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Phone: (804) 646-6528

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Volunteers

Want to give back? Want to volunteer? 
Opportunities to volunteer with PRCF are almost unlimited. Help out at a one-day special event or assist on an ongoing basis. Students who need service learning hours can earn hours through this program.

Volunteering is easy!

The PRCF's Volunteers Making A Difference Program is currently seeking volunteers for various positions. If you are interested in serving as a volunteer, please email Neighbor to Neighbor Coordinator, or call (804)646-6528. 

All volunteers ages 18 and older desiring to work with children in programs sponsored by the Richmond Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities, will be required to undergo a background investigation.

Key Volunteer Initiatives

Neighbor-To-Neighbor (N2N) recruits both city and non-city residents to serve as volunteers, leveraging service as a strategy to “Build One Richmond.”

Click here to review Current Service Needs & Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities.

Mission
Neighbor-To-Neighbor’s mission is to leverage volunteerism as a city strategy to help meet needs, solve problems, cultivate relationships, and build One Richmond.

Vision
Neighbor-to-Neighbor's vision is to bring out the best in each citizen as they support their neighbors with a commitment to service.

Values
Neighbor-to-Neighbor causes citizens to aspire to be in closer relationship with their neighbor with an express need to help the children, youth, elderly and residents with disabilities of the City of Richmond.

Five Points of Service

  • Help more Richmonders connect to service opportunities more easily
  • Create or elevate volunteer opportunities that address the City’s most urgent needs
  • Support public and non-profit agencies in using more volunteers, and do so more effectively and strategically
  • Promote service as a core part of what it means to be a citizen of Richmond
  • Measure progress against clear goals, and create accountability for results

Sign Up!
To Sign up as an individual or with your family, friends, and co-workers complete the Neighbor to Neighbor volunteer application.

9/11 Day of Service

About

In honor of the innocent victims and valiant heroes who lost their lives in the 9/11 attacks, the Neighbor-To-Neighbor is proud to lead the City of Richmond’s annual September 11th National Day of Service and Remembrance Event. Each N2N commemorates the fallen by organizing a series of service projects throughout he city of Richmond, and holding a remembrance ceremony. Past events have included an emergency preparedness preparation, AARP sponsored and service projects directly aimed at aiding first responders, veterans, and their families. Let us never forget the horrific that occurred on that day, and let us forever commemorate the heroes that died for our continued freedom. To learn more, please visit http://www.911memorial.org.

N2N Participation & Service

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Emergency Preparedness Information

National Preparedness Month is recognized each September to promote family and community disaster and emergency planning now and throughout the year. "Disasters Don’t Wait. Make Your Plan Today." Below are important links that provide life-saving information. Please review and prepare, helping the City of Richmond become a more resilient community while lessening the loss of life and damage to property.

City of Richmond’s Office of Emergency Management
The City of Richmond’s Office of Emergency Management (Fire and Emergency Services) seeks to prepare, mitigate, respond, and recover from disasters. This is done by educating citizens, employees, and businesses in the City of Richmond and also by maintaining relationships with federal, state, and other local emergency management organizations. Having a disaster supply kit is an important step in being prepared for an emergency or disaster. Go to the link above to learn more about:

        •     Richmond City’s Emergency Operations Plan

        •     Building an Emergency Kit

        •     Preparedness Training

        •     Citizen Preparedness

Active Shooter Security Training
Active shooter situations are unpredictable and evolve quickly. The goal of Active Shooter Security Training is to equip people with the latest life-saving preparedness training.

911 CALL if you can, TEXT if you can’t

CodeRED
The CodeRED Emergency Notification System is used to send emergency notifications to the general public, including evacuation notices, missing child alerts, and other notifications considered to be important. It enables Richmond City to provide mass notifications in emergency situations.

Pulsepoint App
PulsePoint allows users to view and receive alerts on calls being responded to by fire departments and emergency medical services, enabling every day citizens to help others experiencing sudden cardiac arrest by providing lifesaving CPR and defibrillation until emergency responders arrive.

Stop the Bleed
Stop the Bleed is a National Awareness campaign intended to encourage bystanders to become trained, equipped, and empowered to help in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives.

