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Hear Together

Hear Together: St. Luke’s Legacy Center Foundation

St. Luke Legacy Center Foundation in Richmond was created to expand upon the legacy of Maggie Walker, the first woman to open and serve as president of a chartered bank in the United States. The nonprofit aims to strengthen communities by providing access to a wraparound model of culturally relevant and holistic programs and resources that meet the needs of an entire family.

They address mental, financial, physical, social-emotional, and community health by offering a wide array of services that range from cooking classes to alternative methods of healing such as yoga and acupuncture.

We spoke with Korinn Y. Carter, CEO and President of the St. Luke Legacy Center Foundation, and Nikki Shaw, CCO and co-founder, for this Hear Together profile. You can listen to the audio link below.

2022-12-01T14:47:58-05:00November 30th, 2022|

Hear Together: Rockfish Wildlife Sanctuary

Wildlife face ever-increasing risks from human involvement in their world, ranging from vehicular collisions to climate change and infrastructure development. Rockfish Wildlife Sanctuary strives to bring awareness to the endangerment of wildlife and stresses the importances of returning animals back into the environment to positively impact that population’s survival.

The nonprofit provides educational outreach and serves around 800 animals per year including bats, turtles, snakes, and birds, among others.

We spoke with Brie Hashem, Former Director of Rockfish Wildlife Sanctuary, for this Hear Together profile. You can listen to the audio link below.

2022-11-16T11:25:50-05:00November 16th, 2022|

Hear Together: Allegheny Mountain Institute Garden Club

Providing a variety of produce over a half-acre of land, Allegheny Mountain Institute sponsors their Garden Club for middle school students to learn the basics of harvesting, planting, and seed starting. Between hands-on learning and interacting with kids of various age groups, the students in AMI’s Garden Club are given an opportunity to develop social-emotional skills outside of the classroom.

Ian and Aiden are eighth-grade students in Garden Club and enjoy sampling the produce they grow together, saying they feel a sense of accomplishment through the work they have put into growing the plants. The Garden Club shares their produce throughout Waynesboro to address food insecurity by delivering to food-banks, local preschools, and back-to-school nights.

We spoke with Julia Loman, Allegheny Mountain Institute Farm Manager at Waynesboro Public Schools, for this Hear Together profile. You can listen to the audio link below.

2022-11-07T15:08:44-05:00November 7th, 2022|

Hear Together: Hull’s Drive-In

As a cultural staple in Virginia, Hull’s Drive-In has provided entertainment and a gathering space for the community in Lexington since 1950. When owner Sebert Hull passed away in 1998, local residents rallied together to form Hull’s Angels Inc. in order to keep the theatre open, effectively making Hull’s Drive-In the nation’s first nonprofit, community-owned drive-in.

Hull’s strives to pay it forward in the community, donating movie night proceeds to a rotating roster of fellow nonprofits, hosting farmer’s markets on weekends and serving as a rental space for private events like weddings.

We spoke with Lauren Summers, Executive Director of Hull’s Angels, for this Hear Together profile. You can listen at the audio link below and find Hull’s movie showings here.

2022-09-26T14:48:24-04:00September 26th, 2022|

Hear Together: LiftPD

Made up of medical professionals, student volunteers, and fitness instructors, LiftPD is a nonprofit organization in Richmond that offers free, small-group exercise classes for those living with Parkinson’s Disease. What started as a unique concept funded by a Parkinson’s Foundation Community Grant has now served over 70 individuals living with Parkinson’s (or other forms of Parkinsonism) over the past year, with the help of over 90 volunteers from local VCU professional programs.

The program uses high intensity disease-specific exercise training to help participants maintain and improve strength, balance, and mobility. By focusing on the repetition of workouts that target each person’s specific needs, LiftPD helps slow disease progression, and in some cases, even regain previously lost function.

We spoke with VCU physical therapist, and one of the founding members of LiftPD, Bobby Hand, for this Hear Together profile. You can listen at the audio link below and learn more about LiftPD on their website.

