RVA Community Unity Day


It's time for a Community Wide Family Reunion!

Are you ready for a beautiful Sunday evening on July 9th at Byrd Park from 4PM-8PM filled with people of all ages, races and genders laughing, dancing, playing, relaxing, picnicing and enjoying the company of others who care about the community? Well it's that time again! It's time for RVA Community Unity Day!

Let's unite together to bring that community vibe and family feel to Byrd Park once again this year. Last year we had over 1300 people converge on Byrd Park after 3 days of planning for a day of love, learning and laughter as we embraced our community as family. This year we want to double that number to spread even more love but we need your help!

We need your monetary donations so that we can continue to provide EVERYTHING FREE to all attendees from in and around the Richmond Area. Your monetary donations will help with securing the necessary supplies to make this event beyond a success. Instead of having multiple drop off locations and times as we did last year we will just rent a U-haul to go purchase and pick up all supplies for this year's event using your donations. 

Become A Sponsor
We are also looking for donations or sponsors to provide all the food supplies, craft supplies, interactive and board games, tents, ice, u-haul, game truck for the kids, sound system, generator and most importantly the PARK. Please contact me, Connie McGowan at [email redacted]  if you would like to sponsor a portion of the event.

All sponsors donating over $500 in service or supplies will be recognized on all social media correspondence, lawn signs,  live videos, any written coverage and t-shirts. Sponsors donating over $1000 will also have the opportunity to greet the community with words of acknowledgement and love. Must be signed up for sponsorship by June 16th to have your logo on this year's t-shirt.

Sponsors donating less than $500 of service and supplies will be recognized on all social media correspondence and live shout outs by our Social Media team on the day of the event. 

This is not a non-profit organization.  This is an event planned by the Community for the Community to spread love into the Community.  We are family so just think of it as a big ole family gathering on the lawn by the round house in Byrd Park. See you soon family! Hugs for everyone! 

What's happening this year:
FREE Hotdogs & Hamburgers w/ Chips, Soda & Water 
Music by a local DJ
Live Singing
Line Dancing
The Police vs The People Dance Off
Community Soul Train Line
Police Demonstrations
Fire Truck Tours
Ambulance Tours
Arts & Craft for the Kids
Games for the Kids
Photography happening everywhere
Adult Field Day Fun
The Spades Throw Down
Puppy Park w/ Puppies to Adopt
Bike Clubs
Car Clubs
Voters Registration
Onsite Health Clinic
FREE Clothes Dropoff and Giveaway
Back To School Supply Dropoff
Picnics on the Lawn...Bring your basket & family
Community Organization Sign-up to get involved
Diaper Drop Off for Breast Feeding Program
Social Media Coverage
Local Media & Press Coverage
Community Closing Prayer
and more.....

There is absolutely NO soliciting, NO vending and No handing out of political fliers or any other fliers during this event!!! We respectfully ask that you please do not canvas cars with event fliers during the event. This will reduce litter to keep the park and surrounding streets clean and clutter free. Just come to the event to mingle and show your support and love for the community and the community will love and support you back. 

We will have RVA Community Unity T-shirt for pre-sale and available for sale on the day of the event. Proceeds go back into the event for 2018 planning.

This year's hashtag: #RVACU17 or #RVACommunityUnity17

Check out coverage from last year's event or use the hashtag #rvacommunityunity #rvashootout on Google or Facebook to find photos and videos captured by attendees.

Press Coverage Videos (Channel 6, 8, 12 and others.)





Free Press: http://richmondfreepress.com/news/2016/jul/29/personality-connie-mcgowan/

Next Planning Meeting:
Thursday, June 29th 
Location TBD

Volunteers are needed! Sign up will begin on Monday, June 12th.  You can check the RVA Community Unity Facebook Page for the link to sign up or check back on the Go Fund Me page after June 12th.  Thank you to the over 75 volunteers last year who helped make our event a success! Yall rock! We hope to see you again this year! 

Volunteer Orientation
Will be scheduled July 6th. Location TBA

  • Teresa Rawlings 
    • $25 
    • 58 mos
  • Karen Wright 
    • $25 
    • 58 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $7 
    • 58 mos
  • Juan McCall 
    • $25 
    • 58 mos
  • Teresa Rawlings 
    • $50 
    • 58 mos
See all


Connie McGowan 
Richmond, VA