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Projects That Need Some Love

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.

JAMES RIVER PARK CLEANUP

The James River Park System, a unique part of Richmond’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities, includes over 600 acres of shoreline and islands in the capital of Virginia, extending in 16 sections from the Huguenot Bridge in the west to a half mile beyond the I-95 Bridge in the east. It includes most of the fall line of the James River. Rocks, rapids, meadows, and forests make for an area of unspoiled natural beauty -- a little bit of wilderness in the heart of the city. Volunteers are needed throughout the year at multiple JRPS sites for trash pick-up, trail maintenance, graffiti and invasive plant species removal, and overall clean-up and beautification of parks and the river. Specific tasks and location will be sent to volunteers the week of the upcoming volunteer project. Join the RVA community in keeping the James River Park System the most visited park in Richmond and the reason RVA was voted the best river town in the US! Volunteers should dress appropriately for the weather and working conditions around the park. Closed-toe shoes are required, long pants and shirts are encouraged. Expect clothes and shoes to become dirty, possibly wet, or get paint on them, depending on the task for the day. Volunteers should bring their own water bottles and gloves if you have them. Youth volunteers are the responsibility of the adult volunteers serving with them--please use your judgment when registering. 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. Registration for this project will close 12 hours in advance.

Making History with LVA (virtual)

Make some history with the Library of Virginia! The Library of Virginia acquires, preserves, and promotes access to unique collections of Virginia’s history and culture. With more content and research moving online, we seek to make digital documents as accessible as possible by crowdsourcing their contents. Volunteers will transcribe handwritten pages and historical newspapers by reading the text and typing it into digital form. Join us for a virtual volunteer session to learn how you can help make historical documents more searchable and usable for researchers now and in the future. Each session may focus on one of these three crowdsourcing projects: Making History: Transcribe From the Page: LVA's WWI Questionnaires Virginia Chronicle An introduction to the platform and demonstration of the activity will be presented by the Library of Virginia staff. After this, volunteers will be asked to work independently for the remaining time. They will be able to share their screen and ask questions about specific documents or issues. Zoom joining info will be emailed the week of the event. Participate in enhancing access to collections of over 400 years of Virginia history, people, and culture. From peace to wartime, wedding announcements and world-changing events, and court records to letters home, there will be something for everyone. Help us tell the narrative of all Virginians – the famous, infamous and even anonymous – and join us in Making History.

Meal delivery for school families

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. While our school remains closed for in-school instruction and our students are learning remotely, we need volunteers to help deliver meals to our students. Locations are spread throughout the greater Richmond area, and deliveries take volunteers from 45 minutes to 2 hours depending on how many stops they are given (which depends on how many volunteers we have on a given day). Volunteers need to plan on coming to our school between 8:30am and 10am and then making the deliveries by 12noon. We ask that you ring the bell/knock on the door for each student and make sure someone receives the meals, but the experience is otherwise non-interactive (i.e., without contact). TIP: Volunteers who have helped in the past have enjoyed bringing a friend along and said that doing so helps with navigation. This program will end once our students return to school, but plenty of other volunteer opportunities will remain. Please email Angie Heyming to inquire about other ways you can help.

Help AOG Hand Out Food!

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. Every Tuesday, we take our Mobile Food Pantry to different Richmond Locations! During events we assist community members with getting connected to resources and we hand out food and other giveaways. We are in need of volunteer support to assist with set up, handing out food, and cleaning up. Most events are under 2 hours long and are every Tuesday 12pm-2pm. Check the calendar below for our next location! If you are interested or have any questions please email mkelley@aog4u.org.

Historic East End Cemetery Clean Up

Please join the Enrichmond Foundation at Historic East End Cemetery for volunteer clean-up days. The volunteer days will take place most Saturdays in two separate shifts Please choose a shift that you would like to volunteer: 9am-10:30am and/or 11am-12:30pm Historic Evergreen Cemetery is a historic African-American cemetery, created in 1891 and located in Richmond's East End. East End Cemetery was established in 1897 next to Evergreen Cemetery. These cemeteries are the resting place for many of Richmond’s African-American leaders of the 19th and 20th centuries, including Maggie L. Walker, Hezekiah F. Jonathan, John Mitchell, Jr., Rosa D. Bower, and Rev. J. Andrew Bowler. There are an estimated 23,000 plots in Evergreen and East End, most of which have become overgrown after over 40 years of neglect. Clean-up activities have been conducted at Evergreen and East End Cemetery for several years. We are walking in the footsteps of some amazing volunteers - including family members who gave their time to hold the line for years. Thank you! Due to the delicate nature of the headstones, the use of heavy equipment is very limited. Please be careful as you clear areas on, or around the headstones. Your volunteer time is crucial to the success of this project as we reclaim and maintain the cemetery. Volunteer work includes cutting and removing debris and logs from the cemetery, and raking and bagging leaves. Volunteers must complete a Volunteer Agreement before the volunteer day, and sign in onsite in order to volunteer. Special Instructions: Please complete the Volunteer Agreement before you volunteer. Important Volunteer Information: All Volunteers must complete and sign an Enrichmond waiver liability form. Volunteers should dress according to the weather (more layers for colder months of the year). Volunteers should wear long pants, preferably jeans to protect your legs from scratches and insects. Volunteers must wear safety gloves. (Gloves will be provided. You are welcome to bring a personal pair for yourself.) A light snack and water will be provided. Volunteers should wear tennis shoes or boots. (No flip flops or thin shoes) Updated Safety and COVID-19 Guidelines Volunteers will have their temperature taken at the beginning of the volunteer day. (Contactless devices will be used.) Volunteers must wear a mask. Hand sanitizer will be provided. Disposable gloves will be provided. Location: Historic East End & Evergreen Cemetery – 50 Evergreen Rd, Richmond, VA 23223 You will see a bright green sign once you make it to the entrance of the cemetery. Please follow the bright green signs, and orange cones for directions for parking. Please keep driving speed at 5mph upon entrance to the cemetery. Thank you!