Take steps to make sure kids in under-served communities have new shoes for school this year! Consider volunteering at the New Shoes for Back to School event on Labor Day, Sept. 3 at Third Street Bethel A.M.E. in Jackson Ward. For the first time ever, Trinity United Methodist Church is joining forces with more than a dozen houses of worship for this ministry that provides more than 4,000 new shoes to needy children each year. Third Street Bethel A.M.E. has been leading the effort for more than eleven years, giving out more than 82,000 pairs of shoes.

Volunteers are needed to act as “escorts”: taking the parent and child to the correct shoe size and staying with the family until children are fitted. Then they escort the family to the EXIT door. Youth volunteers (10 – 17 years old) are also needed to help hand out water. There are two volunteer shifts: 7:30 a.m. – noon and 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. There is a mandatory training session on Saturday, August 25 at Third Street Bethel A.M.E. from 10 AM – noon. If would would like to volunteer or if you have questions, contact Beth Monroe (bethmonr@gmail.com or (804) 339-0664) by Monday, August 6.

Trinity United Methodist Church has a shared history with Third Street Bethel A.M.E. and our confirmation class typically worships with them one Sunday each year. This is a great way to continue building that relationship.

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