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Holiday Volunteering Opportunities

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

Soles4Souls is growing and we need extra help in the NEW warehouse! 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. You can stay as little or as long as you’d like. 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. Please reference the post here for group warehouse opportunity: https://www.handsonrva.org/opportunity/a0C1J00000GvYr2UAF ****Cameras are present in the Regional Donation Center. ****COURT-ORDERED - if a minor, you must be accompanied throughout the duration of your service by an adult. ****COURT-ORDERED - if adult, you must show documentation from the courts regarding your need for service hours prior to coming to the facility.

11/13/19 8:00 AM + more

Holiday Parade Assistant for Adults with Disabilities or Special Needs

Volunteers are needed to help adults with disabilities participate in the annual Kiwanis' Ashland Old Time Holiday parade in downtown Ashland, VA. Volunteers help with set up of float, help participants onto float, keep energy level going throughout parade route (singing, waiving to the crowd), help with our mascot Taylor the Chipmunk, as well as help with quick clean up at close of parade. Due to limited space on the float, volunteers may need to walk in the parade (about a mile in length). Volunteers often distribute candy to parade spectators. Parade starts on Snead Street in Ashland. Parade finishes at Gandy Elementary on Archie Cannon Drive in Ashland. Parking not permitted in the staging area. Volunteers should dress appropriately for the weather. Once float assignments are determined, we will send you exact location of our float.

11/24/19 1:00 PM

Super Hero 1/2K Cheerleaders and Lap Buddies

The Virginia Home is a nonprofit, long term nursing facility that provides compassionate and professional residential care to adult Virginians with irreversible physical disabilities, ensuring that their lifelong comfort and security will never be compromised regardless of ability to pay. Our Super Hero 1/2K is part of our resident's annual fundraiser. They have friends and family sponsor them as they complete a 1/2K. Volunteers provide support by cheering and encouraging the residents! Volunteers will also be buddied up to help assist residents in completing the 1/2K or 6 laps around The Virginia Home's gymnasium. A quick orientation will be given before the event.

12/4/19 1:30 PM

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!

12/7/19 6:30 AM

Transform a Warehouse

CARITAS is the only Furniture Bank in Central VA, recycling donated furniture back to those in need right here in our community. Paying rent is not the only obstacle to securing permanent housing. The cost of furnishings can cripple a family on the brink of homelessness and threaten its ability to remain self-sufficient. Your help will make it possible for a wide range of clients to receive these household items, including women escaping domestic violence, elderly persons on limited incomes, refugee families from all over the world, and the working poor. Volunteer tasks may include unloading donation trucks of furniture and household items, sorting donations by type, matching and folding linens, sorting dishes, and generally organizing the Furniture Bank, in order to make it easily shoppable for clients exiting homelessness and moving into their first home. Please dress in layers (the warehouse is not temperature controlled!). Wear closed toe shoes and bring work gloves and water. Parking is available in the fenced-in lot. CARITAS relies on donations to continue the mission of transforming lives and restoring dignity. We encourage you to bring any household items (sheets, towels, kitchen items, dishes, silverware, pots & pans, etc.) with you that you may be willing to donate to our neighbors in need.

12/7/19 9:00 AM + more

Victorian Christmas

Lend a hand with a Richmond Christmas tradition enjoyed by generations of families! Maymont Mansion team is seeking a few individuals to help with Victorian Christmas events including set-up, ticket sales, party hosting, and clean-up. Various shifts and positions are available. Additional paperwork is required for volunteers under 18. Event Set-Up 9am-11:30am – Assist staff in setting up event and moving carriages. St. Nick’s Party Host 11:30-4:30pm Help with set-up, greeting, crafts, refreshments & clean-up at St. Nick’s Parties. Greeters at the Mansion 12-4:30pm -- Welcome guest and give directions to Ticket Tent, tours, exhibits,etc. Craft Assistant 12-4pm – Support craft activities for children. Photographer 11:30-2:30pm and 2:30-5pm – Take photos as guests pose with St. Nick & Maymont’s sleigh. Fire Attendant 11am-4:30pm or 2 shifts – Monitor the firepit for safety and replenish as needed. Engage with guests. Event Breakdown 4:30-6pm – Assist with un-decorating tents; packing up, unloading and putting away supplies.

12/7/19 9:00 AM + more

Featured DIY - Kits for Public Schools

Tools for Schools: Helping Kids One Kit at a Time. Benefitting: Richmond Public Schools and Chesterfield County Public Schools DIY Volunteering allows families and groups of all ages and sizes to participate in community service from the comfort of their own homes. Volunteers purchase supplies and complete the kits in their own space then drop off completed projects at the designated days/times below. Read more about our DIY initiative. DROP OFF AT 3409 W. MOORE STREET, RICHMOND, VA 23230 DROP OFF DAYS/TIMES: MONDAY, DECEMBER 9, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM MONDAY, DECEMBER 9, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM Richmond Public Schools (RPS) serves over 23,000 students, representing the region’s diverse socioeconomic mix. It is comprised of 26 elementary schools, including one charter school, eight middle schools, five comprehensive high schools and three specialty schools. Chesterfield County Public Schools (CCPS) serves over 58,000 students across 62 schools with approximately 24,000 students who qualify for free and reduced lunch, one of the most common measures of poverty. Communities In Schools of Chesterfield serves over 8,900 students across nine schools including four elementary, two middle, and three high schools. Through our school based site coordinators, Communities In Schools of Chesterfield works to ensure our most-in-need students have the tools and resources to be successful. Richmond Public and Chesterfield County Schools have a continuous need for the following kits. Click the link to learn about each need and what is required for each kit. Volunteers can choose which kit they would like to complete. Confirmed participants will receive 3 hours for submitting completed project. Volunteers are welcome to complete as many kits as they would like, but only 3 community service hours will be given per volunteer. School Supplies - Volunteers will purchase school supplies from a list and make inspirational bookmarks. Snack Bags - Volunteers will purchase snacks from a list and make inspirational notecards for students. PLEASE NO FOODS WITH PEANUTS. Hygiene Kits - Volunteers will purchase hygiene items from a list and write encouraging notes.

