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Projects That Need Some Love

Meal Packing for Seniors

Senior Connections is providing shelf stable meal kits for participants in their Friendship Cafes. With the Friendship Café program closed, many senior participants are at risk of food insecurity. Volunteers are needed every Tuesday to help pack meals. To follow social distancing requirements, volunteers MUST sign-up to participate. Please only sign up to volunteer if you meet the following conditions: 1. You have not recently traveled abroad or to any highly impacted part of the United States. 2. You feel healthy and have not been exposed to anyone who may have contracted COVID-19 - see here for more details from the CDC. 3. You are NOT part of a high-risk group for developing critical conditions. 4. You are at least 18 years of age. 5. Please do not shake hands or have physical contact with anyone if you are attending a volunteer project.  6.  Please be advised that staff may ask you to leave the volunteer project if you show signs of illness.

JAMES RIVER PARK CLEANUP

The James River Park System, a unique part of Richmond’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities, includes over 600 acres of shoreline and islands in the capital of Virginia, extending in 16 sections from the Huguenot Bridge in the west to a half mile beyond the I-95 Bridge in the east. It includes most of the fall line of the James River. Rocks, rapids, meadows, and forests make for an area of unspoiled natural beauty -- a little bit of wilderness in the heart of the city. Volunteers are needed throughout the year at multiple JRPS sites for trash pick-up, trail maintenance, graffiti and invasive plant species removal, and overall clean-up and beautification of parks and the river. Specific tasks and location will be sent to volunteers the week of the upcoming volunteer project. Join the RVA community in keeping the James River Park System the most visited park in Richmond and the reason RVA was voted the best river town in the US! Volunteers should dress appropriately for the weather and working conditions around the park. Closed-toe shoes are required, long pants and shirts are encouraged. Expect clothes and shoes to become dirty, possibly wet, or get paint on them, depending on the task for the day. Volunteers should bring their own water bottles and gloves if you have them. Youth volunteers are the responsibility of the adult volunteers serving with them--please use your judgment when registering. 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. Registration for this project will close 12 hours in advance.

Belle Isle Invasive Species Removal and Planting

Volunteer with Richmond Tree Stewards to remove invasive non-native plants and plant native trees and shrubs in their place, and sometimes help water the new plants as needed. Work sites change so call team leader Catherine Farmer for your day's location. Parking lot at 300 Tredegar Street opens at 9 AM on weekdays. Once parked, take the suspension bridge over to Belle Isle and meet by the Bike Skills Park. Sturdy shoes, long sleeves and long pants are recomended. Bring a water bottle. Please bring work gloves and tools (clippers, e.g.) if you have them. Contact: Catherine Farmer Email: jiterdancr@msn.com Phone: 8043637659 More Info: www.jamesriverpark.org/invasives

Battling Bittersweet

An opportunity for volunteers to free one of our park's old-growth forests from a serious bittersweet and honeysuckle invasion. This will be the third day of continuing this project, and we're so excited about how much has been done already! Here's just a portion of what we got done the last time: However, the battle isn't over yet... Check out this link to learn a little bit about why they're considered so threatening and how we can change the future of our forest ecosystems As per usual: I will have tools as well as extra gloves, but we recommend you bring your own, if possible. Otherwise, make sure to bring bug spray and plenty of water, as well as wear protective clothing/boots (we will be working alongside poison ivy). Lucky for us we will be outside, but please do your best to stay six feet apart at all times. Hope to see you there!

