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Projects That Need Some Love

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.

Urban Spring/Summer Gardening

Eden's Urban Farm (Eden's Community Garden) would love to have your assistance in prepping and planting our beds and plots for spring and summer vegetable and flower planting. Other task may include weeding, watering, and general gardening projects. *The garden is located on the left side of Second Baptist Church (Southside). There is plenty of parking. Wear comfortable clothing, bring your water and snacks and have some fun as we "grow together"! Join us in the garden!

Food Rescue

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.

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.

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.

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.

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