Volunteer service in honor of St. John the Merciful
Whoever renders mercy to his neighbor, will find mercy with the Lord.
St. Ephrem the Syrian
At our monastery we have a volunteer department since 2002. The need for its creation was prompted by circumstances themselves: oftentimes people under strained circumstances, destitute and sick, come to the church; by turn, those who are capable of rendering help to those in need, frequently wish to do so namely through the Church.
Recently our volunteer department was expanded and renamed volunteer service in honor of St. John the Merciful.
The main areas of the areas of cooperation are the collection and distribution of clothing for the needy; care of the elderly and the handicapped; assistance to children abandoned by their parents and to families with many children.
The volunteer organization is accepting donations all the year round: goods, clothing for adults and children, and medications. All the goods are sorted and distributed to the needy: part of it is given to be distributed among the people who come to the soup kitchen; part of it -- to the elderly and seriously ill people whom the department patronizes; children's goods, stationery, and toys are passed on to large and single-parent families.
The long Lenten periods preceding the great Orthodox feasts of Christ's Nativity and Pascha – are special time for charity. During those days, the monastery conducts charity acts in order to collect gifts for underprivileged children. Due to the responsiveness of a great number of people, over 400 children from low-income families of the Verkhotursky region, from village and country orphanages, from large or low-income families from Ekaterinburg receive gifts.
Accepted as gifts for the children are financial donations, books, developmental games, stationery, and other things needed for school-age children, as well as everything for the sports games and sweets. Underprivileged children are particularly sensitive to benevolence, they are genuinely happy to receive gifts and sincerely thank people for their generosity and cordiality. Donations can be brought daily from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. to the following address: Zelenaya Roshcha, 1, the building opposite the church kiosk. To facilitate the work of our volunteers, we request that the donations brought be in good condition. You can also leave a note with your name and the names of your baptized Orthodox family members to be prayed for their health and salvation in our monastery.
||If you live in our city and would like to help, call 8 908 91 000 95, or just come us at Zelenaya Roshcha! We really need your help. Believe us, a good deed within one's powers could be find for everybody! Even a morsel of your time and effort is already a great support for us! We invite everyone who would like to share a part of their time, patience, experience, and love! General meetings with the volunteers, tea drinking, and a talk with the priest are conducted every Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.
||If you have the ability to transfer even a small sum for our support, we would appreciate that. A great number of people turn to us – families with many children, the handicapped, and simply lonely old people. For some of them, your donations will become a substantial meal, for others – warm clothes, and yet for others – necessary medications. When transferring money, please, specify: "For the social department." May the Lord reward you for your charity!