Every Day is a “SUN” Day – as Long as You Remember the Sunscreen

The unofficial start of summer has arrived and while the sun is shining bright and our thoughts are on spending fun-filled days poolside or at the beach, it is a golden time to focus on Ultraviolet (UV) Safety Awareness.

Most of us love to soak in those warm summer rays of sunshine, so we MUST remember to protect our skin and eyes from the damaging effects of the sun. The sun emits radiation known as UV light. Two types of UV light are proven to contribute to the risk of skin damage. Ultraviolet A (UV-A) is associated with skin aging and Ultraviolet B (UV-B) is associated with skin burning.  By learning the risks associated with too much sun exposure and acting on the right precautions to protect you and your family from UV rays, everyone can enjoy the sun and outdoors safely.

Unprotected sun exposure can damage your eyes resulting in vision problems, cause premature aging of the skin, and result in skin cancer. Fortunately, there are simple actions you can practice to minimize the negative risks associated with sun over-exposure:

Cover-Up: Wearing a hat with a wide-brim and other shade-protective clothing can shield your skin from harmful UV ray exposure. Proper clothing may include long-sleeved shirts, pants, hats, and sunglasses.

 

Stay in the Shade: The sun’s glare is most intense at midday. Staying in the shade between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. will further protect your skin. It is important to note that the sun can still damage your skin on overcast days and/ or in the winter so be sure to stay protected throughout the year.

 

Choose the Right Sunscreen: The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends choosing a broad-spectrum sunscreen that shields against both UV-A and UV-B rays, has a sun protection factor (SPF) 15 for occasional exposure or SPF 30+ for extended outdoor activities, and is water-resistant.

 

Use the Right Amount of Sunscreen: When out in the sun apply at least one ounce (about a palmful) of sunscreen every 2 hours. Apply more often if you are sweating or swimming; even if the sunscreen is waterproof.

Additional Sunscreen Tips:

  • Not all sunscreens have the same ingredients. Try a brand that is PABA Free if you are sensitive to the chemical Para-aminobenzoic Acid.
  • Be aware of the expiration date – over time sunscreens may lose their effectiveness.
  • Price does not indicate the quality – the more expensive brand is not necessarily better at protecting the skin.
  • Shake well before use – this will help to mix the ingredients.
  • Apply sunscreen to ALL parts of your skin that will be exposed to the sun – this includes the ears, feet, and toes.
  • Apply sunscreen about 20-30 minutes before going out in the sun – this allows for your skin to absorb the sunscreen.

Remember – No sunscreen offers 100% protection. Use sunscreen on every day that ends with a “Y”, and practice sun safety this summer.

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What Our Employees are Worth

Did you notice an increase in pay in your most recent paycheck?  This is thanks to the new pay plan that was approved, as part of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 budget, by the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, April 27. The $54.8 million plan was originally put forward on Tuesday, February 9 by the County Manager, John Vithoulkas, and Director of Finance, Meghan Coates to “reward a lean and efficient workforce.” The County Manager stated he wanted to share a “moment of gratitude for our employees; for those that have defined our Henrico Way of public service” and that these across-the-board pay increases were to “show and demonstrate what our employees are worth.”

This three-part pay plan that increases the wages of all 11,000 employees at no cost to taxpayers. The first step is what you witnessed in your most recent paycheck; a 2% scale adjustment and targeted market adjustments for some classifications. This means all employees received at least a 2% increase in their wages. Some positions, due to specific local market circumstances and conditions, also received a market increase to help address pay lag as well as pay range lag. The second step of the plan is a merit-based increase which will be effective in June at the start of FY 2022. This will give all eligible full-time and permanent part-time employees who did not receive the market increase an additional 1-step (2.372%) increase to augment their pay. The third and final piece of the plan is the longevity-based increase to take effect October 2022. Full-time and permanent part-time employees that have been with Henrico County for 10 -14 years as of January 1, 2021, will see an additional 1-step (2.372%) increase in their wages. For a 15–19-year tenure there is a 2-step (4.8% increase), for 20 -24 years a 3-step (7. 286%) increase, and for 25+ years a 4-step (9.8%) increase.

This new pay plan not only rewards employees for their efforts, but it achieved the goal to make Henrico County the regional pay-leader for critical public safety and education positions. All sworn personnel in the Divisions of Police and Fire will receive adjustments totaling at least 9.43%. Sworn personnel in the Sheriff’s office also received market adjustments, and Sheriff Deputy positions lead the region in pay. A comparison of educators throughout the region with varying levels of tenure and education proved that in many cases our educators were also pay leaders; even more so with 38% of teachers eligible to receive the longevity increase.

