Community & Volunteers

Community & Volunteers

Dominion Day at Camp Baker

Dominion Day at Camp Baker

Continuing an annual tradition of service, a team of hard-working Dominion Energy volunteers came out to Camp Baker in late October to stain numerous porches and walkways, trim bushes, mulch, and keep the camp in tip-top shape as we transition into the fall season.  This enthusiastic group of 20 also created “busy boards” for our Youth Services and Adult...

VCU Women’s Volleyball Team Serves a Spooky Celebration!

VCU Women’s Volleyball Team Serves a Spooky Celebration!

Boo! The VCU Women’s Volleyball Team helped SOAR365 celebrate spooky season with a wonderful Fall Fest for Adult Day Program participants!  Players and coaches visited our Staples Mill location for an exciting morning of Halloween fun featuring games, a “tattoo” station, photo booth, and seasonal treats.  “We had a blast! Your participants are so...

In Gratitude for Our Volunteers

In Gratitude for Our Volunteers

In this season of thanksgiving, we celebrate the many volunteers who have provided essential support to benefit SOAR365 program participants and staff. Camp Baker volunteers put new coats of stain and paint on buildings, landscaped trails and garden beds, revived our sensory garden area, and created hundreds of nutritious snack packs for campers. Scores of...

HOLIDAY TIPS FOR ADULTS & CHILDREN WITH DISABILTIES

HOLIDAY TIPS FOR ADULTS & CHILDREN WITH DISABILTIES

By Vandal Truong, Director of Adult Day and Youth Services This time of year is filled with holiday cheer! As we celebrate, it’s important to keep our friends and family members with disabilities in mind. The holiday season brings lots of fun but may also offer certain challenges. As a community, we want to do our best to make sure everyone feels safe,...

SOAR365’s Next Generation Council is recruiting new members, and we want you to join!

SOAR365’s Next Generation Council is recruiting new members, and we want you to join!

The NGC works to support SOAR365’s mission of providing life-fulfilling opportunities for individuals with disabilities. Our members come from diverse backgrounds, and we all have our own reasons for joining the NGC. Mine is because I love the mission of the organization, and I wanted to help make an impact in the community where I live and work. Through...

Meet Josias Collier: SOAR365 Intern and UR Spider

Meet Josias Collier: SOAR365 Intern and UR Spider

Josias Collier is a sophomore biology major at the University of Richmond, where he is working on a pre-medical school track.  He volunteers at SOAR365 through U of R's Bonner Scholars Program, which supports civic engagement by placing students in local organizations that focus on issues that each student feels most passionate about. “For me, it was health...

Ashley Christian Joins SOAR365 as Volunteer Engagement Coordinator

Ashley Christian Joins SOAR365 as Volunteer Engagement Coordinator

Before joining SOAR365, Ashley Christian cultivated a diverse background that will help her serve our organization as the incoming Volunteer Engagement Coordinator. She began her career in the corporate world, gaining valuable operations experience at a banking institution. Ashley later joined a small B2B company, where she gained a unique perspective on...

Dean Browell: A Leader in Supporting NGC and the SOAR365 Mission #2

Dean Browell: A Leader in Supporting NGC and the SOAR365 Mission #2

As the Chief Behavioral Officer for Feedback, a Richmond-based consumer research firm, Dean Browell is fascinated with how people make decisions.  He clearly recalls why he decided to become a volunteer with SOAR365 and the Next Generation Council (NGC).  “I was originally inspired to get involved with SOAR365 watching the journey of a family close to me...

“Thalhimer Gives” Partners with SOAR365 and Camp Baker

“Thalhimer Gives” Partners with SOAR365 and Camp Baker

Thalhimer, the commercial real estate company, selected SOAR365 as its partner for the third quarter of 2023 through its Thalhimer Gives program, a company-wide initiative focused on community involvement and charitable giving.   The first activity in this collaboration brought Thalhimer volunteers to Camp Baker for the weekly talent show.  ...

Q & A with NGC Member Rebecca Moncayo

Q & A with NGC Member Rebecca Moncayo

How did you hear about SOAR365’s Next Generation Council (NGC)?      I heard about SOAR365 because my cousin would go to Camp Baker every summer.  Not only did he absolutely love Camp Baker, but his parents were appreciative of the services offered by SOAR365! After volunteering at Camp for a few years, the volunteer coordinator told me about NGC. I thought...

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