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DCE Staff Uses Community Service Leave with Richmond ReStore

On July 13, five members of the VCU Division of Community Engagement used their Community Service Leave to work with Richmond ReStore, a retail outlet offering donated building and home improvement items that is operated by Habitat for Humanity. All ReStore profits go directly to building affordable housing in the Greater Richmond area.

The DCE staff helped to clean and prepare furniture for sale that was donated by the Downtown Hilton Hotel as it prepares to remodel its guest rooms. 

“This was a wonderful way for our team to connect and work together through a day of service,” said Cathy Howard, vice provost for community engagement. “Richmond ReStore is an existing community partner through ASPiRE, and we were excited to continue this relationship, even as students are on summer break.”

All VCU staff and 12-month faculty are eligible for 16 hours of Community Service Leave to participate in service opportunities in the community. Community service projects are a great team building exercise for university offices.

ASPiRE offers opportunities for VCU faculty/staff members to use their Community Service Leave through a variety of community partnerships. Interested departments/units should recruit a group of at least three to four individuals (11 max) and contact Nannette Bailey at

Learn more about VCU's Community Service Leave.