 

The bottom line is that every full-time and permanent part-time employee, regardless of position or tenure, will receive at least a 4.372% wage increase by the end of summer. A pay increase this large has not been seen in the County since 2007.

 How is this possible and sustainable? You may recall the spending freeze and tightened budget that was adopted in June 2020 as a precaution in the wake of the pandemic. As of February 9, 2021, due to our resilient local economy, revenue projections are outperforming the adopted budget by $81 million. As we resume hiring and spending in FY 2022, our land book increases, residential revaluation raises, and new construction have more than offset the decline in hotel/motel and some retail revenues. In her final statements, Meghan Coates affirmed, “We’ve already seen the [COVID-19] impact. There may be some lingering effects … but what we are seeing in our economic development pipeline ensures me that this is in fact sustainable.”

If you are interested in seeing how these increases will affect your wages specifically, please login to Oracle and click open the Employee Direct Access folder and you will find a link labeled Proposed Employee Compensation Plan. If you have any other questions, please view the FAQ or contact your agency supervisor.

 

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Transformation starts with YOU… and the support of a Health Coach

Just as a sports coach can help an athlete develop and excel at a specific sport, a Health Coach can assist you in achieving your fitness and wellness goals. Employees looking to be healthier by losing weight, reducing stress, improving diet and nutrition, or creating a more active lifestyle, can now utilize health coaching services offered through the Human Resources’ Fitness and Wellness Division.

Each employee has unique nutrition, fitness, and wellness goals driven by personal history and experiences. There is often a need for guidance and accountability to create a sustainable behavior change, and that is where a Health Coach can assist. The Health Coach can educate employees on their health risk factors, how certain habits or choices may augment those risks, and offer tools to help employees make healthier dietary and lifestyle changes all while providing accountability and motivation to meet their goals.

It is a partnership between the employee and their coach that guides the employee toward the changes they want to make. Together, they will create goals and action plans to achieve those goals. Coaches use their intuition, compassion, and empathy to develop a rapport with employees to make the process productive and successful. Then, the coach will motivate and push the employee to reflect on themselves and see their health in ways they never have before.

To learn more about Health Coaching offered through the Fitness and Wellness Division, visit the Fitness and Wellness SharePoint Health Coaching page.

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Tis the Season for Fresh Produce

Did you know there are more benefits to eating seasonal produce than just the availability and grocery bill savings? As produce ages, their nutrients decline. Eating the fruit or vegetable at their peak harvest time means they will have the most nutrients and flavor. There are also digestive and health benefits such as lighter, more watery produce being readily available in the warmer seasons when your body needs more hydration, and denser foods ripening in the colder months when your body needs the fortification. In addition, the local economy and ecology can benefit when you support local farmers markets and produce stands.

This month, as Spring has sprung, the list of in-season produce is starting to lengthen with items such as asparagus, carrots, cherries, lettuce, strawberries, and zucchini. It also includes some less popular foods such as apricots, swiss chard, artichokes, okra, and rhubarb.

If you are interested in eating seasonally, here are some recipes and ideas to get you started:

Apricots can be eaten raw, dried, grilled on a salad, as a chutney, or in desserts like this fresh apricot crisp!

Artichokes can be eaten hot or cold, but be sure to learn the proper way to cut and peel them. Try this delicious dip recipe!

Asparagus can be eaten steamed, roasted, boiled or baked into a variety of recipes like this frittata!

Carrots are usually eaten raw, roasted or in a puree. Try these honey-glazed carrots!

Cherries need to be pitted but can be eaten in pies, sauces, or raw. They pair well with many flavors like this porkchop recipe.

Lettuce has many varietals and is usually eaten raw in salads or on sandwiches. Try a ton of spring produce at once in this ultimate spring salad!

Okra is typically eaten fried, stewed, oven-roasted, or in gumbo. Try it sautéed with tomatoes in this recipe.

Rhubarb is usually eaten cooked with some sort of sweetener, like in this pie recipe, but can be eaten raw. Be careful that you only eat the stalks.

Strawberries are probably the most diversely used produce on the list. You can eat them raw, as a flavor additive to ice cream and baked goods (such as this berry cobbler), and in smoothies and jams.

