Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers make a big difference in the lives of our residents.

We welcome your time and talents in helping us revitalize communities in the Greater Richmond region. Better Housing Coalition has partnered with HandsOn Greater Richmond to provide individual and group volunteer opportunities ranging from property beautification to administrative assistance. For more information, please contact Sarah Fernald at 804-644-0546 x118.

Help BHC essential staff by making masks!

The COVID-19 outbreak has presented many challenges to our operations, but we refuse to walk away from the nearly 3,000  residents who call a BHC community home. With new recommendations from public health officials, we have found ourselves in need of face masks for our essential staff. Reusable masks will protect BHC’s maintenance, property management, and resident services staff who are working on the front lines day in and day out to ensure the safety, health and wellbeing of our low income seniors and families during this crisis.

What we need: We want to save the hospital grade PPE for our healthcare partners, so we are requesting homemade 100% cotton masks, with elastic or fabric ties. Our goal is to collect 80 masks to equip each of our essential staff with two masks for his/her/their daily use. We recommend following this simple pattern from Made Everyday, but feel free to use another pattern that you’re comfortable with.

How it works: Email Sarah Fernald, Director of Community Engagement, to express interest in this volunteer event. You will receive a follow up email with full details. Once you’ve completed your masks you can drop off with no contact in the designated bins at the BHC Main Office downtown (limited hours) or with one of our volunteers in the Northside, West End, or Southside. Then you can feel great that you’ve spread a little more love and a lot less Corona!

Be a BHC Resident Pen Pal!

Most BHC residents have formed tight-knit communities with their neighbors, so disbanding all social gatherings as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak has been very difficult, especially for our senior residents. Our Resident Services team members have been working diligently to stay in touch by calling residents on a rotating weekly basis, but this is no small feat as we have over 900 senior residents living in our age restricted communities! Volunteers can help extend our team’s reach and connect with residents by signing up to be a BHC Pen Pal. The goal of this activity is to reduce social isolation among our senior residents and other isolated residents.

Who should participate: Families and individuals looking for an activity and/or a way to connect with others

How it works: Volunteers email Sarah Fernald, Director of Community Engagement, to express interest in this volunteer event, and you will be matched with a BHC resident who has expressed interest in participating. Volunteers will create a letter, card, drawing, etc. and send to their new pen pal. Volunteers should understand that the resident may not write back due to many issues like low motor function as a result of stroke or other health complications, low literacy, etc., but volunteers can be assured that residents’ days will be assuredly brighter as a result of this long distance gesture of care.

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Be a Social Media Ambassador

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Calling all social media enthusiasts! You can use your networking powers for good, and spread the word about what BHC is doing in your community. Help raise awareness for community needs and our plans to enhance them by becoming one of our social MVP’s! BHC Social Media Ambassadors sign up to receive breaking news alerts with content and templates for sharing it on their platforms. Ready to get started?

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