Community Connection

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 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

Community Connection: Bedford YMCA

The Bedford YMCA invites you join them for The Peaks of Otter Christmas Classic 5k. This event is one of the Bedford YMCA’s  few fund raisers of the year. All of the proceeds are used to fund their Financial Aid Program, which allows lower income families to join in health and wellness programs, child care services, youth development activities, enrichment classes and other programs that are offered at the Y. The December 3rd event begins at 8:30am at the Bedford Middle School. It offers a 5k run and walk race for all ages, a Peaks Junior 1 mile race and a kids run. Awards ceremony and  refreshments, including cinnamon rolls, will follow the race. For more information or to register,

By |November 9th, 2016|Categories: Community Connection|0 Comments

Community Connection: Center for Non-Profit Excellence Celebrating Anniversary

The Center for Non-Profit Excellence is celebrating their ten year anniversary. Their mission is to strengthen non-profits to realize the potential of the community. This year they are celebrating their 10th anniversary by sparking new ideas, new leaders, and new collaborations. The goal is to give back to a community by spotlighting unusual voices and uncommon action. CNE provides education, consulting and resources to create strong leaders, effective managers and healthy collaborators. They work to ensure non-profits have the tools they need to succeed and maximize their impact. They also invest time, expertise and resources to promote collaboration. You can learn about CNE on their website,

By |November 9th, 2016|Categories: Community Connection, Miscellaneous|0 Comments

Community Connection: Pauselab Hosts BeCville Project

Pauselab is a non-profit whose mission is to empower communities to create more vibrant and livable cities through civic engagement, place-making, and design thinking. Over the next two months they are leading a project called BeCville to put the power of creating public art in the hands of residents. In October and November, they are inviting Charlottesville to share their neighborhood needs and ideas for how to use the arts to respond. They invite you to share your ideas, whether it is a mural, an after school program, a new urban garden, an oral history project, or neighborhood celebration. Then, they will ask artists to respond to the ideas with proposals. This spring residents will decide which projects to fund by voting. You can find out more on

By |November 9th, 2016|Categories: Community Connection, Miscellaneous|0 Comments

Community Connection: Literacy Volunteers

Literacy Volunteers is seeking volunteers to tutor adults in reading, writing, or speaking English. Students come from a variety of backgrounds, and they are hoping to acquire the skills they need to independently pursue life goals, support their families, and contribute to their communities. You can help students achieve their goals by registering for our final New Tutor Training of the year on Saturday, November 12 from 9:30am to 4:00pm. Don’t miss your chance to change a life through literacy. To register you can call 434-977-38-38 or for more information,

By |October 12th, 2016|Categories: Community Connection|0 Comments

Community Connection: The Women’s Initiative Holds Writing Contest

The Women’s Initiative is a Charlottesville nonprofit that provides mental health services to women regardless of their ability to pay. The Women’s Initiative invites you to submit your short essay or poem to the 2016 Challenge into Change Writing Contest this fall. Challenge into Change is a forum for real-life stories about women who have transformed challenging life circumstances into an opportunity for growth. Winners will receive cash prizes, and all entrants will be honored at the 2017 Virginia Festival of the Book. Entries to the Challenge into Change Writing Contest are due December 15, 2016. To learn more about the contest and The Women’s Initiative’s mental health counseling services, our website is

By |August 30th, 2016|Categories: Community Connection|Tags: , |0 Comments

Mary Baldwin College Celebrates Anniversary Year

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


By |August 11th, 2016|Categories: Community Connection|0 Comments