Community Connection

Community Connection2021-06-07T14:27:24-04:00

WNRN is proud to give our non-profit neighbors a venue to promote their causes and events. As part of the Community Connection series, we broadcast public service announcements for non-profits that are written in their words and recorded in their voice.

Creating a Community Connection is an easy process. To request a time to record your message, email dmoses@wnrn.org. During scheduling, you’ll be prompted to write a message outlining what you’d like to promote, which we’ll use as your script for recording. We look forward to working with you!

The rules:  Organizations profiled by WNRN or organizations whose information is broadcast within Hear Together/Community Connections must be a registered 501c3. If it is an event, WNRN requires at least a month’s advance notice to create a Community Connection for any event. If there is an admission or cost for the event, 100% of proceeds must benefit the nonprofit.  Hear Together/Community Connections is a non-partisan, non-biased feature and will not accept submissions from or conduct profiles of political organizations or activities representing or contributing to a specific political organization or political action committee. Hear Together/Community Connections is non-denominational and will not accept submissions from or conduct profiles of specific religious groups or fundraisers tied to specific religious groups or organizations. We will accept submissions that are inter-faith or multi-denominational that support the community at large in collaboration without promoting a specific religious group or activity related to funding a specific religion or religious group.

Community Connection News & Updates

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.

By |December 2nd, 2022|Categories: Community Connection|0 Comments

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.

By |December 2nd, 2022|Categories: Community Connection|0 Comments

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.


By |December 1st, 2022|Categories: Community Connection|0 Comments

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.

By |November 30th, 2022|Categories: Community Connection|0 Comments

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.

By |November 20th, 2022|Categories: Community Connection|Comments Off on Community Connection: Artspace Gallery

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”.

By |November 18th, 2022|Categories: Community Connection|Comments Off on Community Connection: Partnership for the Future