Richardson officials announced Feb. 16 plans to partner with Altrusa International of Richardson to promote volunteerism as part of the city’s 150-year anniversary celebration.

As part of the partnership, Richardson officials are encouraging residents to volunteer 150 minutes, or 2.5 hours, of time from now until the middle of June. According to a press release, residents can spend that time serving the community by helping a neighbor in need, a local nonprofit or a governmental agency. City officials said Altrusa will help with the initiative by communicating with local nonprofits to source service opportunities for residents.

The goal of the initiative is to have residents volunteer a collective 150,000 minutes of time in the community. People of all ages are encouraged to take part in the initiative, with the city gathering a list of volunteer opportunities to serve the community on its anniversary website: All volunteers are asked to log their service hours from now through June 15 on the anniversary website.

“[Richardson]'s history is filled with people who helped shape the successes we enjoy today,” Altrusa International of Richardson President Ginger Tonne said in a statement. “From the library and animal shelter to boards and commissions and nationally recognized events, volunteers have been the backbone of Richardson for 150 years."

Altrusa is an international nonprofit organization that strives to aid communities through leadership, partnership and service, according to the company website.

Richardson officials said residents who volunteer as part of the initiative will be recognized on the birthday celebration, which is planned for June 24.

For more information on the 150th celebration, visit here.