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News from the Community: The Region Will Come Together for Day of Service with New “Give a Day RVA”

HandsOn Greater Richmond is calling on Richmond residents to volunteer for the region’s largest day of volunteer service. Over 1,300 volunteers are needed to help transform the region by participating in one of over 55 service projects on Saturday, September 23, 2017. With a new name and a new date, HandsOn is reinventing the region’s largest day of service with exciting new partnerships and opportunities.

One of these new elements is partnering with the Capital Region Collaborative. The Collaborative brings together local government, business, and our community to achieve a shared vision for the Richmond Region by measuring indicators in eight priority areas. When you volunteer with HandsOn for an issue that you care about, you join the Collaborative’s network of people dedicated to improving quality of life in the Richmond Region.

Give A Day RVA has support from the City of Richmond and surrounding localities, starting with their leadership. Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney frequently calls upon citizens and government to participate together in building our neighborhoods and place, adding, “Richmond residents are part of our region’s success, and we welcome this wonderful opportunity to join our neighboring jurisdictions in volunteering for our regional community.”

A wide range of service projects are open to members of the community of all ages and skills to better the region by helping local nonprofit organizations, schools, and parks. In addition to projects hosted by local nonprofits and community organizations, for the first time, projects will also be hosted by government municipalities.

Volunteers can choose from a variety of ways to give a day and give back – from painting and gardening to neighborhood cleanups and facilities improvements. Give A Day RVA will also feature Do-It-Yourself (DIY) projects and “Drop-In” projects, so volunteers who can’t attend in person or can’t commit all morning can still participate. Following their service project, volunteers are invited to attend the RVA Street Art Festival at the Diamond to continue celebrating our vibrant community.

Vanessa Diamond, Director of HandsOn, encourages a culture of volunteerism in our region, saying “for 10 years HandsOn Greater Richmond has hosted an annual day of service connecting volunteers to local nonprofit organizations. For the first time, the region’s localities will also host projects, engaging residents in our community’s momentum forward. This collaborative effort is an exciting opportunity to showcase the power that volunteers can have when we work together.”

Registration is now open for Give a Day RVA – you can sign up here:  https://www.handsonrva.org/giveadayrva

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