Saturday, September 17

The Bonner Center for Civic Engagement’s annual Day of Action connects students with a variety of service opportunities in the region and on campus. Sign up for opportunities in the SpidersEngage Day of Action page and explore ways that you can volunteer throughout the semester. 

Off-Campus Service Opportunities

Transportation will be provided for all off-campus service sites. Depart from the Tyler Haynes Commons Transportation Hub at your designated pick-up time.

10 a.m. - 1 p.m. 

  • Sails Angels Richmond | James River Tactical Trash Removal: Sails Angels connects participants with the James River by providing outstanding outdoor experiences and by locating and removing large debris from the banks of the James River. Volunteers are needed to help clear the debris to help increase access to the James River. REGISTER

  • Sabot at Stony Points’ GROW | Community Garden Project: Sabot at Stony Point's GROW - The Community Garden Project is a working garden where children (Preschool - 8th grade) from Sabot or the Greater Richmond community can work and learn. The GROW team is seeking volunteers to help clean and organize the garden. REGISTER

  • Liberation Veteran Services | Thrift Store Revitalization: LVS provides a safe haven exclusively for veterans in crisis. Beyond offering transitional and rapid rehousing, LVS takes time to counsel every veteran while treating them with the dignity and respect they deserve. LVS recently acquired a new property that will serve as a thrift store where veterans will work and manage the store. They are seeking volunteers to help organize and revitalize the thrift store! REGISTER

  • Woodland Restoration Foundation | Historic Cemetery Beautification: Woodland Restoration Foundation is the final resting place of tennis legend Arthur Ashe and thousands of other African Americans from the Richmond community. The cemetery was founded in 1917 and has fallen into disrepair over recent decades, with a handful of families and volunteers struggling to maintain it. The Woodland Restoration Foundation is looking for volunteers to help restore dignity to this sacred site by completing basic groundskeeping work such as raking, cutting weeds, and picking up trash. REGISTER

On-Campus Service Opportunities

Join us in The Current in Tyler Hanes Commons for a day of Do-It-Yourself service projects! 

10 a.m. - 1 p.m. 

  • Sacred Heart Center | Latinx Heritage Month Goods Drive Box DIY: Throughout Latinx Heritage Month (Sept 15 - Oct 15), receptacles for culturally relevant goods will be placed in CCE on Two, the Multicultural Space, DHall, the Library, and Passports Cafe. Come decorate the boxes with stickers, flyers, and other engaging materials. We’ll be bumping the Latinx Heritage Month Playlist as we work, join the fun! REGISTER

2-5 p.m. 

  • 1708 Gallery | InLight Lantern Kit DIY - InLight is 1708 Gallery’s annual public exhibition of contemporary art. InLight takes place at night, and each year is in a different location in Richmond.  InLight kicks off with a Community Lantern Parade, and 1708 Gallery provides Lantern-Making Kits to community organizations and schools across the region. Volunteers will create kits for Richmond youth. REGISTER

Asynchronous Service Opportunities 

Not able to attend an in-person service session? Have no worries, grab a friend and some snacks, and experience one of the following service opportunities at your leisure. 

  • Mending Walls Mural Project | Documentary -  Richmond artist Hamilton Glass challenges 30 artists from different cultural backgrounds to collaborate on 16 murals in Richmond, VA about race, status, and experiences. The film shows how the artists got to know each other through difficult conversations, how working together ultimately opened their eyes and hearts to the differences between all of us, and how these murals became a symbol of hope. Watch the documentary here. REGISTER
  • Richmond Racial Equity Essays | Written and Visual Essays - The Richmond Racial Equity Essays idea was inspired by and modeled after The Just City Essays: 26 Visions of Equity, Inclusion and Opportunity, an e-book of 26 Essays edited by Toni L. Griffin, Ariella Cohen, and David Maddox and published by J. Max Bond Center on Design for the Just City at the City College of New York, the Nature of Cities and Next City. Join the conversation by reading the essays, watching the videos, or listening to the podcast. REGISTER
  • Hidden In Plain Site: Richmond | Virtual Tour - This virtual reality explores distinct, but easy-to-overlook sites around Richmond, VA, that tells the story of the Black experience throughout history. Featuring actual examples from various angles and ages, these sites will be brought to impactful life through current appearance augmented with historical imagery. The goal is to inform and educate while changing how residents and visitors see and experience their city. REGISTER