12/9/19 12:00 PM + more

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.

12/9/19 5:30 PM

Holiday Party for Adults with Special Needs

Help us put together a fun night of Holiday activities for adults with special needs. Activities scheduled to include Karaoke, crafts, food and more. Volunteers needed in various areas including: setting up and taking down tables/chairs/sound system setting up decorations food preparation and serving drinks unloading equipment from van and re-loading equipment back into van at end of night greeters party people - helping get the participants involved in program, selecting songs for Karaoke helping with getting participants ready for their "Karaoke" sing-a-long performance on stage Most volunteers will be working in all the various roles throughout the night. While we prefer volunteers attend the entire time, we are able to accept some volunteers with more limited availability.

12/12/19 4:30 PM

Spread Holiday Cheer at the CRi Holiday Party!

Looking to spread some holiday joy!?! Join CRi to make this season special for our residents by volunteering for our holiday party! We are looking for volunteers to set up the room, help serve food to our residents, and staff the games/art stations. We expect about 60-70 people in attendance. CRi is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing personalized resources to youth and adults with mental health needs and developmental disabilities. Through these events, volunteers working to erase the stigmatism of mental health by make the community proud to have CRi in their neighborhood. This holiday rockin' party will be hosted at the Westover Hills United Methodist Church: 1705 Westover Hills Blvd, Richmond, VA 23225. Volunteers are needed from 10:30am to 3pm and the event itself runs from 12pm to 3pm. Shanit Roman will be the day-of point of contact. She can be reached via email at sroman@mycri.org or on her cell at 804-319-5767.

12/14/19 10:30 AM

Richmond ReStore Holiday Home Decor Processor ❄

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the ReStore! Help unpack and processes pallets of donated product for the holidays. (before) Volunteers should be detail oriented and interested in processing and displaying home decor items. (Suitable for groups, bring a friend!) Richmond ReStore: Monday-Wednesday (9am-1pm and 1-5pm shifts) Chesterfield ReStore: Tuesday-Friday (9am-1pm and 1-5pm shifts) Interested volunteers should email ReStore Volunteer Manager, Hayley: hmorris@richmondhabitat.org with the location they'd like to volunteer at and the shift they'd like to fill, to RSVP for this special project. Volunteers can also sign up for shifts independently through our online scheduling system. (after)


Chesterfield ReStore Holiday Home Decor Processor ⛄

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the ReStore! Help unpack and processes pallets of donated product for the holidays. (before) Volunteers should be detail oriented and interested in processing and displaying home decor items. (Suitable for groups, bring a friend!) Richmond ReStore: Monday-Wednesday (9am-1pm and 1-5pm shifts) Chesterfield ReStore: Tuesday-Friday (9am-1pm and 1-5pm shifts) Interested volunteers should email ReStore Volunteer Manager, Hayley: hmorris@richmondhabitat.org with the location they'd like to volunteer at and the shift they'd like to fill, to RSVP for this special project. Volunteers can also sign up for shifts independently through our online scheduling system. (after)


ART 180's Poster Posse: Holiday Edition

ART 180 is a Jackson Ward based nonprofit that provides free art programs to youth facing challenging circumstances in and around Richmond. We host monthly art openings in Atlas, our gallery and teen art center, and we need help from YOU (that's you!) to get the word out to all of Richmond. For December, we are turning our gallery into a holiday market filled with art, crafts, and other handmade goods by artists that are part of the ART 180 family. This event is a celebration of the artists working with and supporting our organization and we want to spread the word! We have a list of neighborhoods with businesses that allow us to promote our events. Choose a neighborhood (or neighborhoods!), stop by our office to pick up the postering supplies, then you're all set to walk/bike/drive/skateboard around town with tape and tacks! Express interest and an ART 180 rep will reach out to confirm and prep a poster package for you. Here is the list of neighborhoods for event promotion: -The Fan -Carytown -Museum District -Scott's Addition -VCU area -Jackson Ward -Bellevue -Libbie/Grove -Oregon Hill -Schockoe Slip/Bottom -Church Hill -Forest Hill -Manchester -Highland Park


Friendly Baskets of Cheer

Annually during the holiday season, Family Lifeline organizes volunteers to create Friendly Baskets of Cheer for seniors in our community who are experiencing loneliness and isolation. A meaningful way to brighten the lives of older adults and individuals with disabilities that we serve, it also allows community members an opportunity to experience our mission in action. Completed baskets should be dropped off at Family Lifeline by December 4th. Our office hours are M-F 9:00-4:30. Evening drop-off hours will be shared with volunteers who express intrerest. Suggested items to include: Stationary, cards and pens Toiletry items: perfume, soaps, hand soaps, lotions, lip gloss, combs, brushes, etc. Pill boxes and sewing kits Nonperishable drink items like tea, coffee, cocoa, and cider instant packets Nonperishable healthy food items like jelly, jam, crackers, honey, nuts, dried fruits, etc. Aromatherapy items and flameless candles Nightlights and flashlights, with batteries Cold weather items: wraps, blankets, gloves, scarves, or hats Crossword puzzles, word search, or Sudoku books – large print helpful Books and notebooks Calendars, card games A small gift item or decoration for their home TIPS: Use a decorative box or wicker basket as a container Consider making baskets gender-neutral or be sure to label if it is meant for a man or woman. Most baskets have a finished value of $25