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The Capital Region Collaborative brings together government, business, and community partners to identify priorities to improve the quality of life across the Richmond Region of Virginia. Volunteerism is a key strategy in moving the indicators in those areas forward and YOU can be a part of it.

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Projects That Need Some Love

New Year, New Look For The ARC!

Greater Richmond ARC is a non-profit organization that creates life-fulfilling opportunities for people with disabilities. We do this by providing four sets of core services: Employment Services; Day Services (Adult Day Support and After School); Infant and Child Development Services; and Residential Services (Respite and Summer Camps). Our wide range of programs is designed to serve individuals no matter what stage of the life cycle they are in, and to support families who are coping with the daily “real world” challenges of living with a disability. We have a profound impact on the 1,300 individuals and families we serve each year. For more information, please visit: https://www.richmondarc.org/ In 2018, we served over 200 individuals in After School and Adult Day Support. Combined, these programs operate five days a week from 8:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. The spaces in which the programs operate are heavily used and we rarely have the opportunity to refresh them. In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s call to service, we invite volunteers with painting experience to help us clean and repaint 10 utility/storage spaces. A minimum of 2 volunteers is needed for each space. Volunteers with experience painting interior spaces are preferred. Walls will have to be cleaned and taped; some volunteers will be cutting edges with brushes while others will be rolling with cage rollers. Two coats will be required in all spaces.

31st Street Baptist Church Urban Farm MLK Day of Service

Join us on the 31st Street Baptist Church Urban Farm to participate in tasks such as composting, pruning, weeding, watering, planting, harvesting, mulching, sanitizing, and preparing for spring plant sales. The produce grown on this site supports Tricycle's Massey Cancer Farm Stand, Corner Farm program, and programs at the 31st Street Baptist Church across the street. Tricycle is on a mission to grow a healthy future through urban agriculture. Since breaking ground on the first garden, we have engaged thousands of neighbors and shown that the simple act of growing food is an incredibly powerful way to impact the overall health of our community. Together we will work to grow healthy food and healthy communities! There is a port a potty on site. There is no potable water on site – volunteers will need to bring a water bottle with them to the project. The entire workday is outdoors so bring sunscreen, hats, snacks, etc, and wear protective clothing and closed toe shoes you don't mind getting dirty. Please dress according to the weather. This is a family-friendly opportunity! All volunteers who plan to attend must be registered, either as an individual, or via the team functionality. This includes youth. To learn more about our Team Functionality, please view our Volunteer with a Group page. If allowed on the project, any youth volunteers under the age of 18 must bring a parent-signed youth waiver to the project. The waiver can be found after sign up on the confirmation page or by visiting our Volunteer with Youth page. Registration for this project will close 12 hours in advance.

Meal Crew

The Doorways, an independent nonprofit organization, is one of the oldest hospitality houses in the U.S. It is the 2nd largest in the country, with 115 rooms, and is the largest that operates on donations only. The Doorways tries to create a home-like environment for their out of town guests, who are patients receiving treatment in area hospitals, or their families. Each evening, the number of guests eating is 60-70 people. Volunteers will each be responsible for bringing a ready-to-eat, homemade, fresh, potluck meal or dessert item to feed the group. For example, if a family/team of four signs up, they should bring four dishes. It's best to bring ready-to-eat food due to space and it allows time for fellowship with guests. There is a full kitchen if items need to be heated or finalized. Volunteers will also talk and play cards and other board games (bring yours to share!) with guests, many of whom are exhausted after many hours at the hospital and are grateful for a home-cooked meal and human interaction. The volunteer leader will coordinate what you are bringing after you register to ensure there is food coverage. Donations of non-perishable food items are also welcome. Please wear closed-toe shoes and clothing you can prepare and serve food in. There is limited free parking in the on-site garage. Some street parking is also available. Please allow enough time for parking and walking. See your "My Account" for more detailed parking instructions. All volunteers who plan to attend must be registered. This includes youth. If the post indicates adults must be present, youth and adults must register using the team functionality. To learn more about our team functionality, please view our Volunteer with a Group page. If allowed on the project, any youth volunteers under the age of 18 must bring a parent-signed youth waiver to the project. The waiver can be found after sign up on the confirmation page or by visiting our Volunteer with Youth page. Registration for this project will close 48 hours in advance.

Invasive Removal at Chapel Island/Great Shiplock Park

Invasive Species Removal at Chapel Island/Great Shiplock Park. Join the James River Park System Task Force in our ongoing invasive species removal project at Chapel Island. We meet every fourth Monday from 1-3pm and focus on different species each month.

Featured DIY - Awareness Ribbons

PLEASE NOTE: DIY DROP-OFF HAS CHANGED. DO NOT DROP OFF AT THE BOULDERS, OUR OFFICES HAVE MOVED. DROP OFF AT NEW OFFICES: 3409 W. MOORE STREET, RICHMOND, VA 23230 DROP OFF DAYS/TIMES: MONDAY, JANUARY 28TH, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM TUESDAY, JANUARY 29TH, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM IMPACT: NAMI Virginia promotes recovery and seeks to improve the lives of Virginians with serious mental illness through education, support, resources, advocacy, and anti-stigma campaigns. Community education is a large part of their mission and to that end, NAMI Virginia makes great use of awareness ribbons at public events. These ribbons provide the wearer an opportunity to show support to those in the community dealing with mental health challenges as well as a conversation starter if someone doesn’t recognize it. DIY volunteers will be crafting mental health awareness ribbons that will allow NAMI Virginia to provide to their members, friends and allies in the community free of charge. Each volunteer should make a minimum of 25 ribbons. See the "How To" section below for a link to instructions on how to make the ribbons. Supplies: Lime green ribbon, usually ⅜” wide. Most stores have a variety of ribbons you can buy: some with polka dots, stitching up the side, zebra print, and more. Avoid the ribbons with sheer in them as the glue will make them look messy. Flatbacked safety pins (¾” wide) E6000 or QuickGrip Glue - Do not substitute a weaker glue or the safety pins will come off quickly. Hot glue guns may be used as a last resort, but are very difficult due to the heat and stringiness of the glue. Clear School Glue Work surface covering (newspaper, paper towels, cardstock) Wet Wipes How To: 1. Sign up for the project by clicking the button below. Every person who plans to volunteer (including youth) must sign up. You can create a volunteer team to sign up your group or family members. Read about how to create and manage teams. 2. Review the instructions and supply list. 3. DIY! We ask that each participant make a minimum of 25 ribbons. There is no maximum contribution for this project, but we will only be able to document 3 service hours for any DIY project. 4. Bring your completed DIY to the NEW HandsOn office (3409 W. Moore Street, Richmond, Va 23230) Monday, January 28th between 12:00 pm and 1:30 pm OR Janury 29th between 4:00 pm and 5:30 pm. Confirmed participants will receive 3 hours for submitting materials within these drop off times. No DIY form is needed.

Volunteer Training Session for Education Program Assistants

The James River Association is looking for flexible and enthusiastic volunteers to assist our education staff this spring! Volunteers will help deliver outdoor watershed education programs for middle and high school students. With watershed-wide programming, volunteers will assist with different program areas based on their own interest and location. Volunteers must be willing to work in all weather conditions and be confident in their physical ability. Sign up to let us know you want to come to this informational session to learn more about program needs and how you can get involved!