Sandston woman earns Habitat home
Staff members from Richmond Metropolitan Habitat for Humanity joined with representatives from Capital One and other sponsors Oct. 23 to dedicate the newly constructed Habitat house on Algiers Street in Sandston. Chevelle Athey, a single mother of six children who works full-time for the Virginia Department of Taxation, will move into the home with her family within a few weeks.
The new home was built from the ground up using hundreds of volunteers, and was sponsored by several local businesses in addition to Capital One, including Richmond International Forest Products, The Community Foundation Serving Richmond & Central Virginia, Genworth Financial and Allianz. Among in-kind donors were James River Air Conditioning, Riverside Brick & Supply Co., Eidson Concrete, Allied Concrete, Bass Crane Service, and the Richmond Council of Garden Clubs. Gordon and Judith Angles (looking on, as Athey cuts the ribbon, above) donated the property.
The Atheys have been living in substandard conditions in a rental home that smells of sewage in the summer, and some of the children have acquired health issues. In preparation for moving into the new home, Chevelle Athey has attended mandatory homeownership and financial literacy courses as well as completing 350 hours of "sweat equity" volunteering at the Habitat ReStore and helping to build her own home.
Citizen Staff Reports 10/12/2015
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.
Citizen Staff Reports 10/12/2015
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.
Henrico County Recreation and Parks is hosting a concert by The Volunteers of the United States Army Field Band on Thursday, Oct. 15 at Henrico Theatre, 305 East Nine Mile Road in Highland Springs. This free concert will be held at 7 p.m. and will feature Soldier-Musicians from the U.S. Army Field Band.
Since its inception in 1981, The Volunteers has been telling the Army story through rock, pop, country, and patriotic music. Its members have performed for millions of listeners in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico, Kuwait, and Iraq. This group tours more than 100 days each year, bringing a powerful message of patriotism and support to communities large and small. > Read more.
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