Volunteer Days at East End & Evergreen Cemeteries
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**You must register to volunteer. We are restricting the number of volunteer onsite at each cemetery to adhere to social distancing protocols.**
Please join the Enrichmond Foundation at Evergreen & East End Cemeteries for a series of volunteer clean-up days most Saturdays from 9am-12pm.
Volunteer tasks include clearing overgrowth, trash pick up, and grave marker recording.
Important Volunteer Information:
- All Volunteers must complete and sign an Enrichmond waiver liability form.
- Volunteers should dress for being outside.
- Wear sunscreen.
- Volunteers must wear safety gloves. (Gloves will be provided. You are welcome to bring a personal pair for yourself.)
- Volunteers should wear long pants, preferably jeans.
- A light snack and water will be provided.
- Volunteers should wear tennis shoes or boots. (No flip flops or thin shoes)
Updated Saftey and COVID-19 Guidelines
- Volunteers will have their temperature taken at the beginning of the volunteer day. (Contactless device will be used.)
- Volunteers must wear a mask.
- Hand sanitizer will be provided.
- Disposable gloves will be provided.
Carpooling is strongly encouraged–parking is limited.
If you have questions or would like to schedule a different day to volunteer, please contact [email protected].
After turning onto Evergreen Road (also labeled Bulheller Rd.) at the large white sign, please continue driving past East End Cemetery on your right until you drive through two white pillars labeled “Evergreen Cemetery”. Look for the yellow directional signs.
You can then park in two guest parking lots within the cemetery, or along the paved loop as you enter to the right.
About the cemeteries:
Historic Evergreen Cemetery is a historic African-American cemetery, created in 1891 and located in Richmond’s East End. It is the resting place for many of Richmond’s African-American leaders of the 19th and 20th centuries, including Maggie L. Walker, John Mitchell, Jr., and Rev. J. Andrew Bowler. East End Cemetery was established in 1897. East End Cemetery is the resting place for many of Richmond’s African American leaders from the turn of the 20th century, such as Hezekiah F. Jonathan, a business owner and the vice president of the Mechanics’ Savings Bank. There are an estimated 23,000 plots in Evergreen and East End, most of which have become overgrown after over 40 years of neglect. Clean-up activities have been conducted at Evergreen and East End Cemetery for several years. We are walking in the footsteps of some amazing volunteers – including family members who gave their time to hold the line for years. Thank you!
Due to the delicate nature of the headstones, the use of heavy equipment is very limited. Please be careful as you clear areas on, or around the headstones. Your volunteer time is crucial to the success of this project as we reclaim and maintain the cemetery. Volunteers must sign in and sign a waiver liability form in order to volunteer.