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Projects That Need Some Love

Food Rescue / Food Storage

Volunteers will assist in obtaining donated food items and inventory, documenting the weight (if necessary) and putting away the items in our storage rooms. 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. You may sign up for multiple shifts per day, if space is available. Please wear comfortable, clean clothes. 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.

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.

Richmond Community ToolBank General Warehouse and Tool Maintenance

Please join the Richmond Community ToolBank for an exciting volunteer opportunity. The Richmond Community ToolBank is a nonprofit tool lending program that provides fellow not-for-profit organizations with year-round access to an inventory of tools for use in volunteer projects and for facility and grounds maintenance. We provide tools to enhance the charitable sector’s capacity to serve, facilitating hands-on volunteerism in the greater Richmond area. The Richmond ToolBank maintains an 10,000 sq ft warehouse in Scott’s Addition and an inventory comprised of more than 200 different types of tools and equipment in volumes large enough to equip thousands of volunteers at a time. Access to ToolBank tools eliminates the need for agencies to incur the expense of purchasing, repairing, and storing tools, reducing the costs associated with service projects and allowing these agencies to focus more of their resources on their mission. The Richmond Community ToolBank thrives on volunteerism. As a small, staff, we welcome volunteers of all experience levels to serve alongside us in the warehouse, so we can better serve our non-profit partner organizations. Volunteer tasks include pulling tool orders, restocking tool orders, cleaning/branding/sharpening tools, general tool maintenance, tidying up the warehouse, sorting and taking inventory of overstocked tools, and more. We welcome individuals, repeat volunteers, and groups no matter the experience or skill level. Tools and supplies are provided. Volunteers should wear closed-toed shoes and comfortable clothing for moving around a warehouse. Parking is located in the rear parking lot, parallel to the interstate.

Making History:Transcribe

The Library of Virginia acquires, preserves, and promotes access to unique collections of Virginia’s history and culture. With more content and research moving online, they seek to make digital documents as accessible as possible by crowd-sourcing this massive historical project. Crowd-sourcing empowers communities to make their own history and you can be a part of it. Volunteers will transcribe handwritten pages by reading the written text and typing it into digital form. They will also review other transcriptions for accuracy. Those with an editing eye can eventually learn to be an advanced editor. Participate in enhancing access to collections of over 400 years of Virginia history, people, and culture. From peace to wartime, court records to letters home, and conspiracies to political statements, there will be something for everyone. These include documents from the Civil War, Virginia Untold: the African American Narrative, and documents from WWI and WWII. Help us tell the narrative of all Virginians - the famous, infamous and even anonymous - and join us in Making History. Parking is available under the building, with entrances on 8th and 9th streets and will be validated at the end. Sixteen computer stations will be available. If you have your own laptop, please bring it! 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.

Onsite Grave Recording

Historic Evergreen Cemetery is a historic African-American cemetery, created in 1891 and located in Richmond's East End. It is the resting place for many of Richmond’s African-American leaders of the 19th and 20th centuries, including Maggie L. Walker, John Mitchell, Jr., and Rev. J. Andrew Bowler. There are an estimated 20,000 plots in Evergreen, most of which have become overgrown after over 40 years of neglect. Please join us for grave recording. As a grave recorder, you will help to end the cycle of neglect at Evergreen by learning about the intricacies of preserving the African American legacies at Historic Evergreen Cemetery. The grave recording team will work on tens of thousands of graves, measuring them, recording epitaphs, taking pictures, recording locations, and much more. Under instructions from the Department of Historic Resources, you will inventory the grave markers in preparation for future restoration at Evergreen. All tools will be provided. Wear closed-toe, waterproof shoes and long pants. We will be getting dirty because we often uncovered lost gravestones.

Weekly Volunteer Days

Join the Richmond National Battlefield Park every THURSDAY from 9am-12pm with outdoor projects at various battlefield sites. Past projects have included trail maintenance, earthwork preservation, invasive species removal, dragonfly surveying, and more! Location and projects change weekly, so the volunteer coordinator will send you an email the week of with more details.