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Projects That Need Some Love

Richmond Community ToolBank Mural

The Richmond Community ToolBank is a nonprofit tool lending program that provides fellow not-for-profit organizations with year-round access to an inventory of tools for use in volunteer projects and for facility and grounds maintenance. We provide tools to enhance the charitable sector’s capacity to serve, facilitating hands-on volunteerism in the greater Richmond area. The Richmond ToolBank maintains an 10,000 sq ft warehouse in Scott’s Addition and an inventory comprised of more than 200 different types of tools and equipment in volumes large enough to equip thousands of volunteers at a time. Access to ToolBank tools eliminates the need for agencies to incur the expense of purchasing, repairing, and storing tools, reducing the costs associated with service projects and allowing these agencies to focus more of their resources on their mission. Throughout the year, we equip over 20,000 volunteers with the tools and equipment needed for the projects taking place around Metro-Richmond. Not only are we loaning tools out, but we are also hosting community events to bolster nonprofit and corporate partnerships, providing corporate team building activities through our Investing in Our Community Build program, providing tool training workshops, and hosting fundraisers all in this 10,000 sqare foot warehouse. In order to create a more warm and welcoming place for all the people we encounter and the events we host, we would like to spruce up the warehouse and make it feel less like a "warehouse". In order to transform the aesthetics of the warehouse, we would like to add a mural to this dull wall as you walk into the warehouse (pictured below). If you are interested in volunteering, we could use your help to transform this wall into a beautiful mural that encompasses the ToolBank mission and value of love, inclusion, and compassion for the community. As a mural volunteer, you will be working alongside Nico Cathcart, a local muralist who does amazing work throughout the city and beyond, to prep, prime, and paint this wall into a wonderful masterpiece. Over a two day period, we will work together to complete the transformation process. transform this space into an inviting, welcoming center.

Help Make Kits for our Most Vulnerable Neighbors

Richmond City and Henrico County Health Districts are looking for volunteers to help assemble care kits to be distributed to community members at our Community Testing Events and people made more vulnerable to Covid-19. Kits include cloth masks, hand sanitizer and information on local resources. With the help of volunteers, we have assembled and given out more than 3000 kits so far and plan to give out thousands more.

Meal Packing for Seniors

Senior Connections is providing shelf stable meal kits for participants in their Friendship Cafes. With the Friendship Café program closed, many senior participants are at risk of food insecurity. Volunteers are needed every Tuesday to help pack meals. To follow social distancing requirements, volunteers MUST sign-up to participate. Please only sign up to volunteer if you meet the following conditions: 1. You have not recently traveled abroad or to any highly impacted part of the United States. 2. You feel healthy and have not been exposed to anyone who may have contracted COVID-19 - see here for more details from the CDC. 3. You are NOT part of a high-risk group for developing critical conditions. 4. You are at least 18 years of age. 5. Please do not shake hands or have physical contact with anyone if you are attending a volunteer project.  6.  Please be advised that staff may ask you to leave the volunteer project if you show signs of illness.

Miles Jones ES (mobile meal delivery)

As part of RPS Shines 2020, RPS will continue to offer school and mobile meal distribution for our students and families throughout the summer. 12 RPS buses led by a team of two volunteers and a bus driver will deliver meals along bus routes every Monday through Friday, and 4 school-based distribution sites will also continue to operate as walk-up distribution centers. We need volunteers willing to help provide meals and other essential supplies right in the communities we serve, especially in areas with large numbers of students and families who may not have access to transportation. In an effort to follow social distancing recommendations from the CDC and local health officials, we ask that only those who have signed up show up to volunteer, and that you please only sign up to volunteer if you meet the following conditions: You have not recently traveled abroad or to any highly impacted part of the United States. You feel healthy and have not been exposed to anyone who may have contracted COVID-19 - see here for more details from the CDC. You are NOT part of a high-risk group for developing critical conditions. You are at least 18 years of age. Please do not shake hands or have physical contact with anyone if you are attending a volunteer project. Please be advised that staff may ask you to leave the volunteer project if you show signs of illness. REMINDER: We ask that only those individuals who have signed up and received confirmation from an RPS staff member show up to volunteer. Confirmed volunteers will receive an email from an RPS staff member the day before their scheduled shift with further instruction. We appreciate your support in helping keep our community safe.

Armstrong HS (on-site distribution)

Thank you for your interest in supporting Richmond Public Schools' food distribution centers from 8:00am until 12:30pm. Please see below for guidelines and details on how to sign up. In an effort to follow social distancing recommendations from the CDC and local health officials, we ask that only those who have signed up show up to volunteer, and that you please only sign up to volunteer if you meet the following conditions: You have not recently traveled abroad or to any highly impacted part of the United States. You feel healthy and have not been exposed to anyone who may have contracted COVID-19 - see here for more details from the CDC. You are NOT part of a high-risk group for developing critical conditions. You are at least 18 years of age. Please do not shake hands or have physical contact with anyone if you are attending a volunteer project. Please be advised that staff may ask you to leave the volunteer project if you show signs of illness. In an effort to follow social distancing directives, we ask that only those individuals who have signed up and received confirmation from an RPS staff member show up to volunteer. Confirmed volunteers will receive an email from an RPS staff member the day before their scheduled shift with further instruction. We appreciate your support in helping keep our community safe.

Armstrong HS (mobile meal delivery)

As part of RPS Shines 2020, RPS will continue to offer school and mobile meal distribution for our students and families throughout the summer. 12 RPS buses led by a team of two volunteers and a bus driver will deliver meals along bus routes every Monday through Friday, and 4 school-based distribution sites will also continue to operate as walk-up distribution centers. We need volunteers willing to help provide meals and other essential supplies right in the communities we serve, especially in areas with large numbers of students and families who may not have access to transportation. In an effort to follow social distancing recommendations from the CDC and local health officials, we ask that only those who have signed up show up to volunteer, and that you please only sign up to volunteer if you meet the following conditions: You have not recently traveled abroad or to any highly impacted part of the United States. You feel healthy and have not been exposed to anyone who may have contracted COVID-19 - see here for more details from the CDC. You are NOT part of a high-risk group for developing critical conditions. You are at least 18 years of age. Please do not shake hands or have physical contact with anyone if you are attending a volunteer project. Please be advised that staff may ask you to leave the volunteer project if you show signs of illness. REMINDER: We ask that only those individuals who have signed up and received confirmation from an RPS staff member show up to volunteer. Confirmed volunteers will receive an email from an RPS staff member the day before their scheduled shift with further instruction. We appreciate your support in helping keep our community safe.