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HandsOn Program: TeamWorks RVAhydro

Phil Riggan

March 28, 2012 8:00am

A new program from HandsOn Greater Richmond, RVAhydro, takes traditional volunteering out of the box by combining education with service. RVAhydro combines service and education to create a lasting and effective volunteer experience. This year’s program will focus on water quality issues in the Greater Richmond area and we have scheduled projects with Chesterfield County, James River Advisory Council, and James River Parks and Recreation to bring in experts and educate volunteers about these issues and what we can do to help.

WHAT: Do you want to serve Richmond on a whole other level AND dive into an Environmental issue that is plaguing our community?  We are seeking committed individuals to join us for our Spring/Summer term for RVAhydro.

A TeamWorks program takes traditional volunteering outside of the box. We are seeking a dedicated group of 12 – 15 individuals who are committed to helping serve Richmond while gaining a better understanding of the issues our city and its people face. This series includes 3 service projects and an introductory kickoff event. The program will conclude with a wrap up session at the end of the last project.

TeamWorks:RVAhydro will explore Water Quality in Richmond and the implications of not addressing this issue. We are excited to offer projects that will be led by Chesterfield County Department of Environmental Engineering, James River Park System, and the James River Advisory Council.

If you are interested in participating, please check the project dates (we ask that volunteers can attend at least 3 out of the 4 activities) and express interest on the HandsOn website.


  •     April 14th (9:00am – 12:00pm) – TeamWorks:RVAhydro Kick Off and Water Quality Workshop
  •     May 5th (9:00am – 1:00pm) – Invasive Species Project
  •     June 9th (Time is TBD) – James River Clean Up with the James River Advisory Council
  •     July 21st (10:00am – 2:00pm) – Storm Drain Marking Project and Wrap Up

WHERE: To learn more about this opportunity and sign up please visit the TeamWorks link on our website at http://www.handsonrva.org

ACTIVITIES: During the kick off session, we will introduce our program and learn about the importance water quality has on the Richmond Community. More details on the monthly service projects will also be provided at this first meeting. We intend for this program to focus on education and service which we believe is the most effective way to combat water issues in the area. This series is free to all participants.

About Phil Riggan

He's been a part of Richmond's outdoors since moving to Richmond in 1988. Earned a master’s degree in Urban Planning at VCU in 2015 with a focus on the environment, parks, transportation and nonprofits — largely due to his dedication to becoming part of the solution to advocate for outdoor initiatives, the James River and Richmond’s great parks and recreational amenities. Now works as a transportation planner with the Richmond Regional Transportation Planning Organization, focusing primarily on bike/ped planning.