Ways to help following Richmond graduation shooting
On this sad and dark day in Richmond, the board and staff of the Community Foundation express our deepest sympathies and healing thoughts to those who experienced the senseless violence that occurred in Richmond yesterday evening. We are actively communicating with City, Richmond Public Schools, and nonprofit leaders to determine the best way we can support them.
When disasters or crises hit, the Community Foundation often receives inquiries from donors and partners about how they can help. Our team is at the ready to identify trusted organizations with the experience and expertise to respond. In this case, Richmond’s own neighbors, students, and families experienced violence, loss, and trauma right here at home. Whether you are seeking resources or wish to lend your support, we recommend the following organizations for your consideration. As they are likely experiencing high demand, please contact our team if you have any questions about their programs and services.
Richmond Public Schools Education Foundation: RPS Trauma Healing Response Fund
The RPS Trauma Healing Response Fund manages donations for the immediate and ongoing response to support RPS survivors and their families. All donations will be directed to support the healing of those affected by gun violence.
ChildSavers’s therapists are reaching out to clients and families for safety checks as their Immediate Response therapists are on-call through their 24/7 hotline to provide a supportive response to those who were affected. They are working closely with Richmond Public Schools to engage with their Family Support Center and therapists, including Spanish-speaking staff. Hotline: 804-305-2420 | Donate Now
Latinos in Virginia Empowerment Center
The Latinos in Virginia Empowerment Center’s 24/7 hotline will be available for any Latino/Hispanic individual affected by the shooting. In addition, they are hosting a crisis intervention group conducted entirely in Spanish.
Hotline: 804-728-0048 | Donate Now
Richmond Behavioral Health Foundation
The Richmond Behavioral Health Authority (RBHA) is providing support through a 24/7 hotline for RPS students and families. Additionally, the RBHA Mobile Crisis Unit along with other partners will serve as a support to RPS families and staff.
Hotline: 804-646-4741 | Donate Now
You may also visit our Disaster Philanthropy webpage anytime to find a running list of recommendations, recognizing that organizations continue to provide services even after attention fades.