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The Martin Agency and HandsOn Greater Richmond Team up to Brighten Westwood

 The Martin Agency recently coordinated a volunteer project with HandsOn Greater Richmond, a volunteer organization that offers a wide assortment of flexible service opportunities for individuals, families, community and corporate groups. Together, they identified a number of not-for-profit agencies in the Greater Richmond area and asked HandsOn to gather information on possible candidates. The Greater Richmond ARC submitted a proposal to HandsOn and was thrilled to receive notice that ARC was among local agencies selected. After visiting the Westwood Avenue facility on Richmond's north side, the decision made by the organizers to work on brightening the common areas, creating for our Westwood consumers a fresh new look; an aquatic themed-mural painted on many of the interior walls. The project took place on July 24, 2010, and brought together a group of very artistic and energetic volunteers from ARC, Martin and HandsOn.

Yvonne Verno, ARC Development Specialist who helped coordinate the effort, said afterwards, "Just look at the faces of the consumers who sit in that room everyday; it really brightens their day!"

19 volunteers, including the team leader Vanessa Diamond from Martin, Patty Haymans from HandsOn, Yvonne Verno and two staff members from ARC participated in the beautification project. for more information on HandsOn Greater Richmond, please visit