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Projects That Need Some Love


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.

Battling Invasives at Malvern Hill

Privet, bittersweet, honey suckle and metal fencing still think they can take over our land, so it's time to head back and finish what we started... So far the team has cleared out of a ton of privet and metal fencing, giving both native plants and animals a chance to survive and thrive, while keeping the park safe for visitors. We will continue on this project along the highlighted trail: We will meet at the Parsonage parking lot (also highlighted). I will have tools (Loppers, wire cutters, saws) as well as extra gloves, but we recommend you bring your own, if possible. Otherwise, make sure you bring sturdy work clothes/boots, bug spray, and plenty of water. Lucky for us we will be outside, but please do your best to stay six feet apart at all times. Please email me if you have any questions :) Thank you for all that you do!

Belle Isle Invasive Species Removal and Planting

Volunteer with Richmond Tree Stewards to remove invasive non-native plants and plant native trees and shrubs in their place, and sometimes help water the new plants as needed. Work sites change so call team leader Catherine Farmer for your day's location. Parking lot on Tredegar St. opens at 9 on weekdays. We recommend sturdy shoes, long sleeves, long pants. Bring a water bottle. Work gloves and tools (clippers, e.g.) are good if you have them. Contact: Catherine Farmer Email: Phone: 8043637659 More Info:

Habitat Restoration at Pumphouse Park

Join The James River Park System as we tackle removing invasive plants from Pumphouse Park. We will be focusing on removing English Ivy, Winter Creeper and other invasive plants. Be a part of this initiative to help restore The James River Park's natural habitat and tree canopy! Volunteers will be using small hand tools such as loppers and hand saws. All tools and gloves will be provided by JRPS. Please feel free to bring your favorite tool from home and a pair of gloves that you already own. Please bring water and a snack, wear closed toe shoes and dress comfortably for the weather. We will be outside the entirety of the project. We look forward to working with you!

Ancarrow's Landing Beautification

Join James River Park System staff as we work to beautify Ancarrow's Landing! With the help of volunteers, we will work work on creating planter beds and planting native plants. We will also be painting the area surrounding the boat ramp and leading a river cleanup. All tools and materials will be provided by James River Park. Please wear sturdy closed toe shoes and clothes you do not mind getting dirty. Please bring water and a mask. Be a part of this initiative to help revive Ancarrow's Landing!

Historic Evergreen & East End Cemetery Clean Up

Please join the Enrichmond Foundation at Historic Evergreen & East End Cemetery for volunteer clean-up days! The volunteer days will take place most Saturdays 8:30AM - 11:00AM. 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. Volunteers must sign in and sign a waiver liability form in order to volunteer. Important Volunteer Information: All Volunteers must complete and sign an Enrichmond waiver liability form. Volunteers should dress for being outside. Wear sunscreen. Volunteers must wear safety gloves. (Gloves will be provided. You are welcome to bring a personal pair for yourself.) Volunteers should wear long pants, preferably jeans. 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!