The most important aspect of the Plan to Create a Proud and Unified Community of Richmond is inspiring a growing number of Richmonders to continually increase their service to their home community, Richmond. Incorporating increased service to community is an incremental process and can only be rushed in an extreme crisis. The most recent numbers from the Corporation for National & Community Service (2013) for the Richmond Metro Statistical Area show that only 26.6% of Richmonders are volunteering in their community, ranking Richmond 27th among the 51 largest MSAs and below average for the Commonwealth of Virginia (29.1% in 2013). That means 73.4% Richmonders – almost 3/4 of our population – are uninvolved. Equally troubling is the study’s determination that in 2013 the average volunteer hours per Richmond resident are 25.4 annually, or about 2 hours per month, which ain’t much – Virginia was almost 50% higher at 37.3 hours per resident.
Intentionally increasing one’s service to community requires a change in behavior, especially when one is uninvolved. Behavioral change is an incremental process. Wherever one starts in the model below, the proud and unified process intends to inspire you to continually increase your service to your home community.
Incorporating increased service to community in one’s schedule involves planning and intention; for that to happen, the service must have meaning. Finding the right outlet and/or recipient for one’s service is an important aspect of continued service – you have to feel your service is important in your mind and especially in your heart. When you give, you get. Or said another way, you only get what you give. The 75% of Richmonders who are uninvolved do not understand what they are missing. Replenish Richmond intends to help all Richmonders match their personal interests to their service efforts, guaranteeing an increase in their quality of life as they continue to serve.