Join in the campus-wide initiative, as Randolph-Macon students get involved with our community. Macon a Difference Day will take place on Saturday, April 27, 2013. Macon a Difference Day is an annual event held in conjunction with the celebration of Earth Day. Students, staff, and faculty volunteer along with citizens of the Town of Ashland on a variety of earth friendly and service projects in the Randolph-Macon Community and the Town of Ashland.
Macon a Difference Day was created in 2006 and each year since its inception participation has increased and the College and the Ashland community have augmented the scope of their community service to truly make this an important event. And we need YOU to volunteer to make this year's event even more successful!
Macon a Difference Day is a collaboration between the College and The Hanover County Department of Community Resources on their annual Global Youth Service Day. Hanover County is hoping to host Hanover's most successful Global Youth Service Day to date. For the fifth consecutive year, Hanover County has been selected by youth Service America to sever as one of 79 Global Youth Service Day Lead Agencies throughout th Nation. Celebrated in over 100 countries, Global Youth Service Day is an annual world-wide event that mobilizes millions of youth people to improve their communities through service and service-learning. This year R-MC will take part in the national even through our community service effort for Macon a Difference Day.
At Macon a Difference Day we will be collecting electronic waste to donate to Hanover Industries, which uses the recycled waste to create employment and job training opportunities for people with disabilities in our local community. We will take any of the following: televisions, computer monitors, computers systems (hard drive, CPU), computer accessories (cables, wires, keyboards, mice, speakers, etc.), printers, scanners & copiers, telephones & cell phones, fax machines, VCRs & camcorders, stereos, and microwaves that you no longer use, or which do not work and are beyond repair, used batteries, and ink cartridges and laser printer toners. Any items that Hanover Industries cannot use, will be given to a non-profit recycling organization that has a 0% waste to landfill policy.
If you have a service project that you would like to be completed during Macon a Difference Day please fill out the MADD Project Proposal Form.To sign-up for one of the projects listed below please fill out the Macon a Difference Day Sign Up 2013 FormMacon a Difference Day Project Opportunities for 2013
Beaverdam Ruritan Renewal Project
Beaverdam Ruritan Club
18002 Teman Rd Beaverdam, VA 23015
Website: www. beaverdamruritan.com
Contact: Project Coordinator: Corrine Dixon DewberryCBD@gmail.com
Number of Volunteers Still Needed: 23
Description: The Beaverdam Ruritan Club is looking for 25 volunteers ages 12-20 to participate in their Renewal project in preparation for the painting of their building. The duties of the project include both inside and outside work. Inside work will include cleaning walls, windows, floors, furniture, appliances, cabinets, bathrooms, kitchen, etc. Outside work will include raking leaves/debris, picking up debris/trash/limbs, emptying and cleaning trashcans, trimming bushes, cleaning flowerbed are around flagpoles, planting small plants, some mulching, scraping lose paint on building/trim.
Special Instructions: If interested please wear shoes and clothes that are comfortable and that you are okay with getting ruined while cleaning and doing yard work.
*Lunch will be provided FREE hotdogs, hamburgers, French fries. If you have special dietary needs please notify project coordinator.*
If bad weather prohibits work outside, volunteers will be reassigned to work inside.
Smith & Henry Native Plant Lot
Smith and Henry Street
Number of Volunteers Still Needed: 20
Volunteers will be weeding, mulching, and planting.
Roots and Shoots Garden Project
Project Coordinator: Paula Little Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone #: 804-365-8128
Website: www. hanover.k12.va.us
Number of Volunteers Still Needed: 10
Description: Henry Clay elementary school is looking for students that are enrolled at Henry Clay and parents of students to with their Roots and Shoots Garden Project. The purpose of the project is to get parents and children of Henry Clay elementary to volunteer together to provide community service and learn the importance of community service. The volunteers will help pull weeds, spread mulch, and enhance the garden.
Special Instructions: Volunteers should wear comfortable work clothes and bring gloves. In case of rain the date of project will be moved to May 6th 2013 at 2:30pm-3:30pm.
Going Green with Hanover Habitat for Humanity
Number of Volunteers Still Needed: 11
Description: We will be “junking” scrap metal for cash to build habitat homes. (Recycling old or broken items) Need 12 people!
Special Instructions: Dress appropriate for weather, bring work gloves, and safety glasses.
Help the Hungry
Number of Volunteers Still Needed: 50
Description: Six groups to collect canned and nonperishable foods.
Special Instructions: Will need to weigh donations or keep detailed list of types of food and sizes. Food will need to be delivered to one of the three county food pantries that afternoon.
The Ashland Garden Club Tour
This event takes place on April 20
Number of Volunteers Still Needed: 12
Directing Parking at each house on the tour. Shift are 10-1 and 1- 5 but usually the afternoon shift can leave around 4. April 20 10 am – 5 pm. Transportation can be provided if needed.
Mechumps Creek Cleanup
Area Behind APD to I-95
Number of Volunteers Still Needed: 18
Looking for 20 people to pick up trash and debris in and along the creek. The Town of Ashland will provide trash bags and gloves and a dump truck will be located in the parking lot at 201 Duncan Street (adjacent to Ashland Rescue Squad) for disposal of trash collected
Stony Run Cleanup
Number of Volunteers Still Needed: 10
Looking for people to pick up trash and debris in and along the creek. The Town of Ashland will provide trash bags and gloves and a dump truck will be located in the parking lot at 201 Duncan Street (adjacent to Ashland Rescue Squad) for disposal of trash collected.