Historic Evergreen & East End Cemetery Clean Up

Please join the Enrichmond Foundation at Historic Evergreen & East End Cemetery for volunteer clean-up days! The volunteer days will take place most Saturdays 8:30AM - 11:00AM. Historic Evergreen Cemetery is a historic African-American cemetery, created in 1891 and located in Richmond's East End. East End Cemetery was established in 1897 next to Evergreen Cemetery. These cemeteries are the resting place for many of Richmond’s African-American leaders of the 19th and 20th centuries, including Maggie L. Walker, Hezekiah F. Jonathan, John Mitchell, Jr., Rosa D. Bower, and Rev. J. Andrew Bowler. There are an estimated 23,000 plots in Evergreen and East End, most of which have become overgrown after over 40 years of neglect. Clean-up activities have been conducted at Evergreen and East End Cemetery for several years. We are walking in the footsteps of some amazing volunteers - including family members who gave their time to hold the line for years. Thank you! Due to the delicate nature of the headstones, the use of heavy equipment is very limited. Please be careful as you clear areas on, or around the headstones. Your volunteer time is crucial to the success of this project as we reclaim and maintain the cemetery. Volunteers must sign in and sign a waiver liability form in order to volunteer. Important Volunteer Information: All Volunteers must complete and sign an Enrichmond waiver liability form. Volunteers should dress for being outside. Wear sunscreen. Volunteers must wear safety gloves. (Gloves will be provided. You are welcome to bring a personal pair for yourself.) Volunteers should wear long pants, preferably jeans. A light snack and water will be provided. Volunteers should wear tennis shoes or boots. (No flip flops or thin shoes) Updated Safety and COVID-19 Guidelines Volunteers will have their temperature taken at the beginning of the volunteer day. (Contactless devices will be used.) Volunteers must wear a mask. Hand sanitizer will be provided. Disposable gloves will be provided. Location: Historic East End & Evergreen Cemetery – 50 Evergreen Rd, Richmond, VA 23223 You will see a bright green sign once you make it to the entrance of the cemetery. Please follow the bright green signs, and orange cones for directions for parking. Please keep driving speed at 5mph upon entrance to the cemetery. Thank you!

Historic Evergreen & East End Cemetery Clean Up

Please join the Enrichmond Foundation at Historic Evergreen & East End Cemetery for volunteer clean-up days. The volunteer days will take place most Saturdays 9:00AM - 12:00AM. Historic Evergreen Cemetery is a historic African-American cemetery, created in 1891 and located in Richmond's East End. East End Cemetery was established in 1897 next to Evergreen Cemetery. These cemeteries are the resting place for many of Richmond’s African-American leaders of the 19th and 20th centuries, including Maggie L. Walker, Hezekiah F. Jonathan, John Mitchell, Jr., Rosa D. Bower, and Rev. J. Andrew Bowler. There are an estimated 23,000 plots in Evergreen and East End, most of which have become overgrown after over 40 years of neglect. Clean-up activities have been conducted at Evergreen and East End Cemetery for several years. We are walking in the footsteps of some amazing volunteers - including family members who gave their time to hold the line for years. Thank you! Due to the delicate nature of the headstones, the use of heavy equipment is very limited. Please be careful as you clear areas on, or around the headstones. Your volunteer time is crucial to the success of this project as we reclaim and maintain the cemetery. Volunteers must complete a Volunteer Agreement before the volunteer day, and sign in onsite in order to volunteer. Special Instructions: Please complete the Volunteer Agreement before you volunteer. Important Volunteer Information: All Volunteers must complete and sign an Enrichmond waiver liability form. Volunteers should dress according to the weather (more layers for colder months of the year). Volunteers should wear long pants, preferably jeans to protect your legs from scratches and insects. Volunteers must wear safety gloves. (Gloves will be provided. You are welcome to bring a personal pair for yourself.) A light snack and water will be provided. Volunteers should wear tennis shoes or boots. (No flip flops or thin shoes) Updated Safety and COVID-19 Guidelines Volunteers will have their temperature taken at the beginning of the volunteer day. (Contactless devices will be used.) Volunteers must wear a mask. Hand sanitizer will be provided. Disposable gloves will be provided. Location: Historic East End & Evergreen Cemetery – 50 Evergreen Rd, Richmond, VA 23223 You will see a bright green sign once you make it to the entrance of the cemetery. Please follow the bright green signs, and orange cones for directions for parking. Please keep driving speed at 5mph upon entrance to the cemetery. Thank you!