Swiss Chard can be used like spinach but is often sautéed like in this delicious side dish recipe.

Zucchini can be eaten raw, sautéed, as zoodles, or grilled. Next time you want potato chips, try this zucchini alternative!

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Henrico’s Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Shanone Sport, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Specialist

Henrico County is committed to providing a workplace where employees feel valued, all voices are heard, and opportunities are extended equally to everyone. With the announcement of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Specialist position, I wanted to share more about my duties and the vision for the role.  

The DEI Specialist role was created to highlight and reinforce the Board of Supervisors’ commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion as guiding principles for our organization. Everyone must understand the terms diversity, equity, and inclusion and their meaning so that we are all using the same language. The Center for Creative Leadership, a worldwide leadership development organization, defines them as:

  • Equity-Fair and contextually-appropriate access to the resources and opportunities required for every individual, group, organization, and community to attain their full potential. 
  • Diversity –Collective blend of characteristics, values, beliefs, experiences, backgrounds, and behaviors among individuals, groups, organizations, and communities. 
  • Inclusion –Full, meaningful, and authentic participation of, and investment in, every individual in a group, organization, or society.

Because diversity, equity, and inclusion are broad, it is important to be intentional about our purpose and efforts. When Deputy County Manager, Monica Smith-Callahan first joined our organization, she introduced three focus areas for the organization that I will be carrying forward in my role: awareness, acknowledgment, and action

One of the first priorities for this role is to increase awareness about what the County is doing to promote a diverse, equitable, inclusive workplace for all. My role will also look for opportunities where we can grow to remain a model employer for all. Recently, I embarked on a diverse Listening Tour to hear from county leaders about their current DEI efforts, share best practices, and establish partnerships to achieve an inclusive workforce. The Listening Tour has been very instrumental in helping me to better understand the critical, unique needs of our County departments, build trust, and identify a long-term DEI strategy for the organization. 

Inclusion and equity efforts should not sit with one person, so it is important to invite the voices and perspectives of our workforce to ensure that everyone feels valued and heard. Last month, I partnered with the Director of Social Services, Ty Parr, to host seven virtual well-being focus groups for County employees to assess their needs and invite their feedback on how we should grow and improve to be more equitable and inclusive. The partnership with Ty Parr has been instrumental in creating a positive experience for employees. We have received positive feedback from several employees, some stating that they felt the focus groups were a safe space to voice their concerns and express themselves. 

Acknowledgment and action are also key to building lasting change in any organization and to building an inclusive workforce. The civil unrest and violence across our nation have created an opportunity for the County to pause and be intentional about how we can learn from each other and grow together. The County is being intentional by acknowledging and seeking to understand the systemic issues that are impacting our colleagues and how they show up every day. Race is one example, but it is also critical that we are intentional about focusing on other elements of diversity, equity, and inclusion such as our age, cultural identities, gender identity, and self-expression just to name a few. Examples of ways that my role is currently partnering with the County to acknowledge and act include:

  • Establishing a DEI Resources Pageon the Organizational Learning and Talent Development (OLTD) Learning Hub that houses videos, podcasts, articles, and books to support employees and supervisors.
  • Collaborating with OLTD and Public Relations to offer virtual classes and videos on DEI topics as a foundation to support employees and supervisors in having organizational conversations on race and inclusion. 
    • Class offerings and videos from FY20-21 are located on OLTD’s Learning Opportunitiespage, OLTD YouTube Channel, and the DEI resources page. 
  • Partnering with County leaders to focus on equity, skill-building, and development for employees around inclusion.

As this role continues to evolve, we will continue to look for opportunities to be strategic and intentional around diversity, equity, and inclusion. We are doing this by looking at ways to engage our middle and senior leadership around these topics, identifying metrics to help us measure our progress and effectiveness as an organization, and develop an organizational DEI strategy to position the County for success in advancing DEI initiatives, services, and inclusive practices.

Building upon Henrico’s strong foundation and collaborative spirit, I believe that this role can successfully partner with the organization to serve as a resource and consultant to continue to impact positive change in our organization. This is a defining moment for our County and nation. As a guiding force, I am committed to executing the County Manager’s charge to “tread uncertain waters and blaze new trails” while honoring Henrico’s heart and service for others.

