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Community Connection: Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition

Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition has a 35-year history of using bicycling and walking to build happier, healthier, and more connected communities in the valley. From natural surface trails on our public lands to bicycle optimized trail systems and in-town greenways, we work to create accessible trails close to home to ensure everyone has the ability to enjoy active transportation and recreation.

SVBC welcomes you to join them as they work to reclaim our streets, trails, and public places for current and future generations of walkers and riders.

For more information on how to volunteer or learn more about SVBC please go to svbcoalition.org.

2021-03-25T10:46:36-04:00March 25th, 2021|Community Connection|

Community Connection: Skyline Literacy

Skyline Literacy is a non-profit serving Harrisonburg and Rockingham County, offering instruction in basic literacy, in the English language for those who don’t speak it natively, and in preparation for the citizenship exam for those who are choosing to become American citizens.

They are one of the organizations participating in the Community Foundation’s Great Community Give on April 21st, and they invite you to support Skyline during their Power Hour, from noon to one on the 21st. There’s more info on the Great Community Give at skylineliteracy.org.

2021-03-25T10:49:39-04:00March 25th, 2021|Community Connection|

Community Connection: NewBridges Immigrant Resource Center

NewBridges Immigrant Resource Center is a nonprofit located in Harrisonburg and serving Harrisonburg and the Shenandoah Valley. Their mission is to engage immigrants, connect cultures and build community with a vision for a thriving community that everyone can call home. They invite you to join us in celebrating our immigrant community by participating in the 4th annual Great Community Give on Wednesday, April 21st.

Proceeds help them support their clients in a number of ways including providing immigration legal representation from one of their two Department of Justice Accredited Representatives, Health Navigation services which help clients navigate medical expenses and billing, and numerous other services including document translation, information and referrals.

You can join them in welcoming our immigrant neighbors, colleagues, and communities and learn more about their work on their website, newbridgesirc.org.


2021-03-24T09:35:28-04:00March 23rd, 2021|Community Connection|

Community Connection: CASPCA Bow Wow Walk

The Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA is a local shelter committed to providing lifesaving care to thousands of animals in our community and placing healthy pets in caring homes. They’re hosting their 8th Annual bow-WOW-walk fundraiser re-imagined as a pet-friendly, socially distanced car parade. they welcome you to join them on Saturday, April 17th at Morningside of Charlottesville to celebrate shelter pets and spread joy to senior citizens.

2021-03-15T16:16:21-04:00March 15th, 2021|Community Connection|

Community Connection: VA Festival of the Book

A program of Virginia Humanities, located in Charlottesville, the Virginia Festival of the Book brings together writers and readers to promote and celebrate books, reading, literacy, and literary culture every March. They are hosting the all-virtual 2021 Virginia Festival of the Book Saturday, March 13th through Friday, March 26th, featuring more than 40 virtual events at no cost with authors and books across all genres, for all ages and reading interests. You can find more information here.

2021-03-10T14:15:10-05:00March 10th, 2021|Community Connection|

Hear Together: RVAgriculture

After suffering a series of accidents and injuries, Lisa Dearden found that the key to regaining her health was changing her diet. She became passionate about local food sources, and opened a farm and started a market of her own.

Eleven seasons later, RVAgriculture has expanded to include five farmer’s markets and a robust online marketplace. The nonprofit has even incorporated creative programming, like their ‘Chef At The Market,’ where different chefs provide a recipe tutorial featuring seasonal food.

For this Hear Together profile, we spoke with Dearden about the importance of knowing where your food comes from, and how RVAgriculture has worked to keep local producers and local businesses alive during the pandemic.

You can listen at the audio link below, and sign up for their virtual classes and online marketplace here.

2021-03-24T10:29:36-04:00March 5th, 2021|Hear Together|

Hear Together: Reach Out And Read

From fairy tales and Dr. Seuss rhymes to mystery books and science fiction, storytelling has always sparked imagination and creativity in early childhood development. But research proves that the cognitive benefits don’t stop there. Reading leads to better social and emotional outcomes, and facilitates school readiness and language development.

Reach Out and Read is a book-sharing program where pediatricians prescribe parent/child reading and provide a book during wellness check-ups. The national program began 30 years ago in Boston; Now, there’s 100 Reach Out and Read sites statewide in the Commonwealth of Virginia that serve over 100,000 children.

Dr. Bergen Nelson is a pediatrician at Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU, one of the latest offices to offer Reach Out and Read. Since their start last July, they’ve given out an upwards of 4,000 books. We spoke with Dr. Nelson for this Hear Together profile. Listen at the audio link below, and learn more about Virginia’s Reach Out and Read programming here.

2021-03-02T15:04:15-05:00March 2nd, 2021|Hear Together|

Hear Together: Park View Community Mission

Park View Community Mission, located in Lynchburg, is the largest client-choice food pantry in the state of Virginia west of Richmond. Last year alone, the organization’s Food for Families program served over half a million pounds of food. They established Food for Thought in 2018, which is a backpack program providing meals for school-aged children. Park View’s commitment to health and food security extends to its Life Skills Institute, which provides nutrition classes and teaches homemaking skills to clients. Recently, Park View expanded its offerings to include Clothing Connection, a donation-based clothing space.

For this Hear Together profile, we spoke with Park View’s Director of Development, Ashley Steinweg, along with Jeanell Smith, who has been teaching nutrition classes at Park View for a decade. You can listen at the audio link below, and learn more on their website.

2021-02-08T11:23:03-05:00February 8th, 2021|Hear Together|

Community Connection: Cultivate Charlottesville’s Food Justice Network

Cultivate Charlottesville’s Food Justice Network is a nonprofit in Charlottesville that aims to build a healthy and just food system for all. Are you looking for food resources during COVID?

They have launched a 24/7 Food Security Text Line in both English and Spanish. They welcome you to text the word “FOOD” or the word “COMIDA” to (844) 947-6518 at any time to get information on food pantries and other food resources in Charlottesville and surrounding counties, including Albemarle, Augusta, Greene, Buckingham, Louisa, Fluvanna, and Nelson.

More information is available at www.cultivatecharlottesville.org and the Cultivate Charlottesville Facebook and Instagram pages.

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2021-02-02T13:06:30-05:00February 2nd, 2021|Community Connection|