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Projects That Need Some Love

Holiday: Christmas Center

Each year The Salvation Army, through community support, provides gifts to over 5,000 children in the Central Virginia area. Christmas Center Volunteers will assist with sorting gifts, assembling bicycles, and organizing coats. Responsible children 8 years and older are welcome, when accomplanied by a responsible parent/guardian. Dates: Wednesday, 11/11 - Friday, 12/11 (weekdays) Family Days: Saturday, 11/28 & 12/5: 10:00am - 2:00pm Time: 8:30am - 12:00pm and/or 1:00pm - 4:30pm Location: 9204 Stony Point Parkway, Richmond (formerly Dick's Sporting Goods in Stony Point Fashion Park)

No More Lonely Soles - Sign Up for Individuals (Not Groups)

Volunteer Project: By volunteering at the Soles4Souls warehouse, you get the opportunity to help process the shoes brought in from the community and retailers. Each bag/box that the shoes come in needs to be opened so that the shoes can be paired together. We will write you a service letter if needed for however much time you spend processing. Soles4Souls Mission: Soles4Souls creates sustainable jobs and provides relief through the distribution of shoes and clothing around the world. It’s estimated that 21 billion pounds of textile waste is dumped in landfills every year. That makes up more than 5% of all municipal waste generated every year. Since 2006, Soles4Souls has diverted 23.8 million pounds of shoes and clothes from landfills and instead created meaningful economic opportunities and helped provide new shoes for those in need around the globe. Gently-worn shoes collected help individuals start and sustain small businesses to lift themselves and their families out of poverty. Here is the impact an entrepreneur can make with the sale of 1, 20 or 30 pairs of shoes. 1 pair of shoes can provide 5 meals for Marie-Ange and her family in Haiti, 20 pairs of shoes can provide a year’s worth of shelter for Ginette and her family in Haiti and 30 pairs of shoes can provide a year’s worth of schooling for Tracy’s daughter in Honduras. Other Ask: Please feel free to bring used shoes/clothing with you to donate! Directions: Soles4Souls is in a shared building (1700 Jefferson Davis Highway, Ste. E). When approaching the building you will see a long chain link fence on the perimeter, a ton of parked and sometimes active semi trucks and a long building. Make an immediate right turn when you come into the parking lot and go all the way to the end of the building where our warehouse is located. You can park anywhere in front of our space. The warehouse does NOT have AC/Heat so dress accordingly. Also, please wear comfortable clothing as this includes a lot of bending and moving. You’re welcome to play music in the warehouse so feel free to bring a speaker. IMPORTANT Information Before Signing Up: GROUPS ARE WELCOME BUT NEED TO SCHEDULE THEIR TIME SEPARATELY - DO NOT REGISTER THROUGH THIS POST - EMAIL STEPHAINEH@SOLES4SOULS.ORG to SCHEDULE 5+ PEOPLE. Cameras are present in the Regional Donation Center. ALL Volunteers must submit waiver and Covid questionnaire before volunteering - must be filled out at least 24 hours prior to service: Masks are REQUIRED - theree are cloth and disposable masks available if you forget yours We provide sanitizer and encourage frequent hand-washing COURT-RELATED: MINORS: You must be accompanied throughout the duration of your service by an adult. ADULTS: You must show documentation from the courts regarding your need for service hours prior to coming to the facility. ALL: We do not accept the following charges having to do with larceny, theft, forgery, breaking & entering, assault, felonies, civil disobedience charges, and any violent or sexual offenses. We also do not take charges for selling and distributing drugs. You must pick up a volunteer hours log at the Regional Center and have a Supervisor at Soles4Souls sign this at the end of each volunteer shift. MUST Submit this Court-Related Waiver and Disclousure Form:

CIS of Chesterfield Holiday Teacher Appreciation Kits

Like all other educators, our teachers have had to completely change their delivery of instruction and put in countless hours to engage students in virtual learning. Many of our schools lack strong PTAs which would typically provide encouragement for teachers during this time. Through putting together these kits, volunteers will be showing support for teachers in five of our majority poverty schools, who work tirelessly to support their students' academic success. Volunteers will be assembling teacher appreciation kits for CIS of Chesterfield to distribute. All supplies will be provided. Face masks and social distancing are required. If you do not have a face mask one will be provided.

Habitat Restoration at Reedy Creek

Join The James River Park System as we tackle removing invasive plants from Reedy Creek. 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! PLEASE NOTE: Park in the Reedy Creek parking lot, walk over the railroad tracks and take a right through the black chain link fence. Continue walking to our meet up location which will be the gray building on your left.

Smart Beginnings - Essential Supply Distribution Event in Chester

The child care industry has been hit particularly hard during the pandemic. Access to PPE and other necessary supplies has been extremely limited for small businesses who don’t have bulk purchasing power. Smart Beginnings Greater Richmond along with Community Foundation for a Greater Richmond, ChildSavers, VDSS, and VPM have come together for a distribution event for these essential workers. Volunteers will be distributing supply kits at an outside drive-thru event. Volunteers should be able to stand for 3 hours and lift at least 30lbs. Face masks are required at all times. If you do not have a face mask one will be provided.

RPS Welcome Center - Furniture Assembly

The Welcome Center is going through a beautification of their space in Southside Plaza and is looking for volunteers to help create a welcoming space for our families. Volunteers are needed to: Unpack and assemble furniture (computer desks, chairs, book stands, etc.) Move assembled furniture to their respective space Volunteers should be comfortable lifting heavy objects and operating basic power tools. Volunteers are aksed to wear comfortable clothing, closed toe shoes, and to bring a mask (to be worn at all times). In an effort to follow social distancing recommendations from the CDC and local health officials, we ask that only those who have signed up show up to volunteer, and that you please only sign up to volunteer if you meet the following conditions: You have not recently traveled abroad or to any highly impacted part of the United States. You feel healthy and have not been exposed to anyone who may have contracted COVID-19 - see here for more details from the CDC. You are NOT part of a high-risk group for developing critical conditions. You are at least 18 years of age. Please do not shake hands or have physical contact with anyone if you are attending a volunteer project. Please be advised that staff may ask you to leave the volunteer project if you show signs of illness.