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April is National Cancer Control Month

As of 1983, the month of April is dedicated to raising awareness for cancer prevention and treatment throughout the United States. Since then, cancer related death tolls have steadily declined due to better education and heightened awareness of how to prevent certain types of cancer, how to recognize the signs and symptoms of cancer, and how to seek proper treatment. Even with all the knowledge available, it is vital to get regular preventative screenings. Screenings are one of the most effective ways to detect precancerous cells and provide early treatment for cancers such as skin, breast, cervical, colon, testicular, prostate, and rectal. 

Vaccinations are also available to help prevent and treat certain types of cancers. Cancer prevention vaccinations work to target certain viruses, like the human papillomavirus (HPV) or the Hepatitis B virus (HBV), that can increase a person’s risk of developing certain cancers. Cancer treatment vaccines try to get the immune system to mount an attack against cancer cells in the body. These are used in the treatment of advanced prostate cancer and advanced melanoma skin cancer.1

In conjunction with medical prevention, the most effective way to prevent some types of cancer involves adopting these simple lifestyle habits:

  • Choosing not to use tobacco products.
  • Drinking alcohol in moderation.
  • Eating a healthy diet rich in plant-based foods that are high in fiber.
  • Being physically active every day for at least 30 minutes.
  • Avoiding exposure to the sun’s UV rays.

Although cancer is one of the leading causes of death for all Americans, it is also the most preventable. Protecting your body and utilizing the available resources can help prevent a future cancer diagnosis. Become your own personal cancer prevention advocate by checking to see if you are due for a cancer screening by visiting the American Cancer Society’s Cancer Screening Guidelines by Age webpage.

1 Vaccinations are also available to help treat and prevent certain types of cancers

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Earth Day and Energy Fair

Henrico County’s Spring Earth Day and Energy Fair will be held Saturday April 24 at Deep Run Park, Armour House at Meadowview Park, and Virginia Randolph Academy.  Visit any or all three locations between the hours of 10 AM and 2 PM for fun, safe, outdoor activities and environmental education.  This event is co-hosted by Henrico Energy Management, Henrico Recreation & Parks, Keep Henrico Beautiful, and Henrico County Public Libraries.

All three locations will feature environmental information and resources, fun outdoor activities, and goodie bags.  Each attendee can take home a reusable insulated lunch bag full of information and gifts including care kits, activity sheets, a reusable water bottle, “Don’t Trash Virginia” sticker and magnet, and wildflower seed bracelets (while supplies last). 

At Deep Run Park, contribute to a community art project and see a variety of electric vehicles on display courtesy of Drive Electric RVA. Learn about tools and resources Henrico Libraries offers for checkout that can help you save energy at home, such as portable watt meters and thermal imaging cameras.

Virginia Randolph Academy and Museum marks the site of the first Arbor Day celebration in Virginia.  The Academy at Virginia Randolph will be showcasing their Career and Technical Education programs including the Horticulture program.  Visit the museum to learn all about Miss Randolph’s legacy and the historic trees located on the campus.

See spring in bloom at the gardens of the historic Armour House and visit with the Virginia Naturalists to learn about native vs. invasive plant species.  An expert in home energy and solar from non-profit Viridiant will be on hand to answer your questions about whether solar is right for you.

Soles4Souls will be collecting new or used shoes for donation to those in need.  Tech for Troops will be collecting used electronics, such as mobile phones, tablets, laptops and flat screen monitors in any condition, for refurbishment and donation to veterans. You can bring donations to the Deep Run Park location, or to Deep Run or Eastern Henrico Recreation Centers the week prior to the fair starting Monday April 19.   

The Earth Day and Energy Fair is free and open to the public and will be held rain or shine.  If you have any questions, contact the Henrico County Energy Manager Carrie Webster at 501-5763 or [email protected].

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Fill up with Fiber

Fibrous Foods

National Nutrition Month is an annual campaign created by The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. During March, everyone is invited to learn about making informed food choices and developing healthy eating and physical activity habits. Join the “Personalize Your Plate” Campaign with weekly tips on meal planning, adding variety to your diet, and nutrition through all stages of life. Visit the Fitness and Wellness Division’s SharePoint site to find these tips and more

Keep reading to learn more about fiber and easy ways to boost fiber in your daily diet.

What Is Fiber?

Dietary fiber is the part of foods that the body cannot digest or absorb. It is found naturally in plant-based foods including whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and beans, and legumes. Fiber is not broken down and instead passes through your body relatively intact. There are two different types of fiber, each with its own benefits:

Soluble fiber (dissolves in water)

  • Lowers blood cholesterol.
  • Lowers blood sugar.
  • Sources include oatmeal, peas, beans, apples, oranges, carrots, and barley.