Hands-Only CPR
Hands-Only CPR is CPR without mouth to mouth breaths. It is recommended for use by people who see a teen or adult suddenly collapse in an “out-of-hospital” setting (such as a home, at work or in a park). When a person suffers a cardiac arrest, survival depends on immediately receiving Hands-Only CPR from someone nearby.

Vision Zero
The Vision Zero initiative aims to change the mindset that fatalities and serious injuries are inevitable and that traffic related deaths and serious injuries are preventable. The goal is to eliminate all traffic fatalities and injuries while increasing safe, healthy, equitable mobility for all.

Rider Alert
The Rider Alert motorcycle-safety program was launched in Richmond, Virginia on April 12, 2011. The program, designed to help save lives, provides free identification data cards that will help first responders provide rapid and accurate medical assistance to motorcyclists involved in serious accidents.

Emergency Financial First Aid Kit (EFFAK)
Strengthen your financial preparedness for disasters and emergencies related to:

        •     Household Identification

        •     Medical Information

        •     Electronic Records

        •     Household Contacts

        •     Avoiding Scams

        •     Financial & Legal Documentation

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Contact Us

For more information please contact us at Neighbor To Neighbor, (804)646-6528.

Love Your Block: Mini-Grant Initiative

About

Love Your Block (LYB) is a tested, high-impact service strategy which brings mayors together with citizens to revitalize their neighborhoods, one block at a time. Since 2009, Cities of Service has helped dozens of cities implement Love Your Block, having engaged more than 9,000 community members in transforming neighborhoods.

Grants

Neighbor-To-Neighbor provides community-based entities with two opportunities to apply for LYB mini-grant funds:

Large Grant

On July 16, 2018, Cities of Service (CoS) announced that the City of Richmond was selected as one of ten cities to be awarded a $25,000 Love Your Block grant (LYB). This is a two-year grant with $12,500 allocated for distribution in both the springs 2019 and 2020 to be used for mini-grants and resources to support the efforts of citizen groups and local nonprofits to fight property blight through home repairs, lot transformations, and community cleanups.

In addition to the grant funds, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) has provided Neighbor-To-Neighbor with two AmeriCorps VISTA members to help carry out and expand LYB projects that help alleviate blight. As an AmeriCorps VISTA supported program, this grant requires that the initiative target low-income communities, specifically neighborhoods that are lower than the Census Bureau’ s average median household income of the city. Click here for the press release.

  • 2020 Grant Cycle [Range: $300 - $2,500] → Should your nonprofit agency, faith-based organization, civic association, or community group desire to pursue this impactful grant opportunity, please note the following:
  • NOTE: In response to the COVID-19 pandemic the following dates are still being determined. 

ProcessDate
  — Request for Proposals  TBD
  — Application Deadline  TBD
  — Grantees Announced  TBD
  — Mandatory Grantee Orientation  TBD
  — Project Start Date  TBD
  — Project Final Reports Due  TBD

 

      — Download the Application and the Hold-Harmless Waiver

      — Descargue la aplicación y el Exención de Responsabilidad de Retención

 

 

Small Grant (Amount: $250)

In January 2012, N2N was awarded a $10,000 grant from Service Nation, in partnership with the Home Depot Foundation, toward the implementation of a Love Your Block Program. With this initial grant, N2N funded eighteen different community-based organizations from January 2012 through April 2016, providing competitive mini-grants up to $500 to neighborhood groups for the purchase of supplies needed for their local projects.

Since the Fall of 2016, N2N has provided Small LYB mini-grants (up to $250) to local organizations that successfully qualify. This mini-grant initiative is open to civic associations, nonprofit organizations, faith groups, and other recognized groups that have missions to improve neighborhoods by way of service.

  • 2020 Grant Cycle 2 → Deadline for applications:     September 20, 2019

      — Download the Application and the Hold-Harmless Waiver

N2N Participation & Service

        Year Participation 
2020

Cycle XVII - January 31, 2020

2019

Cycle XVI - September 20, 2019
Cycle XV - March 25, 2019
Cycle XIV - January 31, 2019

2018

Cycle XIII - August 17, 2018
Cycle XII - March 16, 2018

2017

Cycle XI - August 18, 2017
Cycle X - March 17, 2017

2016

Cycle IX - September 16, 2016
Cycle VIII - March 18, 2016

2015

Cycle VII - September 16, 2015
Cycle VI - March 18, 2015

2014

Cycle V - September 5, 2014
Cycle IV - May 7, 2014

2013

Cycle III - March 6, 2013

2012

Cycle II - September 27, 2012
Cycle I - June 12, 1012

 

Contact Us

For further information regarding grant guidelines, contact Ms. Rebecca Davis at either:
Rebecca.Davis@Richmondgov.com or (804)646-5619.

Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Camp

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                                - About

                                - Training Camp Dates:   Not Available due to COVID-19 
                                        ( for more information, go to www.redskins.com/schedule/training-camp )

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Contact Us

For more information please contact us at Neighbor To Neighbor, (804)646-6528.

Other Volunteer Initiatives:

City of Richmond / Radio One Toy Drive

About
The City of Richmond and Radio One have partnered together for the past several years for the annual Holiday Toy Drive. N2N has been honored to assist this initiative by helping to recruit volunteers to serve at the annual event. Volunteers provide various duties such as unloading toys from moving trucks, setting up toy displays, assisting residents with selecting toys during the event, and helping to manage large crowds.

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For more information please contact us at Neighbor To Neighbor, (804)646-6528.

Parks, Recreation & Community Facilities

About
Want to give back? Volunteer! Opportunities to volunteer with Richmond Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities are almost unlimited. Help out at a one-day special event or assist on an ongoing basis. Students who need service learning hours can earn hours through this program.

Volunteer List
All volunteers ages 18 and older desiring to work with children in programs sponsored by the Richmond Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities, will be required to undergo a background investigation.

TitleDuties
Athletic CoachPrograms: Basketball, Baseball, Football, Soccer, Tennis, Lacrosse, Cheerleading, etc.
Serve as coach under the direction of recreation staff instructing youth ages 5-17 in various sport disciplines. Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age and willing to organize practices, teach basic skills, encourage team play and good sportsmanship, travel with the team to games, project a positive attitude, and occasionally meet with league representatives. Volunteers are needed for boys and girls programs.
Certified Aerobic InstructorInstruct low impact, combo (high/low impact), or step aerobic classes for a minimum of 2 days per week. Volunteer must be a certified aerobic instructor.
Environmental AideAssist James River Park staff in conducting environmental education programs for children and adults. These programs include walking tours, special hands-on children's programs, river exploration and float trips.
Water programs: Safety is stressed in all water programs. All volunteers MUST SWIM and wear sneakers, a life jacket will be provided.
Gallery AttendantTo allow public access to art showings at the Pine Camp Arts and Community Center and/or the Carillon in Byrd Park, to insure no food or beverage is taken into galleries, and to insure all small children are accompanied by adults.
Graffiti PoliceServe as eyes for the Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities by monitoring and reporting graffiti activities in parks and on buildings such as the Richmond Centre, Richmond Coliseum, recreation centers, etc.
Park Maintenance
 - Painter
Paint areas within parks covered with graffiti, paint fences, lines in parking lots, street curbs, etc.
Recreation LeaderUnder the direction of recreation staff, instruct youth or adults in a structured activity such as arts and crafts, chess, music, dance, drama, etc.
ReceptionistAs a receptionist you will be the first point of contact for the Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities (PRCF) at the Community Center level. You will handle the flow of people through the center and ensure that all administration tasks are completed accurately and delivered with high quality and in a timely manner. Must be dressed presentably, person will often be the first person that customers and staff see, so they're always representing the City of Richmond and PRCF.
Trail WorkerWork in small groups to maintain trails at James River Park utilizing shovels, clippers, hand saws, etc. to clip brush, spread gravel, wood chips and install culverts.
TutorAssist children 5-17 years of age in after-school program and/or community center with homework and specific subjects i.e., math, English, reading, science, etc. Volunteers must be mature, knowledgeable of subject areas, and possess the ability to patiently communicate clear instructions.
Visitors' Center
  - Information Aide
Staff the James River Park Visitors' Center and provide information to the public relating to the James River Park system, maintain and update informational displays and answer telephone.

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Apply
The Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities' Volunteers Making A Difference Program is currently seeking volunteers for the following positions. If you are interested in serving as a volunteer contact the Neighbor to Neighbor Coordinator by e-mail, or call (804)646-6528, or visit the Neighbor To Neighbor website for more information, or Register for N2N on-line to receive volunteer opportunity e-mail notices.

