As you will see below, we have a variety of projects and are always looking for volunteers to lend a hand. Be sure to subscribe to our Compassion Newsletter to get the latest on new opportunities. Please contact Steve Blanchard  if you are interested in volunteering. 

New Volunteer to Compassion?

First Tuesdays with Compassion Sign up Join us monthly for the new volunteer interest meeting, First Tuesday nights at 6:30pm! Sign up to save your spot! 

Current Volunteer Opportunities for 2024:
  • Community Garden at Charlotte Acres (1st Thursday evenings and 4th Saturday mornings of the month. Sign up here!)
  • Community Missions (Mondays, Thursdays or Saturdays): lead a devotion, shower attendant, prayer room monitor, and front door greeter.
  • Glen Lea Elem School/Laburnum Elem School (October – May): Classroom readers, helpers, monitors (Wednesday morning) and landscaping attendant
  • International Ministry: Help refugees obtain driver’s license with ReEstablish Richmond
  • Mobile Market: weekly volunteers on Saturday or Friday 11-1
  • Homeless Mobile Team (Saturdays) : two people needed each week to give out supplies to the homeless on the street. 

Mission Projects To Go

One of the best ways to bond with family or friends is over a service project. Here’s a list of simple things you can do to help someone in your community–from a food drive, to prepping a meal to assembling care packages. Please contact Steve Blanchard to learn how you might be able to serve.

Compassion Ministry

Our Ministry of Compassion is able to help those who need a hand up because of the dedicated volunteers. There are too many opportunities to mention on just one web page–but you can find more details here and also learn more about our first floor services (food pantry, showers, fellowship, a lending library–and more!) on this page. We promise there is a volunteer position to suit your schedule and talents.

Please contact Steve Blanchard to learn how you might be able to serve.

Food and Hospitality

Our Kitchen is always cooking up something tasty.  Don’t you want to be part of the action?  From Wednesday Night Dinner server, to helping during funerals and other events, there is an opportunity to serve (no pun intended).  Contact Tim Powitz for more information or to let him know you are willing to help out!

Farm & Market

FBC is committed to loving our RVA neighbors by providing access to fresh locally grown foods. Volunteers assist the farmers at the Farms at Charlotte Acres by planting, harvesting, and providing maintenance. We then give away this produce, among other necessities, at our Mobile Market. Please contact Steve Blanchard to learn how you might be able to serve.

Ushers and Greeters

First Impression Team members are often the first interaction a guest has with the church when they arrive on the church campus. Consisting of greeters, ushers, and parking attendants, these volunteers ensure that a visit to First Baptist is memorable. Team members do this by removing all the impediments of a large urban campus and allowing worship, Bible study, and service opportunities to take center stage. While assisting guests and members in navigating our campus and connecting to activities may sound less significant, it is the critical work of bridging the gap between the feeling of a neglected outsider and an anticipated guest. Your help makes the first-time guest a returning friend. Contact Matthew Hensley to learn how you can serve on the First Impression Team.

Other Local Volunteer Opportunities

We help local schools and law enforcement. We host and assist refugee families when needed. Check out our community partnerships page to learn more. We also host several community events through the year to show appreciate to our community–and have fun! Please contact Steve Blanchard to learn how you might be able to serve.

Global Volunteer Opportunities

At First Baptist we realize just how fortunate we are to be able to worship and thrive in a place with such wonderful opportunity. We also know there are many who are not as fortunate. We travel the globe seeking to provide help, relief and financial assistance where we’re needed. Please contact Steve Blanchard to learn how you might be able to serve.