Insoluble fiber (does not dissolve in water)

  • Promotes movement of food through the digestive system.
  • Increases stool bulk.
  • Sources include whole-wheat flour, wheat bran, vegetables, nuts, and beans.

Why Do We Need Fiber?

Diets rich in fiber are associated with many health benefits. Fiber helps keep you feeling fuller longer, which helps prevents overeating and hunger between meals. The soluble fiber in oatmeal, beans, and flaxseed can help lower LDL (“bad”) cholesterol levels. Fiber slows down the digestion of food and keeps blood sugar from rising too quickly. It also adds bulk to your stools to keep waste moving through your intestines, preventing constipation.

 

How Much Fiber Do I Need?

Fiber is an important part of a balanced diet, yet 95% of Americans do not meet dietary fiber intake recommendations. The average target is about 25-35 grams of fiber per day but varies depending on your age.

 

Power Fibers

Getting enough fiber each day is not difficult if you eat a variety of fruits and vegetables and whole grains. Use these foods and portion sizes as a guide.

  • Chia seeds – 1 ounce (2 Tbsp) = 10.5 grams
  • Flaxseeds – 1 ounce = 8 grams
  • Almonds – 1 ounce (~23 almonds) = 3.3 grams
  • Raspberries – 1 cup = 8 grams
  • Pear – with skin = 6 grams
  • Apple – with skin = 4 grams
  • Whole-wheat spaghetti, cooked – 1 cup = 6.3 grams
  • Bran flakes cereal – ¾ cup = 5.5 grams
  • Instant oatmeal, cooked – 1 cup = 4 grams
  • Whole-Wheat English Muffin – 1 whole muffin = 4 grams
  • Air-Popped Popcorn – 3 cups = 3.6 grams
  • Brown rice – 1 cup = 3.5 grams
  • Green peas, boiled – 1 cup = 8.8 grams
  • Black beans, cooked – ½ cup = 7.5 grams
  • Baked Potato – 1 medium baked potato with skin = 4 grams
  • Black beans, cooked – ½ cup = 7.5 grams
  • Brussel sprouts, boiled – 1 cup = 4 grams

Try some of these easy and tasty ways to increase the amount of fiber you eat. Be careful, if you do not eat much fiber now, make gradual changes to the amount of fiber in your diet. Increasing the amount of fiber too quickly can cause gas, bloating, and abdominal cramps.

  • Choose a breakfast cereal with 5+ grams of fiber per serving and top it with strawberries, raspberries, or blueberries.
  • Enjoy fruits and vegetables throughout the day – aim for at least 5 servings.
  • Eat more beans, peas, and lentils. Add them to soups, salads, and casseroles.
  • Enjoy a handful of dried fruit, nuts, or air-popped popcorn as a snack.
  • Substitute whole-wheat flour for half of the white flour your recipe calls for when you are baking.
  • Enjoy whole-grain bread. Look for the ingredient terms “whole wheat”, “whole-wheat flour”, or “whole grain” as the first ingredients on the label and for at least 2 grams of fiber per slice.
  • Eat the peel! Taking the peels off fruits and vegetables reduces the amount of fiber.
  • Switch to brown rice or whole-grain pasta instead of white rice or pasta.
  • Choose whole fruit instead of drinking juice. You will get more fiber and consume fewer calories.

Fiber Face-Off

Here are a few examples of great-tasting fiber-rich foods readily available and how you can “power-up” your preferred food choices. On the left are examples of commonly eaten foods. The options on the right are power-up versions of the same food. The hope is when you see the power-ups you will say “Wow! it really is easy to eat more fiber”-and, “I can do that!”

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Account Consolidation Can Help You Keep It Simple

Does the return of spring inspire you to dust off, declutter and simplify your life? One way you can make your financial life a little simpler is to roll over any eligible accounts from previous jobs into your current retirement plan account. By consolidating accounts, you can invest the funds from other accounts in your existing investment options or any other investment options your current plan offers. You can also:  

  • Apply a consistent strategy across all your retirement assets – Instead of trying to recreate your asset allocation and diversification strategy for multiple accounts, you can apply one strategy to all your retirement assets.1
  • Simplify tasks like portfolio rebalancing and required minimum distributions – When you consolidate, you only need to perform account management tasks once. So, if you need to rebalance your portfolio or calculate an RMD, you don’t need to do it multiple times for multiple accounts.
  • Access one website and review one statement – Tired of keeping track of multiple user IDs and passwords and filing away multiple statements? Account consolidation can make things easier.
  • Make things easier for your beneficiaries – In the event of your death, your beneficiaries will only have one account to deal with when settling your estate.

