Volunteers play a huge role in helping the James River Association achieve its mission. Much of our work would not be possible without the knowledge and dedication of our volunteers. Whether it’s getting your hands dirty with one of our Watershed Restoration projects, acting as a voice for the river through our Advocacy efforts or helping out with office tasks, there is a job for everyone to play a part in making a cleaner James River. You give us a direct connection to the diverse communities we work with throughout the watershed.

Our volunteers contributed over 5,500 hours to improving the health of the James River in 2018, with over 2,000 people showing up with friends, family, and four legged companions to lend a hand. We want more people to discover what our volunteers already know: If you change the James, the James will change you.

 

Be proud to call yourself a James Changer!

September 2019

Lynchburg

James River Regional Cleanup

Saturday, September 14, 2019
9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Percival’s Island, Lynchburg
Join us for the 20th Annual trash cleanup!
75 volunteers; 4 hours
Register Here

Richmond

Stone’s Thrown Down

Saturday, September 21, 2019
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Brown’s Island 
Celebrate James River Week and join us at the third annual music and craft beer festival. 
10 volunteers; 4 hours
Email info@thejamesriver.org for more information.

 

Invasive Species Removal

Monday, September 23, 2019
1:00 – 3:00 pm
Chapel Island
Intersection of Dock St. and Pear St.
Richmond VA 23233
Join our monthly habitat restoration project at Chapel Island.
20 volunteers; 2 hours
Register Here

 

RiverRats Training

Saturday, September 28, 2019
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
TBD
Richmond VA
Become one of the James River’s first line of citizen defense, the RiverRats.
20 volunteers; 4 hours
Register Here

Williamsburg

James RiverFest

Saturday, September 28, 2019
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Jamestown Beach Event Park,
2205 Jamestown Road
Williamsburg, VA 23185
Help with a tabling opportunity
2-3 volunteers; 3- 6 hours
Email ecope@thejamesriver.org for more information.

 

RiverRats Training

Saturday, September 14, 2019
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
1335 Colonial Parkway
Williamsburg, VA 23185
Become one of the James River’s first line of citizen defense, the RiverRats.
20 volunteers; 4 hours
Register Here

 
 

Hampton

Invasive Species Removal

Paint Out Pollution

Wednesday, September 24, 2019
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Buckroe Beach and Park
North First Street
Hampton, VA 23664
Unique volunteer opportunity in Hampton
40 volunteers; 3 or 6 hours
Register Here

 

October 2019

Lynchburg

RiverRats Training

Saturday, October 5, 2019
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
150 Rocky Hill Road
Madison Heights, VA 24572
Become one of the James River’s first line of citizen defense, the RiverRats.
20 volunteers; 4 hours
Register Here

 
 

Richmond

Rain Barrel Workshop

Wednesday October 16 or 22, 2019
3:00 – 7:30 pm
Westover Hills Library or East End Library
Assist rain barrel workshop attendees with rain barrel assembly. 
1-2 volunteers; 4 hours
Email rwalsh@thejamesriver.org for more information.

 
 

Invasive Species Removal

Monday, October 28, 2019
1:00 – 3:00 pm
Chapel Island
Intersection of Dock St. and Pear St.
Richmond VA 23233
Join our monthly habitat restoration project at Chapel Island.
20 volunteers; 2 hours
Register Here

 
 

Williamsburg

Rain Barrel Workshop

Saturday, October 26, 2019
9:30 am – noon
JRA Williamsburg Office
1335 Colonial Parkway
Williamsburg, VA 23185
Assist rain barrel workshop attendees with rain barrel assembly. 
1-2 volunteers; 4 hours
Email ecope@thejamesriver.org for more information.