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Projects That Need Some Love

One Richmond, One Book Volunteer Orientation

THANK YOU, ALL VOLUNTEERS, for your commitment to help serve the children of Richmond City Public Schools! Our Fall 2019 One Richmond, One Book event will run from October 7th through October 25th in RPS elementary schools. This is a required Volunteer Orientation for all NEW Volunteers. REPEAT Volunteers are welcome but not required to attend and can benefit from a Read-Aloud Coaching Session and some program updates. For the safety of the children and in compliance with RPS mandates, every new volunteer will complete a background check and volunteer agreement at Volunteer Orientation. There are 4 dates you can choose from to attend Volunteer Orientation. Please be sure to choose the date you want at the bottom of this opportunity when you sign up. Tuesday, September 17th- 5:30-7pm Monday, September 23rd- 5:30-7pm Saturday, September 28th- 10-11:30am Wednesday, October 2nd- 5:30-7pm Registration will close 24 hours in advance. We need volunteers interested in serving in the roles below. We will discuss the needs and commitments involved with each role at orientation. Reader- In classroom reading Activity Leader- Leading book-themed activities Transporter- Lifting, moving, and delivering materials to and from schools Creative- Designing and updating visual Recognition Wall and areas The address for Volunteer Orientation is 2201 W Broad Street, 23220, Suite 206 at the Read to Them office. We are so glad you'll be a part of making another One Richmond, One Book event a great success! Together we are helping create a culture of literacy in every home!

Urban Spring/Summer Gardening

Eden's Urban Farm (Eden's Community Garden) would love to have your assistance in prepping and planting our beds and plots for spring and summer vegetable and flower planting. Other task may include weeding, watering, and general gardening projects. *The garden is located on the left side of Second Baptist Church (Southside). There is plenty of parking. Wear comfortable clothing, bring your water and snacks and have some fun as we "grow together"! Join us in the garden!

Assist adults with disabilities in recreational activities

Seeking caring, patient and enthusiastic volunteers for Hanover County Parks and Recreation clubs (Terrific Tuesdays, Aktion Club, Community Connection Club) for adults with disabilities or special needs including autism, intellectual disabilities, Down syndrome, epilepsy and more. Volunteers needed to help lead participants in club activities such as exercises, games, music and movement, service projects, crafts and more. Volunteers asked to wear casual/comfortable yet professional clothing that will allow them to move freely. Clubs take place in various locatinos of Hanover County.

Food Rescue / Food Storage

Volunteers will assist in obtaining donated food items and inventory, documenting the weight (if necessary) and putting away the items in our storage rooms. St. Thomas' Food Pantry addresses hunger, loneliness and neglect in our city by providing our neighbors with nutritious food, positive social interactions and educational information focusing on healthy lifestyles. You may sign up for multiple shifts per day, if space is available. Please wear comfortable, clean clothes. For your best experience at the food pantry, please take note of the following: Wear closed-toed shoes (for safety reasons, open-toed shoes and sandals are discouraged) Wear comfortable clothing you don't mind getting a little dirty. Anything that dangles could be a safety risk, so please plan to keep larger earrings, necklaces, or similar items at home or stored in a locker. Volunteering at the food pantry is a family-friendly experience, so please avoid attire with curse words, or suggestive language and/or pictures.

Featured DIY - Kits for Public Schools

Tools for Schools: Helping Kids One Kit at a Time. Benefitting: Richmond Public Schools and Chesterfield County Public Schools DIY Volunteering allows families and groups of all ages and sizes to participate in community service from the comfort of their own homes. Volunteers purchase supplies and complete the kits in their own space then drop off completed projects at the designated days/times below. Read more about our DIY initiative. DROP OFF AT 3409 W. MOORE STREET, RICHMOND, VA 23230 DROP OFF DAYS/TIMES: WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM Richmond Public Schools (RPS) serves over 23,000 students, representing the region’s diverse socioeconomic mix. It is comprised of 26 elementary schools, including one charter school, eight middle schools, five comprehensive high schools and three specialty schools. Chesterfield County Public Schools (CCPS) serves over 58,000 students across 62 schools with approximately 24,000 students who qualify for free and reduced lunch, one of the most common measures of poverty. Communities In Schools of Chesterfield serves over 6,200 students across seven schools including three elementary, two middle, and two high schools. Through our school based site coordinators, Communities In Schools of Chesterfield works to ensure our most-in-need students have the tools and resources to be successful. Richmond Public and Chesterfield County Schools have a continuous need for the following kits. Click the link to learn about each need and what is required for each kit. Volunteers can choose which kit they would like to complete. Confirmed participants will receive 3 hours for submitting completed project. Volunteers are welcome to complete as many kits as they would like, but only 3 community service hours will be given per volunteer. School Supplies - Volunteers will purchase school supplies from a list and make inspirational bookmarks. Snack Bags - Volunteers will purchase snacks from a list and make inspirational notecards for students. PLEASE NO FOODS WITH PEANUTS. Oops Kits - Volunteers will purchase items for an emergency kit for bathroom accidents and write encouraging notes. Hygiene Kits - Volunteers will purchase hygiene items from a list and write encouraging notes.

Setup and Inventory

St. Thomas' Food Pantry addresses hunger, loneliness and neglect in our city by providing our neighbors with nutritious food, positive social interactions and educational information focusing on healthy lifestyles. Volunteers are needed to stock shelves, sort through food to ensure freshness, assist guests with food selection and grocery bagging, and maintain general organization of the area. You may sign up for multiple shifts per day, if space is available. Please wear comfortable, clean clothes that will enable you to help set up chairs, arrange tables, move cases of canned goods, stock shelves and display inventory. Perks include: Volunteer refreshments (coffee, lemonade and Panera bakery items!), making new friends, discovering new recipes and nutrition informatio For your best experience at the food pantry, please take note of the following: Wear closed-toed shoes (for safety reasons, open-toed shoes and sandals are discouraged) Wear comfortable clothing you don't mind getting a little dirty. Anything that dangles could be a safety risk, so please plan to keep larger earrings, necklaces, or similar items at home or stored in a locker. Volunteering at the food pantry is a family-friendly experience, so please avoid attire with curse words, or suggestive language and/or pictures. Other shifts may be available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. Please inquire for more details.