Keep in mind that not all accounts can be rolled into your current retirement account. The IRS has a rollover chart that shows which types of accounts can be consolidated. Also, you’ll want to compare the administrative and investment fees that your different accounts charge before you decide to consolidate. Consider all your options and their features and fees before moving money between accounts. You can contact your local plan representative with any questions you may have about the process. 

1 Asset allocation, diversification, dollar‐cost averaging and/or rebalancing do not ensure a profit or protect against loss.

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Connections to History and Community

In the 2020 State of the County, Henrico’s leaders reflected on the numerous projects and accomplishments achieved throughout the year; underlining the importance that “everything we do is about strengthening Henrico’s connections;” not only our connections to the people of our community but to our history as well. As County Manager, John Vithoulkas, said, “The decisions we make today have a direct impact on our community tomorrow, just as decisions made years, even decades ago, benefit us today.”

Years ago, Richmond Planet editor John Mitchell, Jr. decided to establish Woodland Cemetery for the interment of Black residents during a time of strict segregation. Today, there are over 30,000 graves on this 29-acre land laid out in a radial design that pays tribute to African American leaders. At its heart are circles named after Frederick Douglass and Booker T. Washington, with John Jasper Road bisecting it north and south. Local contractor William R. Mason built an impressive front entrance with granite pillars and an iron gate. The company soon built a chapel and keeper’s house in the rear of the property. Woodland Cemetery is the final resting place of prominent individuals such as tennis champion and civil rights activist Arthur Ashe Jr. and the Rev. John Jasper, founder of Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Church in Richmond, as well as doctors, dentists, bankers, and a woman who spied for the Union during the Civil War. It was once touted as “the Most Remarkable Tract of Land ever set apart for our people in the State.”

Unfortunately, over the years, this historic cemetery was neglected and fell into disrepair. Last year, many Henrico County volunteers spent their time pulling weeds, mowing the grass, and cleaning headstones as a jumpstart to the Woodland Cemetery Restoration Project. Then, with the aid of a $25,000 grant, the nonprofit Evergreen Restoration Foundation was able to purchase the property and hopes to fulfill plans to restore the grounds as a place of reverence and honor for those buried there. “We’re going to get this under control,” Marvin Harris, executive director of the Foundation said of conditions at Woodland Cemetery. “We’re going to bring this back to where it used to be, with the help of the county. Henrico has really embraced this project a thousand percent. They make it a lot easier for me to stand up here right now and indicate to the public that we will get the process done.”

Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe, Ashe’s widow, welcomed the plans for Woodland Cemetery and expressed gratitude to its new owners and Henrico. “Many leaders in Richmond’s African American community are buried at Woodland Cemetery, including my late husband, Arthur Ashe. I support these efforts to restore the Cemetery and unlock the rich stories of those buried there. A holistic understanding of Richmond’s poignant history may be the best way to lead us all into the future.”

This cemetery is one of many historical, local landmarks that connects us to our past. It holds so much history and is still in need of volunteers and donations to see it restored to its former glory. If you are interested in getting more involved, please contact Evergreen Restoration Foundation. If you would like to learn more about local history, here are a few resources and other historical sites:

Veronica Davis, Here I Lay My Burdens Down: A History of the Black Cemeteries of Richmond, Virginia (Richmond: Dietz Press, 2003)

Selden Richardson, Built By Blacks: African American Architecture and Neighborhoods in Richmond (Richmond: Dietz Press, 2007)

https://richmond.com/discover-richmond/unsung-sites-of-black-history-in-the-richmond-area/article_ca1d1a37-8fab-522b-8305-8420bfe368d9.html 

https://henrico.us/news/2020/08/henrico-to-support-nonprofits-restoration-of-historic-woodland-cemetery/

https://www.richmondcemeteries.org/woodland/

Have you ever wondered about holidays that are observed throughout the year? To find out more, we invite you to explore the Holidays and Celebrations page to learn about the histories, cultures and traditions behind these occasions.   

 

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