Tuesday, July 16, 2019

City to Open Cooling Stations, July 16 – 20



The city will be opening cooling stations to assist residents with the forecasted high temperatures. City cooling stations are opened when the temperature and/or heat index is expected to reach or exceed 95 degrees. The city cooling stations will open from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., on Tuesday, July 16, Wednesday, July 17, Thursday, July 18, and Friday, July 19 and from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m., on Saturday, July 20, 2019 at the following locations:

Southside Community Services Center, 4100 Hull Street Road
Department of Social Services, 900 East Marshall Street
Bottled water will be available at the City cooling stations, but food will not be provided. Pets, with the exception of service animals, are not allowed. All residents should take measures to stay hydrated and avoid prolonged exposure to the heat during the day. Drink plenty of hydrating fluids (2-4 glasses each hour) to replace salt and minerals lost from sweating when working or exercising outside.

If you are not able to make it to a City cooling station, you can stay cool and safe by remaining in an air-conditioned area. Consider a trip to a local library or visit a friend with air conditioning. Spending at least two hours per day in air conditioning significantly reduces the risk of heat-related illnesses. When temperatures reach the upper 90s or above, a fan may not prevent heat-related illness.

Never leave children or pets in cars. Temperatures inside a car can reach more than 150 degrees quickly, resulting in heat stroke and death.

Avoid sunburn and wear light clothing. Sunburn limits your body’s ability to keep itself cool and causes loss of body fluids, so use sunscreen with a high SPF. Lighter-weight clothing that is loose fitting and light colored is more comfortable during extreme temperatures. Use a hat to keep the head cool.

One of the most important precautions you should take is to schedule or reschedule activities and outdoor work to the coolest parts of the day. In the summer, sunlight exposure is greatest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. If you must be outside, give your body a break as the high temperatures can be stressful on your body. Limit physical activity until your body adjusts to the heat.

For more information regarding cooling services, city residents should contact the City’s Department of Social Services Fuel Assistance Office at (804) 646-7046. Elderly residents with cooling related issues should contact Adult Services at (804) 646-7367. In the event of a heat related emergency, please call 9-1-1.




Thursday, July 11, 2019

Mayor Levar M. Stoney's Community Office Hours Presentation - Available for Public Access


Click here to access Mayor Levar Stoney's Community Office Hours presentation.


DMV Connect Services to be Provided at City Hall on Friday, July 12


The Department of Motor Vehicles’ (DMV) mobile customer service center – DMV Connect – will be at Richmond City Hall, 900 E. Broad Street, on Friday, July 12, 2019 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

DMV Connect offers common DMV transactions including applying for and renewing driver's licenses and ID cards, titles and registrations, license plates, driver transcripts, disabled parking placards or plates, address changes, E-ZPass transponders, hunting and fishing licenses and much more.

Citizens are encouraged to research and bring the required documents to complete your transactions. To determine what documents are needed, use the interactive document guide at dmvnow.com.

DMV Connect is a portable program serving Virginians who may not be able to travel to a DMV office. These services will be offered at least once per month in the City of Richmond, depending on the volume of customers.




Monday, July 8, 2019

Office of Minority Business Development Presents: Money Smart for Small Businesses



Are you striving to expand your small business? The Office of Minority Business Development is holding a 4-part series this July to make sure you stay “Money Smart” for your small business. All sessions will be 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. at Southside Conference Center, 4100 Hull Street Rd., Richmond VA 23224 in Conference Room A. 

Here is a list of the classes and links to register: 
July 11: Is Small Business Ownership a Good Fit For You? Click here to register. 
July 18: Planning For a Healthy Business. Click here to register. 
July 24: Banking Services. Click here to register.
July 31: Managing Cash Flow. Click here to register.



Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Richmond Animal Care and Control to offer $4 Adoptions before July Fourth Holiday


To celebrate the upcoming Fourth of July holiday, Richmond Animal Care and Control (RACC) will offer a $4 adoption fee on Wednesday, July 3 at RACC headquarters on 1600 Chamberlayne Avenue.

RACC will stay open an additional hour, from 1 p.m. until 8 p.m., to help find forever homes for animals. RACC will be closed July 4 and 5, but open for normal weekend business hours on Saturday (12 p.m. - 5 p.m.) and Sunday (12p.m. – 4p.m.).

Summertime brings an influx of animals who need temporary shelter at RACC, and the center is currently at capacity with 444 homeless pets in its care. RACC has a remarkable, 91% “save rate” for rescued animals.

“Please take advantage of this great pre-Independence Day offer to support RACC and its efforts on behalf of our four-legged friends!” said Mayor Levar M. Stoney.

For more information on adoptions, visit http://www.richmondgov.com/AnimalControl/index.aspx.






