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Community Foundation Invites RVA to Serve, Donate and Discuss in Honor of MLK

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day marks the beginning of the service year as millions of Americans honor the memory of Dr. King by contributing their time, talent, voice and money to improve their communities. Over the MLK Day weekend, the Community Foundation and its partners have coordinated several local activities to inspire volunteerism, community conversations and action. Below are ways to get involved.


Film and Discussion

Flint: The Poisoning of An American City (2019): This film traces the timeline of Flint, Michigan’s interaction with the Flint River - from the continued abuse and neglect of both city infrastructure and environmental regulations, to subsequent population decline, through today's crisis. 

When: Sunday, January 19, 2020, doors open around 1 p.m., movie begins at 1:30 p.m. 

Where: The Byrd Theatre: 2908 W. Cary Street. 

Bring: School supplies to donate to Richmond Public Schools (see needs below) 

Register: FREE TO THE PUBLIC! Click here for tickets.

The film will be followed by a short discussion and community conversation with the Community Foundation, co-hosts Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities (VCIC) and the University of Richmond Bonner Center for Civic Engagement, and other special community guests.

Social media: #MLKDayRVA #FlintIsEverywhere and tag @HandsOnRVA @FlintPoisoning 


Community Service Projects

Sign up for a slot on one of several projects with nonprofit and community groups in Richmond. Many volunteer opportunities are family-friendly and include activities like weeding, sorting and organizing, making decorations and much more.

When: Monday, January 20, 2020

Where: Across Richmond, VA

Register: Click here and scroll down to browse MLK Day Service Projects.


School Supply Drive

Community members can join together to support Richmond Public Schools by collecting and donating school supplies, which will be distributed to RPS schools in January 2020. There are two donation drop-off days and volunteers are asked to bring at least 5 items from the list.

When: Sunday, January 19 and Monday, January 20, 2020

View Donations List and Register: Click here to learn more.

 Hosted by: RPS, Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities (VCIC), University of Richmond Bonner Center for Civic Engagement and HandsOn Greater Richmond


Discussion Opportunities

Take this opportunity to gather your friends, families or colleagues and have a discussion about your community. You can use the following discussion questions as a guide:

  • What is one thing you'd like to change in your community?
  • What are the characteristics of a healthy community?
  • What skills, resources, or talents do you have that you could use to change your community?

Visit to view service projects and sign up, or to download resources to use at home.