Join Shockoe Bottom’s Backyard Barbecue: Volunteer!

BrewBQ is August 20th, 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, at a new location: 1615 East Broad St, Richmond, VA 23220, due to construction in Shockoe Bottom.
We’re looking for BrewBQ and Green Team members to make up our dynamic volunteer team.
Did you know that BrewBQ is actually a major fundraising event for the Enrichmond Foundation? Your volunteer shift means that we can fulfill our mission for our partners and our community.

How can you help? 

Green Team-
Volunteers will help participants recycle and divert waste effectively at the festival. Green Team Volunteers monitor “eco-stations” throughout and make sure that recycling and trash are done right! Volunteers are equipped with gloves and long-handled “pickers,” and should be physically able to do a good bit of walking and a little lifting/changing of container liners. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes for walking.
Green Team Shifts: 10:00 am-2:00 pm or 1:30 pm-5:30 pm.

Brew Crew- 
These team members serve a critical volunteer role. Brew Crew volunteers help set up prior to gates opening, check wristbands and tickets for beer and wine customers, help pour beer and wine, and will aid in the breakdown of the event. Bring your sunscreen, bring your ID – if you don’t you cannot volunteer.
Brew Crew Shifts: 10:00 am-2:00 pm or 1:30 pm-5:30 pm.



Welcome, Friends of Pump House!

Please join us in welcoming our new partners, Friends of Pump House (FoPH)

We are proud to have FoPH join our Enrichmond family this month! We’re eager to see what they will accomplish. We think they’re going to do amazing work!


FoPH have already hosted their first event, with help from the James River Park System and Friends of James River Park.

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Read more about their goals, ways to connect, and how to join the effort on their Enrichmond page.

Arbor Day Open House at the TreeLab!

TreeLab is excited to announce our grand opening, and on top of that, it happens to be Arbor Day weekend! For those of you wondering “Just what is TreeLab?” this is what we are: to beautify, improve, and inform the City of Richmond through ornamental plant production, planting, and education, with a focus on native species.

During our Arbor Day open house we will have a small quantity of native shrubs and perennials available for a donation that furthers the efforts of TreeLab. We also will have some vegetable plants that we started from seed available for donation in Earth friendly fiber pots (you can plant the whole pot and it will decompose, adding nutrients to the soil for the plants to use)! One more fun little offering will be the ability to “Foster-A-Tree.” Curious as to how fostering a tree works? You’ll have to come and find out for yourself!

We hope to see you there!

The New is Here!

It is finally here, the new We believe you will agree that it is well worth the wait! It has not been an easy task, but with help from the Antimatter Co. team and our partners, we believe we have created a lovely place for you to call home.

We created the new website for our Partners, enabling them to

  • view reports, print check request forms, the Toolkit, and other important documents
  • communicate easily with interested community members
  • edit their group’s biography, add events, and add blog posts
  • have a beautiful, integrated platform to help fundraise and friend-raise
  • highlight the incredible work they do every day!

We created the new website for our city and community to

  • search our partners list for efforts in their neighborhood
  • search for events in their neighborhood
  • find volunteer opportunities
  • keep up-to-date on the latest Enrichmond news, blog posts, and activities
  • stay engaged in their community!

If you have any suggestions or questions, please feel free to use the Contact Us section.

Enrichmond Receives Virginia Recreation and Parks Society Honor

Enrichmond is humbled and honored to be awarded the Virginia Recreation and Park Society (VRPS) “Distinguished Private Sector Service” award during its 2016 conference in Roanoke, VA. This award acknowledges Enrichmond’s 26-year partnership with the City of Richmond’s Parks, Recreation, and Community Facilities in enhancing our Cities parks and public spaces.

We are thrilled to be recognized for our successes in;

  • Park and public space beautification
  • Community Greening Pattern Book
  • TreeLab and horticulture programs
  • Open space conservation
  • Historic cemetery preservation efforts in Evergreen, East End, and Shockoe Hill
  • New park planning, development, and expansion

“We are proud to receive this honor on behalf of our past and present staff and board members who gave so much to deliver our Foundation’s mission,” says John Sydnor, Enrichmond’s Executive Director.  “Together with our Friends and Partner groups, Enrichmond has worked with hundreds of volunteers to deliver thousands of hours improving our City’s parks and public spaces.”

Betty Reid Soskin – A historic lady.


Enrichmond was honored to be invited to the Maggie L. Walker Historical Site to meet Betty Reid Soskin, the world’s oldest Park Ranger from Richmond, California. Soskin currently works at the National Parks Service’s Rosie the Riveter/World War II Homefront National Historical Park. Her life-long commitment to the historic site began when she was first employed as a clerk in the Boilermakers Auxiliary 36 Union Hall during World War II.

Soskin’s historic perspective was born from the practice of segregating employees based upon race/color. To illustrate her experience, she presented the ‘official’ park service video describing the contribution of the historic shipyard to America’s success during WWII. The last line of the video ran something like “it was the greatest coming together of Americans in history, and it was the greatest time in America”. Betty stated that while this may have been the history of many white Americans, it was not the experience for any other race at that time.

As Betty states, the largest and most efficient shipyard in the Richmond, California area was the Kaiser Shipyard. This shipyard was created by Henry J. Kaiser who revolutionized mass production. By the end of WWII Kaiser had produced 747 ships at a rate of one ship every four days. The production process at the shipyard cut the standard production time by two-thirds and at a quarter of the cost. Mr. Kaiser was actively involved in recruiting people to fill factory spots and he mainly recruited African Americans and women. The park video has you believe that there was no discrimination in Richmond, California or Kaiser’s shipyard during this time. But, Soskin recalls a very different experience.

