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.

Brighten a Senior’s Day by Writing Sunshine Notes!

volunteer note writing imageMost 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. Isolation is a serious detriment to the health of seniors. According to the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine, social isolation can be as bad for health as smoking 15 cigarettes a day! To reduce social isolation among our senior residents we are asking volunteers to write “sunshine notes” to bring some warmth and care into the lives of the elderly in our community.

Who should participate: Families, individuals, or teams looking for an activity and/or a way to connect with senior residents.

How it works: Volunteers sign up to participate on Hands On Greater Richmond. Volunteers will write an encouraging note – or as many as you’d like – for a senior. Volunteers should understand that this activity is a one-way communication, but volunteers can be assured that residents’ days will be much brighter as a result of this long distance gesture of care. Completed cards should be mailed to BHC’s HQ no later than March 12: 

Better Housing Coalition

Attn: Sunshine Cards

23 W Broad St, Ste 100

Richmond VA 23220

Once received BHC staff will collect and distribute your cards to our seniors during the first week of Spring. If you have questions, please email Sarah Fernald, Director of Community Engagement.

Help BHC residents and 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!


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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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