DIY Volunteer Project - Cold Weather Item Kits

11/3/2022 - 12/9/2022

DIY Volunteer Project - Cold Weather Item Kits

IMPACT:  Many of the individuals and families we serve at RBHA do not have the resources to prepare for the cold months to come.  Cold weather items are needed for both children and adults.  Priority for distribution will be to individuals experiencing homelessness.

Every year, Richmond Behavioral Health Foundation (RBHF) works to collect new, cold weather items for individuals in need who receive services from RBHA.  RBHA serves nearly 13,000 individuals – children and adults – every year. This DIY Volunteer Opportunity will help us increase the number of people we can help by providing needed cold weather items for those who cannot afford to purchase items on their own.

Richmond Behavioral Health fearlessly champions the health, wellness, and recovery for the individuals and communities we serve.  We envision an inclusive, healthy community where individuals are inspired to reach their highest potential.


  • Five 1-gallon ziploc bags
  • New gloves (available at dollar stores)
  • New hats (available at dollar stores)
  • New socks (men’s or women’s or children’s)
  • Five notecards (handmade/handwritten)

Step One:

  • Purchase and/or collect your supplies. We ask DIY volunteers to donate a minimum of 5 cold weather kits and 5 encouraging notes. Contributions over the minimum amount are welcomed, but we will not be able to document more than 3 service hours for any DIY project.

Step Two:

  • Place one of each item (one pair of gloves, one pair of socks, and one hat) in each of the ziploc bags. Write an encouraging message on a notecard to include in each bag. Please designate on bag if for a man, woman, or child.

Step Three:

  • Drop off your project at RBHA on any of the following dates/times:

Thursday, November 3, 2022   11am – 2pm

Tuesday, November 15, 2022   1pm – 4pm  

Friday, December 9, 2022    11am – 2pm

  • We are located at 107 S. 5th Street, Richmond, VA  23219.  We will be set up outside to receive donations.  In case of inclement weather, we will be set up just inside the garage which is located beside the main entrance.  CONTACTLESS DROP OFF!!

Step Four:

  • Sharing your time and resources is a great gift to others. We hope that through your giving, you receive something beneficial in return – the feeling of doing good for someone in need and knowing you have had a direct, positive impact in someone’s life. Talking through the purpose of the project as you complete it is a great way for all involved to gain a connection to those being served through your generosity. Here are some questions to help guide conversation:
    • How will this project help someone in need?
    • What do we know about the importance of building a community made to help each other?
    • Did our feelings about the recipients of this project change as we completed the project?
    • What worked well about this project?
    • What else can we do now? Are there other ways we can help?

    Step Five:

  • Like DIY projects?Check out our Facebook event page more opportunities to be involved.
  • Share your experience on your Facebook (tag RBHFoundation) or Instagram page #rbha.We love sharing the work of our volunteers!
  • Want to learn more about Richmond Behavioral Health and the work we do in the community?Please visit and join our mailing list (contact page) to receive updates and information on more ways to be involved.

While it’s not required to sign up on the site below to participate, it does help us plan and track volunteers and volunteer hours.

Hands On Greater Richmond link to sign up:


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