The City of Richmond is on a quest to be its best. To reach this goal
means that our city must be attractive, clean, and safe even at the
residential property owner level. Because removing blight and
beautifying neighborhoods is essential in becoming a top-tier city, code
enforcement is vital in achieving our goal. To this end, however, it has
become increasingly clear that many of Richmond's vulnerable residents
are not able to meet some of the City's basic property standards due to
a lack of resources. Large numbers of elderly residents, persons with
disabilities, and individuals facing extreme hardships are in need of
critical assistance to eradicate issues ranging from eye-sore violations to
structural problems that compromise their safety and quality of life.
Operation HOME REFRESH is N2N’s new initiative that engages qualified
volunteers (licensed and insured for specific projects) to provide an
array of services to vulnerable residents. Eligible candidates seeking
volunteer service are first screened by qualified employees from the City
and/or community partners (i.e., non-profit organizations) for N2N’s for
consideration. The goal is to help needy residents with the following:
- Improve neighborhood beautification
- Provide critical home/property actions for those without financial means
- Prevent home deterioration
- Avoid code violations
- Save on monthly home expenses by way of energy-efficient solutions
- Enhance community perception
- Increase personal pride in their neighborhoods
How It Works
N2N has two volunteer groups to whom it funnels the needs of those
that qualify for Operation HOME REFRESH services:
1. Individuals (both non-City employees and City employees) who desire
to provide general volunteer services (non-structural and requiring no
licenses or certifications).
- It will be mandatory that all volunteer service provided by City
employees be done either before or after their official work hours.
- It will be agreed upon by both residents and volunteers (signed)
that the liability of all work done will fall solely upon the resident
and volunteer(s); the City of Richmond will be exempt because the
work is not being done by the City or any agency/department.
2. Local businesses or individuals who are licensed and insured to do
the necessary work on a volunteer basis.
- Participating businesses can choose to do the work, in agreement
with the residents in need, on any day and at any time that works
for both parties.
- It will be agreed upon by both residents and businesses providing
the volunteer work (signed) that the liability of all work done will
fall solely upon the resident and volunteer(s); the City of
Richmond will be exempt because the work is not being done by
the City or any agency/department.
Please consider serving as an Operation HOME REFRESH volunteer or business.
To register as one of N2N’s Operation HOME REFRESH volunteers, please go to
the following online application:
If you are not able to volunteer, N2N welcomes donations and/or in-kind
donations for this initiative.