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BJ’s makes donation to three local charities

The BJ’s Charitable Foundation recently presented donations totaling $20,000 to three local nonprofit organizations: CrossOver Ministries’ eyeglass and vision program, FeedMore’s mobile pantry and the Children’s Museum of Richmond’s Book Nook literacy program. The check presentations took place Sept. 11 at BJ’s Wholesale Club on Starling Drive in Henrico.

Pictured with the CrossOver check are (from left): Carlie Cross, BJ’s regional acquisition retention manager; Kyra Dillard Wright, vision program manager; Julie Bilodeau, director of operations; and Lynn Williams, development manager. The check will benefit the eyeglass project, which includes pre-screening and evaluations of low-income
individuals with vision needs, a medical visit to check basic health, a voucher to receive eyeglasses at BJ’s Wholesale Club, and a follow-up evaluation and survey.

The BJ’s Charitable Foundation grants funds quarterly to organizations where BJ’s clubs are located. The Foundation chooses organizations that provide critical services and programs focusing on hunger prevention, self-sufficiency, healthcare and education, which is the company’s giving focus. A complete list of charitable organizations receiving grants is located at http://www.BJs.com/community
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HandsOn Day set for Oct. 17

HandsOn Day 2015, which will feature 1200 volunteers serving more than 65 nonprofits in Greater Richmond, will take place Oct. 17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Among the projects in Henrico or surrounding communities that need volunteers are: installing GardenFest lights Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, distribution center assistance at Feedmore, pumpkin carving with residents at SupportOne, work and play at Housing Families First, paint for independence at Heart Havens, spruce up the shelter and clean sweep at Harbor House at Safe Harbor, pinwheel project at REAP and Kidney Walk prep at National Kidney Foundation Serving VA. > Read more.

Online tool helps identify best native plants for pollinators

Virginians who want to plant beneficial plants for bees, butterflies and hummingbirds have a new resource at their fingertips. The online Virginia Native Plant Finder now lets users search for native plant species that benefit pollinators. The tool, which is managed by the Virginia Natural Heritage Program, is free and easy to use; searches can be completed on desktops, tablets or smartphones.

Native plants are those that grow where they evolved; they have traits that enable them to adapt to local conditions. The Virginia Native Plant Finder lets users create their own custom native plant lists by selecting from dropdown menus. > Read more.

Growlers to Go opens in Short Pump; opening celebration Oct. 15

Growlers to Go has opened its second area location – in Short Pump, next to Trader Joe's.

Unlike the flagship store on the Boulevard in Richmond, this location is equipped with a Tasting Room, offering customers the opportunity to drink pints or tasting wheels as well as order snacks on premises. > Read more.


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