Where do team members start and end the day?
Park View High School 400 W Laurel Ave, Sterling, VA 20164
What time should I be there?
Plan to come by 7:30 a.m. for coffee, Chick-fil-a and donuts. Start time is 8:00.
Who will a student be teamed with?
This event was initially created with Senior High and Junior High students in mind. Students will be on teams with other students and adults. Students won’t be driving other students, and when there are only 2 in a vehicle, they will be the same gender (unless they are family members).
What if I can’t work all day?
There is a strong encouragement to work the full day to truly appreciate the value of what you are contributing and the blessing it is to see the fruits of your labor. We can make arrangements for you to be on a team for part of the day; however, you will need to arrange your own transportation when leaving early or coming late.
What do I need to bring if I’m on a team?
A rake, gloves, a water bottle, and money for lunch and dinner (most likely fast food or pizza). Each captain will determine the place that best suits the needs of the team. Be sure to tell your captain if you have food restrictions.
How can I share stories and pictures?
Share on facebook and tag RBC GAP. Or on Twitter (or Facebook), use #rbcfirstfruits.
Are there ways to help other than being on a team?
Yes, we need help morning and evening at Park View for setup and food. In the morning, we also need greeters and people to help check the teams in.
When will I know what team I’m on?
If you sign up with a group, most likely you will be on that team. If you sign up individually, you will be assigned to a team. Either way, your captain should contact you with your team number and his/her name the week or two before the event. Be sure to specify your team or friend requests when you sign up if you would like to be with someone in particular.
Why is First Fruits an all-day event?
We ask that volunteers attempt to commit for the full day, arriving at the school to meet up with the team. Helping with the 3 or 4 jobs, eating dinner, shopping, delivering groceries to a family are all part of the blessing of the day.
At the end we gather again in the evening at Park View, you get the chance to hear about the day and learn the number of what was raised. Please plan to participate the full day to get the full value and blessing of the first fruits of your labor.
What constitutes a family with needs that First Fruits can help with?
We are looking for families who are going through a rough time financially and are not being regularly assisted through other services. We help with the basics: groceries or gift cards to Shoppers. We accept all referrals and assess who we will be able to help. Then we will get back to the person referring the family to us.
How do I suggest a family in need?
Through the online registration.
What should I do if my job is going to be longer than two hours?
Give us plenty of notice and we’ll most likely work it into the schedule. However, if you have registered for a two-hour time slot, the team will most likely need to leave at the end of that time to respect the other jobs they have scheduled.
What should I do if I signed up a job but can’t be there that day?
Make sure and let us know ahead of time. You can then arrange to leave instructions and payment or get them to us ahead of time. As long as you can be available to communicate with the captain the week or two prior to the event, we should be able to work it out.
How will RBC use the funds raised?
Most of the funds raised will go to groceries or Shoppers gift cards for families referred to us. Another smaller amount will go toward scholarships to high school seniors for their perseverance through difficult circumstances to help them realize their dream of going to college. Any remaining amount will be used to fund scholarships for RBC students who need help to participate in upcoming youth events (like Summer Camp and Winter Retreat).