HandsOn Day

Our Largest Day of Service
Saturday, October 18, 2014
9am-1pm, followed by a celebration

1 Day. 1000 Volunteers. People at the Center of Change.

Imagine how much better Richmond could be if we all spent just 4 hours doing something together for the community. Join one thousand other volunteers across the metro region this October to make a difference in Richmond on one of many organized volunteer opportunities.

Nonprofit Partners

We will connect your organization to a volunteer team ready to paint, build, sort, sew, stuff, organize, clean, rake -- you name it! We'll recruit the volunteers, provide a Project Captain to help supervise, and assist with project logistics on the day of the event -- all at no cost to you. Many projects will also receive funds (up to $350) to help purchase project supplies to engage volunteers.

You are eligible to apply if you have hosted a HandsOn Day project in the past, are an active current HandsOn partner, and/or a member of GRAVA (Greater Richmond Association for Volunteer Administration).

Not an active HandsOn partner? There's still time! Apply to be a partner now.

Need ideas: Attend our Brown Bag Brainstorm Session
Thurs, June 26. 12:30-1:30pm. Space is limited. Free. Sign Up.

Preview the Application first.


Confirmed so far for 2014:

UPS Freight, Target, Tyson Inc. and Legacy Foods, Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, Tumblr, MeadWestvaco, Genworth, Dynamic Web Solutions, Altria


Projects will open for registration in early September 2014.

Project Captains

Help us lead projects that day! Apply to be a Project Captain.

• Assist the nonprofit agency with managing volunteers and project details on our big day of service
• Welcome and check volunteers in, collect waivers, and return check in sheets to HandsOn
• Hand out t-shirts, water/snacks, and supplies
• Ensure volunteers have a good experience and the work of the nonprofit gets done

What are the requirements to be a Project Captain?
• Willingness to serve, lead, and have fun!
• Be comfortable speaking in front of and leading groups of volunteers
• Attend a required two hour training session in early October
• Connect with your assigned community organization site before HandsOn Day
• Engage volunteers with energy and enthusiasm

This application just asks for your general information. We'll ask you to rank the projects you want and pick a training date in late August.


Volunteers and nonprofit partners are invited to join us again this year at Hardywood Park Craft Brewery at 2408 Ownby Ln, near the Diamond, for a celebration after service. From 1pm to 3:30pm, enjoy food, drinks, games, live music, and a communty art project. There will be indoor and outdoor space, grassy areas, and is family friendly.

Stats from 2013

On our 6th annual day of service in 2013, we mobilized:
1039 volunteers for a total of
5,737 hours of service!

48 nonprofits, community organizations, government, and schools benefited from the day, receiving nearly $13,000 in supply funding for projects.

With time and dollar values, that's an overall investment of $139,297 back to RVA.*

*Value of Volunteer Time


Photos and Video

Check out the photos from 2013. Thanks to our many volunteer phtoographers.

See our brand new video, thanks to The Frontier Project.