Meals On Wheels

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Meals on Wheels is one of our great volunteer oppurtunities. Our members deliver food every Thursday from 10:45am to about 12:30pm to help our community.

Where: The Meals on Wheels distribution center is located at FeedMore Building 2, 1601 Rhoadmiller Street.

When: Drivers please arrive between 10:45 and 11:00 a.m. on the day you are scheduled.

How: Sign up by contacting to Ken Nachman or online at:http://vols.pt/o6cFyKor

How to sign up for volunteer spot --
1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on VolunteerSpot: http://vols.pt/o6cFyK
2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on VolunteerSpot)
3. Sign up! Choose your spots - VolunteerSpot will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy!

Blood Drives

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The members of the Rotary Club of Richmond donate blood three times a year in partnership with Virginia Blood Services. Our club counts donating blood as a meeting make-up.

Where: Willow Oaks Country Club

When: January and April 2017

How: Please sign up for Rotary Club Blood Drive online - here's how it works in 3 easy steps:
1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on VolunteerSpot: http://vols.pt/ifaryc
2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on VolunteerSpot)
3. Sign up! Choose your spots - VolunteerSpot will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy!

Contact: Mark Ughetta - mughetta@commissionexpress.com


Project W.A.R.M (winter)

HISTORY:  Project W.A.R.M., an all-volunteer effort, began in 1976 by one man who had seen a TV news story of a woman burning her clothes and furniture to stay warm during a particularly cold season.  In time, it expanded to a partnership including the City of Richmond, The Salvation Army, the Richmond and Tuckahoe Jaycees and is currently a banner project of The Rotary Club of Richmond

MISSION: Many families in Metro Richmond rely on firewood as a primary or supplementary home heating source and are without adequate resources to provide this necessity on their own.  As wood supply is available  from the city through downed trees or occasionally through other acceptable means of donation, Project W.A.R.M. endeavors to relieve that burden for as many of those who meet the criteria via their request through The Salvation Army.  The main criterion is that the household relies almost totally on a wood-burning stove for warmth.  Hardwood only is provided (no pine or similar) and reduced to stove-ready size for delivery.  All expenses are borne by the volunteers and those with pick-up trucks are especially needed during the winter months.any families, in Metropolitan Richmond, rely on firewood as a primary or supplementary home heating fuel. Of those, a significant number are not able to acquire that fuel on their own. In so far as the means available to it will allow, Project W.A.R.M. endeavors to relieve that burden for as many of our less fortunate neighbors as possible.

How Can I Get Involved?  If you would like to join the Project W.A.R.M. team, contact Past Rotary Club of Richmond Presidents  Durwood Usry (durwood@usryinc.com) or Mary Ann Wilson (LMAW1@earthlink.net). 

How Can I HelpVolunteers are key to this rewarding and unique project's success.  Wood is split (using gas-supplied splitters) during the Spring/Summer months (late Tuesday afternoons) and continues during delivery season ((November-March) (from 9-Noon Saturdays).  The woodlot is located at a city-owned maintenance lot behind John Marshall High School off Chamberlayne & North Avenues.  Supervised children of all ages have found working on this project fun and rewarding and are most welcome if accompanied by a responsible adult.

Normally, sessions start in November, dates TBA:

Tuesdays, beginning at 5:30 PM.
Saturdays, beginning at 9:00 AM.
Saturday afternoons are open, as are other evenings.

Below Rotary Club of Richmond Rotarians Durwood Usry, Chuck Duvall, Mark Ughetta, Mary Ann Wilson, Mike Little, VCU Rotaract students and other friends load wood for Saturday morning project.


Earlyact Club: Linwood Holton Elementary School

Earlyact is a Rotary Club of Richmond project with Linwood Holton Elementary School within the city. The program was the idea of member E.M. Miller who contacted the Assistant Principal, Anita Roane of the school and is shown below presenting a $900 check for the school's reading program. Students in grades K-6 are mentored by members in monthly meetings during the school year.  Students are introduced to the value of humanitarian service, and the importance of high ethical standards in all vocations.  For more information email Chris Beach, Committee Chair (beach@firstthingsrichmond.org). More recently the Club is also developing ties with an elementary school in Costa Rica through the Give-A-Book program and Peace Corps see:  http://www.give-a-book.net/ as part of an international Club project.

