Throughout the past year, there have been many conversations and studies on how the environment has been impacted by COVID (for example, less commuter traffic meant less air pollution). Pandemic aside, we as a society must do our part in keeping the environment clean and safe for future generations.
And that’s where nonprofits come in.
These Virginia nonprofit organizations offer many opportunities to support environmental beautification and conservation efforts, from quick and easy online donations to support their mission to getting dirty with hands-on work in the field.
Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay
The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay is headquartered in Maryland, but there are D.C. and Virginia offices to help support its mission to lead, support and inspire local action to restore and protect the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. The alliance separated the Chesapeake Bay into different areas of focus, like agriculture, water and forest landscapes, which also allows volunteers to choose an area of interest. Learn more here, and like all its gorgeous photos on Instagram here.
The Enrichmond Foundation has existed for over 30 years with a mission to support Richmond’s Department of Parks and Recreation, along with partnering with certain volunteer groups and specialized initiatives. Recent initiatives have been clean up and restoration work at Evergreen Cemetery, TreeLab and creating green spaces throughout Richmond. Volunteer and donate to Enrichmond Foundation here.
James River Association
When the James River Association was founded in 1976, the James River was considered one of the most polluted rivers in the country. But after four decades of consistent and continued effort, JRA has helped turn the James from one of the most polluted to one of the most improved. From watershed restoration to community conservation programs and everything in between, these folks are James River changers! Learn more about the organization by visiting its website or following it on Facebook.