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Working toward understanding homelessness

Point-in-Time homeless people survey at St. Paul's Church, July 24, 2014

Point-in-Time homeless people survey at St. Paul’s Church, July 24, 2014

I recently volunteered with Homeward to participate in their bi-annual survey of homeless people in the Richmond region. During that four-hour experience, I learned to have a greater respect for the human beings living on our streets (and the people dedicated to helping them). I wrote a column for Richmond.com about my experience and what I learned and I have received mostly positive responses from readers. Continue reading

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10 ways Richmonders are ruining the James River

Volunteers with Richmond MORE on National Trails Day

Volunteers with Richmond MORE on National Trails Day

For this week’s Why Richmond, Why?!? column on Richmond.com, I linked back two opinion pieces that dealt with people mistreating the James River and the James River Park System in Richmond.

Two years ago, I wrote the Top 10 Ways Richmonders Are Ruining the James and the Top 10 Ways Richmonders Are Helping the James and I think both are still applicable today. We can do better caring for the environment and no amount of policing or hiring more park staff would help if park-goers themselves aren’t willing to take ownership of the parks and be a part of the solution. Continue reading

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Making a difference and cleaning my city

Emily Howell, Aubrey Chamberlayne and Nan Pena of Capital Ale House at Kanawha Plaza

Emily Howell, Aubrey Chamberlayne and Nan Pena of Capital Ale House at Kanawha Plaza

I’m so grateful to Richmond.com for allowing me the freedom to explore so many broad topics with my Why Richmond, Why?!? column, but I love it even more when the column helps make a difference in the community.

In April, we published a Why Richmond, Why?!? where we addressed the poor condition of Kanawha Plaza, a public park and green space in the heart of downtown Richmond. The park has a consistent homeless population and a propensity to gather more garbage and recyclable materials than it should. Continue reading

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Disliking trash is a family tradition

Two buckets of roadside trash on Ridge Road

Two buckets of roadside trash on Ridge Road

I’ve learned a lot about myself the past few years but recently I’ve been focusing my memory on why it might be that I dislike trash so much. My mother and I figured that we both have always been taught that litter is bad and we humans need to do our best to keep from letting our waste escape captivity.

I remember seeing the famous commercials from the 1970s with Iron Eyes Cody, the Native American that was portrayed as crying as he saw so much garbage disturbing beautiful natural scenery. My mother and I really sympathized with that message and think that may have played a role in my dislike of litter. Continue reading

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What kind of giver are you?

Are you a giver? What kind of giver are you?

I’m taking a master’s level class at Virginia Commonwealth University in fundraising for nonprofits and we are reading the textbook “Fundraising Principles and Practices” (John Wiley & Sons, 2010). There is a chapter on major gift fundraising and the book mentions a study by Prince and File (1994) who developed “The Seven Faces of Philanthropy” framework, which segments wealthy donors into seven motivational types: Continue reading

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Volunteering in the James River Park

Volunteering at Floodwall

Volunteering at Floodwall (credit EnRichmond Foundation)

I decided to get in a couple of good volunteer events before my semester at grad school gets too busy. So before we received the gift of snow and ice, I participated to two volunteer projects in the James River Park this past week and I’m still smiling about it. The dedication and generosity of volunteers has that kind of powerful effect. Continue reading

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RIR Cares donates to Richmond ToolBank

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Dennis Bickmeier, President of RIR, was on hand at George Wythe High School to give out a big blue check to Richmond ToolBank board members

By submitting a grant proposal to RIR Cares, I was able to bring in a $3,000 donation to Richmond Community ToolBank (the big check is just for show, but we’ll put that on the wall at the new ToolBank facility). That was my first big donation secured, and I’m pretty fired up about it.

We posted this message to the Richmond Community ToolBank Facebook page:

Richmond Community ToolBank is very grateful to Richmond International Raceway for a $3,000 donation from RIR Cares during RIR’s Week of Giving! Dennis Bickmeier, President of RIR, was on hand at George Wythe High School today to give out a big blue check to Richmond ToolBank board members. At right is Duron Chavis of Rvafarms, who was instrumental in creating several student gardens at his alma mater, George Wythe H.S., using tools provided through partnerships with the Richmond ToolBank.

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