A civic organization dedicated to responsible citizenship and the improvement of government since 1919.

""Finding Hope for our Children and Youth: Gun Violence and Mental Health Challenges""

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Robert Bolling

Our topic for Valentine's Day is most appropriate: Love and healing for Richmond's at-risk children.

Speaker Robert Bolling is the Chief Executive Officer of ChildSavers, a nonprofit agency that provides child mental health and child development services for Virginia's vulnerable youth. During his tenure, ChildSavers has expanded its reach from a local agency to one that has footprints in two-thirds of Virginia and serves 35,000 children. ChildSavers will observe its 100th anniversary this year.

Youth served by ChildSavers come from the region's most troubled backgrounds. Without early treatment for trauma and mental health issues, many will turn to gun violence and crime later. ChildSavers offers virtual and in-person child therapy in-clinic, school-based, and Immediate Response therapy.

Prior to joining ChildSavers, Mr. Bolling served as Executive Director of the William Byrd Community House. Earlier, he spent 14 years with the Virginia Department of Health and was appointed Director of the Office of Minority Health in 1992.

After his work with the state, he served in management positions, mostly in finance and development, with groups including Youth Matters through the Greater Richmond Chamber and nonprofits such as Boaz & Ruth and The Healing Place. A native of Richmond, he earned a degree in political science from Amherst College.

NOTE: Our outstanding video celebrating Richmond First's 100th anniversary five years ago will be shown during lunch-highlighting a legacy in which all of us can take great pride.

Please arrive around 11:30 a.m. to check in, with lunch served at noon. The program begins at 12:30 p.m. and will conclude around 1:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Willow Oaks Country Club, 6228 Forest Hill Avenue, Richmond 23225.

On Wednesday, January 17, 2024, the Richmond First Club Board of Directors awarded the 2023 Richmond First Good Government Award to James E Ukrop on behalf of its members and countless number of citizens of the greater Richmond Area.

Jim Ukrop is a true embodiment of the values of integrity, excellence, and service that we cherish and aspire to. He is a role model for inspired community service and a champion for good government and leadership.

Please join us in congratulating Jim Ukrop on receiving this well-deserved award.

The Richmond First founders shared a common vision of creating an organization that would inform the public and political leaders about a broad range of civic issues, policies and solutions. The spirit of enlightened activism that initially inspired the formation of the organization in 1919 lives on in our current review of and involvement in current issues in the Richmond metropolitan area. During its 104-year history, the organization has provided nonpartisan leadership on a number of issues critical to the quality of governance in the region. Through its work, Richmond First (RFC) promotes responsible citizenship and governance.


Monthly luncheon meetings are held at noon on the second Wednesday of each month at Willow Oaks Country Club. Excellent speakers have long been the centerpiece of RFC's work. Known as a knowledgeable, informed group, our membership attracts respected, well-known leaders.

Speakers include educators, candidates for office, government officials, political analysts, and specialists in transportation, tourism, regional cooperation, health care, housing, and other matters of public interest.


Membership is open to all who want to stay well informed about community and governmental issues.

If you're looking for an opportunity to learn and to contribute to our region, RFC is the right choice.


No, RFC strives to be nonpartisan in the selection of speakers and topics for meetings. Balance has always been a hallmark of the club and its leadership.


RFC joins with like-mined organizations to advocate for good government and community development:


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