At Effort we believe that we are blessed so we can help others. Jesus says, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for the least of these, you did for me.” Whether that be in our church, locally, or worldwide, we are passionate about giving back to God’s children with our time, love, and resources. Below are our ministries in which we would love to have you be part of.
Meals on Wheels
Fluvanna Meals on Wheels provides a source of daily social contact for people who would otherwise be alone. It also allows for earlier release from hospitals and long term care facilities and helps in keeping elderly and disabled persons out of institutions altogether. It can help older married couples to remain together and gives many people the opportunity to live in their own homes for longer periods of time. Meals on Wheels volunteers deliver a hot nutritious meal, a warm smile and a safety check to keep senior and disabled adults healthy and living in their own homes within Fluvanna County.
(Contact Lisa Himes at email@example.com)
Habitat for Humanity
Fluvanna County Habitat for Humanity is part of a global, non-profit housing organization that seeks to put God’s love into action by building homes, communities and hope. It is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes. It advocates for fair and just housing policies and provides training and access to resources to help improve their shelter conditions.
(Contact Mike Himes at firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Glass Slipper
The Glass Slipper program is dedicated to helping girls overcome financial obstacles related to their high school prom experience by collecting new and gently-worn formal dresses and accessories — then offering those items at nominal prices. Our objective is to create a loving, caring and respectful environment— assisting each young woman to shop for a special prom dress of her choice.
(Contact Kim Feight at email@example.com)
Effort Church partners with Charlottesville Salvation Army Soup Kitchen. Different small groups are scheduled throughout the year to provide dinner on the second Tuesday of every month.
(Contact Sims Wright at firstname.lastname@example.org)
Mobile Food Pantry
Effort works in conjunction with The Blue Ridge Mobile Food Pantry to provide food to people in need to our outlying areas. The Mobile Food Pantry vehicle sets up in Effort Parking lot on the last Thursday of every month. Food distribution begins at 10 am until 12 noon.
(Contact Dale Kirby at email@example.com)
Fluvanna and Louisa Housing Foundation
We serve our local Fluvanna and Louisa County residents by assisting them in minor home repairs. We have day projects and weekend projects. If you want to serve your local community and don’t have a lot of time this is a wonderful opportunity. No skills necessary – training provided!
(Please contact Kim Feight at Kimfeight@gmail.com or 434-996-2820)
American Red Cross: Fluvanna Disaster Action Team
For the Red Cross, the Disaster Action Team (DAT) is the point of the spear for individual disasters (housefires, etc.) and the trained resource to be called on for major disasters (shelter operations, etc.). To become a DAT member requires investment of approximately 30 hours of training and the ability to be on standby to respond to calls which may come at any time. The reward is the opportunity to offer help to people whose lives have been suddenly disrupted and give them the breathing space to begin to recover. If interested in becoming a DAT volunteer.
(Contact Sims Wright at firstname.lastname@example.org)
This is a Christmas gift ministry to all inmates at the Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women in Troy, VA and is sponsored by The Chaplain Service Prison Ministry of Virginia, Inc. Gifts are donated by churches and individuals throughout the state of Virginia and beyond and include Christmas cards, greeting cards, stationery, and a kit of hygiene items. Effort Church has been involved in managing and supporting this ministry since it first started in 1998.
(Contact one of the following: Nancy & Ron Switzer (email@example.com 434-989-6558/9); Willie Mae Byram (firstname.lastname@example.org, 434-591-0165), or Pam Wimmer (email@example.com, 434-589-8830)
Celebrate Recovery Inside
We choose to put our faith into action by taking Jesus, using the Celebrate Recovery® Program, inside to the men and women incarcerated inside prison and jail facilities throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. For more information about CR Inside, go to www.cr-inside.org.
(Contact Adam Rodriguez at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information)
Love INC brings churches in a community together across denominational lines. We inventory the collective resources, ministries and talents of the people in those congregations. Next, we match those resources with people in need. We then go on to train church members to walk alongside people in need through a network of relationships and supportive services that all work together to transform lives.
When the body of Christ works together the results can be miraculous!
(Contact Kendra Stribling at email@example.com)
Provides crisis intervention to hundreds of families through assistance with food, clothing, and financial help with housing, fuel, utilities and other emergency situations. Rural Outreach staff assess clients’ circumstances beyond the immediate situation and link these low-income families with a wide variety of organizations and services to meet their many needs. Fluvanna’s food pantry, operated in conjunction with the Fluvanna Christian Services Society, is open Monday through Friday to meet the food and nutrition needs of low income residents.
(Bertha Armstrong at firstname.lastname@example.org)
Effort Baptist has partnered with Appalachian Outreach in Jefferson City, Tennessee for 13 years. Appalachian Outreach home repair team will help make repairs in a home where the occupants cannot bring the home up to good living standards by themselves. Activities may include painting, roofing, carpentry, floor covering, replacement of floors, walls or ceilings, plumbing, electrical wiring or construction of a deck or ramp. Supplies are purchased by Appalachian Outreach, using funds from the fees paid by participants. If the group sees that other purchases are needed, additional items may be purchased from their own funds. There may also be opportunities for members of the team to sit down and talk with the family, to learn more about them and minister to their spiritual needs. Other ministry options include back yard bible clubs, sports clubs, medical clinics and senior clubs.
(Contact Glenda Kirby at 434-296-8780)
Eastern Shore Team
For the past five years, Effort has partnered with missionary Marissa Sanchez, who is co-sponsored by the North American Mission Board and Virginia Baptist Mission Board, in ministering to migrant farm workers on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. Each summer, our team spends a week making repairs to structures that house workers. In addition, the team supports Marissa in her evangelical outreach to the migrant camps, hosting family carnivals for children and their parents. Adults and teens are encouraged to join the team.
(Contact Tim Patrick at email@example.com)
Effort has been involved in a partnership with Effort Church Liberia and Lott Carey Missions since for over a decade. We have been involved in developing schools and scholarship programs for children, providing humanitarian and medical aid to orphanages, helping to plant churches, and providing training and development for teachers, pastors and church leaders.
(Contact Molly Fulton at firstname.lastname@example.org)