Volunteer Opportunities

Design Session, Spring 2019

Here is a recap of some recent projects that we have been working on this spring:

Holly Street Park + Oregon Hill Park system

We have been working with a designer to imagine some alternative solutions for the Oregon Hill Parks, specifically Holly Street Park. However, we wanted to hear from the community first. We will be releasing a report from our presentation at the Oregon Hill Neighborhood Association (OHNA) last Tuesday evening.

A spread from the initially proposed concept plan.

A spread from the initially proposed concept plan.

RVA Steaks N More

A concept for a proposed breakfast spot in Highland Park called RVA Steaks N More

A concept for a proposed breakfast spot in Highland Park called RVA Steaks N More

RVA Steaks N More requested design assistance in setting up their take out steak shop in Highland Park on Meadowbridge Road. Their motivation is to provide delicious cooked to order meals at economical prices and one hundred percent customer service.

Golden Hammer Awards this Thursday, November 1!

Historic Richmond and Storefront for Community Design are excited to partner again to host the 2018 Golden Hammer Awards honoring architectural preservation and neighborhood revitalization in the greater Richmond area.

Join us THIS THURSDAY from 6pm to 8pm at Monumental Church (1224 E. Broad Street, Richmond, Virginia) as we recognize professionals working in neighborhood revitalization, blight reduction, and historic preservation in the Richmond region!

With over 30 nominations submitted, specialty cocktails by Belle Isle Moonshine you wont want to miss this event! Purchase your tickets today!

Free parking: Virginia Department of Transportation Parking Lot located at 1401 E. Broad Street

6PIC Center Director, Jackie Washington, Named Robert Wood Johnson Culture of Health Leader

Storefront for Community Design is excited to announce that Jacqulyn “Jackie” Washington, center director of the Six Points Innovation Center (6PIC), and community engagement liaison for Storefront for Community Design has been selected to participate in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Culture of Health Leadership program.  This program is designed to equip leaders across the country - in every sector and field - to collaborate, break down silos, and use their influence to make communities healthier and more equitable.

The Culture of Health Leadership Program fosters cross-sector collaboration and enables participants to remain in their homes and occupations while directly applying everything they learn to improving health policy and practice in their communities and organizations.  The three-year program provides participants with an annual stipend of up to $20,000.
As a member of the program’s newest cohort, Jackie will focus on community trauma and community healing for communities of color drawing on her social work background and her experiences working with young people at 6PIC. Jackie envisions a culture of health that unpacks the effects of contemporary and historical racism in the ways our communities have been shaped through planning and policy decisions.  This culture of health equips the next generation with the knowledge, skill, income, and time to participate in candid, resident-powered, place-based solutions that halt cycles of displacement and promote self-sustained healing.  Jackie will also benefit from a high caliber curricula, coaching from national leaders, collaboration with other cutting-edge thinkers from across the country,  and growing her ability to build healthier more resilient communities here in Richmond.  

“The Storefront for Community Design’s Board of Directors and continue to be inspired by the community-led work Jackie has embodied since joining the team in 2016,” said Storefront executive director, Ryan Rinn. “We’re even more excited to see the impact this opportunity will allow her to make in the City of Richmond. Over the next three years, Jackie will help shape the national conversation about our culture of health and build on Richmond’s 2017 Culture of Health Prize from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.”

Engage the Foundation seeking Interior Designer!


Engage the Foundation is launching a the Young Business Builders program at a new space called Workshop this summer at 420 West Broad Street. The space will be a programmable creative space and boutique available to youth entrepreneurs. Workshop will house an income stream that will fund the Young Business Builders Program to innovate more socially responsible youth driven business.

While they already have some pledged assistance from contractors, they need an interior designer to help them outfit their space. The space will house a storefront, meeting space, screen-printing set up, and a photography studio in the back. Their soft opening is scheduled for July 3rd with a formal opening in August. 