Character Building Traits to Develop through Earlyact Membership:

  • Truth & Honesty
  • Fairness in all interactions
  • Inclusiveness
  • Service to greater community/school
  • Leadership skill development

Time: September 2016 - June 2017


Salvation Army Bell Ringing

During the holiday season, Rotary Club of Richmond members volunteer to ring bells for the Salvation Army Red Kettle at the Kroger Store in Carytown.  Alex Craven and Geoff McDonald help out on a cold December Saturday morning.  Public contributions to Salvation Army kettles enable the organization to continue its year-round efforts at helping   those who would otherwise be forgotten.  Our Club proudly participates each year in this over 100 year tradition.


Bright Beginnings (Backpacks for Kids)

The Rotary Club of Richmond (RCOR) partners with the YMCA and other area Rotary Clubs to furnish school age children from Richmond Public Schools with backpacks and back to school clothing essentials. Before school starts, the Y invites eligible children to participate through one of thirteen branch locations. Children meet at the Y on their assigned shopping date.  Y staff takes them to Target®  where they are paired with a volunteer RCOR shopping buddy. Together the child and shopping buddy shop; share a meal and, if time allows, read a story, play a game or color together. Backpacks filled with grade-appropriate school supplies are provided for each child. For more information contact Jeanne Walls, who is Committee Chair (and Past President of RCOR) of the Bright Beginnings @ jeanne@jwallsink.com.

Time: Late August


Project Homes Ramp

The Rotary Club of Richmond (RCOR) Partners with Project Homes of Richmond  See: http://projecthomes.org/rehabilitation/   to build ramps at their warehouse located at 88 Carnation St. (Richmond, Va.) and install at a home of an individual who needs wheelchair ramp access on their premises.  Spend time working to improve the living conditions of those in need. It’s a great way for Rotarians, their families or friends to get together in a meaningful and rewarding experience. Contact: Paul Shively, Committee Chair Project Homes Ramp @ pshively@cbcllc.net.

SAVE THE DATES:

Saturdays  March 11, April 15, and May 20 @ 9:00 a.m.; Location (TBA)

Thursday, March 16 at 5:30 p.m.; Location (Warehouse 88 Carnation Street, Richmond)


Mock Interviews for Students at Richmond Technical Center (Richmond Public Schools)

Each year the Richmond Technical Center holds its annual Mock Job Interviews.  The event involves the entire student population for this real world simulation in prep for the job market.   Students dress in business attire and participate in a short interview.  This is a great opportunity for the kids to interact with Rotarians and other business and professionals in Richmond. The interviews will take place February 14, 15, 16 and 17 8-10:45 a.m. and 11:15-2:15 p.m. at 2020 Westwood Ave. Richmond, Va.  Contact Percy Pollard at  ppollard1@aol.com for more information.

 

Global Grant: Give-A-Book in Costa Rica

Mr. Carl Dickerson is the founder of the Give-A-Book program and a Rotarian.  He contacted Mike Little, President of the Rotary Club of Richmond to consider partnering with Give-A-Book to grow the program in both the U.S. and Costa Rica.  The primary aim of the program is to provide early school aged children books to improve their reading skills. The program was initially set up in elementary school programs in the U.S. and is now established in Costa Rica with the Peace Corps as in approved Rotarian partner.    See: http://www.give-a-book.net 

In the fall of 2016, President Mike asked two Rotary Club of Richmond members, E.M. Miller and John Delandro to visit the "Escuela de San Pedro de Jicaral" elementary school in the Nicoya Peninsula of Cost Rica.  Once there they met with teachers, students and Peace Corps volunteers and reported back to the Club about the educational needs of the school.  After that visit, the Club's Board of Directors approved a check for $900 for books for the Jicaral school.  Photo's below show the children and instructor with books in Spanish.

President Mike Little, Past President Jeanne Walls, and Co-Chair Programs John Delandro will pursue a Rotary International Global Grant for Give-A-Book and plan to meet with school personnel, the Peace Corp Country Director in Costa Rica and potential partners from the Jaco and San Jose Rotary Clubs March 2017.  We are excited about the opportunity to develop a Rotary International education project with our friends in Costa Rica through a District 7600 Global Grant.