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Community Connection

Community Connection: Virginia Institute of Autism

The Virginia Institute of Autism is a nonprofit located in Charlottesville that is dedicated to helping people with autism and their families overcome the challenges they face through compassionate, effective services.

VIA offers a range of evidence-based support across central Virginia, including assistance in completion of daily-living tasks, behavioral management techniques, a year-round school, meaningful employment opportunities for adults, and much more. They also provide coaching and other support for school staff to help them meet the needs of students with autism and other challenges in their classrooms.

You can go to viacenters.org to learn more about how they might help someone you know. And for more information on how to make a difference and work to improve the lives of people with autism, it’s viacenters.org/employment .

2022-01-13T15:21:40-05:00January 13th, 2022|

Community Connection: Lynchburg Daily Bread

Lynchburg Daily Bread is a soup kitchen in downtown Lynchburg.  They invite you to join them in feeding the hungry of Central Virginia, 365 days a year. Their soup kitchen is helping more and more people in need, including many young families and even grandparents who have never needed assistance before.  From their tiny soup kitchen in downtown Lynchburg, they are often serving over 500 meals per day. There’s more information at lynchburgdailybread.com.

2021-12-08T12:51:22-05:00January 1st, 2022|

Community Connection: Way to Go

Way to Go is a nonprofit organization empowering low-income workers in Harrisonburg and Rockingham to obtain financial independence through access to reliable and affordable transportation. For most working households in Harrisonburg and Rockingham, owning a car is central to productivity and self-sufficiency, as public transportation is not widely available.

They  invite you to learn about ways to get involved with Way to Go, so that a low-income worker can better connect with job training and employment opportunities that can bring their household greater financial stability.

You can find more information on their website.

2021-12-15T11:56:57-05:00December 15th, 2021|

Community Connection: Brain Injury Connections of the Shenandoah Valley

Brain Injury Connections is a local nonprofit serving the Central Shenandoah Valley. They serve individuals who have sustained a brain injury, in order to maximize their independence. Their programs and support services help clients and their families live their best lives possible.

Strokes, traumatic brain injuries and concussions can be devastating. More than 300,000 Virginians sustain a brain injury every year, and more than 41,000 folks in the Shenandoah Valley are disabled as a result of brain injury. If you have suffered a brain injury or know someone who has that needs their help, contact Brain Injury Connections of the Shenandoah Valley.

For 17 years, their nonprofit has locally provided critical services to help those living with brain injury. For more information, you can visit their website.

2021-12-10T13:32:40-05:00December 13th, 2021|

Community Connection: The Doorways

The Doorways is a nonprofit healthcare guest house and community of healing located in downtown Richmond. Every year, they offer nearly 10,000 patients and their loved ones a safe and secure room, hot meals cooked by their volunteer partners, and critical emotional support when they are traveling to Richmond for medical care. While they ask each guest to make a $15 per night suggested donation, over half are unable to do so – we never turn away someone because of their ability to pay. Their work is made possible by the generosity of people and organizations throughout Virginia.

You can learn more about their mission, impact, and ways to support what they do at thedoorways.org.

The Doorways will be featured at WNRN presents Dead Air III at The National in Richmond on Friday, January 21st.

2021-12-08T17:07:15-05:00December 8th, 2021|

Community Connection: Shalom Farms

Shalom Farms is a nonprofit food access organization in Richmond, working together to build healthy communities by growing and sharing healthy food. They envision a healthier community, where everyone has equitable access to nourishing food and meaningful opportunities to grow, choose, cook and enjoy fresh produce.
Each year, they distribute over half a million servings of fresh produce through their network of programs and partnerships in communities where access to healthy food is limited. This produce is grown on their two farms with the help of thousands of dedicated volunteers each year.
Their Food Access and Nutrition Education Programs include their Grown to Go Mobile Market, Prescription Produce Plan, and Nutrition Distribution Network.

They welcome you to learn more about their organization on their website, or on Facebook and Instagram @ShalomFarms.

Shalom Farms will be featured at WNRN presents Dead Air III at The National in Richmond on Friday, January 21st.

2021-12-08T17:02:23-05:00December 8th, 2021|

Community Connection: Park View Community Mission

Park View Community Mission is a nonprofit in Lynchburg that works to restore the lives of families and communities by building relationships and providing life changes resources to our neighbors. In addition to food, they provide clothing, mentorship and education classes.

For more information about how to get involved with Park View, you can go to their website.

2021-12-08T16:53:14-05:00December 8th, 2021|

Community Connection: Adult Care Center of Central VA

Adult Care Center of Central Virginia is a nonprofit in Lynchburg that provides an engaging daytime program of care for adults with health challenges in a protected, home-like setting. Their service keeps participants engaged, while their caregivers are afforded a bit of respite.

Donations to their organization allow them to keep costs low and help provide scholarships for those who have a financial need.

For more information, you can go to their website.

2021-12-08T13:12:05-05:00December 8th, 2021|

Community Connection: Lynchburg Grows

Lynchburg Grows is a nonprofit, urban farm that produces thousands of pounds of food for the community every year, and they provide meaningful jobs and volunteer opportunities to individuals with disabilities.

They invite you to support their work by becoming a member of the Veggie Society. Members of the Veggie Society make recurring donations that fit their budgets, and they enjoy monthly perks, including early-access to their Veggie Box CSA sign up and event tickets.

You can find out more about their programs that support our community, and how to join the Veggie Society, on their website.

Lynchburg Grows is a proud financial supporter of WNRN.

2021-12-08T12:41:13-05:00December 8th, 2021|

Community Connection: ARCH Art Classes at Crozet Mudhouse

Artistic Remedies for Creative Hearts, also known as ARCH, is a non-profit arts organization located in Greene county that works to teach emotional resiliency through creative expression.

They’re partnering with the Crozet Mudhouse to offer Create and Caffeinate, a weekly art program that focuses on the “why” in your creative practice, not your skill. They welcome anyone ages 12 and up, including adults. The goal is to have a finished piece by the end of each class and to learn something new about yourself.

All proceeds go directly toward ARCH programming.

You can learn more about ARCH and this program here.

2021-10-26T12:11:59-04:00October 26th, 2021|