Some construction is already underway in the front of the space

Some construction is already underway in the front of the space

Since its’ inception in 2011, Engage, The Foundation (Engage) has focused on connecting communities, schools and universities to resources designed to improve individual stability and family structure. Through the Young Business Builders Program, they equip youth and families with the tools needed to turn passions into profit through training certifications, education and mentorship. Community members, participating college students and recent graduates have become linked with a diverse network of professionals who work with them on achieving their career aspirations in a socially responsible manner.


Monument Avenue: General Demotion/General Devotion

Updated July 3, 2018:


Storefront is proud to be recognized for the Monument Avenue: General Demotion/General Devotion Design Competition in the Monument Avenue Commission's Report to Mayor Stoney about the re-contextualization of the statues on Monument Avenue. You can find a copy of the report here

And, check out the story about Richmond, the Confederate Monuments on Monument Avenue, and the Commission's reccommendation on NPR's Weekend Edition from July 8th.


Recent national events provide an opportunity to re-examine the role of Confederate statuary in the public realm. Monument Avenue: General Demotion/General Devotion is an international design ideas competition, aiming to contribute to this important dialogue by inviting architects, planners, designers, artists, and individuals to reimagine the entire 5.4 mile length of Monument Avenue in Richmond, Virginia, one of America’s grandest boulevards. Local Richmond organizations including The Storefront for Community Design + the mObstudiO at VCUarts will administer the international competition, a concurrent local high school competition, and community workshops and conversations. Monument Avenue provides a unique opportunity to enrich the conversation about race, memory, the urban landscape and public art. Competition registration is now open and remains open until September 15, 2018 with submissions due on December 1, 2018. The Valentine (https://thevalentine.org/), a history museum in Richmond, will host an exhibition of entries opening on February 14, 2019.

For more information, contact or visit:

You can register for the competition at www.monumentavenuegdgd.com/national/submit

Please share this announcement widely with students, colleagues, firms, studios, community organizations, and anyone else who might be interested.





Storefront in the Community with Friends of Forest Hill Park

Friends of Forest Hill Park
Forest Hill Park contains a couple historic buildings in need of roof repairs. These are the Old Stone House and stables in the the park. Storefront will help direct the conversation within the community to make sure that all facets of these historic sites are told.

The Old Stone House in Forest Hill Park.

The Old Stone House in Forest Hill Park.

If you think you might be interested in these projects, give us a shout at hello@storefrontrichmond.org

Highland Park Spring Break 2017

On Saturday April 29th, Highland Park residents joined us for the Highland Park Spring Break Event. The event featured 8 different non-profit organizations working within the community. The goal was to engage with community members about how they might envision the growth of their neighborhood, to describe the resources these organizations offered, and most importantly to eat, dance, and perform in the talent show. 

At least 100 people showed up to dance, hear about the Storefront for Community Design, Groundwork RVA, Saving Our Youth, the CPDC, LISC, and Tricycle Gardens. On display in the 6PIC space were plans for architectural plans for local business improvements that community members voted on. The day was unusually hot but that didn't stop the talent show from continuing!

Miracle Needed

Storefront is seeking volunteers to propose a redesign the storefront of Miracles store in Church Hill. Do you have an idea for new signage, a color scheme or something to make this shop stand out?

Contact Adele (adele@storefrontrichmond.org) if you are a designer interested in this storefront improvement project.

Design plan for erosion control in Highland Park

Our neighbor in Highland Park, Ms Minor Young is in need of your landscaping and erosion engineering advice. This house has been in her family since the 1970s and is situated just at the edges of Richmond City and Henrico County. In the past year, the ravine in the backyard has begun encroaching on the house.

Storefront is seeking an architect or engineer to assist the property owner in developing a plan of action for her yard. She is also seeking a landscape architect who may aid her in identifying and replacing invasive species with new and native trees and shrubs.

Hungry for design volunteer opportunities?


This Design Session is still available

A national meal-providing non-profit has $4000 to spend to update a community kitchen. They need to transition an existing space in a warehouse into a legal commercial kitchen as well as make the space versatile for cooking demonstrations, mass canning and fermentation projects, long term bulk food storage, collective food prep space for this non-profit organization with easy clean up. 

They would like to complete this project as quickly as possible but with no specific timeline.

email Adele (adele@storefrontrichmond.org) for more information or your interest!