Volunteer To Get HandsOn
GayRVA is excited to lead one of the volunteer events at HandsOn Greater Richmond Day on October 16. We will be painting a mural on the new Richmond Triangle Players Theater at 1300 Altamont Avenue. There are still a few spots open, so check http://gayrva.com/handson for more information.
If heights aren’t your thing and our Roof Party isn’t a good fit, 38 other project sites could still use your help. Here’s more info from HandsOn Greater Richmond.
Volunteers North and South of the James are asked to “Give a day and Get HandsOn” during one of the largest citywide days of service Saturday, Oct. 16.
The third annual event features 39 local project sites where HandsOn volunteers can improve Greater Richmond. Projects sites include Children’s Museum of Richmond, Friends of James River Park, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, North Richmond YMCA, St. Joseph’s Villa, and five area schools.
Many of the projects involve landscaping, painting, and light repair work, but two are events within the event. The Imagine Festival is a family-focused event hosted by the City of Richmond Hispanic Liaison Office. HandsOn volunteers in Broad Rock Park can help with setup, direct parking, assist with children’s activities, and serve food. Volunteers can also help celebrate Disabilities Awareness Month with Easter Seals Virginia. Its family festival and resource fair will feature games, crafts, information and food stations.
Just prior to HandsOn Day, organizers will host “Citizens Cinema Reel Service,” at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Attendees will screen public service announcements submitted by local filmmakers and vote for the video that best inspires people to give back to their community. Top video filmmakers will be awarded cash prizes. The event will be held Thursday, Oct. 14 at 6:30 p.m. inside the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Cheek Theater at 200 N. Boulevard and is open to the public.
The HandsOn Day Kick Off Celebration will begin Saturday, Oct. 16 at the Richmond International Raceway at 9 a.m. Jen Miller, lead organizer of HandsOn Day, which drew nearly 1,100 volunteers last year, hopes to engage 1,200 this year, but says the focus isn’t on the numbers as much as the positive impact volunteers can make in the community.
“I’m excited about the new volunteers HandsOn is connecting with this year,” Miller said. “It’s wonderful to see the community embrace volunteering through this incredible day of service with their friends, families, neighbors, and co-workers. In one day, we can begin to transform Richmond’s problems into possibilities. I can’t think of a better way to spend a Saturday!”
To browse projects and sign up as a HandsOn volunteer or project captain, please visit www.handsongr.org.
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