AmeriCorps NCCC and AmeriCorps State & National Teams Join Enrichmond’s Cemetery Cleanup Following Storm Devastation

Published on August 9th, 2021 by The Enrichmond Foundation

On the weekend of July 17th, heavy storms passed through Richmond, VA, devastating the historic cemeteries in our care. Both East End and Evergreen Cemeteries suffered significant damage, leaving hazardous conditions that caused us to temporarily close the cemeteries to the general public. Enrichmond staff and volunteers have once again answered the call to action with one unifying mission: to reopen the cemeteries so descendant families and the public can safely continue visiting loved ones. This is no easy feat, but with the support from professionals who have assessed the land and burial spaces, helped clear debris, and moved fallen trees, we’re proud to say we are well on our way to restoring these historic spaces.

But there’s more work to be done.

It’s with great pleasure that we announce the arrival of Enrichmond’s newest AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) team – Delta 4. The NCCC team will be serving at historic Evergreen and East End Cemeteries for a total of 52 days, from August 7th, 2021, through October 18th. These driven NCCC members serve with the purpose of strengthening communities and developing leaders through direct, team-based national and community service.

We are also pleased to announce Enrichmond’s AmeriCorps State & National Team, who will be joining us as the Enrichmond Foundation Conservation Corps. Their overall goal is to unite America by serving alongside each other for the betterment of every community, and their mission is to improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic engagement through service and volunteering. What makes this AmeriCorps group special is that they focus on Environmental Stewardship. They serve on projects that cover thousands of acres of public lands across America – including many with the National Park Service, and help conserve natural habitats, protect clean air and water, and reduce utility bills by improving home energy efficiency.

We are pleased to have all of these service-driven members serving with volunteers and staff to help us safely reopen East End and Evergreen Cemeteries to all who wish to visit.

Whether through the NCCC Team, VISTA Team, or State & National Team, we’ve seen tremendous progress in our efforts to beautify Richmond, and look forward to the contributions they’ll make as we repair damage from July’s storm. 

Stay tuned for Delta 4 and Enrichmond Foundation Conservation Corps team introductions on our social media channels. Over the next several months we’ll be highlighting the members who make cleanup possible and share their stories with you. 

In the meantime, we still ask that everyone remain patient and refrain from visiting the spaces unless authorized to do so with Enrichmond staff.