2022-08-02T15:08:14-04:00August 2nd, 2022|

Hear Together: Jefferson School African American Heritage Center

The Jefferson School is one of two remaining buildings from what was once Vinegar Hill–a 20-acre predominantly Black neighborhood in the heart of Charlottesville that was bulldozed in the ’60s after being seized through eminent domain. The Jefferson School started as the only Black school in Charlottesville, only to be decommissioned when schools were desegregated. The alumni of the original school wanted a place that would celebrate the building’s history, and by extension the Black history of Charlottesville, and the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center (JSAAHC) opened in 2013.

Along with a permanent picture gallery that tells the story of Vinegar Hill, the JSAAHC offers rotating contemporary art exhibitions featuring artists of the diaspora, lectures, a film and theater program, as well as six annual public celebrations. It is also home to the Isabella Gibbons Local History and Digital Humanities Center, which researches the history of Albemarle County and the surrounding region from enslavement through the present.

“There is a Vinegar Hill in every single city in America,” says Leslie M. Scott Jones, assistant curator of education and public programs at JSAAHC.

You can listen to the full segment at the audio link below and learn more about the Jefferson School at their website.

2022-06-14T12:27:40-04:00June 14th, 2022|

Hear Together: UMFS Foster Care

For 120 years, UMFS Foster Care has worked relentlessly to help children, teens, and families thrive in their communities. Their trained staff collaborates with foster parents and families to overcome the challenges of traumatic childhoods to create homes that are safe and welcoming.

There are about 4,800 youth in foster care across Virginia, with 1,800 of them open for adoption. Over the past year, they’ve noticed a 54 percent drop in foster parent approval, and UMFS is working to empower flexible, caring adults who want to serve children but might be unsure of how foster care can work.

We spoke with foster parent recruiter Katie Solvig for this Hear Together profile. You can listen at the audio link below and learn more about their services and becoming a foster parent at UMFS.org.

UMFS is a proud financial supporter of WNRN.

2022-06-08T12:47:19-04:00June 8th, 2022|

Hear Together: Shenandoah LGBTQ Center

Built on a model of community collaboration, the Shenandoah LGBTQ Center has centered the voices of LGBTQ people in the valley since its inception. From the initial community listening conversations in 2018 came a wide variety of support services, including peer support groups, affirming healthcare referral, a queer resource library, and many more.

For this Hear Together profile, we spoke with executive director AnhThu Nguyen, who is committed to expanding the center’s support network throughout the Shenandoah Valley, to address the unique challenges faced by LGBTQ people across the communities of the commonwealth. You can listen at the audio link below, and learn more about the Shenandoah LGBTQ Center at their website.

2022-05-20T14:14:31-04:00May 20th, 2022|

Hear Together: Live Arts

Powered by more than 1200 volunteers, Live Arts is a nonprofit community theater in downtown Charlottesville that has presented engaging plays and musicals in Central Virginia for more than 30 years. The organization’s Pay-What-You-Can offering has been a staple of its programming for decades, as part of an early commitment to making sure that theater is accessible in the community and ensuring that no one is turned away due to inability to pay.

In addition to Live Arts’ quality productions, they offer year-round education classes and workshops, including teen play-writing and youth summer camps.

For this Hear Together profile, we spoke with Executive Director Anne Hunter. Listen at the audio link below and learn more about Live Arts’ upcoming classes and seasons here.

Additional support for Live Arts on WNRN is sponsored by Ting Gigabit Fiber Internet.

2022-05-02T16:34:22-04:00May 2nd, 2022|

Hear Together: Strength in Peers

Grounded in lived experience from their peer recovery specialists, Strength in Peers helps those in the community struggling with substance use, mental health, and trauma-related challenges. By centering treatment around each individual’s unique situation and needs, they help participants thrive by emphasizing their autonomy and goals. Serving Harrisonburg and Rockingham, Page, and Shenandoah Counties, Strength in Peers provides customized recovery programs, and helps connect individuals to community-based services to help with housing, employment, health care, and other challenges.

We spoke with executive director Nicky Fadley for this Hear Together profile. You can listen at the audio link below, and learn more about Strength in Peers on their website.

2022-04-15T14:29:44-04:00April 15th, 2022|