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Standing Together

JUNE 4, 2020 — The greater Richmond region and communities across the nation are confronting two crises – the novel coronavirus, which continues to disproportionately impact people of color, and racism, which has afflicted our country for generations. People are hurting. We feel it. 

We are grieving the senseless loss of George Floyd in Minneapolis and others who came before him. Our grief, pain, and frustration are evident throughout our nation and call us to come together to address inequitable systems and injustice. We are propelled to solution by creating platforms to elevate this conversation so that we can educate and empower our respective communities. As an organization, we will also take time for self-reflection and seek opportunities to further evolve our own practices so that we are truly leaning into our values of diversity and inclusion.

The Community Foundation is deeply invested in supporting the health, housing, and education needs of our region with a focus on communities that lack the resources and/or opportunities to achieve their full potential. We challenge ourselves daily to listen, learn, and grow with our community. This challenge requires our Foundation to remain committed to the long, hard work that change requires so that progress becomes a reality. 

We are continually reminded of the importance of exposing ourselves to different backgrounds and experiences so that we can transcend beyond our own narratives and share in diverse and differentiated ways of existing. We can build a better Richmond. Let this moment of pain become our moment of opportunity to learn, grow, and deepen our respect for all people. Let us resolve to sharpen our focus and act with greater urgency. 

The Community Foundation is committed to working with others as our community charts the way forward. It is how we have approached challenges in the past, and how we will build resiliency for the future – whether addressing COVID-19, racial equity, or other important issues facing our region. We will keep you informed as the Community Foundation defines its actions in the coming weeks and months. If you are considering a way to give back or get involved, below are a few suggestions.

  • Donate to local organizations committed to racial justice and reconciliation. Please contact us if we can be of assistance.
  • Support local minority-owned businesses
  • Volunteer your time and be part of the change

We look forward to working with you to make the Richmond region a better place for all who live here.

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