

40 people will package over 10,000 meals for those in need

5022 Byrd Industrial Drive

Henrico, VA 23231

CARITAS Apartment Cleanup

Groups of no more than 6 people each with masks to clean up to 4 sober-living apartments to be ready for the community. Click here to sign up

2220 Stockton Street, Richmond, 23224 

9/27     1 PM – 3 PM

CARITAS Volunteer Meeting Space

One group of 6 people with masks to set up the Volunteer Meeting space in the furniture bank. Click here to sign up

2220 Stockton Street, Richmond, 23224 

9/27     1 PM – 3 PM


Welcome Kits

Assemble welcome kits for The Healing Place for Women with your donated toiletries. Please bring the following items: feminine hygiene products (pads, tampons), shampoo, deodorant, comb, brush, toothbrush, and toothpaste.

Click here to sign up

2220 Stockton Street, Richmond, 23224 

9/27     1 PM – 3 PM

Circle Center Adult Day Services

Donate cleaning supplies, gloves, and disinfectants. Click here to sign up

Donate additional items from their wish list:

4900 West Marshall Street, Richmond 23230

Drop off Monday – Friday

8:30 AM – 5 PM

Family Lifeline

Donate food cards, hand sanitizers, face masks, gloves, other sanitizing products, and children’s books.

Click here to sign up

2325 West Broad Street, Richmond 23220

Drop off  9/22 or 9/29   9 AM – 4 PM

Ring Buzzer at the back door.

The Healing Place

Donate men’s underwear, t-shirts, and socks.

Click here to sign up

700 Dinwiddie Ave., Richmond 23224

Drop off Monday – Friday 8 AM – 4 PM

Health Brigade

Donate non-bleach sanitizing wipes/anti-viral wipes, hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol, surgical masks, diabetic syringes, gift cards for groceries for clients and patients in need, water, and bagged lunches for Saturday volunteers helping with COVID testing.

Click here to sign up

1010 North Thompson Street, Richmond 23230

Drop off Monday - Friday,

9 AM - 5 PM

Home Again

Donate cleaning supplies (specifically mops, and brooms) and PPE (masks, gloves, etc.).
Furnish supplies for "move out kits"include new (still in packaging) household items, sheets, pillows, towels.
Click here to sign up

5 East Franklin Street, Richmond 23219 

contact for delivery instructions

Housing Families First

Donate (all new items please) pillows, twin-sized sheet sets, twin-sized blankets, bath towels, men’s and women’s deodorant, hand soap, shampoo & conditioner, disposable or re-usable masks, and hand sanitizer. 

Provide decorated snack bags for new residents filled with a drink, and individually packaged snacks.

Click here to sign up

3900 Nine Mile Road, Henrico 23223 

Drop off Monday - Sunday.

Contact Terri to arrange day and time.

Liberation Family Services

Donate non-perishable food, cleaning supplies, detergent, toilet paper, paper towels, bleach, pine sol, trash bags, and household items.

Click here to sign up

1201 Hull Street, Richmond 23224 

Contact Tameka Robertson 804-233-4064 ext. 211 or 804-564-7155 to arrange for drop off.

McShin Foundation

Donate masks, cleaning supplies, toiletries, and hand sanitizer.

Click here to sign up

2300 Dumbarton Road, Richmond 23228 

Drop off any day of the week until 5 PM

REAL Life Women’s Residence

Donate Getting Started Bag: non-perishable food for meals and snacks

Welcome Home Bag: shampoo, conditioner, soap or body wash, lotion, deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, razor, comb, brush, hand sanitizer, laundry detergent, notebook, and pens.

This can include a note of encouragement in a gift bag.

Click here to sign up

2111 Harwood Street, Richmond 23224

Drop off 9/27  1 PM – 3 PM

REAL Life Gardening

Build and plant raised beds at Mimosa House.

Project Filled

Safe Harbor

Donate cleaning items, laundry detergent, paper towels, and toilet paper. Click here to sign up

2006 Bremo Road, Suite 201, Richmond 23226

To arrange a drop off time contact Mary Maupai, Development Director, at or 804-439-1247.

St. James’s Children’s Center

Donate breakfast and snack foods, sanitizing wipes, pull-up diapers, new books, and new art supplies.

Click here to sign up

1205 West Franklin Sreet. Richmond 23220

Drop off items at Children’s Center door, weekdays between 8 AM and

 5 PM, and ring buzzer so staff can come to the door.  

Or call Winnie Canup 804-358-9788 ext. 340

SCAN - Stop Child Abuse Now

Donate quick-dry disinfecting spray and wipes. Click here to sign up

103 East Grace Street, Richmond 23219

Drop off Monday through Thursday

10 AM – 3 PM.

The Shepherd’s Center of Richmond

Donate sanitizing wipes and masks for their volunteer drivers.

Click here to sign up

3111 Northside Ave. #400, Richmond 23228

Donations can be dropped off on the Executive Director's front stoop from Monday, September 28 - Wednesday, September 30 

4700 Patterson Avenue

Ways to Help Our Neighbors

Make thank you cards and treats for first responders

Help those in need of transportation to grocery stores

Offer yard work services to those who need assistance

Create and mail friendly “hello” cards or cards of inspiration to church members who are residents of The Virginia Home: Miss Christine Newbold and Mr. Thomas McDermott. Mail to 1101 Hampton Street, Richmond VA 23220

Decorate a pot, add a plant and a note then give to a neighbor or someone who needs their day to be brightened

Fill a box of food and cleaning supplies for someone in need

Click here to sign up

“Ways to Help Our Neighbors” are suggestions that might be of interest to you, but please also feel free to come up with your own “outreach” to a friend, neighbor, or family member.

Be creative and do something that you think will be special and meaningful to someone else.

The idea for Servant Sunday is to do something special for someone else; to embrace the needs of others.

Upcycle Old Christmas Cards

Make Christmas garlands for Children’s Center or Caritas.

(Drop off at either St. James’s Children’s Center or The Healing Place (for Caritas).  See locations and instructions elsewhere in this listing.)

Click here to sign up

1. Using a circular top or large hole punch, cut circles out of old cards

2. Sort the circles into a color scheme and find a coordinating ribbon  

3. Glue the circles to the ribbon evenly spaced (for best effect, glue two circles front to back with the ribbon in between)  

4. Lay garland between two sheets of wax paper and place a heavy book on top until dry

Upcycle Card-Stock Paper  

Make Christmas tree ornaments for Children’s Center or Caritas.

Drop off at either St. James’s Children’s Center or The Healing Place (for CARITAS).  

See locations and instructions elsewhere in this listing.

Click here to sign up

1. Cut strips from a variety of card-stock weight papers

-can also use promotional mailings and packaging

2. Stack the strips, cutting and arranging them into triangle shape

3. Glue strips to a popsicle stick and let dry

4. Turn the project over and repeat the process  

5. To make a hanger glue a loop of ribbon to the top of the ornament or sandwich between the two triangles

Virginia Supportive Housing

Donate food and/or prepared meals

•For meals, call VSH to determine the location and number to be served

(804) 788-6825

Provide PPE and supplies

Send thank you cards and/or food treats for VSH staff essential team members.

Mail cards to “VSH Staff” and sign “A friend from St. James’s Episcopal Church.

Click here to sign up

8002 Discovery Drive #201, Richmond, 23229 

Drop-off Monday or Thursday morning between 9:00 AM and 11:30 AM.

Call Marie at 804-517-9702 upon arrival so that she can coordinate delivery drop-off

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