Summer Internship Program

Introducing the Embrace Richmond Summer Internship Program This summer Embrace Richmond will be using our final AmeriCorps slots to empower young adults to be a blessing to the Brookland Park Boulevard corridor and the surrounding neighborhoods of Ginter Park Terrace, North Central, Battery Park and Barton Heights. We have 7 positions available for summer interns (June through August).  Interns will receive a living allowance and an education award as well as on the job training. We are looking for young adults ages 18-25 who live in the north side who will coordinate service projects for local youth and neighborhood residents throughout the summer.  These service projects will include but are not limited to: assisting seniors with yard work and minor home repair, beautification projects, working with children, gardening projects and helping to build a sense of community among residents of the area. We are also looking for service projects in Brookland Park and the surrounding neighborhoods that will give young people a chance to serve this summer.  Do you know a senior who needs help around the house?  Are you a business owner, church or local non-profit in the area who has projects that could benefit the community? If you know of any young people interested in the internships or if you know of any potential service projects for our teams, please contact...

Deep Run HS to Support Embrace Richmond

  Deep Run High School has selected Embrace Richmond as one of their 2012 beneficiaries! They will be holding several fundraisers including a dance marathon  over the next two months to support and celebrate our mission! Come out and eat some food and have some fun to support both Deep Run students and Embrace Richmond. Bowl America– Short Pump location, February 9th, 6-8pm Buffalo Wild Wings– Short Pump location, February 15th from 5-9pm Pancake Supper– Hosted by Deep Run High School, March 9th starting at 5:30 in DRHS commons VA Blood Drive–  At Midas of Richmond (Short Pump location) March 10th from 8am-4pm Click here for more details on these fundraisers and...

Reflections on MLK Day 2012

Volunteers from Brandermill Church joined us in celebration of Dr. King at the Hillside Rec Center.  We combined song, food, children’s activities, meaningful discussions and fellowship as we gathered our neighbors to reflect on both the life  and dreams of Dr. King and what our dream for our community is today.  See the pictures below to get a glimpse of all the fun that we had!...

New Board Chair Announced

As a young organization, we have several board members who have seen Embrace Richmond grow from a group of women asking the question, “If we could do anything for God and knew we couldn’t fail, what would we do?” to an organization with staff and volunteers working to answer this question. We are seeing these dreams come to life and the spirit of this original quest is daily touching the lives of many. As a founding board member, Becky Kiraly Qualls watched Embrace Richmond grow from a small women’s ministry to a ministry that bridges people of every race, class, and religious background from across this city. Becky served in many ways: she was an encourager to many single mothers, she served as both our Vice Chairman and Chairman of the board, but the most significant contribution she made was her steadfast commitment to pray for Embrace, our staff and those we serve from the very beginning. Through her guidance, leadership, and most of all, love, Becky has helped encourage Embrace Richmond to grow and change communities from within. It is with sadness and gratitude that I announce that Becky has decided it is time to step down from the Embrace Board where she has served for over six years. While she will be leaving the board, she has assured me that she will continue to be our most faithful prayer warrior and that she will continue to encourage others. Becky writes, “My involvement with Embrace has changed my life in profound and wonderful ways. I can’t thank you enough for allowing me to partner with you on this...
Our New Look

Our New Look

Dear Friends, We hope you like our new look.  In an effort to make our website more informative and easier to navigate, we have moved to a new hosting company and given the Embrace Richmond site a whole new look.  We hope you will let us know of any challenges you have with this new site so we can continually improve our communications and web presence. You will notice a whole new navigation bar which contains categorized posts.  In the tab titled “From the Director” you will find posts shared by our Executive Director, Wendy McCaig.  Wendy writes about community development, the state of Embrace and shares many stories that highlight the core values and philosophy of Embrace Richmond. Our “Get Involved”, “News” and “Upcoming Events” tabs will help you connect to Embrace and stay up on all the latest news and announcements. Over the next several months, we will be adding more profiles of our community leaders and AmeriCorps members to the “Leader Profiles” page so you can get to know our team better and learn more about the great work they are doing. When you have some time, I encourage you to read the stories in the “Stories from the Streets” section of the site.  This section contains reflections written by our AmeriCorps members, staff, and key leaders about what they are witnessing and learning through their involvement with Embrace Richmond.  We are hoping through these stories you can get a feel for what an average day is like at Embrace and celebrate the great things God is doing in and through our community. Thank you for...

Embrace Richmond Launches a New Employment Initiative

Over the past month, the Embrace Richmond team has been hosting a series of “listening meetings” to learn more about how we can help job seekers secure employment. This listening process resulted in a new initiative which will include two components. Transportation Assistance One on One Vocational Mentoring We are seeking volunteers to serve as “Job Coaches” as well as individuals who would be willing to assist with transportation to and from job interviews.  We are also seeking the donation of gas cards to help us provide those who secure employment with transportation during the gap period between the first day of work and the first pay check.  We also welcome the donation of bus tickets for those seeking jobs on the bus line. If you would like to assist with this initiative, please contact Wendy McCaig at wendy@embracerichmond.org. Wendy has shared more about the process that lead to this initiative and the underlying needs on her personal blog in a post titled “Just Get a Job!”...