Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Community Office Hours with Mayor Stoney

Mayor Levar Stoney will be hosting Community Office Hours in each of the 9 districts to hear from you, the residents of RVA!

The next meeting will be Monday, July 17 for the 6th District
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Hotchkiss Community Center
701 E. Brookland Park Blvd.
For more information, please call Tameka Jefferson at 804-646-7970.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Volunteers Needed for the 2017 Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Camp Ambassador Program

The City of Richmond’s Neighbor-To-Neighbor program is looking for 250 volunteers to serve as Richmond Training Camp Ambassadors. The Washington Redskins Training Camp will begin on July 27 and conclude on August 13, 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.

Shifts will be from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 1 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. for Fan Experience Ambassadors.

For Security Ambassadors, the morning shift will be from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and the afternoon shift will be from 1 p.m. to 7:30 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 and t-shirt
  • Redskins vs. Cowboys Game-Viewing event at the Training Center for Ambassadors (Sunday, October 29, 2017)
  • Discount at the Redskins Training Camp Team Store
  • Discount with Training Camp food vendors
  • Discount on a personalized brick for Brick Walk entrance
Richmond Training Camp Ambassadors who volunteer for a certain benchmark number of shifts will receive additional rewards. Specific information about the incentive program (1 shift approximately 5.5 hours) is as follows:
  •  2 Shifts/11 Hours: Free or discounted tickets for City of Richmond sponsored events
  •  3 Shifts/16 Hours: Free tickets to the Richmond Squirrels “Redskins Day” home game
  •  6 Shifts/33 Hours: Opportunity to attend an exclusive private Redskins Practice
  •  9 Shifts/50 Hours: Redskins Panel Football
  •  12 Shifts/65 Hours: Two upper level tickets and parking pass to a 2017 Redskins home game against a non-NFC East opponent (available games TBD)
  •  70 or more Hours: VIP Tour of FedExField (On non-Gameday and subject to stadium availability)
To register to become a 2017 Richmond Training Camp Ambassador and to get complete list of details about this fantastic volunteer opportunity, please visit

Monday, June 19, 2017

Mayor Stoney and Virginia First Lady Kickoff Richmond Summer Meals Program

To view the video from the event, visit

Today, at the Southside Community Center, Mayor Levar M. Stoney and Virginia First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe joined No Kid Hungry Virginia and partners to kick off the summer meals program for the city of Richmond. Organized by the city's Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities (DPRCF), more than 80 city locations will provide free, healthy summer meals to anyone 18 or under. These sites are part of the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) initiated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to ensure low-income children continue to receive nutritious meals when school is out for the summer.

“We are committed to creating opportunities for Richmond youth to flourish and excel when school is out for the summer,” said Mayor Stoney. “Sites are located at safe places like schools, churches and community centers across Richmond. We encourage families to find the closest site in their neighborhood.”

Approximately 35 percent of Richmond youth who rely on free or reduced-price meals during the schools year are getting meals through SFSP. In support of the program, the Richmond Police Department will provide a recurring presence at five Richmond Housing Authority sites. The city's Department of Human Services and DPRCF are partnering to identify community facilities where city employees can volunteer to serve meals.

“Summer is the hungriest time of year for many Virginia families,” said Virginia First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe. “Luckily, there are many sites throughout the commonwealth where kids can go to have fun with their friends and get the nutrition they need to grow and continue learning throughout the summer.”

Families can text FOOD or COMIDA to 877-877 and type in a zip code to find the nearest summer meals sites, along with operating days and times. No application or registration is required.No Kid Hungry Virginia organizes the texting service and updates the information weekly. Locations are also available at

For more information about the Summer Food Service Program and the importance of connecting youth with meals during the summer, visit

Richmond Public Libraries Connects with Digital Media Service Hoopla

Earlier this month, Richmond Public Libraries (RPL) connected with digital media service provider Hoopla in order to make more content available to city residents. Hoopla currently offers about 600,000 items on its website, allowing visitors to instantly borrow digital movies, TV shows, music, audiobooks, eBooks and more 24/7 using their library card. With new content being added daily, and no waiting, titles can be streamed immediately or downloaded.