What is AmeriCorps? (Video)

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About

"AmeriCorps engages more than 80,000 Americans in intensive service each year at nonprofits, schools, public agencies, and community and faith- based groups across the country.

Since the program’s founding in 1994, more than 900,000 AmeriCorps members have contributed more than 1.2 billion hours in service across America while tackling pressing problems and mobilizing millions of volunteers for the organizations they serve.

AmeriCorps programs do more than move communities forward; they serve their members by creating jobs and providing pathways to opportunity for young people entering the workforce. AmeriCorps places thousands of young adults into intensive service positions where they learn valuable work skills, earn money for education, and develop an appreciation for citizenship.” 1

For more information about national service, click on the following link:

www.NationalService.Gov

Richmond Area Healthy Futures AmeriCorps Project

About
The Richmond Area Healthy Futures AmeriCorps Project focus is to deploy the equivalent of 10 Full Time AmeriCorps members to provide peer recovery and educational outreach services to address Opioids and Prescription Drug Use. Partners of this project include CARITAS-The Healing Place, The McShin Foundation, VCU Rams In Recovery and REAL LIFE.

AmeriCorps team members will help individuals demonstrate improvements in their recovery through active program engagement and through community outreach events, to educate, increase knowledge, promote wellness and provide resources to dissuade substance use.

For more information about AmeriCorps service in Virginia, click on the following link:

VirginiaService.Virginia.Gov

Click on the following link to access Regional Opioid Solution Resources for Education, Prevention, Treatment and Recovery:

www.OpioidSolutionsRVA.com

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The program recruits year round for candidates. If interested in serving, please contact Jennifer Swinson, Program Director at Rebecca.Davis@RichmondGov.com

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MLK Day of Service

About
Each year, thousands of American's gather to honor Dr. King's legacy and come together to serve their neighbors and community. Held annually on the third Monday of January, the MLK federal holiday is a national day of service and time to re-commit ourselves to aiding others. Dr. King devoted his life to advancing equality, social justice and economic opportunity for all. He challenged us to build a more perfect union and taught us that everyone has a role to play. Four decades after his assassination, we still work to realize his dream. The needs are great, many Americans are hurting, and government can't do it alone. We need citizens to help renew our nation and expand both equality and opportunity for all.

The City of Richmond is proud to celebrate this national day of remembrance and service, engaging in meaningful volunteerism, viewing this day as "A Day On, Not A Day Off". To learn more about this national holiday and day of service, please visit the MLK National Day of Service website.

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- January 21, 2019 

- Remembrance Event, St. Elizabeth's Catholic
  Church
(the Remembrance Ceremony’s meeting location)

List of service projects for the day:

- Bryan Park: Floodplain Cleanup

- Oakgrove-Bellmeade Elementary School: painting and cleanup

- Franklin Military Academy: paint, move furniture, clean

- G.H. Reid Elementary School: indoor and outdoor cleanup

- Elkhardt-Thompson Middle School: paint classroom

- Church Hill Academy: painting, carpet removal, moving furniture,
  hang blinds

- James River Parks Systems: remove invasive species

- Richmond Guardian Angels: indoor and outdoor painting; street
  cleanup

 

Apply
For more information please contact us at Neighbor To Neighbor, (804)646-6528.

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National Service Recognition Day

(formerly the Mayor and County Day of Recognition for National Service)

About
The nation’s mayors and county officials are increasingly turning to national service as a cost-effective strategy to address challenges. By unleashing the power of citizens, AmeriCorps and Senior Corps programs have a positive and lasting impact - making our cities better places to live

Since April 2013, mayors across the country have participated in this annual event to spotligh the impact of national service and thank those who serve. The Mayor and the City of Richmond is excited about participating in this national day of recognition and service.

To learn more please visit:

www.nationalservice.gov/special-initiatives/Recognitionday

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For more information please contact us at Neighbor To Neighbor, (804)646-6528.

