An important part of our mission is outreach and we actively participate in several local programs which support the needy, feed the hungry and care for children in need. Ministering to the community and to each other has long been a tradition at Saint Martin’s.
The Saint Martin’s Project is a program in cooperation with three other Episcopal churches of providing Saturday lunches throughout the year to residents of four Richmond-area shelters. Currently St. Martin’s has three teams that prepare and deliver more than 1,300 Saturday bag lunches annually. Together, the four-church partnership prepares and delivers more than 5,200 Saturday lunches a year. The St. Martin’s Project receives financial support from the Annual Operating Budget and individual donations.
Saint Martin’s provides financial gifts to local nonprofit community organizations such as a day care and child development center, food banks, Meals on Wheels and a shelter for homeless women.
Each year during the Christmas holidays, volunteers at Saint Martin’s deliver Christmas dinners to families living in Henrico County. Last year, this effort provided a Christmas meal for over 105 individuals.
As a result of various fund raising efforts, Saint Martin's is able to provide annual college scholarships to church family members who qualify and attend college. For the past two years, $1,000 scholarships were awarded to several students to help with tuition and educational expenses.
In addition to the St. Martin’s Project, the Outreach Committee has sponsored a coat, mitten and hat drive for children. These clothes were given to the World Project Faith in Action where children from other countries that don’t have the medical resources come to the United States to have surgery or other advance complex care. They need these coats and hats for the winters when they are here.
We have also participated in “Stop Hunger Now” by preparing meals for children in schools and day care centers in other countries that have very little food to eat. We have also had another coat drive where the clothes have been taken to Puritan Cleaners to be cleaned and then given to individuals who can’t afford a jacket or coat for the winter months. At Thanksgiving and at Christmas we have organized food drives for families who are having a difficult time financially.
There are five members currently on the Outreach Committee, but numerous members of the church have helped with these activities during the year. If you are interested in being on the committee or participating in one of these activities, please contact Jean Rollins. There is so much need here in our community and around the world, and St. Martin’s is trying to make a difference in helping some of those who are less fortunate.
The St. Martin’s Project is as of this year under the Outreach Ministry. It was started in the mid-1990’s and quickly evolved into a shelter-feeding partnership with three other Episcopal churches to ensure Saturday bag lunches throughout the year for Richmond-area shelter residents. Our partners for over 20 years have been the Church of the Epiphany, All Saints and St. Matthias. Initially serving five metro-area shelters, the Project now serves three due to consolidation. The shelters include one for abused women and their children, another for homeless men, and a transitional shelter that works with residents to regain their independence through job training/skills and establishing a constructive work ethic and job retention.
Since each year usually has four months with five Saturdays, each church covers one of the fifth Saturdays. Currently, Saint Martin’s has three teams that prepare and deliver more than 1,300 Saturday bag lunches, annually. Together, the four-church partnership prepares and delivers more than 5,200 Saturday lunches a year. The Saint Martin Project receives financial support from the Annual Operating Budget (i.e., through the Vestry) and individual donations.
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