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Projects That Need Some Love

Invasive Plant Removal at Malvern Hill Battlefield

When you are volunteering, please follow these tips for healthy volunteering. HandsOn Greater Richmond emphasizes the importance of wearing a mask, social distancing, and not volunteering if you don't feel well. Objective: Remove invasive plants from the trails at Malvern Hill. Activity: We’ll be clipping invasive honeysuckle and privet, then spraying with herbicide (the cut stump method). We’ll be focusing on the climbing honeysuckle plants, taller than waist height – smaller, ground-cover type honeysuckle can be treated by park staff with foliar herbicide. More information about these plants can be found here. Supplies: We will have loppers and work gloves available but encourage volunteers to bring their own if possible. Consider wearing protective clothing (long sleeves and pants) to avoid contact with poison ivy: click here for tips on identifying poison ivy. Finally, be sure to bring plenty of water to drink! COVID Considerations: We will be working outside at a spacing of more than 6 feet between participants. Masks are required on federal land when a spacing of 6 feet cannot be maintained – please bring one so we can work close together if necessary. Hand sanitizer will be available. This event is limited to 10 participants (including staff) in accordance with NPS coronavirus regulations.

AOG Food Processing

When you are volunteering, please follow these tips for healthy volunteering. HandsOn Greater Richmond emphasizes the importance of wearing a mask, social distancing, and not volunteering if you don't feel well. Help process our Panera Bread and Chick-Fil-A donations that we receive every Tuesday and Wednesday morning and Monday and Friday afternoons at our food pantry. Volunteers will make bread bags, package bagels and deserts, and make lunches to send to Doorways and other communities in need. If you are interested in volunteering please select a date and complete our Volunteer Application so that we have your infromation on file.

DIY Volunteer Opportunity - Activity Kits

DIY Volunteer Project ACTIVITY KITS – Children & Adults Organizational Beneficiary: Richmond Behavioral Health Authority IMPACT: RBHA serves nearly 13,000 individuals – children and adults – every year. Approximately 30% of those we serve have no Medicaid, insurance, or means to pay for services. We do not turn people away based on their inability to pay. The COVID-19 Public Health Pandemic has resulted in remote learning for many children, isolation from friends and family members, and a break in regular routines and schedules which are all important for children, especially those already dealing with mental health and behavioral issues. For adults, especially for those with mental health and substance use disorders, the same consequences of COVID are also prevalent. While we continue to provide residential treatment options for adults, the routines have been altered and residents are physically separated to ensure safety for both residents and staff. The DIY Volunteer ACTIVITY KITS allow for creative expression and time management during isolated periods. The DIY Volunteer Activity Kits will be distributed to children and adults receiving services through several programs at RBHA: Children’s Mental Health Programs Men’s Residential Treatment Center (MRTC) Women’s Residential Treatment Center (WRTC) Crisis Stabilization Unit The mission of Richmond Behavioral Health is to promote health, wellness, and recovery for the individuals and communities we serve. We envision an inclusive, healthy community where individuals are inspired to reach their highest potential. Supplies For all: 5 one gallon ziploc bags 5 Notecards – handmade For: Young Children (ages 4-9) Tweens/Teens (ages 10-17) Adults (age 18+) Crayons Colored Pencils Colored Pencils Coloring Book Teen Coloring Book Adult Coloring Book Play-Doh Jump Rope Playing Cards Puzzles Playing Cards Jump Rope Stickers Puzzles Blank Journal Construction Paper Blank Journal Puzzles Playing Cards (Go Fish, Old Maid) Travel Size Board Games Travel Size Board Games Book to read Book to read Book to read Step One: Purchase and/or collect your supplies. Please choose 3-4 items from the lists (you choose which age group(s) to create kits for) for each kit. We ask DIY volunteers to donate a minimum of 5 Activity Kits. Contributions over the minimum amount are welcomed, but we will not be able to document more than 3 service hours for any DIY project. Supplies are available at most dollar stores, Walmart, Amazon. Step Two: Place one of each item in each of the 5 ziploc bags. Please label each bag by age group. Write an encouraging message on each notecard to include in the bags. Step Three: Drop off your project at Richmond Behavioral Health Offices on: Friday, April 9, 2021 between 11:00am – 2:00pm, Thursday, April 15, 2021 between 11:00am – 2:00pm, and/or Tuesday, April 20, 2021 between 11:00am – 2:00pm. We are located at 107 S. 5th Street, Richmond, VA 23219. We will be set up outside to collect drop-offs to allow for appropriate physical distancing. CONTACTLESS DROP OFF! Step Four: Sharing your time and resources is a great gift to others. We hope that through your giving, you receive something beneficial in return – the feeling of doing good for someone in need and knowing you have had a direct, positive impact in someone’s life. Talking through the purpose of the project as you complete it is a great way for all involved to gain a connection to those being served through your generosity. Here are some questions to help guide conversation: How will this project help someone in need? What do we know about the importance of building a community made to help each other? Did our feelings about the recipients of this project change as we completed the project? What worked well about this project? What else can we do now? Are there other ways we can help? Step Five: Like DIY projects? Check out our Facebook event page www.facebook.com/rbhfrva/events for more opportunities to be involved. Share your experience on your Facebook (tag RBHFoundation) or Instagram page #rbha. We love sharing the work of our volunteers! Want to learn more about Richmond Behavioral Health and the work we do in the community? Please visit www.rbha.org and join our mailing list to receive updates and information on more ways to be involved.

