Our mission is to restore hope, alleviate loneliness and empower individuals by bringing folks together to transform homes, lives, and entire communities.
REACH is a non-profit agency dedicated to improving the lives of the people of western Virginia.
At REACH, we truly value our mission, and take it very seriously:
Our mission is to Reach Together with the people of Roanoke to restore hope, alleviate loneliness and empower individuals by bringing folks together to transform homes, lives and entire communities.
REACH’s vision is that the world will become a place where “Here are my hands, what can I do to help” will become a way of living not just a solitary action.
1. Safe Environment
3. Servant Leadership
We are passionate about teaching a life of service to others, both to our volunteers and to the communities we serve, and in working collaboratively as a way to build healthy individuals and thereby stronger communities.
At REACH, we don’t begin to think we can end the physical troubles. What we can do, is restore hope for a better tomorrow, demonstrate that you are not in it alone and empower you to carry on. We believe that actions speak louder than words and that there is nothing more fulfilling or contagious than the act of doing for someone else.
2012 was our second year of service in Roanoke and it was incredible. Thus far, we have performed over 16,000 hours of service to the local community. Add to this the number of hours local homeowners and volunteers have been inspired to contribute both during and after these groups have left and the number is staggering. We remain open to new opportunities and possibilities. And are thankful for the community that has embraced us and the people with which we have been privileged to serve.
Build Things 70%
Cook and Serve Food 100%
Work With Children 85%
Anything At All! 75%
Click HERE and vote on what kind of service opportunities you prefer.
REACH is starting our fourth summer!!! I can’t begin to express how lucky I am to be involved with REACH. I’ve never worked harder and had more fun doing it. I get to meet new people and learn their stories. We get to be part of the solution, not the problem. What a wild ride it has been to get me here. I look back over my “Wonderful Life” and can only now see how all my experiences have been woven together to bring me to this place. And what have I learned? I don’t have all the answers! “Good” people can do good things, but so can “bad” people given a chance. What actually are good or bad people anyways? There is nothing worse than a person who loses hope; the funny part is that most people just need someone to listen, and we can all learn how to become better individuals through a life of service to others.
I hope you’ll come and learn with us.
Hello! I am Matt Van Kleunen. I’m originally from Orlando, Florida but graduated this spring from Elon University in North Carolina where I studied Biology. As such I have a love for nature, animals and doing anything outdoors. I’m also really into playing guitar and listening to, making, and talking about music.
I’m really looking forward to getting to know lots of new people and helping out with some great projects and activities during an awesome summer in Roanoke, VA!
I am from Arlington, VA and a junior at George Mason University. I am majoring in Tourism and Events Management with a concentration in events management and a minor in nonprofit studies. I want to work with Christian nonprofit organizations in marketing and planning events and hope to travel overseas at some point in my life to do missions. I have had leadership roles in my youth group and in the Arlington/Alexandria Bi-district Youth Council throughout high school. I have been a staff member with a summer youth missions organization for the past 2 summers, one in Montana and another in North Carolina. I currently lead a bible study and have leadership roles with Greek Life ministries at GMU. I sing with my local church praise band and CRU on the GMU campus. I like playing lacrosse, singing, eating, hanging out with friends, and hiking.
I am excited to be working with REACH this summer! I love the Lord, my children, and good food. I have been cooking since I was nine years old. Currently a junior, I study Business with a minor in Accounting at Liberty University. Since I was young, opening a restaurant has always been my dream. This summer, I hope to learn more about non-profit management, as I also wish to start an organization to feed hungry children in my area. I look forward to seeing you all this summer!
Hey everyone! My name is Lindsey Futrell. This summer I will be working with REACH to help better myself as well as others. I am currently a freshman at Virginia Tech working towards an undergraduate degree in psychology. I love reading, writing, drawing, and anything where I can show my creative colors. The coolest thing about me is probably that I am a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. But don’t worry, I’m harmless for the most part. I hope to travel around the world and meet new people from all over. I’m so excited to learn from the REACH experience and share some of my own personal experiences. I hope to be seeing all of you soon!
Hey! my name is Ellie Wu and I’m from Cary, North Carolina. I’m finishing up my freshman year at UNC-CH and plan to pursue psychology and religious studies. I am so thrilled to serve Roanoke this summer and grow in fellowship with you guys! I have a love for playing music, soccer and exploring new places! I’m also passionate about connecting with others through conversation and service. Can’t wait to see what God’s got in store for REACH and the Roanoke community this summer!
Hey everyone! My name is Robert, but everyone at church calls me Webber (it’s a long odd story, but I’ll tell you if you ask). I am currently 20 but by the summer I will be 21. My hometown is Cherry Hill, New Jersey. I am a Junior at Drew University majoring in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology with a minor in Religious Studies. I am a self-proclaimed nerd and love everything even remotely nerdy. At school I am the president of the gaming club (or nerd club as I call it) as well as the wind ensemble, where I play the oboe. In addition I am part of the civic engagement program and a countless amount of other groups. I am super involved and hardworking, but love to laugh. This will be my 6th mission trip experience, the 3rd time I have done REACH and my 1st time interning. I can’t wait to meet/work with everyone and more importantly make friends with all of you while serving Christ.
