COMING TOGETHER TO TAKE CARE OF EACH OTHER
Initiatives that need your help
FEEDING OUR FAMILIES
Friends of RCHS has been working since March to provide groceries to families facing food insecurity due to Covid and related job loses. Where some individuals can access unemployment benefits, other freelance, temporary, or seasonal workers aren't allowed that safety net. Please consider making a donation to our grocery fund here.
Brookland Park Community Garden is a collaborative project between the Northside neighborhood and RCHS. Friends of RCHS helps coordinate the effort. The garden will be providing fresh produce throughout the summer and fall to over 40 RCHS families facing food insecurity.
READY FOR COLLEGE
We are actively taking donations of gently used or new items for setting up a dorm room for students whose families are facing financial challenges.
Things like small dorm refrigerators, comforters and XL sheets, storage, bed risers, and desk lamps that collect dust in your closet can help a student. If you live in or around the Richmond area, one of our volunteers will come collect any donation you might have.
Another way to help is to sponsor a "Dorm in A Box" kit for a student or purchase items for students through the AMAZON WISHLIST
Items and donations can be delivered or mailed to Alison Owens, ED, 1708 Windingridge Court, Richmond, VA 23238
MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS
Our students, just like many adults, are feeling the stress and anxiety brought by isolation and fears related to the pandemic. Students are excited to see conversations and actions taking place around improving their communities, while also feeling scared and uncertain about what will happen next.
Current events add to issues our students already face of depression, anxiety, self doubt, and other mental health concerns.
We are working to find grant funding and sponsors to put a mental health and wellness program into place at RCHS. Our mindfulness room will offer self care programs like exercise, yoga, meditation and small group support as well as provide a safe space for students to take a break and meet with a mental health professional as needed.