Roadside Trash Collection
Kitty Hamilton Area
Number of Volunteers Still Needed: 6
Looking for people to pick up trash and debris along Kitty Hamilton Lane. The Town of Ashland will provide trash bags and gloves and a dump truck will be located in the parking lot at 201 Duncan Street (adjacent to Ashland Rescue Squad) for disposal of trash collected.
At booth in public areas
Number of Volunteers Still Needed: 4
Looking for people to distribute stormwater flyers and posters to public places and businesses around town. 10 packs of flyers and 10 posters will be distributed throughout town; a list of recommended locations will be provided, along with space for the volunteers to list other locations the flyers and posters are delivered to.
Courthouse & Taylor Parks
Courthouse and Taylor Park
D . Reber Dunkel, Ph.D.
Number of Volunteers Still Needed: 25
The parks will provide 3-gallon pots of Elaeagnus bushes (they need to add to our landscape buffer at both sites) and holly's to plant(maybe 2-3 per location). The park will provide shovels, dirt, and mulch. Volunteers bring water and gloves, and be prepared to plant!
Ashland Visitor Center (Ashland Garden Club)
Ashland Train Station
Number of Volunteers Still Needed: Full
Volunteers to weed, plant, and help with soil amending, etc. April 27th during Macon a Difference Day.
Project Grassroots II
RAFT House- Hanover County Community Services Dept. Of Mental Health
14433 N. Washington Highway, Ashland, VA 23005
Number of Volunteers Still Needed: FULL
Description: The RAFT House is looking for 8-10 volunteers that are at least 18 years old to participate in their Grassroots Project. Duties of the project include removing and pruning dead shrubbery and/ or dead trees, weeding around edge of flower borders, putting mulch around shrubbery and flower bed, repairing and weeding raised garden beds (they have 4 to work with, but may need one or two more), apply topsoil and ready beds for planting, and apply fertilizer/ weed killer. They will provide tools to work with for project.
If you suffer from plant, pollen, or insect bite allergies we suggest that you not choose to volunteer with this project. If there is inclement weather we will schedule a mutually agreeable date on a weekday or Saturday morning between the hours of 8:30 am to 3:30pm.
We will be maintaining our Adopt-A-Highway road, which is a portion of ashcake road. We will be picking up trash along the road and leaving it in garbage bags in a designated area for VDOT to pick up.
Contact: Linda Lane
(804) 449-2275 or http://www.barkva.org
Number of Volunteers Still Needed: Full
Description: Volunteer opportunities range from hands-on help with the dogs to supporting our administrative team with fundraising, marketing, or other exciting projects.
International Herb Garden
Volunteers will be building a raised garden in the back yard of the international house. There will be some building, planting, and placing soil. The plants will be named by their country of origin.
CASA Super Hero Run
St. Joseph’s Villa in Richmond
Volunteer in booths, such as children games and face painting. The program is a community event.
Bridging Through the Ages
Ashland Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
Number of Volunteers Still Needed: FULL
Description: Courtyard raised flower bed planting with the wheelchair residents of our facility. We have two courtyards, one off the regular dining room and the other off the Dementia wing, that have flower beds in need of attention and love. You will be planting flowers along with the help of our residents. This will be followed by a Thank You Social in the dining room.
Special Instructions: Assist in the weeding, adding of soil, planting of flowers into our raised flower beds.
Book Sale Friends of Ashland Library
Pamela K. Fay-Williams
Ashland Library- Entrance from back parking lot
Description: Help set up tables, move books as needed, walk around and help customers, take books to car for customers, carry books from one location to another. Need 4 people.
Special Instructions: Please dress in business casual clothes: no jeans, no tight low cut blouses. Stay busy- do not hang around together as a group, but mingle with the customers and the workers. Look for ways to help.
The Ranch Pick Up Service Project
Project coordinators: Alison Boyd or Martha Durnett Email: email@example.com Phone #: 804-690-0229(Martha Cell #) or 804-397-0469(Alison Cell #)
Description: Wings of Hope Ranch are looking for 5-20 volunteers to help with this project. Duties of the volunteers would be fence repair, tree/bush trimming, cleaning debris and moving to a burn pile, gardening(weeding, planting flowers), cleaning barn, mowing, general cleaning; possible drainage project if organization gets supplies and direction from a profession.
Special Instructions for volunteers: All volunteers will be asked to sign a waiver. Organization could benefit from volunteers who could bring equipment like riding mowers, gas weed whackers, loppers, shovels, etc. If weather is not severe projects can be done inside barn, if weather is severe then a mutually beneficial date will be made.
Healthy Kids Day!
Description: Healthy Kids Day is a fair for children and their families to learn about and celebrate healthy habits. Volunteers will assist with activities, bounce houses, healthy snacks, set up/ take down of tables and chair. Need 75- 100 volunteers.
Special Instruction: Please wear a t-shirt that represents the group you are in. If you do not have a shirt there will be one provided. Just let us know a week in advance.
Campus Canvassing Project
Daytime Phone #: 804-343-2772 Cell Phone #: 804-370-8005
Description of Project: This is an opportunity for volunteers to assist with informing students living on the Randolph Macon College campus about fire and emergency preparedness. Volunteers will pass out materials on fire and emergency preparedness in all student living facilities on campus.
Special Instructions: A lead volunteer will need to meet with Michael Rhea to go over details and gather handout materials. In case of rain the date of the project will be moved to Sunday April 28th 2013 or the following weekend, same time frame.