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HandsOn Day 2016 to bring together 1,300 volunteers for 60 transformative service projects

Registration is now open for this city-wide day of service, and there’s something for everyone, regardless of age, skill, or interest.

Trevor Dickerson

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HandsOn Greater Richmond is calling on Richmond residents to volunteer at projects all over the city October 15th for the ninth annual HandsOn Day service event. The nonprofit says over 1,300 volunteers are needed to help with 60 transformative service projects around the area.

Registration is now open for volunteer slots in a wide range of service projects encompassing all ages and skills to better the region by helping local nonprofit organizations, schools, and parks. Volunteers can choose from a variety of ways to give a day and give back–from painting and gardening to visiting seniors or building a house. HandsOn Day will also feature DIY and “drop-in” projects for those who can’t commit all morning to a project.

Since the first HandsOn Day in 2008, annual volunteer participation in the event has more than doubled, the organization says, significantly increasing the value of service and donated goods. In 2015, HandsOn Day provided more than 4,258 volunteer hours at 66 project sites for $117,762 in volunteer time value.

“What I love most about HandsOn Day is that it provides an opportunity for anyone to get involved,” said Catherine Lukhard, chair of the HandsOn Day steering committee. “There is a wide variety of projects from gardening to art projects and everything in between which means regardless of age, personal interest or skill set there really is something for everyone.  Additionally, in just a few short hours this group of volunteers makes a huge impact across the city and surrounding counties.”

The day of service kicks off Saturday, October 15th from 9:00 AM until 1:00 PM, followed by a celebration at Gather Scott’s Addition and adjacent Three Notch’d Brewing Company.

Volunteers can sign up to participate in HandsOn Day projects and activities by visiting the organization’s website.

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Trevor Dickerson is the Editor and Co-Founder of RVAHub.