Hear Together: Literacy Volunteers

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.


February 7th, 2017|Hear Together, Miscellaneous|

Hear Together: Alleghany Mountain Institute

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.

February 7th, 2017|Hear Together|

Hear Together: Wintergeen Adaptive Sports

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


February 7th, 2017|Hear Together, Miscellaneous|

Hear Together: Drive To Work

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.




February 7th, 2017|Hear Together|

Lynchburg Diversity Center

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.


February 7th, 2017|Hear Together, Miscellaneous|

Hear Together: Lynchburg Grows

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.



January 17th, 2017|Hear Together|

Hear Together: North Branch School

In the  foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, there is a non-profit school called North Branch. The school is dedicated to cultivating future generations by encouraging respect, non-violence, environmental responsibility, through the involvement of students, teachers and families in the community. Children ages 3 – 14 gather on the 11 acre campus to grow through hands-on learning in an atmosphere that blends the teachings of the staff and nature. There are 15 classrooms, a large outdoor playground, a Nature Trail and many gardens maintained by teachers and students and fields and woods beyond to explore.
Listen to hear more about our afternoon at North Branch:
December 13th, 2016|Featured, Hear Together|

Hear Together: Tech for Troops

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.



November 28th, 2016|Hear Together|

Hear Together: Hill City Keys

“Hill City Keys” in Lynchburg is the creation of Libby Fitzgerald. In its third year, nine creatively painted pianos are placed on the sidewalks of Main Street downtown from May to September. Pianos are donated and transported to local schools, where they are painted with the direction of art teachers. Each piano has a distinct theme that represents the artistic gifts of local students. This year Liberty University; E.C. Glass, Heritage, Brookville and Altavista high schools; and Linkhorne, Dunbar, Sandusky and James River Day middle schools created works of art out of  donated pianos.  
Each piano is tuned and ready to play outside of local businesses that host them. This year, the pianos were hosted by the Visitors Center at the corner of 12th and Church streets, Community Market, Kegney Brothers Irish Pub, Schewels Furniture, Absolute Bridal and Formal, The Galleria, Bank of the James, Amazement Square and The Academy Center of the Arts by the Warehouse Theatre on Commerce Street. 
November 28th, 2016|Hear Together|

Hear Together: Fairfield Center in Harrisonburg

For this Hear Together profile we examine the ways that mediation works, and how the Fairfield Center, the first mediation center in the state, uses it to work towards a more peaceful society.





November 28th, 2016|Hear Together|