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STYLE WEEKLY’S MAGAZINE FOR RICHMOND VOLUNTEERS AND PHILANTHROPISTS

FALL 2011

ten Events for Getting Involved Helping the Youngest Among Us Good Eats for a Cause … and More

One day, 1,000 volunteers. How did you spend your Saturday?

Clockwise from upper right: Wen Wright, a supervisor with Target, and his family, children Kaelin, Elliot, Ian and wife, Kim, join in HandsOn Day.

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Safe Harbor Announces Lora M. Robins Endowment and Planned Giving Society Mrs. Robins named 2011 Beacon of Hope Safe Harbor announced the creation of the Lora M. Robins Endowment and planned giving society October 19, 2011 at a cocktail reception honoring the late Mrs. Robins. She was also named the 2011 Beacon of Hope recipient for her legacy of support and service to the agency. “I often think that as long as people are remembered, they are never really gone. Mrs. Robins is still with us, in our memory, sharing and encouraging us to continue with the good work we have started,” stated Karen Buchanan, President of the Safe Harbor Board of Directors. “We believe this endowment will be transformational for Safe Harbor and that we will be able to empower our survivors for many years to come.” The Beacon of Hope was created in

We help provide for the well-being and welfare of children, concentrating on providing beds to children in need.

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2007 to recognize an outstanding individual or agency in the Henrico community that has been instrumental in empowering survivors of sexual and domestic violence and/or promoting healthy relationships for all. Ms. Deborah Downing, last year’s recipient, passed the Beacon of Hope Award to this year’s honoree. Mrs. Sheryl Robins Nolt accepted the award on behalf of the Robins’ family. The Beacon of Hope reception was held at the Virginia Historical Society. Car Pool was the Gold Sponsor and Owen and Owens was the Silver Sponsor. Style Weekly was the media sponsor. Q Barbeque provided the catering. Flowers were donated by Ms. Linda Verdery. A portrait of Mrs. Robins was donated by Hayes and Fisk – The Art of Photography.

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Inspired? Here’s how you can help: Donate your time or financial gifts – visit www.safeharborshelter.com. Support those experiencing intimate partner and/or sexual violence. Learn more – visit www.facebook.com/SafeHarborRVA.

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Community service calendar Nov. 11 Savior, which serves displaced and homeless veterans, holds a fundraiser on Veterans Day to benefit Veterans Affairs. To be held at H2O Life Center, 4211 Beulah Road in Chesterfield, 7-11 p.m. 852-2946. saviorva.org.

Nov. 12 The 37th annual Christmas Bazaar benefits the Little Sisters of the Poor in caring for elderly people in need. Featuring a variety of handmade crafts, wreaths and jewelry. Held 9 a.m.-3 p.m. in the Little Sisters of the Poor auditorium, 1503 Michaels Road in Henrico. 288-6245. littlesistersofthepoorvirginia.org.

Nov. 17 At Ladies’ Night for Literacy, held at the Shops at 5807, you can shop while you enjoy champagne and sweets to benefit First Book Greater Richmond. 5:30-8:30 p.m., 5807 Patterson Ave. 938-1364.

Nov. 19 The 2011 Craft and Design Show brings 60 artists in a variety of media to the Science Museum of Virginia. All ticket proceeds benefit the Visual Arts Center of Richmond. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tickets are $12-$20. 353-0094. visarts.org/craft-design.

Nov. 19 The Legendary Santa Gala at Saks Fifth Avenue celebrates the famous elf’s diamond anniversary. An estate jewelry trunk show by Oscar Golbert, 18K Appraisers, Beverly Hills, will add sparkle to the night. Legendary Santa drops in at 7:15. Proceeds benefit the Children’s Museum of Richmond. Tickets $150 for adults, $50 for children. c-mor.org/legendary-santa/gala.

Nov. 24 The Giving Heart Community Thanksgiving Feast brings together anyone and everyone for a free Thanksgiving meal and fellowship at the Greater Richmond Convention Center. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For information on the dinner and how to volunteer, visit thegivingheart.org.

Dec. 1 The Fan Free Clinic is host to RVA Remembers 2011, an event on World AIDS Day. Participants buy one of 400 red umbrellas and form a living memorial AIDS ribbon on Brown’s Island. Money raised supports the clinic’s HIV and AIDS programs and services. rvaremembers.com.