Betty’s perspective is extremely interesting. Her great-grandmother was a slave. Betty was the first person in her family to not be a domestic servant when she was hired as a clark at Kaiser’s shipyard. Betty noted, during her time at the Boilermakers Auxiliary Union Hall she never saw one white person in the facility. She thought the only people working on the ships were black. It was not until later in life that she realized that this not the case and that the place she served as a clerk was segregated.

Currently, Betty works only a few days per week as a volunteer to share her historic and valuable perspective to park-goers. Betty’s story and the Homefront movement are valid, important, and must be told. We will leave you with her closing comment on the park video, “It took me 90 years on this earth to understand [other Riveters] remember it this way. I remember it differently. And that is okay”.

Shockoe on the Half-Shell

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Virginia is for oyster lovers! Come celebrate one of Virginia’s most iconic foods at the 9th Annual Shockoe on the Half-Shell festival at the 17th Street Farmers’ Market.

Enjoy oysters every way – raw, smoked, grilled, roasted, fried, and on the half shell – served up by some of the area’s most popular local restaurants. Sample old favorites and find new eats.

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5th BrewBQ at the historic 17th Street Farmers’ Market

RVA BrewBQ features some of the region’s most loved barbeque producers, from the well-known, to the hole-in-the-wall weekend barbeque warriors, you’ll be able to taste it all. After enjoying choices pulled, minced, smoked, saucy, vinegar-based, sweet, sandwiches, plates and more, wash down your favorite bites with cold suds from more than 15 local craft breweries, including Legend, Hardywood, Center of the Universe and more! The event is free to attend. Food and beverage are available for purchase. Click HERE for more info.


Virginia’s Oldest Marketplace Is Under New Management

17th Street Farmer's Market - Version 2Richmond, VA – The Enrichmond Foundation is very pleased to announce that it has been awarded a contract by the City of Richmond to manage, program, operate and maintain Richmond’s historic 17th Street Marketplace beginning July 1, 2016.

This follows a robust, transparent and multi-year public procurement process administered by the City of Richmond. The Enrichmond Foundation has managed special events at the 17th Street Marketplace for the past 4 years. These very popular events include Earth Day, the Bacon Festival, and Kickin Chicken WingFest.

“Enrichmond is more than capable, through its oversight, of guiding this public space to realize its full potential. We are thrilled about the partnership as well as the placemaking opportunities associated with the space,” said Douglas C. Dunlap, the City of Richmond’s Director of Economic and Community Development. “The future is bright for the market as the space is transformed to serve as a true anchor attraction drawing visitors from the region and beyond.”

John Sydnor, Executive Director of the Enrichmond Foundation, is equally enthusiastic. “We are thrilled to be working with the City of Richmond, neighboring businesses, residents and our partners as we revive and revamp this fantastic space for the 21st Century. Planned improvements are taking place this summer and will be in place for our exciting special events schedule in 2017. We can’t wait!”

About the 17th Street Marketplace

The uniqueness and distinction of the 17th Street Market reaches back to the earliest days of the Commonwealth and our City.  The native Powhatan peoples met to trade in the immediate vicinity of the Market at “Shockoe Rock,” a large rock at the confluence of Shockoe Creek and the James River. The Market continued as a major trade center when the main road between Williamsburg and Richmond terminated on-site. The current location served as the City’s official farmers’ market starting in 1736 making it the oldest continuously operational farmers’ in Virginia, and quite possibly the United States.  The Market was once the very heart of our City as it teemed with the essence of urbanity — business, culture, trade, government, community gathering, and much more.

About the Enrichmond Foundation

For the past 25 years, the Enrichmond Foundation, a non-profit serving the City of Richmond’s people, parks, and public spaces, has worked with a broad base of partners to enhance and activate public assets and amenities, including Belle Isle, the Landmark Theater, and Kanawha Plaza. For more information about Enrichmond, its partners and projects, go to To stay abreast of 17th Marketplace events, we invite you to go to Facebook and Like Enrichmond’s 17th Street Marketplace page.

2017 Environmental Film Festival

2017 EFF

On February 6 through 12, 2017, The Enrichmond Foundation, the Sierra Club – Falls of the James Group, Capital Region Land Conservancy, Chesapeake Climate Action Network, and Viridiant will partner to present the Seventh Annual RVA Environmental Film Festival. In 2017 the festival will take place at several locations including University of Richmond, VCU, The Visual Arts Center of Richmond, area libraries, The Byrd Theater, and The Science Museum of Virginia. The week long event will showcase local and national films selected to raise awareness of environmental issues relevant to the Richmond region, our nation, and our planet. The RVA EFF strives to screen the latest and greatest environmental films that may not be available elsewhere in the Richmond area, as well as helping support the local film community.

​Interested in volunteering? For more info email:​ [email protected]

The RVA Environmental Film Festival was founded as “The Biggest Picture: Richmond’s First Environmental Film Festival” in 2008 and 2009, and the James River Film Society served as fiscal agent. The Sierra Club Falls of the James Group revived the event in 2011 as the RVA Environmental Film Festival and survives through additional support from local nonprofits and businesses. The festival’s goal is to offer entertaining and educational films that leave attendees with increased awareness of environmental issues that we face locally and globally.