WNRN prides itself in giving our nonprofit neighbors a venue to promote their causes and events. We create recorded Public Service Announcements for nonprofits that are written in their words and recorded in their voice. We call this series “Community Connections”.
Creating a Community Connection is an easy process. First, write up a 3-5 sentence paragraph of what you want to promote. If it is an event, WNRN requires at least three-weeks advance notice to create a Community Connection for any event. To take full advantage of the program, we recommend six weeks to a month’s notice to promote the event. If there is an admission or cost for the event, 100% of proceeds must benefit the nonprofit.
Once your paragraph is written, email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will then edit your words to fit FCC regulations to create a Community Connection script. After that we’ll schedule a time for a representative of the nonprofit to record the script at WNRN. Our recording times are Monday afternoons from 2-5pm or Thursday mornings from 9am-noon.
Organizations profiled by WNRN or organizations whose information is broadcast within Hear Together/Community Connections must be a registered 501c3 and must submit their 501c3 letter of registration prior to recording or participating in Hear Together/Community Connections.
You can read more information about Community Connections & Hear Together here: Community Connection Rules for Inclusion
Community Connection News & Updates
Mary Baldwin College is soon to be Mary Baldwin University in Staunton. Starting this fall, they are celebrating a 175 year mission of academic excellence and innovation. Throughout their anniversary year, MBU will hold a variety of public, cultural events with the goal of enriching the broader community. First on tap is the MBU Launch and 175th anniversary kickoff at 11 a.m. on August 31. The event on Page Terrace is open to the public. For more opportunities throughout the fall semester, including ongoing art exhibitions, the community service speaker series, the Carl Broman concert series, and special lectures by artist-in-residence Claudia Bernardi and Doenges Visiting Artist Diana Cooper marybaldwin.edu/events.
The Blue Ridge Irish Music School (BRIMS) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to teaching the living art of Irish traditional music and fostering a dynamic environment for it in Central Virginia and beyond.
BRIMS will be offering fall classes in Irish dance, music and song for all ages and skill levels starting in September.
On Thursday, September 8th BRIMS presents singer and guitar player John Doyle with Eamon O’Leary on bouzouki and vocals and Mick McAuley on accordion. The show begins at 7:00 p.m. at the Haven.
On Sunday, October 9th BRIMS presents Celtic Fiddle Festival at 7:00 p.m. at the Haven. Celtic Fiddle Festival is Kevin Burke, Christian Lemaître and Charlie McKerron on fiddles and Nicolas Quemener on guitar.
For more information, brimstunes.org.
Market Central invites you to make plans to visit some of the small farms in Central Virginia for the 8th annual Meet Yer Eats Farm Tour. There are 11 participating farms that call the City Market home on Saturday mornings, but on Labor Day, you’re invited to their place. For more information and to purchase a car pass, meetyereats.wordpress.com.
Market Central aims to engage the community of vendors, consumers and administrators through programs and outreach to enrich the Charlottesville City Market experience. They are passionate about the roles that a local, public market can play in a community as a source for fresh, local foods; a venue for local artisans; a business incubator; and an economic driver.
The Nelson FFA is hosting a Bluegrass Benefit on Saturday, October 8 from 4:00 – 9:00pm at the Nelson County Middle School Auditorium on Route 29 in Lovingston. Bands featured include In the Tradition, The Little Mountain Boys (pictured), Deep Blue Express, and the James River Cutups. There will also be silent auction items, raffles, bake sale and concessions including Brunswick stew, Chili, hot dogs, drinks, and baked goods. Doors open at 3:00 PM. All proceeds will be used for trip expenses for the Virginia State winning team in Forestry to compete at the National FFA Convention held in Indianapolis, Indiana at the end of October. For more information, the phone number is (434)263-4801.
The annual Charlottesville Pride Festival, a celebration of the local LGBTQ community, will be held on Saturday, September 17th at Lee Park in downtown Charlottesville. The family-friendly event will feature entertainment for all ages, including a children’s area with a moon bounce, games, face-painting, balloons, and more. There will also be a beer garden and food trucks, over 70 vendors representing businesses and organizations with resources, and interactive activities. Music, dance, and drag entertainment will be going on all day long. The gathering kicks off with the 2nd Annual Youth Pride Picnic on Sept. 10th. For the complete schedule, announcements, and other info cvillepride.org.
The Fluvanna SPCA is a no-kill shelter. For over 25 years, they have been rescuing homeless pets. They are now looking for volunteers that are interested in getting more exercise by being weekday dog walkers. They also need people to socialize cats, and volunteers willing to drive the shelter animals for their veterinarian appointments. They have many more opportunities to help out the rescued animals. For more information about the shelter, upcoming events, and how to volunteer or foster an animal, fspca.org.