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The Alleghany Highlands Chapter will be working with the local Extension Office, Kiwanis, High School Key Clubs and other clubs on Saturday, April 1st cleaning up the Longdale Recreational area. They will be mowing grass, weed eating, trimming shrubs and removing trash.  For more information, contact Kathleen All

The Atlanta Hokies will be volunteering with the Chastain Park Conservancy on Saturday, April 8th from 9-11:30am. Following the service event, they will have a cookout on the patio with music and cornhole from 11:30 – 1:30pm. The chapter will provide hamburgers and hot dogs, along with water and sodas. Please feel free to bring along a side dish, something for the grill, and anything else you would like to drink (adult beverages are okay). They’ll also have free Big Event T-shirts for volunteers. 

The Baltimore Chapter will be working with the Robinson Nature Center (6692 Cedar Lane, Columbia, MD 21044) from 10am - 1pm on April 8th on a conservation stewardship project. They are also working on an Adopt a Highway event in Hartford County and a Baltimore city event, details are still coming together.  For more information, visit our website or email Baltimore Hokies

The Central Florida Hokies will host The Big Event activity at Give Kids the World located at 210 South Bass Road in Kissimmee.  The event will run from 11am -3 pm. For more information and to sign up, contact Heather Mcleod.

The Central PA Chapter will be hosting a Big Event at the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank in Harrisburg, PA, located at 3908 Corey Rd. in Harrisburg. It will actually be on May 6th from 9am-12pm. For more information, contact Lyndsey Royek.

The Central Virginia Chapter will be volunteering at the Lynchburg Humane Society at 1211 Old Graves Mill Road on April 8th at 9am. Duties will consist of assisting the animal care team by walking dogs, socializing with the animals, routine housekeeping, etc. Please register here.  For more information, visit our Facebook page or contact Lindsay Bade

The Charleston Chapter is holding an Adopt-a-Highway clean-up for The Big Event at Sullivan's Island starting at 10:00am. They will meet in front of Dunleavy’s (2213 Middle Street, Sullivan's Island, SC 29482) at 10:00am to distribute supplies. Clean up will begin at 10:15am and the chapter will provide all the supplies needed (trash bags, gloves, safety vests). For more information, contact Tiffany Pripeton

The Charlotte Chapter is participating in the following two events this year. For more information, contact Daciay Quenah.  Visit their website to register.

  • Adopt-A-Street - participants will help with street clean up from 9:30-11 AM. Meet in the parking lot of the Belmont Regional Center, located at 700 Parkwood Avenue in Charlotte, wear comfortable shoes and bring gloves if you have them. The chapter will provide trash pickers and trash bags. 

  • Habitat ReStore - this will take place from 9 AM-12 PM at 1133 N. Wendover Rd. in Charlotte. Volunteer groups typically help unload donated household items, organize and clean donations, place items on the sales floor, maintain the cleanliness & organization of the store, and assist customers with carrying out after their purchase.

The Classic City Hokies of Athens, Georgia will participate in the 2017 Big Event at the Memorial Park Bear Hollow Zoo. Starting at 9:30am, they will meet with Clint Murphy, the Bear Hollow Park Coordinator, and help with some tasks around the park. Then he will give a guided tour. The group will wrap up by noon. Visit our Facebook page for more details or email Sherry Clouser.

The Columbia chapter will be holding a campus improvement project for the Epworth Children's Home to include minor repairs, painting, landscaping, etc. For more information, please contact Stefanie Kitchen or visit the Chapter’s Facebook page. 

The Fauquier Hokies will host a Remembrance Day and Earth Day Community Service project on Saturday, April 22nd at 9am at the Commuter Parking Lot at Rt. 605 & 29 in Warrenton, VA. There will be a candle lighting ceremony followed by a clean-up community service project (Adopt-a-Highway). For more information, visit our website

The First State Chapter will support Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County with a build day on April 8th at 14th and Walnut Streets in Wilmington from 8 a.m.to 3:30 p.m.  No construction experience is needed, however pre-registration is required.  Email Harold Schneikert at haroldschneikert@comcast.net no later than March 31.  Further instructions and directions will be sent to you by email. Please RSVP early, as spaces are limited. 

The Fredericksburg Chapter will host a community project on April 8 from 9:00 a.m. until noon at Goodwill Industries, located at 4701 Market Street in Fredericksburg. Please note the following: Goodwill requires a signed volunteer agreement. For an electronic copy, email Jamie Marshall.  Also, let her know your t-shirt size if you wish to get a Big Event shirt provided from Blacksburg. Goodwill wishes for you to be aware of the following: closed toed/heeled shoes are a must; please don’t wear jeans (khaki/black pants are preferable); if you would like to bring your own work gloves, that is generally a good idea when handling merchandise; you will be helping to sort/unload donations, and possibly some other light maintenance-type assignments.   

