Art on Wheels brings comprehensive arts programming to communities with limited access to the arts. Serving veterans, senior citizens, and disabled and chronically ill populations, Art on Wheels focuses on four primary areas: Aging in the Arts, Arts and Disability, Healing in the Arts, and Arts in the Community. From painting, photography, and print-making to music therapy, textiles, and crafts, Art on Wheels brings engaging classes and workshops right to the community’s doorsteps.
Triathlons, Marathons, Half-marathons, mountain bike races, adventure races, obstacle races, tower races, standup paddle-boarding races, tower races and biking scavenger hunts….these ladies have found a community through a range of activities. Even better, they take the proceeds from races and give back to local charities. Listen to President of Women’s Multisports of Richmond talk about the ways that getting involved has given back through this group of women.
Heart Havens provides group homes in neighborhoods across Virginia where adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities live as independently as possible while being supported by twenty-four hour staff. Heart Havens Sarah Wilkinson says that means parents get peace of mind, and residents get the chance to live a life centered around their abilities.
Literacy Volunteers of Charlottesville/Albemarle (LVCA) addresses low literacy and undereducation among adults in our region through free, individualized reading, writing and English language instruction. Our mission is to help individuals become better workers, consumers, neighbors, citizens and parents through one-to-one tutoring.
Since 2012, LVCA has experienced a 72% increase in enrolled students, 413 students in 2016 up from 239. As our community continues to attract and absorb non-English-speaking individuals, there will continue to be a rise in the need of our services. Thanks to collaborations with community partners and our 336 dedicated tutors, we are able to continue to serve our students with individualized tutoring, geared towards accomplishing their goals and improving their lives.
We imagine a community where every adult has the literacy and English language skills he or she needs to live a fulfilling and productive life in Charlottesville and Albemarle County. Literacy Volunteers strives to provide foundational education to support our students as they embark on workforce and educational paths that will help them secure better jobs and become more fully involved in community life.
Allegheny Mountain Institute,a 501c3 nonprofit, is an intensive, hands-on, cooperative, experiential learning and training program designed to teach members of our communities to grow and prepare their own food and to understand the nutritional benefits of eating seasonally.
Our Fellows work on permaculture projects, provide workshops, and partner with organizations throughout the Shenandoah Valley. Our goal at AMI is to promote skills that help individuals and their communities create a vibrant and accessible local food economy.
AMI’s rural farm training site is located in Highland County and our AMI Urban Farm is located on the campus of Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind in Staunton, Virginia.
Wintergreen Adaptive Sports focuses on safety, fun, and learning. It is an independent 501c3 non-profit based at Wintergreen Resort in Nelson County, Virginia. WAS is a Chapter of Disabled Sports USA and a Paralympic sports club.
“The key for successful adaptive programs is how you use the equipment and how you tailor your instruction to help your students achieve success. Our students, who are children and adults with all manner of disabilities, find they can participate and learn. Many become more independent. Our program gives them more confidence. They are reminded–as we all need to be–that there’s a big exciting world out there with a lot of things to try and do.”
— Dave Shreve, Executive Director, Wintergreen Adaptive Sports
Drive-To-Work is a Virginia non-profit, tax-exempt corporation. It assists qualifying low-income and previously incarcerated persons to restore driving privileges so they can drive to work and hold a job. Drive-To-Work’s goal is to restore driving privileges. Its services typically involve re-instatement of licenses or obtaining restricted driving permits, not defense of serious driving offenses. For these services consult other attorneys or if your gross income is too high to qualify, visitwww.rollinslawyer.com orwww.drivetowork.org .
The Lynchburg Diversity Center supports efforts to create a healthier society marked by permanent, positive changes in attitudes and behaviors toward the LGBTQ+ communities, and the ability of all LGBTQ+ individuals to realize their fullest potential.
We envision a community where LGBTQ+ citizens are treated with respect and dignity, and their unique gifts are championed and celebrated, thereby strengthening our community.
More than a quarter of Lynchburg residents live in a food desert, according to a study by the USDA, more than any other city in Virginia. So Lynchburg Grows has risen to the challenge of using their 7 acres of farm to provide the community with CSA shares and low cost vegetables through their Veggie Van program. The work to get that food to the community comes from another piece of their mission: to provide meaningful work for people with disabilities. Listen to our interview with Executive Director Shelley Blade to find out how they work to keep Lynchburg residents fed well from their farm even during the dark winter months.
Walking into the workshop of Tech for Troops in Richmond is like a trip down memory lane. High ceilings and workbenches are covered with donated electronics, and some of them look like they date back to when Steve Jobs was in high school. But Dana takes them. He’ll take just about any donated computer or cell phone. To either wipe it clean and send it to it’s new home with a veteran, or recycle it down to the metal and plastic to help fund the Tech for Troops program, which provides veterans with PCs, computer training and jobs, to help them rejoin the workforce.