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Projects That Need Some Love

Invasive Species Removal at The Wetlands

Join The James River Park System as we tackle removing invasive plants from The Wetlands. 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!

Join SOAR365 for Family-Friendly Service on MLK Day!

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. Community service was one of the enduring legacies of Dr. Martin Luther King’s leadership and on MLK Day of Service 2020, volunteers throughout the nation will respond to the call by rolling up their sleeves and doing good in their communities. On Monday January 20, 2020 from 10-1, SOAR365 invites volunteers of all abilities to join our family-friendly service activity. Volunteers will be helping to sort & inventory donations of program supplies, prepare mailings, make decorations for our upcoming Valentine's Ball, and assist with other needs identified by staff. This is a family-friendly activity open to kids ages 12 and up (with parental supervision).

Art Class Assitant- Petersburg YMCA

Volunteers will help the Art on Wheels instructor for our Aging in the Arts programming at the Petersburg YMCA. Class assistants will help with set up and break down of class space and materials, and help participant-artists create art. Volunteers do not need to have prior art experience, but do need to have a willingness to learn, patience, and a sense of humor. We prefer volunteers that can commit to more than one class session. Volunteers will be asked upon expressing interest to answer a short questionaire and to read a brief summary of Art on Wheels' history, programming, and goals. Please wear appropriate and comfortable clothing and bring anything you think you may need (like water bottles, etc.) with you.

The Diaper Brigade

Volunteers are needed to prepare "BUNDLES OF JOY" by sorting, packaging and labeling diapers and other baby essentials for families in crisis. The impact is to end babies remaining in soiled diapers for extended periods of time and wearing too small items or not having what is essential to thrive. Time commitment - Opportunities available monthly on a Saturday from 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM. This opportunity is starting October 26, 2019. This opportunity is a referral and is managed by UBB directly. Please express interest below to indicate to the agency your interest in participating. **Please note, your attendance hours are recorded in your HandsOn Greater Richmond account upon request by the agency.

Forest Hill Park Habitat Restoration

Join park staff as we tackle removing invasive plants from Forest Hill Park. We will be focusing on removing English Ivy, Privet and other invasive plants. Be a part of this initiative to help restore Forest Hill Parks 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 park staff . Please feel free to bring your favorite tool and pair of gloves from home. 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! Please read link below for information about invasive species: https://www.dcr.virginia.gov/natural-heritage/invspinfo

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.