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PARK365 Gardening Master

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For the second year in a row, PARK365 has been awarded Third Place in the Best Playground category for central Virginia by The Best of Virginia, a publication of Virginia Living. This award exemplifies our commitment to the community and our program participants and their families, as we strive to provide enriching experiences each and every day.

SOAR365 welcomes the support of volunteers with basic gardening knowledge & expertise who can help us to maintain PARK365 and keep it looking attractive and tidy for visitors.

Volunteer duties include:

  • Each Gardening Master will be asked to "adopt" a section in the park.
  • Once a week (based on the volunteer’s availability) the Gardening Master will come and weed the adopted section for 1-2 hours. The GM is encouraged to report any issues that may be observed, i.e. pests that need to be removed, soil conditions that need to be amended, nearby plants or bushes that appear to be sick or dead and need to be removed, etc.
  • The Gardening Master will be required to bring all the tools that needed to maintain the adopted section (i.e. garden gloves, hand tools, bucket, etc.). The Gardening Master is expected to take all necessary safety precautions with personal tools so as not to create hazards for park visitors.
  • This opportunity does not require direct interaction with our program participants or park visitors. However, the Gardening Master is expected to serve as a friendly and welcoming ambassador for the mission of SOAR365.
  • Volunteers who make a six-week commitment will be recognized with a sign in the park, acknowledging their service i.e. "We are thankful to volunteer Jane Smith for donating her time every week to help maintain this section of PARK365 with love and care!"
  • Each week the volunteer will report his/her completed hours to the Volunteer Engagement Manager plus any observations. We’d also love to get selfies of the volunteer while working and pictures of the adopted area.
  • Prior approval is required before engaging in other duties such as watering, planting new plants (from an approved list), and pruning.

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About SOAR 365



Mission Statement

In partnership with families, SOAR365 creates life-fulfilling opportunities for people with disabilities.


In partnership with families, SOAR365 creates life-fulfilling opportunities for individuals with disabilities, annually serving over 1,400 people and their families. Founded in 1954, SOAR365 is an organization created by families, for families; an organization that has grown to provide a continuum of programs and services for individuals with disabilities across the lifespan.

With multiple locations throughout central Virginia, SOAR365 programs span the lifecycle and assist people with disabilities to live happy, successful and meaningful lives. Programs and services include: Pediatric Therapy Services; Adult & Youth Day Services; Workforce Development Services; and Residential (Summer Camp and Respite) Services.


People with Disabilities
People with Disabilities


We'll work with your schedule.


3600 Saunders AvenueRichmondRichmond, VA 23227



  • Landscaping
  • Gardening


  • People 55+


  • Driver's License Needed
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Once a week (based on the volunteer’s availability) the Gardening Master will come and weed the adopted section for 1-2 hours. A minimum six-week commitment is preferred.
  • Volunteers are expected to have basic gardening knowledge and expertise and to provide their own tools.

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