Monday, July 1, 2019

City to Open Cooling Stations, July 2 – 3


The city will be opening cooling stations to assist residents with the forecasted high temperatures. City cooling stations are opened when the temperature and/or heat index is expected to reach or exceed 95 degrees. The city cooling stations will open Tuesday, July 2 and Wednesday, July 3, 2019, 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the following locations:

Southside Community Services Center, 4100 Hull Street Road
Department of Social Services, 900 East Marshall Street

Bottled water will be available at the City cooling stations, but food will not be provided. Pets, with the exception of service animals, are not allowed. All residents should take measures to stay hydrated and avoid prolonged exposure to the heat during the day. Drink plenty of hydrating fluids (2-4 glasses each hour) to replace salt and minerals lost from sweating when working or exercising outside.

If you are not able to make it to a City cooling station, you can stay cool and safe by remaining in an air-conditioned area. Consider a trip to a local library or visit a friend with air conditioning. Spending at least two hours per day in air conditioning significantly reduces the risk of heat-related illnesses. When temperatures reach the upper 90s or above, a fan may not prevent heat-related illness.

Never leave children or pets in cars. Temperatures inside a car can reach more than 150 degrees quickly, resulting in heat stroke and death.

Avoid sunburn and wear light clothing. Sunburn limits your body’s ability to keep itself cool and causes loss of body fluids, so use sunscreen with a high SPF. Lighter-weight clothing that is loose fitting and light colored is more comfortable during extreme temperatures. Use a hat to keep the head cool.

One of the most important precautions you should take is to schedule or reschedule activities and outdoor work to the coolest parts of the day. In the summer, sunlight exposure is greatest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. If you must be outside, give your body a break as the high temperatures can be stressful on your body. Limit physical activity until your body adjusts to the heat.

For more information regarding cooling services, city residents should contact the City’s Department of Social Services Fuel Assistance Office at (804) 646-7046. Elderly residents with cooling related issues should contact Adult Services at (804) 646-7367. In the event of a heat related emergency, please call 9-1-1.



Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Volunteers Needed for the 2019 Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Camp Ambassador Program



Richmond, VA – The City of Richmond’s Neighbor-To-Neighbor program is looking for 200 volunteers to serve as Richmond Training Camp Ambassadors. The Washington Redskins Training Camp will begin on July 25 and conclude on August 11, held at the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center.


The Richmond Training Camp Ambassador program allows volunteers to be the “face” of Richmond. Program participants highlight local tourism destinations, restaurants and other points of interest in the city, answer questions about training camp and help make it a fun and safe event for all attendees.


For Fan Experience Ambassadors, the morning shift will be from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the afternoon shift will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.


For Security Ambassadors, the morning shift will be from 7:00 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the afternoon shift will be from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.


There will be a few dates with only a single practice, resulting in only one volunteer shift.


All volunteers will receive the following general incentives:


·        Volunteer recognition certificate

·        Free Redskins hat, t-shirt, and cooling towel

·        Discount at the Redskins Training Camp Team Store

·        50% Discount with Training Camp food vendors

·        Discount on a personalized brick for Brick Walk entrance

·        Sports drink and snacks provided daily

·        Large group picture with either the owner, coaches & players, and/or special guests


Additional awards will be given to Richmond Training Camp Ambassadors who volunteer for a certain benchmark number of shifts. Specific information about the incentive program (1 shift approximately 5.5 hours) is as follows:

  • 1 Shift/5.5 Hours: VIP Parking Pass (daily drawing for 2 parking passes)
  • 3 Shifts/16 Hours: Free tickets to the Richmond Squirrels “Redskins Day” home game
  • 7 Shifts/38 Hours: Redskins Panel Football and opportunity to attend an exclusive private Redskins Practice
  • 8 Shifts/44 Hours: Redskins pullover jacket
  • 9 Shifts/49 Hours: Drawing for Ambassador and a guest to win Two Tickets to a Redskins seating in the Club Level; plus 1 parking pass. (Choose one: Lions or Jets Game)
  • 10 Shifts/55 Hours: Two upper level tickets and a parking pass to a 2019 Redskins home game against a Non-NFC East opponent. (Choose one: Jets or Lions Game)
  • 11 Shifts/60 Hours: Two Tickets to and 1 parking pass to pre-season Redskins vs Ravens, with the opportunity to be a part of the special On-Field presentation.
  • 12 Shifts/66 Hours: VIP Tour of FedExField (On Non-Gameday and Subject to Stadium availability)
  • 13 Shifts/70 Hours or more: Two Tickets and 1 parking pass to attend a Redskins home game including tailgate lunch AND a drawing for Ambassador to win a signed jersey or helmet. (Lions Game)

To register to become a 2019 Richmond Training Camp Ambassador and to get complete list of details about this fantastic volunteer opportunity, please visit http://www.richmondgov.com/NeighborToNeighbor/TrainingCamp.aspx.