10 days, 10 ways Selected nonprofit events through February.

Dec. 9 Maymont by Moonlight kicks off Dec. 9 and runs Fridays through Dec. 16, 5:30-9:30 p.m. Victorian hospitality abounds during mansion tours and other seasonal activities. $25 per person, $20 for members. Reservations are required at 358-7166. Richmond Ballet’s 19th annual Auction is set, with details to come. Mark your calendars for this popular event. 344-0906. richmondballet.com.

Feb. 18 Main Street Station takes on the flair of Bourbon Street in this event held by the board of young professionals of the Greater Richmond Stop Child Abuse Now. Tickets are $60. 8 p.m.-midnight. 257-7226. grscan.com.

There are numerous fundraisers throughout the region, especially during the holidays. For information and a full calendar of events visit connectrichmond.org and styleweekly.com.

Editor in Chief: Jason Roop, Jason.Roop@styleweekly.com; Richmond Giving Art Director: Joel Smith; Photography Editor: Scott Elmquist; Contributing Writers: Vanessa Diamond, Bill Harrison; Copy Editor: G.W. Poindexter. Richmond Giving, distributed quarterly, is published by Style Weekly. It may be distributed by authorized distributors only; readers are limited to one copy per person. To reserve advertising space, receive additional copies, become a distribution site or respond to an article: Richmond Giving, 1313 E. Main St., Suite 103, Richmond, Va. 23219. 804-358-0825. On the Web: styleweekly.com. By e-mail: letters@styleweekly.com. Copyright © by Style Weekly Inc.™ 2011. All rights reserved.

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Helping you help others.

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Work while you learn!

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Our 2012 intensive institutes are a great way for nonprofit professionals to learn while doing. You’ll learn basic principles, earn a professional certificate in your area of interst and then apply what you’ve learned by creating real-world tools for your organization. • Learn to write a development or marketing plan. • Work on a real grant proposal. • Create a strategy to manage fundraising for your organization. Fundraising and Development Certificate January 8–14 or July 15–21 Nonprofit Marketing Certificate January 15–21 or July 22–28 Grant Writing and Management Certificate April 30–May 4 Planned Giving Institute, TBD – 2012 Federal Grant Writing and Management Institute, TBD – 2012 spcs.richmond.edu/philanthropy


Fanning across the Richmond area, nearly 1,000 people turned out for a day of service. What’s next for community volunteerism?

Volunteer Madison Goss helps brush up some surfaces at the Southside Child Development Center.

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year. These statistics don’t include helping one’s neighbors or family members, the cornerstone of community volunteerism. This important support often gets overlooked when we track volunteer impact throughout the country. The value of volunteer service is impressive, but there is still much progress to be made to fully engage and activate those who have a desire to make a difference. With more than 400 cable channels to choose from, a shaky economy and one global crisis after another — combined with our busy schedules juggling family, work and social lives, all while tethered to smart phones — carving out time to get involved and make a difference can be difficult and overwhelming. It doesn’t matter where you live or work or how old you are, we all have much to give and much to gain. Community organizations realize that commitment of time is difficult, and that volunteers seek flexibility, di-

verse options and innovative approaches. Agencies are responding by creating new ways to engage volunteers, be it a few hours to help beautify a neighborhood, a short-term project that uses specific skills such as accounting or graphic design, or a long-term commitment to mentor a child or serve on a nonprofit board. Though there are multiple ways to contribute one’s time and talent to the community, people with an interest to give back and to get involved don’t always know where to begin. The best way to start is to ask yourself what you want to give, as well as what you want to get. Volunteering isn’t an altruistic one-way street. There is nothing wrong with acknowledging that you may get more than you give. We learn something new each time we volunteer; sometimes you visit a different part of town, meet and network with new people, learn a new skill or discover a bit more about yourself and what is important to you. The sense of connection and 5

