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Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service Volunteer Opportunities

Sign up for a slot on one of many projects occurring in our region and make this a day on, not a day off for you and your family. Most projects are family friendly. When you are volunteering, please follow these tips for healthy volunteering. HandsOn Greater Richmond emphasizes the importance of wearing a mask, social distancing, and not volunteering if you don't feel well.

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No More Lonely Soles - Sign Up for Individuals (NOT A SIGN-UP FOR 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. 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 - SIGN UP HERE INSTEAD: https://calendly.com/soles4soulsva/volunteer-group ALL Volunteers must submit waiver and Covid questionnaire before volunteering - must be filled out at least 24 hours prior to service: https://forms.gle/2RSJxh33yLJX8djV8 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: https://forms.gle/jqGX4jrp7zRLEr7w9

Richmond, VA

4/15/21 1:00 PM + more

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.

Richmond, VA

4/16/21 10:00 AM + more

Historic Evergreen Cemetery Clean Up

Please join the Enrichmond Foundation at Historic Evergreen Cemetery for volunteer clean-up days. The volunteer days will take place most Saturdays in two separate shifts Please choose a shift that you would like to volunteer: 9am-10:30am and/or 11am-12:30pm 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!

Richmond, VA

4/17/21 9:00 AM + more

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.

Richmond, VA

4/20/21 10:00 AM + more

Mobile Produce Pantry - Produce Distribution at the Sacred Heart Center

World U.P. is dedicated to creating peacefully diverse communities. Our Mobile Produce Pantry cultivates food security in food deserts, through the distribution of produce to community members who lack access to fresh and nutrient-rich foods. Access to healthy foods creates food security within communities and healthy minds that allow communities to live together peacefully without the judgment of others. We are in need of passionate volunteers to help us run our monthly Mobile Produce Pantry distribution in Manchester. Volunteers will: help set up and organize booth; distribute produce, coffee, and water; and engage with community members. Volunteers are encouraged to bring a water bottle, sunscreen, and wear comfortable, and weather-appropriate clothing. COVID-19 PROCEDURES With the presence of COVID-19, World U.P. has undertaken the following procedures to mitigate exposure and ensure the safety of its Staff, Volunteers, and the communities we serve: Anyone who is experiencing COVID symptoms is encouraged to stay home. All Staff & Volunteers will be required to have their temperature checked upon arrival. All Staff & Volunteers are required to wear masks. Enforcing 6-feet social distance requirements. Requiring and providing gloves to all of our Staff & Volunteers Pantry Occupancy Limited to 2 people Fulfilling orders at each door to continue to assure choice-model Discontinuing coffee services and/or other self-serve extras We will not be accepting reusable bags. Recyclable Plastic bags or cardboard boxes, where possible, will be used to distribute food items

Richmond, VA

4/27/21 9:30 AM

Build with Habitat for Humanity!

Richmond Habitat for Humanity is looking for build volunteers that can help Wednesday, Thurdays and on Fridays. Build shift times are 8am-3pm and volunteers must be able to commit to the whole shift. There are currently three builds in the City of Richmond. MORE ABOUT VOLUNTEERING ON A BUILD: All builds are supervised by a Habitat employed Site Supervisor and we provide all necessary tools, materials and PPE. Minimum age: APLEASE READ BEFORE SIGNING UP IF AGE 16 OR 17: All volunteers must be 16 years of age or older to volunteer on a construction site. Any volunteers under the age of 18 cannot use power tools or ladders and scaffolding that are more than 4 feet. Clothing: Volunteers must wear closed-toed shoes. Volunteers should wear comfortable clothing that they don't mind getting dirty. Dress appropriately for the weather and keep in mind that neither indoor nor outdoor work sites have heat or air conditioning. Please be advised that a Volunteer Waiver is required to participate in this opportunity. This is completed on Richmond Habitat's Volunteer Site. Please review our updated COVID safety and sanitation protocols HERE! DOING HOURS FOR COURT? Please make sure to check out our policy and fill out the form PRIOR to volunteering if you will need credit or a letter verifying your hours. Find about more HERE!

Richmond, VA

Through 6/30/21