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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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News from the Community: Updates from the Capital Region Collaborative

On Friday March 10th, The Capital Region Collaborative (CRC) shared important updates to their regional work in a community-wide meeting. A captive audience listened intently as CRC Organizers, elected officials, local nonprofit leaders and even the Mayor of Richmond, Levar Stoney, discussed the “shared vision for our region” and the ways that our community must work together, across sectors, to achieve this goal.

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Collaboration at Work: Goodwill Suit Drive, JA Finance Park and YMCA After School Achievement Gap Program

The Capital Regional Collaborative (CRC) recently shared stories of regional collaboration where projects, programs and initiatives are happening across sectors in order to amplify impact in our community! For those who aren’t familiar - the Capital Region Collaborative is a collaborative effort between government, business, and the community to identify and implement regional priorities (read our earlier post about the CRC Priority Areas) that will enhance the quality of life in the Richmond Region. The CRC is a joint initiative between the Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce and Richmond Regional Planning District Commission. Read on for great examples of regional collaboration from local nonprofits!

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Collaboration at Work: Goochland Free Clinic and Family Services

Goochland Free Clinic and Family Services (GFCFS) provides medical and social services to families in the Goochland community, including dental services, GED preparation courses, a community thrift store, and more. GFCFS depends on support and collaboration from their many partners in order to efficiently and effectively address the needs of the Goochland community.

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Nonprofit News: The Capital Region Collaborative

According to Independent Sector's Nine Key Trends Shaping the Future of the Charitable Sector "addressing social challenges will require cross-sector and cross-cultural collaboration to be able to scale solutions effectively." Enter The Capital Region Collaborative (CRC) - "a cooperative effort between government, business, and the community to identify and implement regional priorities that will enhance the quality of life in the Richmond Region." It is a joint initiative between the Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce and Richmond Regional Planning District Commission. The Capital Region includes nine jurisdictions - Richmond, Chesterfield, Hanover, Ashland, Henrico, Powhatan, Goochland, New Kent, and Charles City. Read on as we highlight some of the progress made by this initiative:

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