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n the last Saturday in October we woke up to a dark, cold, rainy day. We’d worked for months with nonprofit organizations across Central Virginia preparing for the fourth annual HandsOn Day, a regional day of volunteerism that is both a catalyst and a celebration of service. While many people were curled up at home with cups of coffee, almost 1,000 of our fellow Richmonders headed out to more than 40 community organizations throughout the region — helping build gardens, create care packages, paint murals and rejuvenate classrooms. HandsOn Day is only a snapshot of the vital role that volunteers play in meeting our social, environmental, educational, safety, health and other human needs. In 2010, 62.8 million adults volunteered almost 8.1 billion hours in local and national organizations — service valued at almost $173 billion. In our region, 22.3 percent of residents volunteer an average of 29 hours a

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contribution is immeasurable. Our hope is that when individuals get connected to volunteer action, they accomplish much needed work to move community organizations ahead. When we all feel connected, educated and excited about the region in which we live, then we each become a part of the solution to some of our most critical issues. Ask yourself: • Why do I want to volunteer? • What am I hoping to learn or experience through volunteering? • Do I want my volunteer experience to be short-term or long-term? • What type of time commitment am I willing to make? (one-time, weekly, monthly) • When do I want to volunteer? (evening, workdays, weekends, holidays) • What type of role am I interested in taking on? (program management, physical labor, fundraising, direct service, administrative) • What issues(s) am I interested in addressing? (environment, health, arts, education, human needs, animals, etc.)

Between 60 and 80 volunteers, including Target employees, help with a variety of projects at Southside Child Development Center,

HandsOn Greater Richmond and count- including making educational activities. less community initiatives are founded because someone asked, “What if?” Five years ago when we founded HandsOn we asked, “What if we could make it easier for people to volunteer, to connect, to get involved and become a part of the solution?” Now HandsOn Greater Richmond is working throughout the region to help lead people from thought into action, turning their ideas for change into real projects such as building gardens for healthy food access, and tutoring and mentoring our youth — action that addresses critical issues facing our communities. The No. 1 reason people volunteer is because they’re asked. We are asking you. We are asking on behalf of our schools, our neighborhoods, our parks and our community organizations. Together we can strengthen our culture of civic responsibility and spread the message that we are all part of the solution. The question isn’t, “Do you volunteer?” It’s “Where do you volunteer?”” So where do you volunteer?

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Vanessa Diamond is executive director of HandsOn Greater Richmond, an affiliated program of the Partnership for Nonprofit Excellence and a national affiliate of HandsOn Network. For information about getting involved in our community, visit handsonrva.org.

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Musician B.J. Kocen wrote a chorus about the day, then visited 20 project sites — such as this one at Family Lifeline — where volunteers helped add verses to the song. It’s scheduled for release in December.

Kike Oliver and Daphne Hulman help clean and stock shelves in the warehouse of Caritas.

Projects at the Southside Child Development Center included outdoor work, such as cleanup and building a sandbox cover, as well as indoor projects such as organizing and disinfecting toys.


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Monday, November 28, 2011 Cathedral of the Sacred Heart Doors open: 6 p.m. ● Concert: 7 p.m. Traditional carols & sing-a-long Hot chocolate & treats during intermission

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Tickets $35 each Patron ticket holders ($150/pair) enjoy a preevent reception at the historic VCU Scott House and reserved seating at the concert.

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THERE Richmond Unite • Virginia Museum of Fine Arts • Sept. 9, 2011

Photos By Scott Elmquist

Richard Rocks Richmond Around 700 guests stepped along a red carpet and into the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts on a Friday night in support of the new Richmond Unite, which aims to raise money for a variety of youth-related nonprofits. Richard Rocks Richmond was one of several weekend events that featured Sir Richard Branson, who spoke earlier that day at a business-related conference. Astronaut Buzz Aldrin also was among the partygoers. Guests crowded into the museum’s marble hall and atrium for cocktails amid illusionists, costumed entertainers and performers by such artists as Anita Prime, Perri Young, Ameera Leawnna and Long Phung.

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1 Kevin and Andrea Orlosky. 2 Guests mingle in VMFA’s atrium. 3 Jimmy Snead and his wife, Stacey. 4 La Diff’s Andy Thornton and developer Ron Stallings. 5 Richard Branson greets fans.

The Tad DuPriest Foundation • Home of Meade and Cheryl Spotts • Oct. 29, 2011

Photos By Ash Daniel

Pig Roast on the James

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1 Holly Pellum with Josh Goff. 2 The foundation’s executive director, Heather Millar, with board member Cameron Wick. 3 The Slack Family Bluegrass Band entertains. 4 Tents, fires and heated bathrooms helped keep guests warm. 5 Board members Courtney Gilmer and Amber Riley.

