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Community Engagement Related COVID-19 Updates



Community engagement is needed now more than ever, and we are committed to facilitating your connections to the people, issues, and organizations that are helping our region thrive. Bonner Center for Civic Engagement (CCE) programming, drop-in advising hours, and all community engagement activities we support are being conducted virtually during the current Red Stage of UR's Physical Distancing Framework.

Classes have resumed at the University of Richmond. There will be no fall break this year, and students should plan to return home for the semester on Saturday, November 21, or Sunday, November 22. There will be no classes the week of Thanksgiving (Monday, November 23–Friday, November 27). Students will complete the last week of fall classes, November 30–December 4, and the study period and final exams remotely.

How can I continue to engage with the Richmond community during COVID-19?

We know many of you are eager to engage even as you remain on campus during this current Red Stage of UR's Physical Distancing Framework.

Virtual opportunities to support our Richmond community partners will be posted in SpidersEngage. You can also explore our Engage from Anywhere list of worldwide opportunities.

To learn more about Richmond, visit our Discover Richmond and Issue Areas pages.

Additionally, other local partners have posted resources and ways to support our region:

  • HandsOn Greater Richmond is posting volunteer opportunities and has shared guidance for volunteers and organizations.

  • The Community Foundation for a greater Richmond has established the Central Virginia COVID-19 Response Fund and is sharing resources for nonprofits and volunteers on their website.

  • #RVATogether has created a crowd-sourced list of ways to help those in need during COVID-19.

  • MENTOR Virginia has posted helpful mentoring resources and tips.

  • CultureWorks has compiled a new resource page with links to resources particularly relevant to our region’s artists and arts and culture organizations.

How can faculty continue community-based learning during COVID-19?

While many of our traditional means of community engagement are curtailed because of COVID-19, the core principles of community-based pedagogy are still applicable, and our staff is ready to think creatively with you to continue this important work.

Visit our Community-Based Learning During COVID-19 page for more information.

Will the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance site at UR Downtown remain open?

We are happy to partner with United Way of Greater Richmond and Petersburg to assist taxpayers virtually until we can safely reopen. United Way is partnering with Code for America to bring GetYourRefund to our region. This is a way for IRS-certified volunteers to help filers from the security and safety of their home. Their team of trained volunteers will prepare the tax return while communicating with the filer throughout the entire process. Anyone with income less than $66,000, an e-mail and a smart phone with a camera can opt in.

Here's how the process works:

  • Customers securely autheticate their identity and provide confidential information about their tax situation through GetYourRefund.

  • Volunteers will then be in touch to go over the documents in order to prepare the return and answer any questions. 

  • Upon completion of the return it is sent to the customer for review by phone in order to ensure all information is true and correct.

  • The customer will then electronically sign the return and give consent to electronically file it with the IRS.

To get started, head to GetYourRefund.

What are some local educational resources available for parents and teachers?

Here's a list of online educational resources in the Richmond area, compiled by Angela Leeper and Dianna Barron in collaboration with the Faculty Hub

 

LIBRARY RESOURCES

Chesterfield County Public Library – Stream & download audiobooks, eBooks, music, videos, and magazines https://library.chesterfield.gov/101/Stream-Download. Call the branch closest to you if you would like to get a library card.

City of Richmond Public Library – Online services include eBooks, music, comics, movies, magazines, and online learning. https://rvalibrary.org/services/online-resources/ Apply online for eCard: http://ibistro.ci.richmond.va.us/uhtbin/cgisirsi/x/0/0/122/2015.

Henrico County Public Library – Visit the library remotely for audiobooks, digital access to magazines and newspapers online, and more. https://henricolibrary.org/.

Online User Registration: https://henricolibrary.sirsi.net/uhtbin/cgisirsi/x/0/0/122/2015.

The Library of Virginia’s online classroom - https://edu.lva.virginia.gov/online_classroom/. Visit the Library of Virginia’s Document Bank of Virginia to browse primary sources, making history relevant. https://edu.lva.virginia.gov/dbva/. Visit Encyclopedia Virginia (In partnership with Library of Virginia) for podcasts, virtual tours, and more. https://www.encyclopediavirginia.org/

Pamunkey Regional Library (Hanover County’s Public Library) has a digital library. https://www.pamunkeylibrary.org/ Access eBooks, audiobooks, movies, music, comics, and magazines. Online User Registration: https://pamy.ent.sirsi.net/client/en_US/default/?rm=REGISTRATION0%7C%7C%7C1%7C%7C%7C0%7C%7C%7Ctrue

 

THE ARTS

The Latin Ballet of Virginia – learn about Latin American culture and dance. https://www.latinballet.com/resources.

Richmond Performing Arts Alliance's "Tools for Learning" - videos, study guides, and more. https://rpaalliance.com/tools-learning

University of Richmond Modlin Center has an ever-growing list of organizations offering free online visual and performing arts experiences - https://modlin.richmond.edu/virtual-arts.html.

Virginia Repertory Theatre – Online study guides related to plays performed at the REP - https://modlin.richmond.edu/virtual-arts.html.

 

HISTORIC SITES WITH ONLINE RESOURCES

Agecroft Hall & Gardens has an “Ask the Past" Blog - https://www.agecrofthall.org/blog.

Henricus Historical Park has educational presentations - https://henricus.org/who-we-are/video-gallery/educational-presentations/.

Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site: Use the Maggie L. Walker NHA website https://www.nps.gov/mawa/learn/historyculture/index.htm and the Virtual Tours and Exhibits https://www.nps.gov/mawa/learn/photosmultimedia/virtual-tours.htm to complete the activities and earn a Junior Ranger badge.

Maymont’s blog has a new Virtual Learning Series: https://maymont.org/blog/

 

LOCAL MUSEUMS WITH ONLINE RESOURCES

The American Civil War Museum has a new addition to its website and virtual tours are coming soon - https://acwm.org/learn/homefronted/.

Ashland Museum: Explore online and learn the history of Ashland, VA - https://ashlandmuseum.org/.

The Children’s Museum of Richmond’s blog offers online story times, art projects, and activities, as well as resources for parents & caregivers: https://www.childrensmuseumofrichmond.org/blog/

The Edgar Allan Poe Museum has resources for students and educators - http://www.poemuseum.org/.

Science Museum of Virginia’s blog of Experimental Musings on a variety of topics -https://www.smv.org/learn/blog. Their YouTube channel has a library of videos: https://www.youtube.com/user/ScienceMuseumVA

University of Richmond Museums: Visit K-12 Educational Resources on the index to find Teacher Resources: https://museums.richmond.edu/education/

The Valentine Museum has online exhibitions - https://thevalentine.org/exhibitions/online/.

The Virginia Holocaust Museum has online resources for students and teachers - https://www.vaholocaust.org/resources.

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts: Online Resource Center - https://www.vmfa.museum/learn/

Virginia Museum of History & Culture has a variety of activities for all ages, virtual tours, webinars, and videos - https://www.virginiahistory.org/your-visit/virginia-history-home

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Richmond Family Magazine online has an Education page https://richmondfamilymagazine.com/tag/education/ as well as a link to the VPM Resource Page (Virginia’s home for Public Media) at VPM.org/resources.