Community Connection: Rockbridge Area Health Center

The Rockbridge Area Health Center is a non-profit, community health center in Lexington that provides comprehensive, high-quality and affordable health care for the whole family. Services include medical, dental, pediatric, women’s health, and behavioral health counseling and are available to anyone regardless of income or insurance status.

With the reopening of the Health Insurance Marketplace through August 15th for a special insurance enrollment period for 2021 coverage, the health center also provides support staff who are trained and certified to offer free, confidential, in-person or over-the-phone assistance with understanding what affordable health insurance options and programs are available, as well as help with enrollment or with updating a current health exchange plan. You do not need to be a patient to receive this assistance.

For more information, you can go to their website, rockahc.org.

2021-03-26T10:18:04-04:00March 26th, 2021|Community Connection|

Community Connection: Hope’s Legacy Equine Rescue

Hope’s Legacy Equine Rescue in Afton is offering Books at the Barn, a family-friendly outing for adults and kids alike. Children ages 6 to 14 and an accompanying adult are invited to join them at Castle Rock Farm to learn about horses, donkeys and equine rescue – and to read to the animals! Snacks, drinks, and books to take home are provided. Their first session of Books at the Barn is Saturday, May 22nd.
Reservations are required. Please see their website, hopeslegacy.com/events for more information and an application form.

2021-03-26T10:25:08-04:00March 26th, 2021|Community Connection|

Community Connection: Local Food Hub

Local Food Hub is a nonprofit organization in Central Virginia that advances equitable access to fresh food, independent farms, and fairness in farming.

The group just hit the one-year anniversary for their drive-through, preorder, COVID-safe farmers market. They invite you to shop for a variety of locally sourced foods, including fruit, veggies, plant starts, cheeses, meat, bread, pastries, and prepared foods. Pickup is Wednesday and Friday, 4:00-5:30 in the Seminole Square Parking Lot. Pickup is quick, convenient, and does not even require you to get out of your car. For more information, you can go to their website, localfoodhub.org/market.

2021-03-26T10:19:29-04:00March 26th, 2021|Community Connection|

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|

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|

Community Connection: Market Central Farmer’s Market at IX Art Park

Market Central is a non-profit in Charlottesville dedicated to supporting local farms, farmers markets, small businesses, and connecting the Charlottesville community to high quality food. In partnership with the IX Art Park, a fellow non-profit, they operate a walk-up Farmers Market every Saturday morning from 9am to 1pm at IX Art Park.  SNAP customers are welcome and every SNAP dollar is matched with fruit and vegetable coupons. For more information, vendor lists, and food availability, you can go to their website, marketcentral.org, or follow them on Facebook at Market Central and Instagram at Market_Central.

2021-01-20T15:36:20-05:00January 20th, 2021|Community Connection|