Wednesday, April 18, 2012

City Partners with YMCA for Teen Day of Service


The city of Richmond’s Neighbor-to-Neighbor initiative and the YMCA of Greater Richmond are partnering again this year to join the millions of children, teens, and young adults across the world participating in Global Youth Service Day on Saturday, April 21. Global Youth Service Day is an annual campaign that celebrates children and youth who improve their communities through service. Volunteers from the Mayor’s Youth Academy and the YMCA will perform a variety of service projects throughout the city of Richmond.

Service projects entities include; J.L. Francis School, Belle Isle Park, Gillies Park, and Chimborazo Elementary School. The day of service will kick off at the Northside Family YMCA (4207 Old Brook Road) with a pep rally at 9 a.m., and then volunteers will travel to their designated service project sites.

Mayor Dwight C. Jones launched the Neighbor-to-Neighbor Program to engage residents in volunteerism, and to promote a new era of collaborative service and volunteerism in the city. Neighbor-to-Neighbor projects have included mentoring children in schools, visiting the elderly, as well as providing home repairs for elderly population, beautification projects throughout the city, supporting various special events, and youth programs to include back-to-school shopping and several others.

If you are interested in volunteering with the Neighbor-to-Neighbor program or for a list of upcoming volunteer opportunities, please visit www.RichmondGov.com/NeighborToNeighbor. Once registered, you will receive an email confirmation of your volunteer reservations, including the volunteer location and contact information. If you have any questions or need assistance with registering with Neighbor-To-Neighbor, please call (804) 646-7491.