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Category Archives: Volunteering


In The News: St. Joseph’s Villa Garden serving as sanctuary, educational space for children, families (WRIC ABC 8News)

Posted on June 22, 2022
Our Villa Garden will celebrate its 10th anniversary in October. Thanks to support from our community partners and volunteers, each season has seen the garden expand as an ever-changing therapeutic and educational resource for all Villa students and clients. On their annual Founder's Day of Caring, volunteers from the ABC 8News team joined us in the garden to install galvanized raised beds and prep them for growing. These sturdy new ...Read More

Back To School Supplies Needed – Help a Child Succeed!

Posted on July 30, 2021
Do you remember the feeling of opening a fresh box of crayons? Or using a newly sharpened pencil? A new school year brings with it a fresh start and the chance to imagine new possibilities. Each summer, the Villa works to ensure that every student is prepared with the supplies and resources they need to reach their full potential in the classroom on the very first day of school. While ...Read More

Meaningful Meals makes largest lunch donation yet to Villa staff

Posted on May 17, 2021
St. Joseph's Villa would like to give a huge THANK YOU to Meaningful Meals for generously treating all 245 Villa staff to lunch on Wednesday, May 12th – their largest donation of lunches to frontline workers yet! Meaningful Meals began in March 2020, when longtime educators Janet Meyers and Claudia Biegler decided to lift up frontline workers supporting Richmond during the pandemic through the kind act of providing lunch. To ...Read More

Meet Urgent Needs with our Amazon Wishlist

Posted on February 22, 2021
Introducing a new way to lend a helping hand to Villa children and families! Your donation of urgently needed items on our Amazon Wishlist can be shipped directly to us, and will provide immediate assistance for our clients experiencing homelessness, food insecurity, and other challenges amplified by the pandemic. Make an impact with an in-kind gift here: https://a.co/2ZaRNAq Please include your name and preferred contact method in the gift message, ...Read More

Help Create Holiday Magic for a Villa Family

Posted on November 3, 2020
The Villa campus is a lively and joyful place during the holidays, but it may not be the same scenario at home. Join us in sharing the holiday spirit this year by becoming a Season of Hope Sponsor and fulfilling the wishes and needs of children and families who otherwise might not receive a gift this season. Click here to learn how you can brighten their holidays.

Villa students enjoy visit from Richmond Mounted Police

Posted on November 20, 2019
Aslan, Samson, Scooter and Toby got lots of love from our students when they visited the Villa campus with the Richmond Police Mounted Unit. Every one of our schools had the opportunity to meet these beautiful horses, and talk with the friendly officers who protect and serve their community. Every day at St. Joseph's Villa, learning takes place outside the classroom thanks to our caring partners who provide our students ...Read More

Capital One donates 5,000 lbs of food to the Villa Grocery

Posted on October 10, 2019
Capital One generously contributes time and resources throughout the year to help our children and families succeed. To make sure no student is held back by hunger, Capital One’s Internal Audit Department donated 5,000 lbs of food to the Villa Grocery - that’s 5 truck loads, and more than 3,600 cans! In collaboration with FeedMore and partners like Capital One, the Villa Grocery serves as a client-choice pantry that provides ...Read More

Villa Block Party celebrates five-year partnership with VCU mentors

Posted on May 3, 2019
The Villa Block Party returned for a 5th year thanks to our VCU student mentors. In a partnership between our Career and Transition Services and VCU's Focused Inquiry service-learning class, VCU mentors led Villa students in college tours and collaborative projects throughout the year, and helped prepare them for success after high school. The block party celebrated the enriching experience they shared. All Villa schools and programs were invited to come ...Read More

College volunteer helps Center for Autism students reach goals with music therapy

Posted on July 13, 2018
Research shows that making music can create changes in the human brain, especially strengthening connections between the auditory and motor regions. In addition to the potential benefits music can provide a child with autism in speech and academic learning, Villa volunteer Lydia Heitman shows it’s just plain fun! For three summers, Lydia has brought joy to our Sarah Dooley Center for Autism students through music while helping them achieve individual ...Read More

Volunteers give fresh look to Crisis Stabilization Unit

Posted on May 22, 2018
Interior designer Carol Pipes volunteered her time and expertise to plan a warm and welcoming space for youth in mental health crisis and their families. Thanks also to our hardworking Facilities team and volunteers from Altria, our Crisis Stabilization Unit is getting a new coat of paint and new handmade wall decorations. Stay tuned for a look at the finished building! Our Crisis Stabilization Unit operates 24 hours a day, ...Read More



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