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Community Connection

Community Connection: Podium RVA

Podium RVA is a nonprofit that empowers underserved youth ages 11 – 19 across Greater Richmond to become confident and capable writers, communicators, and leaders to succeed in school, career, and life. They serve over 300 children and teens annually in over 400 hours of programming year-round. Their programs build academic and critical thinking skills, self-confidence, and prepare youth for a successful transition from middle to high school or from high school to college and beyond.

Their goals are to build educational equity and opportunity for youth advancement and growth in Richmond, and to create safe, supportive spaces for children and teens to showcase and celebrate their perspectives and accomplishments. Podium provides weekly workshops, youth publication and showcase opportunities, and teen professional development services year-round which are open to the public. You can learn more online at podiumrva.org.

2022-07-05T12:33:24-04:00July 5th, 2022|

Community Connection: Scrap Creative Reuse

Scrap RVA is a nonprofit whose mission is to promote sustainability and community by redistributing reclaimed arts and crafts supplies.

Each year they host a Teacher Giveaway, with 2 dates- Sat Aug 6th and Sat Aug 27th from 11-3pm, where they offer all the supplies a teacher may need to outfit their classroom. This event is aimed towards public school teachers only and opens up 15 minute time slots that are registered for through their website. Registration will open up 2 weeks before each date using Signup Genius.

For more information, you can visit their website at Richmond.scrapcreativereuse.org

2022-07-05T12:27:04-04:00July 5th, 2022|

Community Connection: The Front Porch

The Front Porch is a nonprofit in Charlottesville dedicated to connecting everyone through music. They invite you to Rivanna Roots – their outdoor concert series by the river in partnership with Rivanna River Company and Sun Tribe Solar.  The lineup includes Chamomile & Whiskey, Gallatin Canyon, Dropping Julia, and more! Concerts are at 1518 E High Street in Charlottesville, and beverages and food trucks will be on site. Tickets and more information can be found on their website.

The Front Porch is a proud financial supporter of WNRN. 

2022-06-10T11:07:27-04:00June 27th, 2022|

Community Connection: VA Home for Boys and Girls

The Virginia Home for Boys and Girls is a nonprofit in Richmond that has been serving children in crisis since 1846.

Would you know what to say or do if you suspect a youth was having a mental health issue? When a young person is struggling, it’s up to all of us to notice. Anyone, anywhere can be the one to make a difference in the life of someone with a mental health challenge… if they know what to do, and what to say.

They welcome you to sign up for one of their Youth Mental Health First Aid workshops where you’ll learn the risk factors and warning signs of a variety of mental health challenges common among adolescents. Workshops take place on their campus located in Henrico County near Parham and Broad streets, and are open to the public. They provide one workshop each month to the public but will arrange to train private groups as well. You can learn more and register for the course on their website at VHBG.org.

2022-06-23T10:20:35-04:00June 23rd, 2022|

Community Connection: Community Homeschool Enrichment Center

The Community Homeschool Enrichment Center (CHEC) is a nonprofit in the Charlottesville area that offers enrichment and academic classes one day per week for local homeschoolers ages 3 to 18. CHEC offers a wide variety of courses reflecting the imagination of their instructors and students in all areas of education ranging from science to art to physical education.

They often partner with other non-profits in the area including hands-on reptile experiences with My Three Chambered Heart and Creative Filmmaking with Lighthouse Studios. Some of this Fall’s offerings include Stand Up Comedy, The Art of Magic, Creating a YouTube Channel, Build a Fairy House or Gnome Bridge, in addition to many other reading, writing, art, engineering, cooking, history, music classes and more. You can view the entire Fall class schedule on their website at cvillechec.org.

2022-06-23T10:10:24-04:00June 23rd, 2022|

Community Connection: Swim Across America

Swim Across America funds cancer research, clinical trials and patient programs by hosting swim events across the country. On Saturday, August 27th, they are proud to partner with the VCU Massey Cancer Center to host the fourth annual, family friendly, swim – OR float – event  along the James River.

This year’s swim has special meaning to event director Jay Peluso, as his sister Michele was recently diagnosed with Stage 3 Ovarian Cancer. Instead of shaving heads in solidarity, Michelle issued a challenge: to find and wear a crazy wig. She wants to laugh, she said. She is going to need to laugh.

The idea was born to host a Crazy Wig Night at the Richmond Flying Squirrels, where her son, Chris, plays — to help raise awareness — and hopefully, the spirits of those fighting cancer.

To learn more about Swim Across America and the Squirrels Crazy Wig event, you can visit the Richmond event page or simply Google Swim Across America Richmond.

Massey is committed to making a future without cancer possible – one event. And one crazy wig and one laugh at a time – if that’s what it takes.

2022-06-09T09:57:33-04:00June 9th, 2022|

Community Connection: VA School for the Deaf and the Blind

The Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind (VSDB) in Staunton provides a superior education for students who are deaf/hard of hearing/ blind/vision impaired/ deafblind, and deaf or blind with other disabilities. VSDB is now accepting applications for the 2022-2023 school year.

Their comprehensive, state-aligned education programs serve students on their campus from ages 2 through 21 with residential and day options. At VSDB, students are “one of many” instead of being the only one, allowing students to grow, do, and become capable adults who succeed in post- secondary education, in the workforce, and as citizens in their communities.

They invite you to explore their website at vsdb.k12.va.us to learn more about their unique educational programs, extra-curricular activities, Admissions process, and how to begin the referral process with your local school district.

2022-06-09T09:24:13-04:00June 9th, 2022|

Community Connection: VA Breast Cancer Foundation

The Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation knows that breast cancer can be life-changing, and they’re here to help. They now offer personalized Resource Coordination for all Virginians in need. While your health providers are focused on your medical care, VBCF can help identify supportive community resources to assist you on your breast cancer journey. To learn more, you can call 800-345-8223 or email help@vbcf.org to share your needs. The Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation aims to connect and empower Virginia’s breast cancer community.

To find help for yourself or a loved one, request free breast health educational materials to share in your local community, and explore ways you can help, you can go online to vbcf.org.

2022-06-09T09:18:59-04:00June 9th, 2022|

Community Connection: Cville Tool Library

The Cville Tool Library is a nonprofit lending library designed to empower the Charlottesville community with tools. As a tool library member, you can borrow tools just like you would borrow books from the library. You can take care of the things on your to-do list without the expense of purchasing tools for one time use, and there’s no need to figure out how to store them, either. They welcome you to borrow the tools you need for your home projects from their location in Woolen Mills and you can return them when you’re done. You can learn more online at cvilletoollibrary.com.

2022-06-01T15:49:38-04:00June 7th, 2022|

Community Connection: Building Bridges Productions

Building Bridges Productions, Inc. is a nonprofit in Lynchburg that provides performing arts experiences to the underserved youth in our community. They’re hosting Story Maker’s Theater Camp for middle and high school students at the Academy Center of the Arts Warehouse Theatre. They welcome you to join for the final production on Friday, July 29 at 1:00 pm.

You can find more information online at academycenter.org or their Facebook page.

2022-06-06T14:08:46-04:00June 6th, 2022|