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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

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.

10/22/18 1:00 PM +more

Preschool Aide

Fulton Montessori School (FMS) is a 501(c)3 preschool located in Fulton. FMS uses a sliding scale tuition to ensure we are providing a high quality Montessori education for any family regardless of financial means. FMS is looking for volunteers to engage children with age-appropriate activities to help them build social and academic skills. Children are ages 2.5 - 6 and can attend the school from 8 am - 6 pm. FMS is looking for volunteers to work with our children Monday - Friday from 4 pm - 6 pm. Our address is 1637 Williamsburg Rd, Richmond, VA 23231. Impacts and Outcomes: This is a hands-on opportunity that allows volunteers to engage with children and help them build social and academic skills. Key Responsibilities: Arrive no later than 3:45 to meet with the Director to discuss outcomes for the afternoon. Establish and maintain a safe, healthy, loving and nurturing environment for all children. Meet the individual needs of the children. Work with a small group of children to engage in age appropriate activities. Debrief with staff at end of shift regarding observations. Commitment: Volunteers may commit to one or more nights per week. Time commitment each week is from 3:45 p.m. until approximately 6:00 p.m. We would prefer volunteers who can commit to at least 3 months. Training and Support: Orientation will be provided. A Fulton Montessori staff member will be on site at all times. Qualifications: Volunteers must have a caring attitude and the ability to work patiently with a small group of children. Volunteers must pass a background check. Volunteers must have evidence of a reent negative TB test or be willing to have a TB test done prior to working with children.

10/22/18 4:00 PM +more

Anna Julia Cooper Episcopal School Art Program, Richmond's East End

Anna Julia Cooper Episcopal School in Richmond’s East End art classes occur weekly on Tuesdays in four one-hour periods (8:30a, 9:30a, 10:30a, 11:30a) and one two-hour period (1:30-3:30p) for grades 4th-8th. Start date is September 4th, 2018. Volunteers assist with setup, distribution of supplies, clean up, and creating a positive learning atmosphere. Art experience optional; love for kids required! Regular commitments on a weekly or bi-weekly basis are preferred, as the consistent adult presence is important for the students. Volunteers should plan to come 15 min before the time slot and stay 15 min after to transition the classroom. Also, volunteers will submit schedule requests through Signup Genius.

10/23/18 8:00 AM +more

Onsite Food Distribution Assistant: 7:30 am - 1:00 pm

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 help set up chairs, arrange tables, move cases of canned goods, stock shelves and display inventory. Perks include volunteer refreshments (Panera cookies and bakery items), making new friends, discovering new recipes and nutrtion information Other shifts are available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays - please message for details.

10/25/18 7:30 AM +more

Onsite Food Distribution Assistant: 7:30 am to 9:30 am

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 space is available. Please wear comfortable, clean clothes that will enable you to help set up chairs, arrange tables, move cases of canned goods, stock shelves and display inventory from 7:30 - 9:30 am Perks include: Volunteer refreshments (coffee, lemonade and Panera bakery items!), making new friends, discovering new recipes and nutrition informatio For your best experience at the food pantry, please take note of the following: Wear closed-toed shoes (for safety reasons, open-toed shoes and sandals are discouraged) Wear comfortable clothing you don't mind getting a little dirty. Anything that dangles could be a safety risk, so please plan to keep larger earrings, necklaces, or similar items at home or stored in a locker. Volunteering at the food pantry is a family-friendly experience, so please avoid attire with curse words, or suggestive language and/or pictures. Other shifts may be available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. Please inquire for more details.

10/25/18 7:30 AM +more

Onsite Food Distribution Assistant: 8:30 am to 1:00 pm

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 - 8:30 am to 1:00 pm Perks include volunteer refreshments (Panera cookies and bakery items), making new friends, discovering new recipes and nutrtion information Other shifts are available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays - please message for details.

10/25/18 8:30 AM +more

Onsite Food Distribution Assistant: 11 am-1 pm

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 space is available. Please wear comfortable, clean clothes that will enable you to clean up the shopping area, break down tables, stack chairs, sort and re-stock food in our storage area from 11 am to 1 pm. Perks include: Volunteer refreshments (coffee, lemonade and Panera bakery items!), making new friends, discovering new recipes and nutrition information For your best experience at the food pantry, please take note of the following: Wear closed-toed shoes (for safety reasons, open-toed shoes and sandals are discouraged) Wear comfortable clothing you don't mind getting a little dirty. Anything that dangles could be a safety risk, so please plan to keep larger earrings, necklaces, or similar items at home or stored in a locker. Volunteering at the food pantry is a family-friendly experience, so please avoid attire with curse words, or suggestive language and/or pictures. Other shifts may be available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. Please inquire for more details.

11/15/18 11:00 AM +more

Red Door Ministry Clothing Closet Volunteer

Red Door Ministries Since the early 1980’s Grace and Holy Trinity Church has been serving the hungry, homeless, food and housing insecure community of Richmond. Started by the women of the congregation as a Soup Kitchen in recent years we have expanded to a ministry of Healing, Hospitality and Wholeness. We strive to care for the whole person in body, mind and spirit to the best of our ability. We do this by providing a well-balanced meal under the supervision of our Kitchen Coordinator; a clothing closet filled with donations from the parish, individuals, and community organizations coordinated by our Social Work Intern; a healing service lead by our clergy; and our prescription assistance program. Each week we invite people to participate in the cooking, serving, and cleaning up of the meal. We also invite local performers to entertain guests weekly usually musicians, but this is not exclusive. We encourage volunteers to walk or take public transportation since our location at 8 N Laurel Street has limited parking. However there is a small parking lot in the alleyway of the church off of Cherry street next to the Altria Theatre. If there is no parking there we encourage volunteers to park in the paid VCU lot on Laurel and Main and walk to the church, rather than parking on the street because when you are working you may not be able to feed the meter on the street. Please dress appropriately for kitchen work, no loose fitting garments, sleeves, and closed toed shoes. Aprons will be provided if you would like to wear one. In case of inclement weather or other closings you will be notified via Hands on RVA, if you have any questions you can look us up on Facebook at Red Door RVA, or call the church at 804-359-5628. The clothing closet shift begins at 11:30 with volunteer lunch, if you do not plan to join us for the volunteer meal you can start the shift at 12 noon. Closet workers should be prepared to help sort, fold and set up the clothing closet under our Social Work Intern’s supervision and then to distribute clothing to the community between 1:15 pm and 2 pm.

