I remain a firm believer that “nonprofits can and do change the world.”  I also believe they couldn’t do it without volunteers.  That is why I am so excited to announce that The Spark Mill is again partnering with HandsOn Greater Richmond for the fourth annual Power of Good to celebrate National Volunteer Week.  This is our way of saying a great big THANK YOU to every single person who shows up and gives their time to make our community a better place.  We can’t properly thank everyone if we don’t know who they are!  So…we are relying on you – yes YOU - to tell us who is making a difference out there. 

  • Nonprofit Executive Directors, Volunteer Coordinators, program heads, and employees:  tell us who is showing up! 
  • Churches: whose name is always on the sign-up lists?
  • Parents:  do you have a child that loves helping others?
  • Friends/Family:  tell us about that friend of yours that is always donating their time.  

This is a chance to let your favorite volunteers know how important they are to you, and for our community see how important all of our volunteers are to making things tick around here.


Nominate a volunteer. I cannot explain to you how it can make their entire year to be recognized for their work. Whether they are a board member, an office volunteer, a tireless advocate - take 5 minutes to say thank you, right here on our nomination form.  Heck, nominate 20!  From March 1 – March 31st we will be accepting nominations of volunteers throughout the region.  The nomination is simple, we require some basic information and the answer to the following question: “How do they power good in our community?”


In case you’ve missed it, the past three years have been full of creativity and art and fun and a little wine…as we partnered with local artists to celebrate some of the nominees – 2014 Tiffany Glass Ferreira transformed a selected group into Shrinky Dink Selfies.  In 2015 Patience Salgado presented a photographic documentary of 10 randomly selected nominees and local RVA area artists donated works as part of a silent auction benefiting HandsOn Greater Richmond and all of the fabulous work they do with volunteers throughout the metro Richmond area.  In 2016 we ran a social media based recognition where over 70 volunteers were lifted up and shouted out for the important work they do to power good in the community.


Join us for a big party at The Spark Mill on April 19, 2017 from 4:30-6:30. REGISTER HERE. Come play with polaroids, eat good food, and come together and say THANK YOU! Stay tuned for more information.