"Today's technology driven culture expects instant access to their favorite artists, shows and movies," said Mayor Levar M. Stoney. "It is great to see Richmond Public Libraries implementing new services to provide more options for our residents to stay connected."

Library card holders will be able to borrow up to four times a month from Hoopla without charge.

"Richmond Public Libraries is proud to offer content beyond the walls of the library and make your library card even more powerful," said RPL Director Scott Firestine. “This will be invaluable to families as they are now able to instantly stream iconic TV shows like Sesame Street to smartphones, tablets and computers through Hoopla's multi-format experience."

For more information on services offered by Richmond Public Libraries, visit

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Richmond Ambulance Authority Paramedic Receives ‘Star of Life’ Award from the American Ambulance Association

Richmond Ambulance Authority (RAA) paramedic Julie Anderson has received an American Ambulance Association (AAA) Star of Life award for 2017. The award, presented at AAA’s Stars of Life Celebration on Monday, June 12 in Washington, DC, honored remarkable ambulance service professionals from around the nation who truly stand out and represent excellence in their field. Those who receive this award are nominated by their peers.

Anderson, a Hanover, Virginia resident and RAA employee since 2007, was honored at Monday’s ceremony. “Julie is the complete role model both in her clinical practice and the example she sets,” said Rob Lawrence, chief operating officer for the Richmond Ambulance Authority. “She is a consummate professional who is respected by all that come into contact with her and is well deserving of this honor.”

Julie is a true lifesaver.  One of the very first people she saved after qualifying as a paramedic was Community Idea Stations President and Chief Executive Officer, Curtis Monk. Mr. Monk was being transported to the hospital and went into cardiac arrest on Julie’s ambulance. Her quick thinking and intervention gave Mr. Monk a new lease on life. He later underwent a heart transplant. Mr. Monk said, “I am thrilled to see Julie receive this national recognition, for without her and her partner that day, I simply would not be here right now and for that, I am eternally grateful.”

In an added surprise to Anderson’s Star of Life award, Curtis Monk also attended the ceremony. Upon hearing of her award, Monk asked to be a part of the celebration and express his personal thanks. With the assistance of the American Ambulance Association, Monk surprised Julie by appearing on stage to present her Star of Life medal.

Last year, Anderson received the 2016 RAA Medic of the Year Award. This prestigious award is presented annually by RAA’s internationally-renowned Operational Medical Director, Dr. Joseph P. Ornato. It is given to a paramedic who has demonstrated superior clinical abilities and has also dedicated personal time and effort to assuring RAA remains clinically on the cutting edge of mobile healthcare, not only in Richmond, but on the national and international fronts as well.

“She is an outstanding provider,” said Chip Decker, CEO of the Richmond Ambulance Authority. “She deserves to be recognized as a Star of Life, and we are proud of her many accomplishments, her clinical excellence and exemplary work ethic.”

Anderson commented, " My favorite thing about EMS is helping people in their time of need – even if it’s not medically related – just a kind word or a smile helps and I am very honored to be selected by the Richmond Ambulance Authority to represent them at the Stars of Life this year.”

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

City's Department of Social Services to Host Special Event Featuring Speaker Tonier Cain

The City of Richmond's Department of Social Services invites residents to "The Journey from Trauma To Resilience", a special event featuring speaker Tonier Cain. The event will be held Friday, June 23, from 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School, 1000 Mosby Street.

The National Center for Trauma-Informed Care (NCTIC) is sponsoring the nationally recognized author and speaker Tonier Cain, to come to Richmond and speak to parents and City of Richmond human services professionals. Ms. Cain travels widely to share her personal story of trauma healing and recovery from addiction.

The program will begin at 11 a.m. in the auditorium of Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School, and will be followed by a resource fair in the cafeteria from 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

For more information, please contact Kelley Brown at or 804-646-0375.

*Childcare will not be provided at the event