Swansboro Community Ministries

Reveille UMC
Reveille is committed to building strong, vital partnerships in the Swansboro community on Richmond’s south side, working with Swansboro Elementary School, Koinonia Christian Church, and Love Center of Unity Full Gospel Church International. These partnerships have resulted in a number of ministry programs.

Help in Swansboro Elementary Classrooms

There are a variety of opportunities to help students and teachers at Swansboro Elementary School. Consider giving a few hours of your time each week to serve in areas like academic tutoring, social mentoring, assisting in classrooms, tutoring after-school, or adopting-a-classroom. 

Opportunities to serve will begin in October, so please contact Carol Hampton to sign up, 

Meet Ellen Ficker, New School CIS Coordinator

Come and meet Ellen Ficker, the Communities in Schools (CIS) site coordinator for Swansboro Elementary. Ellen will present on CIS and discuss how we can assist children, families, and teachers in the classroom and beyond. As part of our Swansboro Community Ministries, Reveille has a new partnership with CIS beginning this school year. This special program will take place Sunday, October 7, at 9:30 am in the chapel.

Get Involved in Swansboro

The SPIRIT Team is looking for people to join their ministry efforts in Swansboro and work with our partner churches, Koinonia Christian Church and Love Center of Unity. 

There are also opportunities to get involved with the joint fellowship team and help coordinate the annual cookout in 2019. If you are interested in serving with this ministry, please contact Jill Gaynor, jwgaynor@gmail.com.

Joint Partner Church Committees

Five committees were formed with members from Reveille, Koinonia Christian Church and Love Center of Unity:
  • Worship - plans 1 - 2 joint worship services each year
  • Joint Studies - plans an annual joint study series and occasional other study events
  • Fellowship - plans two joint fellowship events each year
  • Transportation Taskforce - works with other Richmond groups to advocate for improved public transportation for city residents to provide better access to jobs and other opportunities for those who cannot afford a car
  • Prayer - creates prayer partners between the churches and holds several prayer events throughout the year
For more information about getting involved with the committees, please contact Jill Gaynor.

Swansboro Elementary School

Classroom and After-school Volunteers Needed

Swansboro Elementary Students (September-June)
Create a life-changing relationship with a Swansboro  Elementary student by becoming a mentor, a reading helper, or support students in the after-school program by helping with homework and fun activities. To help, contact Carol Hampton.
Read Across America
Read to students at Swansboro Elementary School on Read Across America Day, each year in early March, many volunteers are needed to read to every class. Time commitment: One hour. 
Teacher Appreciation Week
Help recognize the wonderful work done by the dedicated teachers at Swansboro Elementary during this special week, usually in May. Each day Reveille aims to provide a special treat or token of appreciation, including lunch for the faculty of about 60.
Time commitment: varies.

Westview on the James Camperships
Each year, Reveille helps send 20-25 Swansboro Elementary School students to summer camp for a week at Westview on the James. Children are selected by their school to receive a campership based on financial need. Reveille volunteers help children prepare for the experience and provide transportation to and from camp. Help also is needed in meeting with the families to complete paperwork and shop for camp supplies. Time commitment: Two afternoons each summer.

Swansboro S.P.I.R.I.T. Team 
(Swansboro Partners Inspiring Relationships in Christ Together) 

This team promotes, publicizes, and encourages the Reveille congregation to get involved in the Swansboro community. The team recruits volunteers, supports existing programs, and initiates new ministries. Meetings are on the fourth Monday of the month at 7:00 pm. 
Contact Jill Gaynor for more information about Reveille's Swansboro Community Ministries.