Community Connection

Community Connection: The Women’s Initiative

The Women’s Initiative is a nonprofit organization serving Central Virginia that provides vital mental health services to individuals regardless of ability to pay. Their mission is to provide women with support to transform life challenges into positive change and growth.

The Women’s Initiative offers culturally responsive counseling, social support, and education programs that serve more than 2,500 women annually. Throughout the year, they host both in-person and virtual opportunities to connect with yourself and the community, such as support groups, art for relaxation, LGBTQ+ social hours, and ‘Chee-HAM-bah’ West African dance. If you are interested in individual counseling or support groups, you can access their walk-in and call-in clinics, which are open to the public, four days a week as a way to get started.  The Women’s Initiative also provides affinity-based healing through their Sister Circle program for Black women and Bienestar program, which serves the Latinx community.

More information about their services, as well as ways to volunteer and donate, can be found on their website, thewomensinitiative.org, or call them at (434) 872-0047.

2022-12-02T22:05:47-05:00December 2nd, 2022|

Community Connection: BRIMS

The Blue Ridge Irish Music School (BRIMS) in Charlottesville is hosting an open house from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday, January 7th at the Charlottesville Waldorf School where families can meet the instructors, take an Irish dance class and find out more about what BRIMS has to offer.

BRIMS’ winter semester of classes in Irish dance, music and song for all ages and skill levels starts on Tuesday, January 17th.

More information is online at brimstunes.org.

2022-12-02T22:00:11-05:00December 2nd, 2022|

Community Connection: The Wayne Theatre, Studio Wayne

The Wayne Theatre in Downtown Waynesboro presents Studio Wayne, a series of arts education programs for learners of all ages. The studio offers a full calendar of classes and events – from field trip opportunities for all grade levels, to hands-on classes that present students with unique opportunities to learn about performing arts, technical theatre, stage makeup, music, movement, dance, improvisation, visual arts, voice, and more.

With year-round diverse programming, live performances, and lots to explore and learn through Studio Wayne, the Wayne Theatre aims to provide enriching experiences that inspire, educate, and entertain the community. More information is online at studiowayne.com or waynetheatre.org.

The Wayne Theatre is a proud financial supporter of WNRN.


2022-10-12T10:41:54-04:00December 1st, 2022|

Community Connection: Girls on the Run

Girls on the Run Central Virginia and Blue Ridge is currently in their 18th year of bringing this life-changing program to the girls in their communities, and have served over 12,000 participants. With your help, they look forward to helping even more girls reach their limitless potential this year and beyond.

Girls on the Run is back in more schools this Spring and will be in need of volunteer coaches. Coaches lead small teams of 8-15 girls over a period of ten weeks, through lessons that nurture physical and emotional health while training to complete a 5K. The Spring season will begin in early January. If you are interested in bringing Girls on the Run to your location, volunteering as a coach, or registering your child for one of their programs, you can visit girlsontheruncenva.org.

2022-11-26T18:18:46-05:00November 30th, 2022|

Community Connection: Artspace Gallery

Artspace is a nonprofit gallery in Richmond Virginia located in the Stratford Hills Shopping Center. The gallery’s mission is to promote the understanding and awareness of contemporary art with monthly exhibitions, performances and more. Artspace is partnering with the James River Association this fall to celebrate the James River and the 50th anniversary of the Clean Water Act. Going on now, the biennial members’ exhibition, “Watershed” features artwork about the James River, water and the environment.

The James River Association’s exhibition, “Where Art and the River Converge” opens on December 9th. A public reception will take place from 6-9 pm at the gallery.

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

2022-10-26T10:54:30-04:00November 20th, 2022|

Community Connection: Partnership for the Future

Partnership for the Future is a nonprofit in Richmond that equips high-achieving high school students for success in college and beyond. For almost 30 years, Partnership has been helping eliminate barriers that often prevent low-income and first-generation students from applying, attending, and graduating from their best-fit college. The organization is excited to begin hosting community events to ensure students in the Richmond metropolitan have the tools they need to attend college.

For more information about college access and their community events, you can follow them on Facebook, Instagram, or LinkedIn at “Partnership for the Future”.

2022-11-18T11:22:45-05:00November 18th, 2022|

Community Connection: CHAT Richmond

Workforce Development at Church Hill Activities & Tutoring, or CHAT, is a nonprofit based in Richmond’s East End. Through the After School Program, Church Hill Academy, and Workforce Development Program, CHAT provides educational opportunities to students and young adults, creating pathways for them to discover their potential.

You can learn more about their programs and ways to get involved on their website: chatrichmond.org.

2022-11-18T11:16:45-05:00November 18th, 2022|

Community Connection: Housing Families First

Housing Families First is a nonprofit in Richmond that gives families facing homelessness the opportunity to build a legacy for their families by providing a path to a permanent home. Their vision is a Richmond region where all children and their families have a safe place to call home.

More information about their services and ways to get involved is online at housingfamiliesfirst.org.

2022-11-18T11:11:50-05:00November 18th, 2022|

Community Connection: Enroll Virginia

The Enroll Virginia program at the Virginia Poverty Law Center is a network of community-based organizations committed to helping all Virginians access high quality, affordable health coverage. Open Enrollment on HealthCare.gov runs from now until Sunday, January 15th. The Program is hosting a series of in-person and virtual enrollment events all over the state to help people apply and select a plan that fits their needs. Their enrollment experts are trained and certified to provide unbiased support with health insurance options through the Marketplace and Medicaid. Guests are invited to attend one of their enrollment events, which are open to the public, or make an appointment with a navigator to learn more.

More information is on their website, enrollva.org.

2022-11-18T11:05:04-05:00November 18th, 2022|

Community Connection: Lynchburg Daily Bread

Lynchburg Daily Bread is a soup kitchen located in downtown Lynchburg. The warmth of the holidays is all around, and the kitchen welcomes you to join them in feeding the community during this special time of year. Lynchburg Daily Bread is serving 500-600 hot and nutritious meals per day and are especially in need of proteins like ground beef and chicken.

You can find more information online at lynchburgdailybread.com.

2022-10-12T12:55:05-04:00November 17th, 2022|