There are many ways to support the NRC. You can give your time, purchase school supplies, make a donation, or fundraise for the Run to the River race coming up October 20, 2012.
Run to the River
If you are a runner or walker, register to race, and encourage your friends to race. Run to the River is a hardcore 10k featuring varied terrain, stairs, hill, and changing landscapes. The course takes you over cobblestones, pavement, grass, and dirt, along the banks of the James River, up stair sets and serious hills (it is 190 ft from the lowest point of the course to the highest, and that uphill battle will happen twice!). If the challenging course doesn’t have you pumped up, the finish-line party will. Run to the river has the best food you have ever had at a race, just think of fresh pumpkin bread waiting for you at the finish line as you are struggling up that last hill.
Don’t worry if you are not a runner. You can walk in our family friendly 5k! You could even start a walking team and walk with your friends and family.
Volunteer. The folks here at the NRC put on this race themselves, which means we need a lot of volunteer support to pull it off. Learn more about volunteering for the race by visiting www.runtotheriver.org and clicking on the volunteer link.
Everyone can fundraise! Register for the race and learn more at: www.runtotheriver.org.
Last year the race had 200 participants, and this year NRC is looking to double those numbers. If you are looking for a challenge, community feel, and a great tour of what the City has to offer, the Run to the River is just for you. The end of the race has great food as well!
Donate School Items
NRC students deserve access to the school supplies needed to learn. They should be surrounded by good books, convenient supplies, and the materials necessary to succeed. You can help them have a better education by donating to our classrooms. Below are just a few examples of what NRC uses and needs for our school children.
General Preschool Materials:
Portable hot water sink $1,399
Sing and read along CD with books $54.14
Basketball set $84.99
Color Beads Hangers (11-19) $17.95
Color Bead Stair control chart $5.95
Tile Numbers Counter Board $32.95
Lowercase Tracing Boards $43.95
Alphabet sand job $23.95
Animal + Botany Puzzles set, 10 puzzles $89.95
Small Lowercase moveable alphabet $47.95
It’s been said since our founding that volunteers are the NRC’s most valuable resource, and it is true. Volunteers make the NRC possible. We are always looking for volunteers to:
Work with Adults
- Help us provide Job support services. Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p, m., we are looking for folks that are computer savvy and able to assist community members in job searches, filling out applications, and resume writing.
- By appointment, we need volunteers to work with individuals or small groups on math, reading comprehension, science, and writing to prepare them for GED testing.
Work with Children
- Homework help/after-school tutoring takes place Monday through Thursday, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. during the school year, and 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. during the summer. We are always looking for volunteers to assist our elementary, middle, and high school youth with homework, or to work one-on-one with youth in areas of need such as reading, math, writing, and science.
- After-school Programs take place on Monday through Thursday from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. during the school year, and 4 p.m. through 6 p.m. during the summer. NRC afterschool programs are run by a combination of staff and volunteers. Most of our classes need volunteers to lead the class. If you are interested in starting your own class, please let us know! Classes include: cooking, gardening, dance, drama, art, boy scouts, girl scouts, young writers recording studio, youth group, and farm stand.
Help around the Center
- Volunteers who help us keep our center clean and organized are always appreciated. Organizing and cleaning takes place Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. through 3 p.m.
- Our building can always use some TLC. If you are an experienced carpenter, electrician, HVAC contractor, plumber, or painter, the Neighborhood Resource Center can sincerely use your help.
The Neighborhood Resource Center needs your support! The NRC is a grassroots, non-profit cultural arts and education organization that relies upon charitable donations from people like you.
There are two ways to give:
1. Donate Online by visiting http://www.nrccafe.org/donate.
2. Mail Your Donation:
Neighborhood Resource Center
1519 Williamsburg Road
Richmond, Virginia 23231
(Please make checks payable to the “Neighborhood Resource Center”.)