Friday, August 18, 2017

City to Open Cooling Stations August 18

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 Friday, August 18, 2017 from 11 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.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

City Seeks Residents to Serve on Richmond 300 Advisory Team

The City of Richmond recently launched Richmond 300: A Guide for Growth to establish a 20-year vision for RVA’s growth. Having been developed with extensive community input, the city will continue to accept applications from the public to serve on the Advisory Team through August 21, 2017.

“The city thanks those who applied already to work with us as members of the Advisory Team,” said Mayor Levar M. Stoney. “We want an Advisory Team representing all stakeholders in our city, and I encourage residents of all nine districts to apply.”

Members of the Advisory Team serve as liaisons to the community to help shape the content of Richmond 300, and will help build awareness while participating in the plan update process.

The city is seeking residents who have the following qualifications:

technical expertise in topic area(s) related to the future growth of our city
community outreach experience in our community
experience being visionary or strategic in coalescing around a concept / plan and in implementation
a background providing for analyzation and consideration of issues inclusive of all city residents

Members will be selected from this open application call by the director of the city’s Department of Planning and Development Review, the city’s Master Plan project manager, the Advisory Team co-chairs and a special advisor to the mayor before being confirmed by the City Planning Commission. The application to the Advisory Team can be found here. An initial summary of the applications received as of August 16 can be found here.

The Advisory Team is one of numerous opportunities to be engaged in the Richmond 300 process. Other Richmond 300 engagement opportunities can be found here.

If you have any questions about the Advisory Team, please email or call (804) 646-6348.

The 27th Annual Down Home Family Reunion is August 19

On Saturday, August 19 the 27th annual Down Home Family Reunion will take place at Abner Clay Park, starting at 4 p.m. Bring your entire family and engage in the festivities; food, world music, dancing, merchandise vendors and more. Come celebrate African American Folklife and heritage this weekend.

Down Home Family Reunion, A Celebration of African American Folklife is a downtown weekend festival that celebrates African American folklife with world music and dance, the Heritage Market, special children’s events, interactive site demonstrations and delicious down home food. It is designed to show aspects of West African cultural traditions that are African American and that have been absorbed by the American South.  This is one of the Society’s original programs created in 1990.

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Monday, August 7, 2017

Help Wanted: 200 Richmond Election Officers needed to work Nov. 7 Election Day - Starting pay $130.00

WHAT - The Richmond Office of the General Registrar is looking for 200 Election Officers to serve during the upcoming election on November 7, 2017. Election Officers are critical to ensuring that elections are conducted in a fair and impartial manner so that the outcome reflects the will of the citizens of Richmond.

Dedicated individuals that are registered to vote in the Commonwealth of Virginia, who take pride in their work, are patient, and enjoy working with people are invited and encouraged to apply to serve as a Richmond Election Officer. Election Officers are paid for their service, starting at $130.00 for their work for the day.

Duties on Election Day may include:
  • Arranging a voting location (polling place)
  • Greeting and helping manage the flow of voters
  • Setting up voting equipment and preparing voting location/polling place for voting
  • Helping determine if voters are qualified to vote and process them in the voter pollbook
  • Admit voters to voting machines
  • Tallying results
  • Packing up supplies
  • Reporting to voting location/polling place (the time can vary, but never later than 5:15 a.m.) and staying until done (this can sometimes be as late as 9/10 p.m.)
All new Election Officers must complete a basic training class that will be held in September and October. Election Officers completing basic training will be paid $15.00.

Applications can be obtained from the Richmond Office of the General Registrar, located in Richmond City Hall; 900 East Broad St., Room 105 (1st fl.); Richmond, VA. Individuals can also apply online at

CONTACT     For more information, please contact: Richmond Office of the General Registrar, at 804.646.5950, or by visiting the Richmond Office of General Registrar, located in Richmond City Hall; 900 East Broad Street, Room 105; Richmond, VA. or individuals can apply online at

Thursday, August 3, 2017

RVA is Open for Business!

The City of Richmond’s Business Community wants to thank you for your support during the construction of the Pulse BRT. After all, there is always something to do, somewhere to eat, or something to buy in our community. Before BRT construction, during construction, and after construction – RVA is open for business

Watch the video here!