Rise Against Hunger (formerly Stop Hunger Now)
Rise Against Hunger is an organization dedicated to fighting hunger on this earth. Its vision is “A world without hunger,” and its mission is “To end hunger in our lifetime by providing food and life-saving aid to the world’s most vulnerable and by creating a global commitment to mobilize the necessary resources.”

One way Rise Against Hunger works to fulfill its mission is to provide the opportunity for interested organizations to sponsor and host a Meal Packaging Event. This is a fun and inspirational opportunity for people to gather together in a spirit of fellowship and do good work by packaging meals that Rise Against Hunger then distributes all over the world to deserving organizations that provide the meals to people in need.

Our Manakin community has sponsored and hosted annual Meal Packaging Events since 2011, packaging a total of 233,742 meals. Events are usually held each January. Details may be found on our calendar and in the news section of the web site and on Manakin’s Facebook page.

Additional information about Rise Against Hunger may be found at www.riseagainsthunger.org

Feeding Program
The Feeding Program is an outreach project that we share with St. Matthias Episcopal Church. Each church covers six months out of the year. One Saturday a month, we gather in Denny Hall at 9:00 a.m. to pack lunches for approximately 140 homeless people who are housed in shelters in Richmond. Lunches consist of a meat and cheese sandwich, condiment packets, a piece of fruit, a single serving bag of chips, and cookies. These lunches are prepared by volunteers and are then delivered to the designated shelters by two or three volunteers. This is a rewarding and meaningful experience for all ages and only takes an hour (or two, if you help deliver the lunches).

Coalition of Powhatan Churches
The Coalition of Powhatan Churches (COPC) was born in September 1995. Many community churches of all denominations pull together to provide resources, funds, talent and spiritual commitment to make a difference and give hope to those who have lost it. One of the programs is a tri-effort between the Powhatan Community Action Agency, the Powhatan Pharmacies, and the Coalition of Powhatan Churches. The program provides necessary school (K-12) supplies to low income families for the beginning of school. Another program is the Food Pantry that is stocked by contributions from all the churches and is managed by 14 volunteers. In November, they provide a complete Thanksgiving Meal to those in need.

Habitat for Humanity
Manakin has been involved with Habitat in the Greater Richmond area since 2001. We have helped build 12 homes and have contributed over $30,000 to provide homes for qualified families in need. Since 2007, Manakin has been helping to build homes for our Powhatan affiliate, and we continue to support this effort with contributions and labor.

We schedule work days by posting them in the Sunday bulletins, the monthly newsletter and sign-up sheets in Denny Hall. It doesn’t matter whether you are a skilled carpenter or a helper because we are all in this together. Children 16 or older are encouraged to participate, and lunches are provided.

Please consider joining us in this effort to bring a better life to those in need.  There isn’t a happier or more emotional time than when you get to see a new family during the dedication of their new home!

If you want to get involved, please see John Carnwath and Don Marsh, Habitat Coordinators.

Congregations Around Richmond Involved To Assure Shelter: CARITAS
CARITAS was organized in the early 1980s to respond to the huge unmet need for emergency shelter for homeless adults in the cold winter months. It has evolved to helping year-round. With its name derived from the Latin word for charity, today, CARITAS is the largest emergency shelter program in our community. Manakin Episcopal Church participates with Epiphany Catholic Church as part of more than 150 faith communities and about 20,000 volunteers. These volunteers are personally involved in helping those less fortunate by providing over 30,000 nights of shelter annually.

If you have any questions about CARITAS or are interested in participating, please contact the church office at (804) 794-6401.