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Hear Together: Virginia Discovery Museum

Located on the downtown mall in Charlottesville, the Virginia Discovery Museum has been serving children and families for 40 years by hosting field trips, birthday parties and annual events like the Discovery Dash. Their engaging exhibits, which include the carousel that sits outside the museum’s doors, have become a staple in our community.

After being closed for 18 months due to the pandemic, the newly-reopened museum is still finding new ways to forge connections. Through their sponsored admission program, they partner with other area nonprofits to provide free entry to patrons in need. In a recent partnership with the International Rescue Committee, refugee families can visit the museum, connect with new friends, practice language skills, and even video conference with faraway family members using the museum’s wifi.

For this Hear Together profile, we spoke with Executive Director Janine Dozier. You can listen at the audio link below and learn more on the museum’s website vadm.org.

Hear Together’s coverage of technological accessibility is supported by Ting Fiber Internet.

 

2021-12-21T10:47:41-05:00December 20th, 2021|

Hear Together: Charlottesville Area Riding Therapy (CART)

Charlottesville Area Riding Therapy (CART) is a therapeutic riding program that serves children and adults with special needs in Charlottesville and surrounding areas. With 8-week sessions taking place in the Spring, Summer, and Fall, clients can groom the horses before entering the ring to complete obstacle courses and work on exercises that allow them to grow together with the horse.

CART’s Sarah Daly gave us a tour of the barn for this Hear Together profile. You can listen at the audio link below and visit CART’s website to learn how to volunteer or enroll in a session.

2021-11-16T13:26:41-05:00November 16th, 2021|

Hear Together: C4K

C4K is a STEAM program combining mentoring and technology to prepare youth in Charlottesville/Albemarle for brighter futures. They offer a drop-in clubhouse, workshops, and a 1:1 mentoring program, where students in grades 6-12 are paired with a mentor to work on a project of the student’s choice. Concentrating on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math, students can learn skills in a variety of fields from robotics, coding, and game design, to sculpture, painting, and photography.

We spoke with Hawa, a student enrolled in C4K, along with C4K’s Recruitment and Retention Coordinator, Tricia Howell, for this Hear Together profile. You can listen at the audio link below, and find out more about C4K’s programming and enrollment here.

Hear Together’s coverage of technological accessibility is supported by Ting Fiber Internet.

2021-11-08T16:50:07-05:00November 8th, 2021|

Hear Together: Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance

Founded in 2003 to reinvigorate Harrisonburg’s downtown historic district as the cultural meeting point in town, Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance has worked to bring a greater sense of community to its downtown residents and businesses. By uplifting small business owners and encouraging economic incentivization of outdated buildings, HDR has made Harrisonburg into the welcoming community it is today.

HDR uses the Main Street Four-Point ApproachTM — a proven downtown revitalization strategy created by the National Main Street Center. They’ve led festivals and events downtown, beautified spots across town, encouraged historic preservation, and even spurred economic investment so downtown experienced more business openings than closings in 2020.

We spoke with executive director Andrea Dono for this Hear Together profile. You can listen at the audio link below and learn more here.

2021-11-01T12:23:23-04:00November 1st, 2021|

Hear Together: Birth In Color RVA

Founded in 2018, Birth In Color RVA is a birth, policy, and advocacy nonprofit working towards better outcomes in maternal health and reproductive justice for women of color. The maternal mortality rates in the United States are alarming; Black women are three times more likely to die due to complications from pregnancy or childbirth.

Birth In Color RVA strives to empower parents, providing doula services, childbirth education, newborn care classes, and postpartum support boxes, and even working with fathers to ensure that they feel connected and informed throughout the birthing process. To date, they’ve served over 450 women, certified parents in CPR training, and provided racial bias training for more than 200 healthcare workers. Most recently, they’ve extended their outreach to Lynchburg.

We spoke to co-founder and executive director Kenda Sutton-El for this Hear Together profile. You can listen at the audio link below and learn more here.

2021-10-25T15:53:56-04:00October 25th, 2021|

Hear Together: Greater Richmond Bar Foundation

The Greater Richmond Bar Foundation is a nonprofit serving Central Virginia that connects over 900 volunteer attorneys with pro bono clients and other nonprofits in the community that are in need of legal services.

From crafting wills ensuring estates are in order to a collaborative eviction diversion program, the Greater Richmond Bar Foundation has been hard at work most recently addressing disparities that have been compounded by the pandemic.

We spoke with Executive Director Ami Kim for this Hear Together profile. You can listen at the audio link below and learn more about the Greater Richmond Bar Foundation here.

2021-10-25T14:46:24-04:00October 25th, 2021|

Hear Together: Sustainability Matters

Sustainability Matters is the fun, realistic, accessible sustainability organization based in the Shenandoah Valley. They focus on conversation education for everyone, from business owners to farmers to individuals, to empower them to make change themselves.

They offer programs on sustainable landscaping and business, host community plant swaps and forums on recycling, teach people how to grow their own food, and even hosted the valley’s largest ever Earth Day festival.

We spoke with founder and director Sari Carp for this Hear Together profile. You can listen at the audio link below and learn more about Sustainability Matters here.

2021-08-30T14:36:54-04:00August 20th, 2021|

Hear Together: Virginia Rural Health Association

The Virginia Rural Health Association works to improve health and healthcare for the 2.5 million residents in rural areas of the state through education and advocacy.

They also form cooperative partnerships with small clinics and hospitals to ensure that they have access to the equipment and federal funding they qualify for in order to operate successfully.

For this Hear Together profile, we spoke with Executive Director Beth O’Connor. Listen at the audio link below to learn more about the Virginia Rural Health Association’s initiatives, including steps they’re taking to combat substance abuse and ensure healthy equity for LGBTQ+ members of our community.

 

 

2021-08-30T14:42:45-04:00August 3rd, 2021|

Hear Together: REAL LIFE

REAL LIFE is a Richmond-based nonprofit that serves individuals who are coming out of incarceration, homelessness, or who battle substance use disorder. With 10 recovery/transition houses, the organization provides six months of inclusive programming including housing, meals, physical and mental health assistance, and help securing employment. By providing opportunities to overcome personal and community barriers, REAL LIFE’s programming leads to better outcomes, including a reduced recidivism rate.

We spoke with founder and director Sarah Scarbrough for this Hear Together profile. You can listen at the audio link below and learn more about REAL LIFE here.

2021-08-30T14:40:14-04:00July 27th, 2021|

Hear Together: CodeVA

CodeVA is a statewide nonprofit located in downtown Richmond that works to expand and diversify access to computer science. In 2016, Virginia became the first state to mandate Computer Science offerings in public schools through a bill that CodeVA helped craft.

In addition to advocacy, the organization trains public school teachers in computer science curriculum, and through their Eureka Workshop, runs children’s camps for arts and music integrated computer science programs.

We spoke with Executive Director Chris Dovi and Development Manager Laura Hite for this Hear Together profile. You can listen at the audio link below and learn more about CodeVA and the Eureka Workshop here.

Hear Together’s coverage of technological accessibility is supported by Ting Fiber Internet.

2021-07-20T16:25:14-04:00July 20th, 2021|