Hey everyone! My name is Zach Hubbard, I’m a 16 year old, junior in high school, and I live in Fluvanna County. For those of you who don’t know where that is, it’s just south of Charlottesville. I play electric and acoustic guitar, as well as the drums. I’m an avid golfer and have been playing for my high school since 8th grade. I love the game and how I get to meet new people all the time. I obtain a position at my local golf course washing carts, picking up balls, and that sort of thing. In my free time I enjoy writing music, drinking coffee (no sugar or cream needed), and spending time with my family and girlfriend.
Church is a huge chunk of my life. Playing in two worship bands, numerous councils, youth group, and mission trips, all keep me busy and focused on God.
I am EXTREMELY excited to bring my hands, to do good in another corner of the state. This is an amazing opportunity for myself, the campers, and all of those who are in charge of running the camp, to have a great time and get to know one another through the service of others! I can’t wait to get there and meet everyone!
What’s Up! I’m Emma! I have just completed my freshman year at Virginia Tech in the general engineering program. I love God and serving him; and i cannot wait for this summer! I’m a beach girl, born and raised in the 757. I have been on four missions trips with my youth group at Nimmo United Methodist and have loved every single one of them! I enjoy being outside, surrounded by God’s beauty. Reading is one of my passions and so is sleeping! I enjoy watching and playing sports. I will pretty much watch any sport that is on TV even golf! I have recently found my true talent, inter-tube water polo! Get ready!!! I am so excited to meet you all!
Hey y’all! My name is Evan Mello and I’m an 18 year old from the lovely town of Medford, New Jersey. This will be my third time at REACH, but my first time as an intern and I couldn’t be more excited. At my church back home I sing in the choir and I play the bells. Along with the bells, I can play the piano and a little guitar so music is a big part of my life. You’ll probably hear me break into a random song that pops into my head at some point in the summer.
I love to run and working out so being in shape is very important to me, which is ironic because I love to eat everything in sight, except tomatoes (gross!). Also, I’m very fun and playful, but I can be serious when I need to be. I absolutely love meeting new people and making friends and I can’t wait to meet all of you this summer!!
Hi everyone! My name is Nicole Lombardi, I’m 15 years old and live in Marlton, New Jersey. This will be my second time at Reach but my first time being a junior intern. I’m really excited to be a junior intern for a week because I loved coming last year with my youth group from Medford United Methodist Church. I just love being able to be productive and help people… and having a fun time in the process is just a fantastic bonus. My favorite thing to do in life is dance! I’ve been dancing since I was in preschool and most of my life is spent moving around, so chances are you’ll catch me dancing and I won’t even notice I am doing it. I’m so pumped to get to spend two weeks at Reach this summer, one week with my youth group, and the next as a jr. intern. I excited to get to meet some awesome people, make lots of memories, share my faith, and serve the community.
Contact REACH today to find out how you can be part of this amazing leadership team!
We need dedicated, hard-working, fun-loving Christians to work with us at REACH!
By definition: An intern is one who works in a temporary position with an emphasis in on-the-job training; sort of a short version of an apprenticeship We take this very seriously.
We consider ourselves a teaching facility and put our time and energy into our interns and their personal experiences. We try to have a team of two to three mentors for each intern, who will “guide” them through their responsibilities. Where possible, we have teamed up with local professionals who specialize in each “area of responsibility”. Interns are encouraged to interpret (and even challenge) their job descriptions, adapt their skills, try new approaches, incorporate the knowledge of others , learn new skills… to think (what a novel approach). Our desire is to stretch our interns not only mentally, but physically and spiritually as well.
Our interns arrive in late May and work through early August (2012: May 28- Aug. 10). Room and board is provided along with a membership at the local YMCA. Each Intern is given a base honorarium and aid in securing additional funding.
In the past, several of our interns have received credit through their colleges and universities. We welcome the collaboration and will do our part to help make this happen.
If you are interested, download the application HERE and get it back to us at your earliest convenience.
This is a program whereby we invite high school juniors and seniors to come and be an active part of the REACH experience: 1.where they will feel the excitement of what Loving God / loving people really looks like, 2. where they will learn the difference between helping and serving, 3. where they will come to understand what it means to bring people to see Jesus (both around them and inside themselves), and 4. where they will begin to understand the life of a full time summer intern. This will be achieved/fostered by their direct involvement in REACH through their assignment to a full time intern, contact with the community, study and community worship. Each junior intern will be guided to a ministry experience that best fits their unique talents and interests.
Each Jr Intern serves for one week. If interested, download the application HERE and get it back to us as soon as you can. (make sure to mark the weeks you are available to attend REACH)
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REACH Service Missions
724 Dale Avenue
Roanoke, VA 24016
REACH has needs beyond physical labor and greatfully accepts monetary donations. We will be happy to follow up with you to tell you how your donation was used if you’d like. All donations are tax-exempt.