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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

SummerFest In The Park!

SOAR365 is a non-profit organization that creates life-fulfilling opportunities for people with disabilities. We do this by providing four sets of core services: Business Solutions; Adult Day Services/Children & Youth Day Services; Pediatric Therapy; 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. Next Generations Advisory Council (NGAC) is our young professional group whose mission is to raise awareness about SOAR365, advocate for individuals with disabilities through philanthropic initiatives, and support the implementation of at least two annual events (SummerFest and FallFest). SummerFest will take place on Wednesday May 22 from 6-9 p.m. This family-friendly event will feature delicious food from Firehouse BBQ, Salad Works, Happy Empanada, and King of Pops. The event will also feature craft beer, wine, and a DJ. Entry fee includes a plastic cup and one drink ticket. Kids 12 and under are free and proceeds benefit children and adults with disabilities being served through SOAR365 programs. Volunteer opportunities available: Volunteer Check-In (4:30-6 pm) – 2 volunteers Set-Up (4:30-6pm) – 4 -5 volunteers Traffic Attendants (5:30-7 pm) – 3 volunteers Ticket & Entrance (5:30-7:30 pm) – 6-8 volunteers Wine & Beer Servers (5:30-8:30 pm) – 4 volunteers (volunteers must be 21 or older) Water & Snack Stations (5:30-8:30 pm) – 2-3 volunteers Take-Down (9-9:30 pm) – 2-3 volunteers Volunteers will be provided with free entry to the SummerFest event. Food will be available for purchase from food trucks. Water and restrooms are available on premise.

Charlotte Acres Incubator Farm

Tricycle is Richmond’s leading urban agriculture nonprofit organization, and is on a mission to grow a healthy future through urban agriculture. Charlotte Acres Incubator Farm supports our efforts to improve access to locally grown food to all members of our community, while also growing a new generation of farmers to feed our community. This farm supports graduates (Certified Urban Agriculturists) of Tricycle’s Urban Agriculture Fellowship & Certification program as they launch their businesses, farm this beautiful land, and grow food and flowers for our communities. The farm includes: Four half acre incubator plots and a ¼ acre food access plot that supports Richmond’s Citywide Healthy Food Access Program - Corner Farm and food access programs with with First Baptist Church of Richmond, VA. The entire workday is outdoors so bring a full water bottle, sunscreen, hats, snacks, etc, and wear protective clothing and closed toe shoes you don't mind getting dirty. Please dress according to the weather. There is a bathroom on site.

Art Class Assistant: Brandermill Woods

Art on Wheels is in need of volunteers to assist with our art education programming at Brandermill Woods. Brandermill Woods is an "active retirement and assisted living community" and our programs are for residents who have Alzheimer's and dementia. This specific program meets the first Monday of every month from 10:00-11:30 am. You will assist the lead instructor to set up materials for class, help the participants with their art-making, and clean up after class-lasting 2.5 hours total. Volunteers must have reliable transportation to and from classes. This is a great opportunity for individuals interested in working with older adults in a fun and creative hands-on environment.

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.

Art on Wheels: Studio Cleaning Day

Do you love art supplies and organizing? Come help do a "spring cleaning" of our studio! About Art on Wheels Sometimes, great things come from modest beginnings. In this case, our co-founders Kevin and Andrea had an idea, a dining room, and a bookshelf crammed with art supplies. The idea was this: that making art- creating something from nothing, something that is uniquely yours, is powerful, and healing, and not enough people get the chance to do that. That the experience of expressing yourself, of learning new things and being empowered by abilities you might have never even known you had is important. That the many therapeutic benefits of the arts aren’t often available to the people who need them the most. So we set out to change that. We identified four focus areas: Aging in the Arts, Arts and Disability, Healing in the Arts and Arts in the Community, and developed a visual arts curriculum that offers interesting techniques and projects that are challenging, and adaptive for our specialized populations. We brought in music therapists and performance artists to add to the visual art offerings. We reached out to facilities and communities we felt could benefit from arts programming, and soon, agencies were reaching out to us. We wanted to meet people where they were, so all of our classes and workshops come to you. We quickly outgrew that dining room, and each year continue to grow. Because the idea that life can be better, happier, and healthier with art is true. We uncovered a fundamental need in our community, and we continue to strive to meet it.

Help SOAR365 Kick Off Summer with a Celebration in the Park!

On Saturday June 22 from 6-8 p.m. SOAR365 will kick off the summer season with a family-friendly celebration party in Park 365! Kids being served in SOAR365 programs and their families are invited to this extra-special event celebrating the end of school and the beginning of FUN! The park will also be open to the public so that all ages and abilities can join the party. This celebration won’t be a SOARING success without the support of great volunteers! Approximately 50 volunteers will be needed for: Set-Up Crew Volunteer Check-In Parking Attendants Greeters & Tickets DJ (must have own equipment/set-up) Face-painting & Balloon stations Popcorn & Cotton Candy servers Water station Lawn Games Coloring station Clean-up Crew Adult & youth volunteers are welcome! Youth volunteers under 16 must be accompanied by an adult supervisor. To sign up for a volunteer station, please send an email to alison.jones-nassar@soar365.org!