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HR Dept. Uses Community Service Leave with Peter Paul Development Ctr.

On June 21, eight members of the VCU Department of Human Resources used their Community Service Leave to work with ASPiRE to help distribute food at the Peter Paul Development Center, an outreach and community center serving Church Hill and neighboring communities in Richmond’s East End.

The HR team worked as an assembly line to bring food into the facility, then sorted it and distributed it to those in need. They also provided words of encouragement, smiling faces and showed those benefitting from the PPDC program that there are people who care.

“Serving in this way was a great demonstration of how our teamwork could benefit others,” said Sheila Baker, HR consultant. “Volunteering allowed us to connect on a personal level and helped to build camaraderie between our team and reduce stress by allowing us to focus on strengthening community and doing our part to help improve the lives of others.”

Dana Henry, HR manager - Facilities Management, said she and her co-workers were able to learn more about their larger community, including information on the city’s food deserts and the impact made by providing fresh produce and fruits.

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.