No More Lonely Soles - Sign Up for Individuals (NOT A SIGN-UP FOR GROUPS)

Volunteer Project: By volunteering at the Soles4Souls warehouse, you get the opportunity to help process the shoes brought in from the community and retailers. Each bag/box that the shoes come in needs to be opened so that the shoes can be paired together. You can stay as little or as long as you’d like. We will write you a service letter if needed for however much time you spend processing. Soles4Souls Mission: Soles4Souls creates sustainable jobs and provides relief through the distribution of shoes and clothing around the world. It’s estimated that 21 billion pounds of textile waste is dumped in landfills every year. That makes up more than 5% of all municipal waste generated every year. Since 2006, Soles4Souls has diverted 23.8 million pounds of shoes and clothes from landfills and instead created meaningful economic opportunities and helped provide new shoes for those in need around the globe. Gently-worn shoes collected help individuals start and sustain small businesses to lift themselves and their families out of poverty. Here is the impact an entrepreneur can make with the sale of 1, 20 or 30 pairs of shoes. 1 pair of shoes can provide 5 meals for Marie-Ange and her family in Haiti, 20 pairs of shoes can provide a year’s worth of shelter for Ginette and her family in Haiti and 30 pairs of shoes can provide a year’s worth of schooling for Tracy’s daughter in Honduras. Other Ask: Please feel free to bring used shoes/clothing with you to donate! Directions: Soles4Souls is in a shared building (1700 Jefferson Davis Highway, Ste. E). When approaching the building you will see a long chain link fence on the perimeter, a ton of parked and sometimes active semi trucks and a long building. Make an immediate right turn when you come into the parking lot and go all the way to the end of the building where our warehouse is located. You can park anywhere in front of our space. The warehouse does NOT have AC/Heat so dress accordingly. Also, please wear comfortable clothing as this includes a lot of bending and moving. You’re welcome to play music in the warehouse so feel free to bring a speaker. IMPORTANT Information Before Signing Up: GROUPS ARE WELCOME BUT NEED TO SCHEDULE THEIR TIME SEPARATELY - DO NOT REGISTER THROUGH THIS POST - SIGN UP HERE INSTEAD: https://calendly.com/soles4soulsva/volunteer-group ALL Volunteers must submit waiver and Covid questionnaire before volunteering - must be filled out at least 24 hours prior to service: https://forms.gle/2RSJxh33yLJX8djV8 Masks are REQUIRED - theree are cloth and disposable masks available if you forget yours We provide sanitizer and encourage frequent hand-washing COURT-RELATED: MINORS: You must be accompanied throughout the duration of your service by an adult. ADULTS: You must show documentation from the courts regarding your need for service hours prior to coming to the facility. ALL: We do not accept the following charges having to do with larceny, theft, forgery, breaking & entering, assault, felonies, civil disobedience charges, and any violent or sexual offenses. We also do not take charges for selling and distributing drugs. You must pick up a volunteer hours log at the Regional Center and have a Supervisor at Soles4Souls sign this at the end of each volunteer shift. MUST Submit this Court-Related Waiver and Disclousure Form: https://forms.gle/jqGX4jrp7zRLEr7w9

Onsite Food Distribution Assistant

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 spots are available. Please wear comfortable, clean clothes that will enable you to assist guests with food selection, bag groceries, maintain stock and arrange inventory. Perks include making a difference in the community, making new friends, and a good workout!

Building Change with the Richmond Community ToolBank

Together we're Building Change and giving back to RVA! The Richmond ToolBank is helping to activate more outdoor spaces in the age of physical distancing by building picnic tables, benches, garden beds, compost bins, free libraries/pantries, and bird nesting boxes! Sign up as an individual or team and Build Change with us by constructing community placemaking infrastructure that will enhance our neighborhood spaces. These features are donated to local parks, public schools, nonprofits, and other organizations supporting Richmond and surrounding communities. Not super handy? No worries, our experienced staff will guide you through safe and efficient tool use while giving you the freedom to solve problems and build cool stuff that supports community-identified needs