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Give back this summer by volunteering in Richmond

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 12:24 PDT, Mon June 20, 2022

With some more schedule flexibility, summer provides a great opportunity for people to volunteer in the community.

Richmond Cares, Richmond Gives’ Volunteer Now database is filled with opportunities to appeal to locals interested in giving back. 

If you're an animal lover, the Regional Animal Protection Society (RAPS) has volunteer openings at its Cat Sanctuary. RAPS is seeking volunteers aged 19-plus for both morning and evening cleaning shifts, during which you'll get to hang out with the facility's 400 feline residents.

People can also volunteer at one or both of the organization’s thrift stores, which raise funds so RAPS can carry out its many animal care programs.

Rosewood Manor, a facility that provides complex care services to 156 senior residents, is also seeking volunteers. The facility relies on volunteers to help with games, arts and crafts activities, manicures, music therapy, and more. If you plan on being a nurse, caretaker, or working in the field of gerontology, volunteering in a setting like Rosewood will give you practical, hands-on experience.

Rosewood is also seeking Board Members, a position that may be of interest if your talents lie in non-profit governance, financial management, policy development, or strategic planning.

At Connections Community Services, current volunteer offerings include an Administration and Program Assistant role, where you'll help with a wide range of office tasks; and Community Garden Assistant, where you'll work with seniors to plant and grow organic produce.

In September, the organization will launch two additional positions: one that involves tutoring and mentoring at-risk elementary students, and another where volunteers will teach seniors how to use different technological devices, like smartphones and tablets.

Beyond the summer, FIXT POINT Arts & Media is looking for volunteers between the ages of 18 and 30 to join its Empathy Squad, beginning in September. In the role, you'll learn interview and recording techniques, narrative shaping, and audio editing skills, so you can capture the oral histories of local residents.

If you're passionate about journalism and storytelling, the Empathy Squad will provide an educational and rewarding experience.

For more information about volunteer positions, visit: rcrg.org/VolunteerNow

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