Service Opportunities

Hands On Richmond is recruiting Volunteer Leaders for recurring, done-in-a-day projects targeted to youth volunteers with several community partners for a May 2014 start. For more information, click here

Hands on Richmond is a nonprofit group that provides a link for individuals, families, teams, and corporate groups to volunteer within the Greater Richmond region.   

Get involved in the community with the Center on Health Disparities! Check out upcoming service opportunities below.  If you are interested in participating, or if you have a service event to recommend, please contact Alisa Brewer, Director of Community Engagement and Outreach at

We can’t wait to serve with you!

To check out more campus-wide opportunities through the VCU Division of Community Engagement. 

Calling All Volunteers!

Help Improve Health Services for East End Residents

Your help is requested to complete the first-ever community-wide survey in the east end.  Volunteers will assist residents complete an internet-based survey on health and wellness topics of interest to east end residents and the community organizations that serve them.  Your time commitment is flexible, with most assistance required Mondays-Friday between 10am and 4pm.  

 -Training is required for this project.  The next training session will be held February 22nd from 9:30am-3:30pm at the East District Family Resource Center (2405 Jefferson Ave, Richmond, VA 23223).  A light breakfast and lunch will be provided.  Please RSVP for the training session by 5pm, Wednesday February 19th.

 -Locations are easy to reach by bike and car from either Monroe Park or MCV campuses.  If you are interested in volunteering, but cannot attend the upcoming training session or if you have additional questions, please contact Dr. Elizabeth Prom-Wormley (828-8154 or or Ms. De’Nisha Wilson (644-4496).

Student Help Needed

The Center on Health Disparities hosts a monthly roundtable discussion group for students, faculty/staff, and community partners. This events is held on second fridays of the month, from 12pm - 1pm. We are looking for students who are interested in supporting this networking opportunity. Volunteers will assist Center staff with event setup, sign-in, evaluation, and event break-down. Snacks will be provided, and volunteers are encouraged to meet-and-greet and participate in roundtable activity, as interested. To sign-up, or seek more information, Please email Alisa Brewer at

Community Health/Social Science Opportunity for Interested Males

The Center on Health Disparities is looking at environmental factors related to perform birth. We are currently seeking measurement team memebers to help map neighborhood supports via systematic observation. At this time, we have enough females data collectors, but we need more males. Observations are expected to take place out it the community, as walking tour, to observe and document in measurement teams. Please email Alisa Brewer at

Cover the Cold

Help the Center on Health Disparities help our Community Partner! Minister Marco Thomas of Engaging Richmond is collecting blankets to warm the homeless this Winter. If you can help, please bring clean blankets to the Center on Health Disparities at 730 East Broad Street (Room 4110)

November Events

November 9, 2013: Join us at St. Paul's Baptist Church for a Health fair from 9-12pm. Help us support efforts in health literacy, diabetes and renal failure. student support is welcome! If interested, please contact Alisa ( Learn more about St. Paul's here 

October Events

October 19, 2013: Join us at Mt. Sinai Baptist Church for the RBCP Women's Health Fair in Church Hill! This event will be held from 9pm-3pm and focus on breast cancer and general wellness for women of all ages. Students support is welcome! Drop in or stay all day. If interested, please contact Alisa ( Click here for more Information 

September Events

Community Day at Mosby Court

This annual September event is coordinated with assistance from the Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority.

July-August Events

Healthy Living Day / Back to School Kick-off at Mosby Court

Join us Friday, August 30, 2013, as we celebrate healthy living and learning in the Mosby Community. The Mosby Resource Center will provide back to school physicals, from 8am – 3pm. The Center will partner with ASPiRE and Mosby tenants to host Zumba, line dance and health snack activities.

We CARE Health Festival

Saturday, August 24, 2013, is the 7th annual WE CARE (Wellness, Education, Community Awareness and Resident’s Empowerment) Festival for community

Welcome Week 2013

Be a Health Disparities Hero! August 23, 2013
10am – 12pm, University Student Commons (Monroe campus)
1pm – 3pm, Jonah L. Larrick Student Center (MCV campus)

Interested in research to reduce health disparities? Curious about mentor and training scholarships in medical and laboratory sciences? Looking for service opportunities in support of minority health and wellness? Well, come on down! Drop by for a meet-and-greet. You’ll chat with program students and staff, take your health disparities knowledge for a spin, and may even win a prize or two! The Center on Health Disparities is waiting to meet you!

SC Mission 2013

July 30 - August 1, 2013, the Center trained under the Benefit Bank of South Carolina to serve at the SC Mission 2013 in Columbia, South Carolina, to match the uninsured and under served with available medical, financial, food, emergency, and tax assistance. The SC Mission is a 2-day event that provides free medical, eye and dentistry care to SC residents.

June-July Events

Community Gardening

June - July 2013, the center spent summer weekends with MCV's Green Affairs. Working alongside residents of the Mosby/Union Hill community, sidewalks and gardens were kept clean and green with weeding, litter pick-up and the watering and planting of flowers and fruit trees.