The Houston Hokies will volunteer at the Houston Food Bank on April 8th. For more information, contact Sean McMahon

The Minnesota Chapter will be working with the Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) Food Packing (990 Lone Oak Road, Suite 136 Eagan) on Saturday, April 8th from 2-4pm.  Volunteers will hand-pack rice, soy, dried vegetables and a nutritionally complete blend of vitamins and minerals into bags, which are then sealed, boxed, placed on pallets and shipped to partner organizations who are working hard to reach the neediest children around the world. For more information, contact Grant Gardner. 

The Nashville Hokies are participating in the Big Event on Saturday, April 8th. They are prepping the garden area from 9:30-noon at the Bellevue Edible Learning Lab. Afterward, the group will visit a local restaurant for lunch. For more information, contact Caroline Caldwell .

The National Capital Region Chapter will hold the following five Big Events.  For more information, visit their website.

Carpenter’s Shelter (http://www.carpentersshelter.org)

930 North Henry Street Alexandria, VA 22314; 8am-11am; various cleaning and maintenance tasks; max # of volunteers: 15

SHARE of McLean (http://www.shareofmclean.org)

830am; meet at parking lot of St. Luke Catholic Church (7001 Georgetown Pike , McLean, VA 22102); need 4 volunteers to help pick up and deliver furniture donations; which will last approximately 4-5 hours.

29th Annual Potomac River Watershed Cleanup - Family Friendly

Need ten alumni to help with the Snakeden Branch Upper Site; meet at Hunters Woods Village Center (2304 Hunters Woods Plaza, Reston, VA 20191); 9am- 12pm (rain or shine); please wear sturdy shoes or boots and come prepared to get a little wet and dirty; gloves and trash bags will be provided.

Capital Area Food Bank

4900 Puerto Rico Ave NE, Washington, DC 20017; meet at 1pm and event will last until approximately 4pm; various packing and organizing tasks; this is a joint service with DC UVA Alumni (DC HOOS); max # of Volunteers: 25

The Patricia Handy House for Women

810 5th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001; need 6 volunteers (2 per each floor) to serve dinner; volunteers must arrive NLT 6:40pm to check in through security; service starts at 7pm and lasts approximately 1 hour; max # of Volunteers: six

The New England Chapter will be working with the Emerald Necklace Conservancy in Boston to clean up trash and tag invasive plants for removal in one of their parks on April 8 from 10am to 1pm. The Chapter is still working on specifics. For more information, contact Michael Zehner.

The NRV Chapter is participating in the "Color Me Cameron" color run on April 1. For more information, contact Cyndy Graham.

The North Alabama is tentatively planning to work on fun activities in the Children’s garden at the Huntsville Botanical Gardens on Saturday, April 8th. The event will begin at 9am and last until early afternoon. For more information, contact Megan Harrell.

The Orange County Chapter is supporting the Boys and Girls Club of Fullerton, CA for The Big Event on April 8th.  For more information, email Todd Dale or visit their  website and Facebook Page.

The Philadelphia chapter will be working at Fort Washington State Park doing cleanup jobs. They will also hold a 3.2 for 32 walk in remembrance that afternoon. For more information, contact Joanne Wright.

The Pittsburgh Chapter will volunteer with Friends of the Riverfront and will meet on the North Shore Segment of the Three Rivers Heritage Trail at 10:00 AM at approximately 1250 River Avenue in Pittsburgh. Volunteers will work on tree care maintenance, plant flower bulbs, litter pickup and more. All individuals that REGISTER to participate will receive official Big Event t-shirts! When registering for the event, please be sure to select the option that indicates your desired T-shirt size. The Big Event will conclude with a social event at the newly opened Southern Tier Brewery on the North Shore at 12:30 PM at 316 N Shore Dr. The restaurant and brewery is family friendly and has a kid menu.  For questions, please contact Ashley

The Richmond Chapter is planning a Big Event project for 2017 involving trash cleanup and general park maintenance at Pocahontas State Park on Saturday, April 8th. For more information, visit here.

The Roanoke Chapter will be completing a project with Mill Mountain Zoo ay 2404 Prospect Rd SE in Roanoke on April 8 at 1pm.  They will paint various structures and help with other projects around the Zoo. If you RSVP by March 14, you will receive a Big Event T-shirt. For more information, contact Amanda Downing.  Please request your tee shirt size here.

