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Here are some of the ways you can get involved in St. Andrew's outreach right now.

Next Outreach Team meeting
January 12, 11:30 a.m. If you are involved in outreach, would like to be, or would just like to know more about what we're doing, please join us!

Join LINK and Old Point to Provide Thanksgiving Meals to Those in Need
Before you know it, our families will be sitting down to a wonderful thanksgiving meal. But what about those who can’t afford to put a regular meal on the table, those who are homeless – what will they be eating on Thanksgiving Day? Old Point National Bank has teamed up with LINK to provide food items for those less fortunate. The items needed are: boxes of cornbread mix, bags of stuffing, cans of pumpkin, evaporated milk, corn, green beans, and cranberry sauce. A monetary contribution for a ham or turkey is also acceptable. Please bring the items to the church no later than November 15. A basket will be provided at both entrances. Contact Diana Skelton (897-7395 or dskelton3@cox.net) if you have questions. Thanks in advance for your support.

Lackey Grant applications due Nov. 29
Once again St. Andrew’s is fortunate to offer charitable organizations the opportunity to apply for funding provided by the Carolyn Lackey trust fund. Parishioners can nominate organizations for funding via an application available here or in the forms rack outside of church office. The application can be completed by someone from the organization, or a parishioner can complete it on behalf of an organization with which they are involved. Parishioners are encouraged to share with any organization who might benefit and help us advertise this opportunity (Greater Hilton Network, Diocesan E-News, etc.). Applications should be sent to Diana Skelton via email: dskelton3@cox.net or returned to the church, ATTN: Diana Skelton. The deadline for applications is 29 November, 2019. A committee will review all applications based on the guiding principle that “the money follows our people”; in other words, top priority will be given to organizations in which parishioners are actively involved. The Outreach Team appreciates your support in getting the word out to those organizations already receiving Lackey funds and any new organizations you would like us to consider. 

Turkey Sandwich Day
Come join us on Friday, December 20 at 9 a.m. for this St. Andrew's tradition as we make and deliver 550 bag lunches for the annual Christmas Party in downtown Newport News.  This is one of our most favorite outreach ministries of the year.  Click here for all the details.

Episcopal Relief & Development - Disaster relief support
Episcopal Relief & Development is providing assistance to the Anglican Diocese of the Bahamas & the Turks and Caicos, and dioceses from the southernmost tip of Florida up through the Carolinas as they assess and begin recovery from Hurricane Dorian. If you would like to support the ERD Disaster Fund, please make your check payable to St. Andrew’s with ERD in the memo section.

Items needed for PORT
Please consider donating any of the following items to LINK of Hampton Roads for the PORT Winter Shelter, which begins in November: heavy jackets and coats; sweaters; long-sleeved shirts; jeans and trousers of all sizes (especially men's); socks; shoes; underwear; waterproof items; track pants & tops; backpacks; work clothing. LINK is located at 10413 Warwick Blvd. in Hilton Village. Donation drop off is at back door.

Items needed year-round for Men's Veterans Houses and other LINK needs
LINK of Hampton Roads needs the following items year round for the men living in the veterans houses: 72" wall mount TV; sweaters; coats and jackets; underwear and socks; trousers and jeans. Other items needed by LINK are canned and dry food items. Volunteers are needed to help provide weekly interaction of fun and learning for the vesterans: budgeting, saving, eating healthfully; community interaction; engagement with services available to vets; fun weekends; and weekday or evening outings. Monetary donations are also needed to help offset the costs encountered at LINK's shelters daily: bus tickets; odd clothing and shoe sizes; special clothing for newborns and children. LINK is located at 10413 Warwick Blvd. in Hilton Village. Donation drop off is at back door.

Volunteer at Newport Harbour Neighborhood Network Community Center
Newport Harbour Resident Services Coordinator Christina Myers spoke at both services on Sunday, August 11 and shared the need for volunteers at the center. If you are interested in volunteering, contact Christina at 757-247-0388 or newportharbour3@hmrproperties.com.

Recycle plastic
Hilton Community Playgroup is excited to partner with St. Andrew's, Hilton Community Garden and TREX. They will be collecting film plastic to earn a TREX bench for the soon to be Hilton Community Garden. Plastic that can be donated includes: plastic grocery bags, clean bread/food bags, paper towel wrapper, newspaper bags, etc. Drop your plastics in the TREX collection bin in the Main Street lobby.

Hilton Community Garden
A group of Hilton area residents have approached the City to develop a community garden. The City has agreed to build the Garden starting fall 2019, next to the playground by the Main Street Library. For more information about the Garden build, join their Facebook page, Hilton Community Garden Go-Getters or send your email address to Beth Smallridge, bethsmallridge@gmail.com.

Food donations
Donated food items go to the Newport Harbour Neighborhood Network Community Center. The center has senior citizens and young mothers with families who desperately need food. Please try to remember to bring food items with you each Sunday. Here is a list of the items needed the most:

  • individual packages of cookies, chips, crackers (for children’s snacks)
  • individual mini boxes of cereal
  • canned tuna, chicken, soups (especially those labeled “Healthy”), vegetables
  • boxed pasta and noodles for easy meals

St. Augustine's Feeding Program
The program operates year-round every Saturday (except the first Saturday) of each month from 12:00 PM until 1:30 PM.  Different St. Augustine’s parishioners act as monthly “managers” -- responsible for purchasing food, planning menus, registering clients, and cleaning up after the lunch ends. Certain community groups (fraternities, sororities, etc.) regularly participate; however, interested volunteers are welcome to show up on a Saturday morning without any advance notice provided.  (Park in the back of the church and ring the bell at the back door to enter.) Mrs. Watson recommends that volunteers observe the typical Saturday routine at least once before planning to “jump right in” to the kitchen.  Simple tasks are always available for volunteers to complete -- registering patrons (to provide demographic information to the Food Bank on a monthly basis), setting tables, or cleaning up, among other jobs. For safety purposes, children may not enter the kitchen but are welcome to assist with other tasks. On an average Saturday, the program serves 65-75 clients. For additional questions, please call Mrs. Doris Watson at 838-0816.

Hampton Roads Jobs for Life Network at Four Oaks Day Service Center
The Newport News Four Oaks Day Service Center (7401 Warwick Blvd.) is looking for volunteers to mentor persons served by the center for two hours per week on the 3rd Friday of each month at 11:30 AM for a relationship-building luncheon. The purpose is to “just come and get to know folks to listen and build relationships.” The Rev. Charles Cheek (good friend to our own rector and her husband) leads the organization called “Hampton Roads Jobs for Life Network,” which is spearheading the monthly mentorship luncheons.  If you’re interested in learning more or volunteering your time, please use one of the following: Facebook page; Telephone 757-602-9196; Email hamptonroadsjflnetwork@gmail.com; Website www.hamptonroadsjflnetwork.org. The service center can use the following donations: paper plates, styrofoam bowls, plastic utensils, napkins, snacks and juice; men and women’s underwear, socks, sneakers, shower shoes, and t-shirts; and men’s jeans and business shirts.




Last Published: November 13, 2019 8:19 AM