Tuesday, May 16, 2023


Erin Hillert, Assistant Director of Communications
James River Association
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Owens & Minor Donates Fifty Thousand Dollars To Foster James River Lovers

RICHMOND, VA—Owens & Minor has committed fifty thousand dollars to provide ongoing access to the educational and environmental benefits of the James River through programs provided by the James River Association (JRA). Twenty-five thousand dollars of their gift will go toward JRA’s new, state-of-the-art James A. Buzzard River Education Center, currently under construction in downtown Richmond. The additional twenty-five thousand dollars will go toward helping JRA with their educational programming.

“We are extremely grateful for the very generous support of The Owens & Minor Foundation and their employees,” said Bill Street, President and CEO for the James River Association. “Their partnership with JRA supports the construction of the future James A. Buzzard River Education Center and provides support for our current educational programming.”

In addition to their generous donation, volunteers from Owens & Minor planted trees in partnership with JRA, Richmond Public Library, and Richmond Department of Public Utilities/RVAH2O this past Earth Day on April 22, 2023. These planting efforts supported the Greening Richmond Public Libraries project at the East End Public Library.

“JRA and our partners were fortunate to work alongside conservation-minded volunteers from Owens & Minor to plant trees on Earth Day,” said Justin Doyle, Director of Community Conservation for the James River Association. “As the trees we planted grow, they will intercept rainwater, reduce stormwater runoff, and help cool one of the hottest areas of Richmond’s East End.”

Community tree planting events associated with the Greening Richmond Public Libraries initiative rely on volunteer assistance. This project will benefit the library and surrounding community in regard to stormwater runoff, which is a growing source of pollution in the James River watershed.

“We appreciate the opportunity to partner with the James River Association to promote conservation and responsible stewardship of our nation’s waterways,” said Faith Cristol, President of The Owens & Minor Foundation. “We truly value our partnership with JRA and the opportunity to contribute to the goal of creating a healthier environment and serving our community.”

About the James River Association: The James River Association is a member-supported nonprofit organization founded in 1976 to serve as a guardian and voice for the James River. Throughout the James River’s 10,000-square mile watershed, the James River Association works toward its vision of a fully healthy James River supporting thriving communities. The James River Association believes that “when you change the James, the James changes you”. With offices in Lynchburg, Richmond, Williamsburg, and Scottsville, the James River Association is committed to protecting the James River and connecting people to it. For more information visit

 About Owens & Minor and The Owens & Minor Foundation: 
Owens & Minor, Inc. (NYSE: OMI) is a Fortune 500 global healthcare solutions company integrating product manufacturing and delivery, home health supply, and perioperative services to support care through the hospital and into the home. Owens & Minor drives visibility, control and efficiency for patients, providers and healthcare professionals across the supply chain with proprietary technology and solutions, an extensive product portfolio, an Americas-based manufacturing footprint for personal protective equipment (PPE) and surgical products, as well as a robust portfolio of products and services for patients managing chronic and acute conditions in the home setting. Operating continuously since 1882 from its headquarters in Richmond, Va., Owens & Minor is a 140-year-old company powered by more than 20,000 global teammates. Learn more at, follow @Owens_Minor on Twitter and connect on LinkedIn at

Launched in May 2021, The Owens & Minor Foundation is committed to building healthier communities through impactful contributions to the charitable and civic organizations it serves, in alignment with the Owens & Minor mission of Empowering Our Customers to Advance Healthcare. Foundation activities focus primarily on issues related to the environment, healthcare, and diversity and inclusion.