The San Diego Chapter is making plans to do a beach cleanup.  For more information, contact Chris Waskiewicz

The Seattle Chapter will sort and pack food at Food Lifeline, a nonprofit food distribution center that provides nutritious food to hungry, low-income people. For more information, visit here.

The Shenandoah Chapter will hold a Virginia Tech Memorial Garden Clean-up at Shenandoah Park in Stephens City April 8th at 9am. Bring yard tools and gloves. Volunteers will be planting flowers and shrubs, weeding, laying mulch and pruning trees to prepare for the 10-year candlelight remembrance ceremony to be held on April 14th. Participants will receive the Big Event T-Shirt. Lunch will be provided by Gore's meats. RSVP and questions can be sent to here.

The SE Michigan Chapter will volunteer at Habitat for Humanity in Pontiac. For more information, contact Shankar Narayanan.

The Southwest Florida Hokies are partnering with Golisano Children's Hospital on their “Bubbles, Band-Aids and Books” campaign to spread joy, comfort and dignity for children of all ages.  To participate, collect small bottles of bubbles, child friendly Band-Aids, books from infant to teenagers (must be NEW books), play-dough, children's brand-new underwear and/or pajamas (all ages and sizes, but pajama sets/ for teenagers is most needed). Take a selfie with your donation and tag SWFL Facebook Page and Golisano Children's Hospital with #VTBigEvent OR send a picture to Stephanie Sparks Smith.  Drop the items off any day from April 2nd -8th off at one of three locations:

Fort Myers

Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida

9981 S Healthpark Dr. Fort Myers, FL 33908

Deliver items to the Information Desk:

Hours: Mon – Fri: 5am – 8 pm; Sat & Sun: 8 am – 8 pm

Naples

Kids’ Urgent Care Golisano | Nicklaus Children’s Health Center

3361 Pine Ridge Rd #101, Naples, FL 34109

Hours: 7 days/week 11 am – 11 pm

Port Charlotte

Pediatric Specialty Clinic

22655 Bayshore Road Suite 120

Port Charlotte, FL 33980

Hours: Mon - Fri: 8am - 4:30pm

Encourage your friends, neighbors, church and co-workers to join you!  The Chapter has a limited number of FREE T-Shirts for this event.  Please email Stephanie Sparks Smith to arrange a pick up.

The Southwest Virginia chapter will hold a food drive and will be collecting donations for Second Harvest Food Pantry in Abingdon, VA located at 126 Russell Rd NW.  They will be collecting food donations until the day of The Big Event when they will donate the items to the food pantry. For more information, contact Mohsin Kazmi

The Tidewater Chapter will work with the Shamrock Marathon Sports and Fitness Expo on Saturday, March 18th from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm.  Taking place at the Virginia Beach Convention Center (1000 19th Street in Virginia Beach), volunteers should check in at the booth located in the lobby at least 30 minutes prior to the start of the shift.  This event will be celebrating St. Patrick's Day with runners, walkers and sports enthusiasts of all types. Volunteers will be assisting with packet pick-ups for runners and walkers for the Shamrock Marathon scheduled on Sunday, March 19th. For more information, contact Kate Petti.

The Triangle Hokies will meet at the Harris Teeter on the corner of Jones Franklin Rd. and Western Blvd at 10:30 on April 8th for an Adopt-a-Highway event. They will have supply gloves, orange highway vests, and bags. The group will have lunch together afterward at Sonic. For more information, email Ken Hoes.  

The Utah Hokies will support KidsEat!, an organization that provides 100 -125 backpacks each Friday containing seven meals so hungry children in the Salt Lake Valley have food for the weekend.  On April 8th, please bring enough food to fill at least one backpack.  The time and location are TBA.  For more information or for a list of what’s appropriate to bring for the backpacks, please email Marita Viselli.  

The Western Maryland Hokies will plant native trees and shrubs on a farm in the Antietam Creek watershed in Rohrersville.  The Chesapeake Bay Foundation will send the location and parking directions a week prior to the event. If you are interested in participating, please register here.  Following the tree planting, the group will meet at Big Cork Vineyards for snacks and wine. For more information, email Jennifer Griesbach.

The Williamsburg Chapter will volunteer at the Williamsburg Botanical Garden in Freedom Park at 5535 Centerville Road on April 8, 10-12 am. They will prepare the gardens at Freedman's Cabin and work on the pathways and flowerbeds of the Botanical Garden. Tools and materials will be provided, but please bring your own work gloves. Please RSVP by April 6th to Karen Rehm  or 757-564-8972.