Replenish Richmond believes that a community’s overall quality of life is directly related to the level of collective community engagement offered by its citizens.  In Richmond and across America we are seeing that just throwing money at a problem is not a solution – citizens must get more personally involved on a regular basis if we want to solve our community’s most pressing issues.  Currently in the East End and throughout the regional Community of Richmond there are economic and social problems that are crying out for the support and engagement of Richmonders who want to help make a positive difference in another Richmonder’s life.  The GIMME 5 Community Engagement Initiative has been created and designed to inspire Richmonders to get more engaged in their home community with an intended result of a much higher overall quality of life for all Richmonders.

GIMME 5 involves a very simple request – Richmonders are asked to support the RVA by initially committing to offer five (5) or more service to community hours each month for a year (total of 60 hours) to one of the many agencies, organizations and efforts listed at the bottom of this page.  As the manager of GIMME 5, Replenish Richmond will act like a community service matchmaker – connecting Richmonders to organizations and programs that match their interests and schedules.  GIMME 5 intends to turn the volunteer service system upside down in Richmond.  Currently schools, agencies and support organizations beg for volunteers and do their best with what they get.  Because the process is inconsistent and uncertain, often the time cost of the volunteer coordination is greater than the time benefit received.  GIMME 5 will reinvent this process, changing it from a reactive one to an active one by asking the schools, agencies and organizations what they need and then giving it to them through the collective GIMME 5 participant network.

GIMME 5 is designed to continually increase collective community engagement by inspiring Richmonders to get invested and involved, and incentivizing the process to keep them engaged.  In return for their monthly 5 hour time commitment (60 hours per 12 months) GIMME 5 Members will have access to special benefits currently being assembled, including GIMME 5 events, discounts and promotions from Richmond restaurants and retail, and other thank you benefits.

We are directly connecting our inaugural GIMME 5 recruitment period with the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  GIMME 5 recruitment will begin on Monday January 15, 2018 – the 89th anniversary of Dr. King’s birth in 1929 – and will continue until Wednesday April 4, 2018 – the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s assassination in 1968.  10 days later, on Saturday April 14th at the I Have a Dream Festival @ the Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School, all the newly committed GIMME 5 volunteers will have an opportunity to learn more about the process and connect with their chosen agency or organization.

TOP 10 GIMME 5 Service to Community Opportunities

  • Medical Reserve Corps – Richmond City Health District
  • James River Park System / Richmond Public Schools Service Learning Project @ Franklin Military Academy and Armstrong High School
  • Richmond Public Schools in the East End – Supporting Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School
  • Sportsbackers Bike-Walk RVA Programming
  • East End Community Collaboration (EECC)
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Agencies / Organizations invited to participate – More than 50 and growing

  • Government (12)
    • Richmond Police Department
    • Richmond Fire & EMS
    • Richmond Public Schools
    • Richmond Redevelopment & Housing Authority (RRHA)
    • Richmond Behavioral Health Authority (RBHA)
    • Richmond City Health District
    • Richmond Office of Community Wealth Building
    • Richmond Neighbor to Neighbor
    • Richmond Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities
    • Richmond Department of Social Services
    • Richmond City Justice Center
    • Richmond Clean City Commission
  • Non-Profit / Private Community (37)
    • Anna Julia Cooper Episcopal School
    • Better Housing Coalition
    • Blue Sky Fund
    • Bon Secours Richmond Health System
    • Boy Scouts, Heart of VA Council
    • Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Richmond
    • Capital Area Health Network (CAHN)
    • Capital Area Partnership Uplifting People (CAPUP)
    • Carol Adams Foundation
    • Challenge Discovery Projects / Say It With Heart
    • ChildSavers
    • Church Hill Activities & Tutoring (CHAT)
    • Communities in Schools (CIS of Richmond)
    • Cross Over Ministries
    • Diversity Richmond
    • FeedMore
    • Friends Association for Children
    • Friends of James River Park
    • Girl Scouts of the Commonwealth
    • Greater Richmond SCAN (Stop Child Abuse Now)
    • Groundwork RVA
    • Hands On Greater Richmond
    • Health Brigade
    • Historic Richmond
    • Read to Them
    • Richmond Crusade for Voters
    • Richmond Cycling Corps
    • Richmond YWCA
    • Sacred Heart Center
    • Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club
    • Senior Connections
    • Shalom Farms
    • Side by Side (formally ROSMY)
    • Sportsbackers
    • The Algebra Project
    • Tricycle
    • YMCA of Richmond
  • Community Resource Organizations (10)
    • Creighton Court Tenant Council
    • East District Family Resource Center
    • East End Community Collaboration (EECC)
    • Fairfield Court Tenant Council
    • Gilpin Court Tenant Council
    • Hillside Court Tenant Council
    • Mosby Court Tenant Council
    • Neighborhood Resource Center (NRC) – Greater Fulton
    • Peter Paul Development Center
    • Whitcomb Court Tenant Council