Welcome to the Falls of the James Group

Please join us at meetings, events, or outings. Our monthly meetings are held on the second Wednesday of the months January through April and September through November at 7 PM at the University of Richmond, Jepson Alumni Center, 49 Crenshaw Way, Richmond. We sponsor activities to inform Sierra Club members and the general public about local, regional, state and national environmental issues.

Spring Volunteer Opportunities

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Saturday, April 23: Earth Day at Shiplock Park

Join FOJG workers at the Sierra Club booth on Earth Day at Shiplock Park, 2803 Dock Street. (Directions here.)  Before or after your shift, join the crowd and enjoy other eco-friendly activities including a craft market, art activities, and family-friendly fun.  Sign up here.

Sierra Club 19th Annual Big Yard Sale

Great Big Yard Sale at University of Richmond: May 14, 2016

Volunteers Needed Before the Sale

This is the Falls of the James Group's most important fundraiser of the year. $10,000 was raised last year!

Big Yard Sale Tables

Save dates, especially Monday, May 9, 2016, for helping prepare for the FOJG / UR Big Yard Sale. Reserve this day, and others, to help save tons of items from the local landfill and recycle good stuff back into the community.  All able members and friends are needed to help gather, sort, display, and sell gently used items left behind by the UR students after exams and graduation are over. 

Sale proceeds are shared with Green UR-- a student group who funds trips to environmental conferences, special events including Environmental Awareness week, Recyclemania, Earth Day and so much more!

Sign up to volunteer today!

Retirement Dinner for Glen Besa

Date/Time: May 14, 6:00-9:00

The Director of the Virginia Chapter of the Sierra Club for the last 20 years is retiring this spring.  The retirement dinner in Glen Besa's honor will be held May 14 at The Depot, 814 W Broad St. $50 per personReservations here or for more information contact eileen.levandoski@sierraclub.org.

FOJG Volunteer Appreciation Potluck Picnic & Plant Exchange

Date/Time: May 18, 5:30-8:15

The 2016 FOJG Volunteer Appreciation Potluck Picnic and Plant Exchange will be at the Carillon Shelter in Byrd Park (near Barker Field, the dog park). Plan now for the Spring Plant Exchange: bring a plant, take a plant. 

FOJG Grants

The Sierra Club Falls of the James Group periodically awards grants to worthy organizations. Grant applications will be evaluated twice a year: in the Spring (deadline June 1) and in the Fall (deadline December 1). For more information about this process please see our Grant Application Form and our Funding Guidelines.

Good luck!

Location and Day for Membership Meetings 

Our meeting place and meeting day remain the same as the last year:
Jepson Alumni Center on the University of Richmond Campus, on each SECOND Wednesday! 

A few notes about this location:Jepson Alumni Center Map

  • Official Jepson Alumni Center written directions and link to map: http://events.richmond.edu/jepson-alumni-center/directions.html
  • If you Google "U of R Jepson Alumni Center" you will be sent to a different building and be given incorrect addresses: 101 College Road and 28 Westhampton Way -- these are incorrect! The Jepson Alumni Center's correct street address is 49 Crenshaw Way, Richmond, VA 23221. On GoogleMaps it will show up as Alumni Relations, U of R, near College road. Use Keller Road to enter campus, then take right. Alumni Center will be to your right; there is plenty of well-lit parking to your left, directly across from the Jepson Alumni Center.
  • In Google Maps, the building is labeled "Alumni Relations".

Meetings are scheduled from January through April and September through November at 7 PM and are free and open to the public!

We'll Recycle What Your Recycler Won't!  Don’t forget to bring your old batteries, printer cartridges and #5 plastics.  To find a place that will accept hard to recycle items visit http://cvwma.com/recycling-wizard/ or http://earth911.com/.

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