Opportunities to Serve
Each year, the Virginia Volunteerism and Service Conference offers its attendees numerous opportunities to serve during the event. We invite you to join your peers in serving these wonderful organizations!
Housing Families First
Housing Families First has two programs serving the Richmond community. The Hilliard House is a short-term shelter for up to thirty (30) children and adults. These families are on their way to permanent housing and require a temporary safe and supportive place to transition them toward a new home. Building Neighbors is a rapid re-housing program helping families experiencing homelessness move quickly into permanent housing. The families also receive supportive services to help them sustain the home. Building Neighbors is proud to say that 85 percent of the families in the this program do not return to homelessness within a year after leaving the program!
The Project: Volunteers will make snack bags to give to families as a welcome when they arrive at one of their project locations. Volunteers will decorate the outside of bags with messages of hope, drawings, and/or stickers and fill the bags with a beverage and snacks.
Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center -
Women's Recreation Therapy Program
McGuire Veteran’s Hospital realizes that the female veteran population is growing. The women who served our country deserve and need a safe place to connect with each other -- a place where no matter what branch or era of service she served, she would be valued the same. Our female veterans need a program that provides therapeutic benefits and a kind of sisterhood that is built on positive experience that impacts everyone emotionally, mentally, spiritually and physically.
The Recreation Therapy Program of the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department at McGuire offers female veterans an opportunity to participate in leisure activities that they have always enjoyed and/or acquire and develop new leisure interest and skills while gaining a camaraderie of support from other female veterans. The objective of Recreation Therapy is to assist veterans with addressing: complications with physical disabilities; feelings of isolation, depression or anxiety; and ways to make significant changes that will result in feeling better about the quality of one’s life.
The Project: Donations will be accepted of craft supplies (yarn, markers, paint, craft kits, scissors, tape, etc.) to donate to the women for their Recreation Therapy Program. Attendees are asked to bring supplies at check-in where there will be donation drop boxes available. Volunteers will assemble and organize the craft supplies.
Virginia Blood Services
Virginia Blood Services (VBS) is the nonprofit provider of blood products to area hospitals. When donors give blood with VBS, they are supporting patients in need every day. VBS holds nearly 2,700 blood drives every year and has nine donor centers throughout the state including two in Richmond and others throughout Charlottesville, Chester, Glen Allen, Waynesboro, and Harrisonburg. It takes more than 400 donations every day to meet the needs of patients in Charlottesville, Emporia, Farmville, Fishersville, Harrisonburg, Richmond, South Hill, the Staunton/Waynesboro area, Roanoke/New River Valley, Northern Shenandoah Valley area and parts of West Virginia and Washington DC.
The Project: Give the gift of life by donating blood at the Virginia Volunteerism Conference. A Virginia Blood Services Blood Mobile will be on-site, Monday, May 21, 2018, 1-6pm.