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Community Connection: BRIMS Spring Classes

The Blue Ridge Irish Music School (BRIMS) is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to creating community through Irish music.

BRIMS’ next semester of online classes in Irish music, song and dance begins on March 22nd. BRIMS welcomes students of all ages and skill levels.

You can find more information on their website brimstune.org

2021-03-02T15:49:47-05:00March 2nd, 2021|Community Connection|

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|

Community Connection: Women United in Philanthropy

Formed in partnership with United Way of Greater Charlottesville, Women United in Philanthropy’s mission since 2005 is to engage with like-minded women to learn about our community’s needs and, through collective giving, support other non-profits who offer services to better the lives of women and children in our area. On Wednesday March 24th, they’re hosting a virtual education event called Pathways to Professions and Prosperity – Through COVID and Beyond. The panel will discuss the inhibitors to achieving sustainable employment in our area during these unsettling times; what businesses and community leaders are doing today to break down these barriers; the various resources an individual can leverage now to help improve their personal economic stability and prosperity and finally; steps other local businesses can take to drive even more opportunity in Charlottesville.

This event will take place from 8:00 – 9:45 AM on Wednesday, March 24th via ZOOM, and is open to the public. To see the list of speakers and register, you can go to their website, womenunitedcville.org/events.

2021-02-09T14:06:07-05:00February 9th, 2021|Community Connection|

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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En Espanol:

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

Community Connection: Piedmont Master Gardeners Lecture Series

In cooperation with the Virginia Cooperative Extension, The Piedmont Master Gardeners are presenting the 2021 Spring Lecture Series for home gardeners.

The lectures will be presented virtually, and will take place on four consecutive Thursday evenings, beginning on March 4th from7-8:15 PM.

Topics include Better Backyard Tomatoes, What is  Conservation Landscaping?, What a Warming World Means for Plants and Pests , and Robins to Raptors: Observing Birds in Our Backyards.

You can find details and registration info at piedmontmastergardeners.org.

2021-02-02T12:56:17-05:00February 2nd, 2021|Community Connection|

Community Connection: Hospice of the Piedmont March Session

Starting this March, Hospice of the Piedmont will offer a quarterly virtual event series called Community Conversations. The events will be community discussions around different end-of-life topics.

The first event will take place at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, March 10th, and will focus on taking control of your medical care and finding your voice as a patient at the end of life. Community Conversations: Finding Your Voice at the End of Life will include a dialogue between President & CEO Ron Cottrell and Dr. Tim Short, the Chief Medical Officer & Director, Education Institute, both from Hospice of the Piedmont.

Community members will have the chance to learn more about patient-centered options for comfort and care after a life-limiting diagnosis. A question-and-answer session will allow participants to ask their specific questions and get answer about end-of-life issues.

You can find more information and register at  www.hopva.org/community-conversations .



2021-02-02T13:02:13-05:00February 2nd, 2021|Community Connection|

Community Connection: Blue Ridge Area Food Bank

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, thousands of neighbors within the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank’s service area have lost jobs or wages. Now, neighbors must make tough choices, like whether to buy food or pay for heat, as we make our way through winter.

If you or someone you know must make these kinds of trade offs to meet household needs, the Food Bank and its partner food pantries are ready to help. They follow CDC protocols to keep visitors safe.

You can find a pantry here.

2021-02-02T12:50:57-05:00February 2nd, 2021|Community Connection|