10/26/18 11:30 AM +more

Red Door Ministry Clean Up Shift Volunteers

Red Door Ministries Since the early 1980’s Grace and Holy Trinity Church has been serving the hungry, homeless, food and housing insecure community of Richmond. Started by the women of the congregation as a Soup Kitchen in recent years we have expanded to a ministry of Healing, Hospitality and Wholeness. We strive to care for the whole person in body, mind and spirit to the best of our ability. We do this by providing a well-balanced meal under the supervision of our Kitchen Coordinator; a clothing closet filled with donations from the parish, individuals, and community organizations coordinated by our Social Work Intern; a healing service lead by our clergy; and our prescription assistance program. Each week we invite people to participate in the cooking, serving, and cleaning up of the meal. We also invite local performers to entertain guests weekly usually musicians, but this is not exclusive. We encourage volunteers to walk or take public transportation since our location at 8 N Laurel Street has limited parking. However there is a small parking lot in the alleyway of the church off of Cherry street next to the Altria Theatre. If there is no parking there we encourage volunteers to park in the paid VCU lot on Laurel and Main and walk to the church, rather than parking on the street because when you are working you may not be able to feed the meter on the street. Please dress appropriately for kitchen work, no loose fitting garments, sleeves, and closed toed shoes. Aprons will be provided if you would like to wear one. In case of inclement weather or other closings you will be notified via Hands on RVA, if you have any questions you can look us up on Facebook at Red Door RVA, or call the church at 804-359-5628. The cleanup shift begins at 2 pm. Volunteers are asked to help with dishes, wiping down tables, and taking down tables as well as putting away chairs. On occasion volunteers may be asked to sweep the floor and or mop the dining room. Clean up usually is completed by 3 pm.

10/26/18 2:00 PM +more

Greening Virginia's Capitol

The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay is a regional nonprofit focused on building partnerships, connecting people to the Bay, its rivers, and local watersheds, and healing the land and water through hands-on conservation. They have worked with landowners and municipalities to install stormwater best management practices that reduce the amount of stormwater running off of urban areas and filter out pollutants to improve water quality. Volunteers will help maintenance efforts on these green practices along Capitol Square, including in bioretention planters and trees. Each volunteer will be given a check list and will walk around to the planters to document and determine if plants are alive or need to be replaced, if there is sediment that needs to be removed, or if there is standing water. Volunteers will remove trash, weeds, sediment, and excess leaves. Please bring your smartphone if you have one to help document. Dress for being outside and walking and bring water and sunscreen/hat. Gloves will be provided but bring gardening or latex gloves if you have them. If it rains, the project will likely be cancelled--you will be notified via email. Parking is free on the street on the weekends. See your My Account after registration for the meeting location. 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 12 hours in advance.

11/25/18 2:00 PM +more

Teacher Store Inventory

In summer 2015, HandsOn worked with volunteers and Richmond Public Schools to paint, clean, and prep a long-neglected space to open a Teacher Store, a place where teachers of RPS can “shop” for free supplies throughout the year. An entirely volunteer-run enterprise through our partnership with RPS, this is made possible by volunteers like you! Rather than spending their own money to supplement classroom needs or having the students go without, teachers can get supplies from the Store to support their classrooms. Volunteers will unpack donated items, inventory them, and place them on shelves for the next opening of the Teacher Store. 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 12 hours in advance.

11/1/18 5:30 PM +more

Mentor at Wilder Middle School

Higher Achievement is recruiting volunteer Academic Mentors to teach a small group of 5th, 6th, 7th, or 8th graders in Math or English. We provide comprehensive training, curriculum, and support. You bring commitment and a desire to help youth reach their potential! WHEN: One night per week, on Tuesday or Thursday, from October to May WHERE: Wilder Middle School HOW: Apply at www.higherachievement.org/volunteer. Select "mentor" as the position and complete in one sitting. Contact us directly: Rachel Brock - Volunteer Coordinator rbrock@higherachievement.org With the help of Academic Mentors, 95% of Higher Achievement scholars advance to top academic high school programs. Help prepare Richmond youth in underserved neighborhoods to be on the college track by the 8th grade. "I feel so fortunate to be a part of Higher Achievement. I have gained valuable insight in to the problems facing teachers and students in Richmond. More importantly, I know I am making a difference in scholars' lives, and it is one of the most rewarding and satisfying things I have ever done. Hearing one of my scholars say "She is a good mentor, she makes me happy." was one of the most touching things anyone has ever said about me! " - Allison, Northside Mentor Higher Achievement closes a persistent opportunity gap for middle school students in at-risk communities by providing rigorous afterschool and summer academic training within a culture of high expectations. This fall we are beginning our third Afterschool Academy with a 70% increase in the number of young scholars participating in four middle schools in Richmond and Henrico.

11/1/18 6:00 PM +more