For 135 years, volunteers have touched the lives of residents of Covenant Woods and its predecessor, The Richmond Home for Ladies. Volunteers lead creative arts classes, present educational programs, participate in worship services, provide musical programs and serve as friendly visitors. Over 200 volunteers from Methodist and Presbyterian churches, area schools, the Covenant Woods community and the Greater Richmond community support the programs and activities of Covenant Woods.

The Volunteer Program at Covenant Woods
The following are current volunteer opportunities available. If you have other ideas, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator. We’re always looking for new ideas!

Examples of volunteer roles include:

  • Arts & Crafts Volunteer: Lead a group of residents in expressing their creativity. Supplies may be donated as Covenant Woods is a not-for-profit organization or the volunteer can provide the Recreation department with a list of needed supplies to teach the class. Arts & crafts examples: hand pottery, watercolor painting, knitting, etc.
  • Music Volunteer: Serve as a music volunteer, regardless of your degree of talent or ability to play an instrument. Musical activity examples: sing-alongs, playing or teaching others how to play instruments, listening to prerecorded music, etc.
  • Teacher or Presenter: Whether you are interested in teaching a class on technology or French, giving a presentation on geography or on ballroom dancing, we’d love to have you out!
  • Internships & Student Field Work: If you would like to gain experience in your field of study, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator.

Placement is based on the particular skills and talents of the Volunteer and the needs of Covenant Woods and its residents. To offer our volunteers a great and comfortable volunteer experience, we regularly hold orientations to familiarize our volunteers with Covenant Woods. During the interview and orientation process, the volunteer and the Volunteer Coordinator will also discuss the volunteer’s strengths and interests, as well as establish a mutually acceptable position. Volunteers must be 15 years of age to volunteer without an adult and we do not offer court-referred volunteer hours.

To complete an online volunteer application please click here.

For more information, please contact Connor Durham at connor.durham@covenantwoods.com or (804) 569-4282.

And check out our Facebook page to see what’s going on at Covenant Woods today!


The Guild of Covenant Woods
The Guild is a volunteer group committed to promoting the happiness, comfort and welfare of Covenant Woods’ Manor East residents, which includes Assisted Living and Grace Gardens Memory Support. They visit residents, sponsor special monthly programs, run The Ruth Shoppe and assist with seasonal activities. The membership primarily consists of representatives from the United Methodist and Presbyterian churches in the Richmond metropolitan area, but all denominations are welcome.

The Guild meets the first Monday of every month at 10:30 a.m. at Covenant Woods. We’ve had the same meeting time for 129 years; please consider joining us! For more information, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator.

Community Outreach
Covenant Woods residents and employees also reach out to help the Greater Richmond community. Covenant Woods residents and staff:

  • Collect food for the Hanover Food Pantry
  • Host site of Hanover County Parks and Recreation fitness classes
  • Collect gifts for distribution by the Hanover Christmas Mother
  • Participate in the Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walk
  • Host a community health fair
  • Host many programs about health care
  • Serve as a site for Hanover High Schools Nursing Program clinical rotations

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