The Micah Initiative is a partnership of faith communities with Richmond City elementary schools that encourages “mentoring, tutoring, and volunteering… so that every child believes, ‘I am valuable.'” Our church is privileged to serve at Oak Grove-Bellemeade Elementary School, a school of nearly 700 students located just off Jeff Davis Highway. There are so many ways we can help these children and the Oak Grove community. If you would like to participate in anyway, please contact Susan Ryan ( or 804-282-6321). Donations can be placed in designated bins at the Missions tables in the Upper and Lower Commons.

Volunteer (No teaching experience necessary)

Mentor a Child: Ideally you will meet with the same child – a kindergarten, first, or second grade student – each week during the school year, helping him / her with reading and writing, developing a meaningful relationship, and being a presence the child can count on.

Volunteer in a Classroom: You’ll be an extra pair of hands for a teacher. You might work with individual students or small groups, put up bulletin boards, file papers, read to the class – whatever needs doing.


School Clothes Closet:

  • Socks (girls)
  • Leggings (girls, sizes 6-10)
  • Sweatpants (boys and girls, sizes 6-10)
  • Sweatshirts (unisex, all sizes)
  • Light jackets (unisex, all sizes)
  • Belts (boys and girls, sizes XS-M)

House Fire Victims, Family in Hillside Court:

  • NO children’s clothes
  • Clothes for mom
    • Shirts/Tops, size 2X
    • Pants, size 20
    • Shoes, size 8
  • Games and toys for children; girls ages 2, 4, and 7; boy age 4
  • Household items
    • Pots and pans
    • Furniture
    • Kitchen supplies
    • etc.

ESL Books, levels K-2

  • Story books
  • Easy non-fiction

Commercial Programs

Box Tops for Education: Continue to collect Box Tops and place in the designated bins at the Mission Tables in the Upper and Lower Commons.

Kroger Community Rewards Program: If you shop at Kroger and are not enrolled supporting another organization, you can designate your Kroger Plus Card to support Oak Grove.