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Community Connection

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 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: Explore More at the Virtual Night at the Museum

Explore More Discovery Museum is a nonprofit children’s museum in Harrisonburg, engaging young minds through the power of play! Their 10th annual Night at the Museum event will be held on Friday, Nov. 13th at 7 p.m. This year, coming as an online virtual celebration, funds raised throughout the evening will carry Explore More through these challenging times, allowing the power of play to continue to thrive for children in the Shenandoah Valley. To learn more, please visit

By |October 23rd, 2020|Categories: Community Connection|0 Comments

Community Connection: Art Unlocked Brings Local Art Installations to McGuffey

Wednesday, November 4th through Saturday, November 14th, the McGuffey Art Center in Charlottesville is hosting Central Virginia’s first ever Art Unlocked gallery exhibition and fundraiser. Art Unlocked is a collaboration featuring seven local arts organizations, showcasing and celebrating the creative expression of 68 independent artists that reflect the diversity of talent within the region. Artwork will be available for in-person or virtual gallery viewing and purchase at the McGuffey Art Center. Proceeds will be evenly divided between Beverley Street Studio, The Bridge, Crozet Arts, McGuffey Art Center, Shenandoah Valley Art Center, and Staunton Augusta Art Center.

More information and tickets can be found online at

By |October 23rd, 2020|Categories: Community Connection|0 Comments

Community Connection: Run With The Virginia War Memorial Foundation

The Virginia War Memorial Foundation invites you to participate in this year’s Virtual They Gave All TGA 5k, presented by Loyalty Automotive. All who join may run, walk, or march from Wednesday, November 4th through Tuesday, November 10th to honor all who have served our country, especially those who have given their lives in military service.

Registration includes a race day packet with a 2020 TGA 5K t-shirt, a hat, a VWM mask, and a special race bib to share the name of a veteran that may be chosen to honor with the run. All proceeds from this Virtual race will support the educational programs of the Virginia War Memorial Foundation.

This November, you can join the Virginia War Memorial Foundation to “Run Apart to Honor Together” and inspire patriotism in all. More information about the event may be found on their website,

By |October 23rd, 2020|Categories: Community Connection|0 Comments

Community Connection: HumanKind Offers Virtual Turkey Trot

HumanKind is a nonprofit in Lynchburg that strengthens individuals, families, and communities through care, counseling, and education. The Lynchburg Turkey Trot has become a tradition for many families across the region, however, in light of the pandemic, they have made plans to deliver their tradition in a whole new way. HumanKind would like to personally invite you to gather your flock and join them for this virtual 5K. You can select any day from November 21st to November 28th to trot with friends and family from around the world. You can even choose to have your Turkey Trot swag mailed straight to your door. To learn more, wobble on over to their website, When you run, walk, or stroll this Thanksgiving, you’re helping children and families. When you run the Lynchburg Turkey Trot, you run for Lynchburg.

By |October 9th, 2020|Categories: Community Connection|0 Comments

Community Connection: Wildrock Creepy, Crawly, and Cute Trail

Wildrock is a nonprofit in Crozet that promotes nature play for health and happiness. They are hosting several fall trail hikes and programs at Wildrock. During the month of October, they invite you to bring your entire family or “quaranteam” out to Wildrock’s Creepy, Crawly and Cute trail, as well as to their Nature Nook Outdoor Education hikes.

They also have Wildrock School Days and Fall Discovery Trail walks. Wildrock is open Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays and social distancing measures are in place for all events. For more information, you can go to our website, to learn more and make a reservation.

By |October 8th, 2020|Categories: Community Connection|0 Comments

Community Connection: Women United in Philanthropy Award Money to Local Programs

Formed in partnership with United Way of Greater Charlottesville, Women United in Philanthropy’s mission since 2005 has been to engage with like-minded women to learn about the community’s needs and through collective giving support other non-profits who offer services to better the lives of women and children in the area. In their 15 years of activity, they have proudly awarded more than $640,000 to local organizations. Just last week they announced their two 2020 winners: AHIP (Albemarle Housing Improvement Program) and their Safe at Home Program along with Piedmont CASA and their program – Bridges to Success for Older Youth in Foster Care. Each organization received $25,000. Their members range from their late 20’s into their 80’s, and have diverse backgrounds of work, volunteerism and enthusiasm.  If you are a local woman interested in making connections and a difference in the community, they encourage you to join them. To learn more about the group, go to their website,

By |October 7th, 2020|Categories: Community Connection|0 Comments