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Your guide to giving back in the River City
Workers packing meals to be distributed across Central VA.
Volunteers help package and deliver food to Richmonders in need.
Maybe you have some extra time on your hands, or maybe you’re just in the giving spirit. There are more than enough great causes in Richmond to support with your time.

Whether you’re an animal lover, an artsy type, a natural mentor, or a healthcare enthusiast, there’s a nearby volunteer opportunity for you. Here are 50+ ways to get involved in the River City.

⭐️ Senior City Editor Robin here. I’ll be popping up with this emoji throughout the guide with some extra tips — look out for the star.

Circles RVA | Connect with members of the community who are trying to rise out of poverty as an Ally.

Diversity Richmond | Aid in Diversity’s events or the thrift store to serve as a catalyst, voice, and resource for Richmond’s LGBTQ+ community.

⭐️ If you like art, see about being an Iridian Gallery docent. The current exhibitions are “Limitations of Isolation” by Julian and “Eureka!” by Arista Alanis.


Iridian Gallery is located inside Diversity Richmond.


Photo by RICtoday

International Rescue Committee | The IRC has opportunities in Richmond including assisting the economic empowerment team, volunteering at youth program events, and helping English students practice conversation skills.

Virginia Museum of History & Culture | Help out at special events and provide visitor services to guests.

⭐️ My friends and I have volunteered at the museum’s annual festivals including BrewHaHa and Virginia Vines. It’s a fun combination of drinks, eats, and history.


Senior City Editor Robin and a friend volunteering — and learning about local wine — at Virginia Vines at the VMHC.


Photo by RICtoday

Make-A-Wish Greater Virginia | Volunteer as a Wish Granter to help critically ill children determine their most heartfelt wish. Other opportunities include translators, office volunteers, and events volunteers.

Richmond SPCA | Play with pups, clean kennels, and help fundraise for the care of these furry friends.
Tuesday, June 25
  • Flying Squirrels vs. Somerset Patriots | Tuesday, June 25 | 6:35 p.m. | The Diamond, 3001 N. Arthur Ashe Blvd., Richmond | $10-$25 | Celebrate some historic Richmond neighborhoods at the Fan and Museum District Community Night.
Wednesday, June 26
  • Dominion Energy Jazz Café: Stephanie Nakasian | Wednesday, June 26 | 6-8 p.m. | Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, 200 N. Arthur Ashe Blvd., Richmond | Free | Head to the atrium to experience Virginia’s “Renaissance Woman of Jazz.”
  • “Cosmic Chronicles: A Sci-Fi Radio Show” | Wednesday, June 26-Thursday, June 27 | 7:30-8:30 p.m. | The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Rd., Glen Allen | Free | Join On the Air Radio Players for an old-time radio show with live voices, sound effects, and music.
Thursday, June 27
  • Flowers After 5: Dan & The Fam | Thursday, June 27 | 5-8 p.m. | Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Ave., Richmond | $0-$20 | Groove with the psychedelic rockers and explore the Garden in the evening.
Friday, June 28
  • Fan Appreciation presented by Bon Secours: Richmond Ivy v Lancaster Inferno | Friday, June 28 | 7-9 p.m. | City Stadium, 3201 Maplewood Ave, Richmond | $12-$19 | Don’t miss the final home match of the Richmond Ivy’s inaugural season + come see the debut of the Ivy Founder’s Club Wall.*
  • Killer Queen | Friday, June 28 | 8 p.m. | Dominion Energy Center Carpenter Theatre, 600 E. Grace St., Richmond | $43+ | You’ll be having a good time at this Queen tribute show.
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News Notes
  • Have you heard of participatory budgeting? The initiative allows citizens to be more involved in directly allocating city funds to various projects. Learn more at a virtual town hall hosted by the Richmond People’s Budget tomorrow at 7 p.m. Register to attend.
  • After being closed for over a year, T-Caf in Scott’s Addition is open again — now with chef Nancy Kingcaid leading the menu. The Parisian-inspired wine and tea café has hours Tuesday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. and Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
  • Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site is wishing the landmark Richmond figure a happy 160th birthday in July. To celebrate, the site will host a series of events all month, starting with a First Friday Birthday Kickoff at the Maggie Walker statue plaza, complete with performances and an art show. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Coming Soon
  • Quioccasin Station Shopping Center in Henrico could soon be home to an online retailer resale store. Where Ya Bin buys shipments of Amazon returns and allows customers to sift through products, which start at $14 on Fridays and get cheaper throughout the week. It plans to open in the fall. (Richmond BizSense)
  • If you haven’t had a chance to scroll through the first draft of the Cultural Heritage Stewardship Plan, do so this week. The deadline to leave a public comment is this Sunday, June 30. Pro tip: Use the table of contents on page four to navigate to sections you’re interested in.
  • The final Friday Cheers show of the season is this Friday, June 28. Get tickets to see country singer-songwriter Sam Barber with Jake Kohn and Villages and end your week with food, drinks, and tunes on Brown’s Island.
  • What happens when you combine German engineering with the world’s most trusted name in hearing care? The biggest breakthrough in hearing technology in more than a decade: the award-winning Horizon hearing aid. Join 385,000+ people hearing better than ever with a 45-day, no-risk trial.*
What are your go-to scoops?
Scoop in the Fan has some quality flavors — what’s your favorite?|Photo by RICtoday
Calling all ice cream lovers. We’re almost ready to unveil our ultimate Richmond ice cream guide to help you stay cool this summer. But before we give you the scoop, we wanted to ask the experts for some local recommendations.

Let us know: What’s the flavor you have to get when you go to your favorite local ice cream shop?

We’ll go first: Senior City Editor Robin is basically always thinking about the brown sugar cookie dough from Scoop. But if she’s in Henrico, she’s going right for the dark chocolate sorbet at DeLuca Gelato.

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