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Cold, wet weather couldn’t stop around 150 supporters of the Tad DuPriest Foundation from enjoying a down-home good time at the River Road home of Meade and Cheryl Spotts, in support of Ask Childhood Cancer Foundation. Guests enjoyed music by the Slack Family Bluegrass Band, an oyster roast sponsored by Awful Arthur’s, barbecue from BBQ Connection with sauces and sides from Q. And to keep everyone warm — two fire pits sponsored by Eagle Bay. The organization’s biggest yearly fundraiser, the sixth annual Make a Difference in May, is set for May 11 at the Renaissance. For information see taddupriest.org.

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St. Joseph’s Flager Home has an outstanding record. The project accepts single homeless mothers, working to improve money management, parenting skills and marketability so they can locate jobs. “We have a 100 percent success rate,” Cauthen says. “Thus far, all our mothers have found jobs and never went back to homelessness. We instill that having your child homeless is not acceptable.” About 500 children are helped at the home daily, many with emotional and developmental problems that have caused them to leave school. “When children come here, we don’t forget their past, but we give them a fresh start,” Cauthen says. “The kids know that if they behave and do well in school, they will be rewarded.”

“While Robert was lost in the woods, thousands of local children are lost in the community.” When an uninsured family visits the Fan Free Clinic, staff members help them apply for Family Access Medical Insurance Security, the state’s insurance plan for children. The clinic’s pediatric clinic still sees about 165 kids a year, with most visits being for immunizations and preschool physicals. Every day, through its child development center, the YWCA cares for 85 small children, preparing them for elementary school. “It’s not day care, it’s preschool,” chief program officer Becky Lee says. “Many of our parents are working hard not to become homeless, and if they miss work because of issues with the

children, they can lose their jobs.” The center provides two hot meals and a snack daily. The children also receive physical and mentalhealth testing. When a mother comes to the YWCA because of domestic violence, her children are a concern. “We see about 225 children a year with their mothers in our domestic violence program,” Lee says. “Boys who live in homes with violence are twice as likely to become batterers and girls are seven times more likely to become victims.” “If the battered woman is a mom, often there is no one to care for the child,” she says. Children of battered parents oftentimes later become involved in criminal activity. The YWCA battles those issues by creating a stable environment for the child. If the battered mother has small children, they’re enrolled in the child development center. After the mother becomes settled, the child remains at the center. “It’s more than having a place to stay and food to eat,” Lee says. “The children are more than appendages of the mothers. They have their own special needs.” The Greater Richmond community is a generous one. We prove that all the time. Quite often it only takes us being asked, but sometimes we do need reminding that horror stories don’t always make the news. Richmond freelance writer Bill Harrison was most recently the regional director of public and government relations with the American Red Cross. He also volunteers with several local nonprofits. Opinions in First Person are those of the writer and not necessarily those of Richmond Giving.

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o event in recent memory united our community as in late October, when Robert Wood Jr. went missing. The 8-year-old boy with autism captured the hearts of thousands of volunteers, some of them driving hundreds of miles to help. We all were relieved to learn that Robert had been found unharmed. We also need to remember that every day many children in our community face possible harm just as Robert did. They may not be lost in the woods, but their challenges are just as alarming — such as not knowing when they will eat. The Central Virginia Food Bank provides more than 100,000 meals a month, with 34 percent of the people they help being children. “One in five children in our service area do not know where their next meal is coming from,” says Gayle Hagland, the organization’s chief philanthropy officer. “Except for school, they have no reliable healthy food. They need sustainable nutrition to grow correctly.” The Food Bank’s Weekend Backpack Program is one way the organization helps. Through the support of volunteers from Communities in Schools, bags that contain food for weekend meals are delivered to schools and organizations such as the Boys and Girls Clubs. The bags are then placed into the backpacks of children who rely on the project to survive. Kathleen Barrett, chief executive of St. Joseph’s Villa, says many of the innocent don’t receive the care they deserve. The community’s response to Robert’s disappearance “renewed our faith in the community,” St. Joseph’s Bruce Cauthen says. “While Robert was lost in the woods, thousands of local children are lost in the community.”

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