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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!

The Diaper Brigade

Volunteers are needed to sort, package and label 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.

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.

1st Annual One Mile Santa Fun Run and Walk

Be a Claus for a Cause at the The Arc of Hanover's 1st Annual One Mile Santa Fun Run and Walk, taking place Saturday December 7th in front of Bass Pro Shops Ashland. Check-in starts at 7am for runners and the run is from 8am to 10am. There will be need to spread holiday cheer from start to finish of the race in many different ways. Join in on the fun!

2019 Holiday Party

Each year, The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Central Virginia (NAMI-CVA) hosts a Holiday Party for members, friends, and those living with a mental illness. NAMI CVA wishes to provide a joyful holiday experience, which is a treat to those that may be isolated or without family during the holiday season; many mental health consumers don't get to enjoy any type of holiday celebration. We will be providing a meal at this event and are looking for volunteers to assist in serving the food, preparing the tables, and the clean-up afterwards. Dress code is either all black, all white, or a mixture of the two; dress doesn't have to be formal. This opportunity is a referral and is managed by NAMI-CVA directly. Please express interest below to indicate to the agency your interest in participating. All volunteers who plan to attend must express interest. 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, under "Ways to Volunteer." **Please note, your attendance hours may not be recorded in your HandsOn Greater Richmond account since this is a partner-managed opportunity.