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VACU Members to Paint Mural in Historic Jackson Ward

Hamilton Glass(Richmond, VA, September 28, 2017) – Virginia Credit Union is inviting its members to join in a community service project by painting a downtown mural in historic Jackson Ward.

The event will be held Saturday, October 14 at 24 E. Broad Street, at the corner of E. Broad and N. 1st Street. Virginia Credit Union is reaching out to recruit volunteers to sign-up at HandsOn Greater Richmond.

Hamilton Glass, a Richmond artist who has completed numerous public art projects in Richmond and elsewhere, designed the mural in partnership with Girls For A Change, a local nonprofit.

“The mission of Girls For A Change is to support and inspire black girls and other girls of color to inspire them to visualize their bright futures and potential through discovery, development and social change innovation in their communities,” explains Angela Patton, executive director. Hamilton Glass worked with one of the Girl Action Teams at John Marshall High School to brainstorm design elements that will be incorporated into the mural.

Location of muralThe volunteer activity is being organized by HandsOn Greater Richmond. 60 volunteers working in two shifts will complete the mural design in a paint-by-block activity from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Glass and other artists from the UNITY Street Project will sketch the design on the side of the building a week before the volunteers show up. 

In addition to painting, volunteers will also assemble and decorate snack bags that will be donated to Girls For A Change to support its after school programs. Virginia Credit Union has provided financial education programs to youth from Girls For A Change on topics like goal setting and careers, the importance of saving, and spending wisely.

“We saw the mural project as an exciting opportunity to come together as a community,” said Todd Feldman, VACU’s chief marketing officer. “As a member-owned, cooperative organization, we believe in the power of working together to reach success. It takes a lot of hands to paint one of these murals, and we knew our members would love to get involved.”

Hamilton Glass and the U.N.I.T.Y. Street Project
Hamilton Glass is an artist native to Philadelphia, PA, and now based in Richmond. He is an artist in the U.N.I.T.Y. Street Project, a team of Richmond artists who pay tribute to the community and its historical legacy through mural arts. The murals serve the communities in which the art is designed to live. The murals enrich the properties and the neighborhood and provide a deterrent to graffiti. U.N.I.T.Y. is an acronym for U: Upholding, N: networking and I: inspiring T: togetherness in celebration of Y: yesterday. 

Girls For A Change
Girls For A Change is a local non-profit whose mission is to support and inspire black girls and other girls of color to visualize their bright futures and potential through discovery, development and social change in their communities. 

HandsOn Greater Richmond
HandsOn Greater Richmond provides a link for individuals, families, teams, and corporate groups to join together and engage in meaningful volunteer opportunities within the Greater Richmond region. We offer unique, fun, and flexible ways to get connected and involved and provide volunteer management resources to the nonprofit sector.

A financial cooperative serving more than 263,000 members, Virginia Credit Union offers a variety of affordable banking services, loans, mortgages, and free financial education resources, with a focus on helping people be more confident with their finances. Virginia Credit Union is an equal housing opportunity lender and is federally insured by NCUA. 

Media Contact: Glenn Birch | glenn.birch@vacu.org | (804) 560-5664