Veterans Day of Service

About
The City of Richmond is proud to honor those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces on Veterans Day, observed each year as a federal holiday on November 11. 2015 was the inaugural year that N2N partnered with community agencies that aid and assist veterans and their families. N2N will provide and/or support volunteerism services that assists vulnerable veterans with services such as light home repairs, painting, leaf removal, lawn tasks, house cleaning, and furniture moving. Please consider joining N2N in volunteering to make a difference in the lives of some of America's brave heroes of freedom.

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For more information please contact us at Neighbor To Neighbor, (804)646-6528.

Ft. Lee - U.S. Army Partnership

About
During the summer of 2013, while planning for the City’s annual 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance event, N2N contacted Ft. Lee to determine their interest in participating in the event. Brigadier General John O’Neil, then the acting Quartermaster Commandant, agreed to attend the event and bring 50 soldiers. Having enjoyed the event and learning more about N2N’s goal of leveraging service as a strategy to accomplish mayoral goals, BG O’Neil made a commitment to provide soldiers on a monthly basis to volunteer in Richmond. In 2014, the new Quartermaster Commandant, Brigadier General Ron Kirklin, took the reigns of leadership and got his command staff on board to solidify the partnership, engaging the 244th Battalion’s warrior’s in monthly service. The soldiers have participated in many impact service projects, working with both City departments and local nonprofit organizations to help build the best Richmond.

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For more information please contact us at Neighbor To Neighbor, (804)646-6528.

Read Across America

About
The National Education Association's (NEA) Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading. In cities and towns across the nation, teachers, teenagers, librarians, politicians, actors, athletes, parents, grandparents, and others develop NEA's Read Across America activities to bring reading excitement to children of all ages. Governors, mayors, and other elected officials recognize the role reading plays in their communities with proclamations and floor statements.

Neighbor-to-Neighbor supports this annual event as their continuing commitment to serving youth in the Richmond community. To learn more about this national service event, please visit:

www.readacrossamerica.org

N2N Participation & Service

Read Across America Day - Elementary School & Library Reading Projects

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- Friday, March 22, 2019

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- Thursday, March 8, 2018

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- Thursday, March 2, 2017

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- Monday, March 2, 2015

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- Friday, March 1, 2013

Apply
For more information please contact us at Neighbor To Neighbor, (804)646-6528.

About

Mayor Levar Stoney and city professionals have created a new initiative to help keep our city clean and improve public trash and leaf collection services. No longer will fallen leaves clutter city streets for months on end and contribute to clogging city sewer and drainage systems. Bagged leaves and bulk trash will be picked up consistently and reliably, collected every other week year-round on the same rotation with city recycling.

 

Due to the fact that many residents are physically unable to rake and/or bag their leaves, the city’s Office on Volunteerism, Neighbor-To-Neighbor (N2N) – in partnership with the Department of Public Works (DPW), community-based organizations, and residents – is asking volunteers to assist qualifying residents. This service will be offered to residents who have been approved as participants in DPW’s “Backdoor Service” program. These are residents who provide DPW with written letters from their physicians verifying that they have significant health and/or physical challenges that prevent them from putting supercans out for trash collection. Requests are approved on a case-by-case basis.

 

  • Eligible residences currently are those selected by the city’s Department of Public Works (DPW) who also receive assistance with trash and recycling pickups due to their physicians’ verification of their physical limitations.

    If you are a resident who is NOT on the aforementioned DPW list but would like to be considered for leaf bagging by Leaf Brigade volunteers, you will have to (1) provide N2N with a letter from your physician verifying that your age, disability, and/or other health issue prevents you from bagging your leaves and (2) please complete the following N2N Leaf Brigade volunteer request form.

        www.surveymonkey.com/r/RRVKMXR

    If you do not have access to the internet, please call (804)646-LEAF. The Leaf Brigade service is not guaranteed to all applicants. Even if you qualify, you may be placed on a waiting list due to the numbers of applicants. [Note: as in previous years, residents are responsible for getting their leaves to front of their yards. The Leaf Brigade's focus in on bagging leaves, with minimal raking.]

  • If you would like to volunteer to join the Leaf Brigade and help qualified residents bag their leaves, please go to this link:

        www.surveymonkey.com/r/RCXSDN5

     

    Note: The Leaf Brigade service is not guaranteed to all applicants. Even if you qualify, you may be placed on a waiting list due to the numbers of applicants.