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Community Engagement Related COVID-19 Updates

The University intends to resume in-person instruction and the residential educational experience this fall. Consistent with the published academic calendar, fall classes will begin August 24 and the semester will end December 18.  Fall Break will be eliminated and in-person courses and student residency will end prior to Thanksgiving. The final week of classes and the study and exam period will occur remotely thereafter. Learn more about the University's plans.

The CCE will work diligently to support in-person and remote volunteer opportunities and offer a range of educational experiences this fall.

How can I help the Richmond community in this difficult time?

We know many of you are eager to help in any way that you can even as you practice social distancing. 

In-person and remote opportunities to support our Richmond community partners will be posted in SpidersEngage. You can also explore our Engage from Anywhere list of worldwide opportunities.

Additionally, other local partners have posted resources and ways to support our region in this moment of crisis:

  • HandsOn Greater Richmond is posting critical 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.
Can students volunteer remotely, if permitted by the organization? 

Students may continue to support community needs in this moment. Opportunities to volunteer in person and remotely will be posted on SpidersEngage and highlighted through our Spiders in the City newsletter. 

How should faculty proceed with their community-based learning classes?

Faculty are being supported through the Faculty Hub to adapt their courses for online learning. In addition, faculty can consult this brief guide and contact Terry Dolson ( and Derek Miller ( for support with rethinking their community-based activities. Faculty can communicate with others about ideas through the Slack channel “#experiential-learning” on the Faculty Hub's remote teaching Slack workspace.

We've been inspired by the creativity, compassion, and quick thinking of faculty who have pivoted their classed to online learning while finding new ways to approach the community-based learning component of their class.

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 begin assisting 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



Chesterfield County Public Library – Stream & download audiobooks, eBooks, music, videos, and magazines 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. Apply online for eCard:

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

Online User Registration:

The Library of Virginia’s online classroom - Visit the Library of Virginia’s Document Bank of Virginia to browse primary sources, making history relevant. Visit Encyclopedia Virginia (In partnership with Library of Virginia) for podcasts, virtual tours, and more.

Pamunkey Regional Library (Hanover County’s Public Library) has a digital library. Access eBooks, audiobooks, movies, music, comics, and magazines. Online User Registration:



The Latin Ballet of Virginia – learn about Latin American culture and dance.

Richmond Performing Arts Alliance's "Tools for Learning" - videos, study guides, and more.

University of Richmond Modlin Center has an ever-growing list of organizations offering free online visual and performing arts experiences -

Virginia Repertory Theatre – Online study guides related to plays performed at the REP -



Agecroft Hall & Gardens has an “Ask the Past" Blog -

Henricus Historical Park has educational presentations -

Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site: Use the Maggie L. Walker NHA website and the Virtual Tours and Exhibits to complete the activities and earn a Junior Ranger badge.

Maymont’s blog has a new Virtual Learning Series:



The American Civil War Museum has a new addition to its website and virtual tours are coming soon -

Ashland Museum: Explore online and learn the history of Ashland, VA -

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

The Edgar Allan Poe Museum has resources for students and educators -

Science Museum of Virginia’s blog of Experimental Musings on a variety of topics - Their YouTube channel has a library of videos:

University of Richmond Museums: Visit K-12 Educational Resources on the index to find Teacher Resources:

The Valentine Museum has online exhibitions -

The Virginia Holocaust Museum has online resources for students and teachers -

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts: Online Resource Center -

Virginia Museum of History & Culture has a variety of activities for all ages, virtual tours, webinars, and videos -



Richmond Family Magazine online has an Education page as well as a link to the VPM Resource Page (Virginia’s home for Public Media) at