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The Richmond region is home to countless people who freely give their time and talents to foster a community where everyone can thrive. During National Volunteer Month this April, the Power of Good RVA campaign is celebrating those individuals and groups who have demonstrated an inspiring dedication to service in the past year.
Now in its 8th year and led by HandsOn Greater Richmond (a service of the Community Foundation) in partnership with the Greater Richmond Association for Volunteer Administration, the Power of Good RVA regional volunteer recognition campaign asks the public to submit the name of a person or group who is “powering good” in Greater Richmond through service – a neighbor, a volunteer, a colleague, a family member or friend, a church group, etc. Power of Good Honorees are displayed at the Power of Good RVA webpage and will be featured on social media by HandsOn (@handsonrva on Instagram and Facebook) throughout April and beyond.
“This past year especially, volunteers have been so critical to our resilience as a region. Volunteers have been delivering meals, sewing and distributing masks, and supporting virtual learning by mentoring, tutoring, and providing encouragement, appreciation and supplies for students and teachers — plus so much more,” said Gail Cavallaro, Volunteer Program Manager for the Community Foundation. “We want to thank as many people as we can for everything they’ve done for our community.”
Anyone who wants to honor someone who serves our community in any capacity can submit a Power of Good Honoree here. The HandsOn website also has a Nonprofit Toolkit for any organization looking to participate in the campaign.
Now in its 6th year, Power of Good is a celebration for National Volunteer Week to honor those who power good in our community. Led by The Spark Mill and HandsOn Greater Richmond (a service of the Community Foundation), this annual recognition event asks the public to submit the name of a person who is "powering good" in our region through service — a volunteer, a neighbor, a colleague, a family member or friend.
Power of Good honorees will be featured on the Power of Good website and are invited to a celebration in their honor on May 22 in Scott’s Addition (more details to come). At the celebration, the Power of Good honorees, the organizations they work with, and the community will come together over food, drinks, and fun.
Submissions are anonymous and will be open until April 8. There is no limit to how many people you can recognize.
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Below are all the different ways one can engage in the “Power of Good”:
Recognize: Tell us, in 20 words or less, who you know who powers good in the Richmond region. It could be a volunteer, your neighbor, a colleague, a family member or friend. You can submit as many names as you’d like by April 8.
Celebrate: Join us at the party in their honor on Wednesday, May 22, 4:30-6:30 p.m., in Scott’s Addition (details coming soon) where we will recognize and meet up with honorees, community organizations, and neighbors over food, drinks, and fun. Free, but tickets are required (registration coming soon).
Publicize: Submit your volunteer recognition event, award, or campaign for us to share.
Resources: Access volunteer recognition best practices and tools.
Map: See where all the good work is being done in our region.
Visit https://powerofgoodrva.org to submit a name and to RSVP for the celebration (coming soon).
The Central Virginia COVID-19 Response Fund, created by the Community Foundation for a greater Richmond and the Emergency Management Alliance of Central Virginia, is a regional, coordinated campaign that has raised more than $4.6 million to support organizations providing and coordinating response and recovery activities during this crisis. The fund launched with contributions from local foundations and corporations but has found new momentum in recent weeks as individuals, small and large businesses, and faith congregations have joined the effort.
United Way of Greater Richmond and Petersburg, which is managing online donations for the fund, has committed to matching up to $100,000 in donations made through their website – a milestone that was reached on Tuesday, April 28.
“I am thankful for all of the donors who helped us meet the $100,000 milestone,” said James Taylor, president and CEO of United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg. “However, there is still a lot more work to be done. I encourage everyone to help us keep momentum going.”
“Demonstrated by a high level of partnership, this fund was built upon the belief that we can do more good when we come together.” said Sherrie Armstrong, CEO of the Community Foundation. “Whether its Maggie Walker Governor’s School students offering donation-based reading groups and trivia games to elementary students, or the Flying Squirrels sharing a portion of money raised from their 500 Bases of Love event, we see our community generously stepping up to help each other during this critical time.”
Virginia Green Lawn Care has contributed $5,000 to the COVID-19 Response Fund to spread their support to organizations across the region. On Wednesday, they are launching a social media campaign asking people to “Share the Love” by creating a heart on their lawn out of toys, gardening tools, pets or people – anything they might have on hand. For every picture posted and tagged with #VirginiaGreen and #ShareTheLove, the company will donate an additional $10 up to $1,000.
“We at Virginia Green have been fortunate to safely continue our work from home and from our trucks. This has allowed us to not only serve our customers and keep our team working, but also to give back to our community,” said Gil Grattan, President of Virginia Green Lawn Care. “We are proud to support the COVID-19 Response Fund, combining our gift with others to help organizations helping our neighbors who are most impacted right now.”
An advisory committee from the philanthropic, business and public sectors are reviewing and distributing grants from the COVID-19 Response Fund on a rolling basis. Initially focused on emergency response, the fund previously announced $1.1 million in a first round of grants to organizations helping to mitigate the health impacts of the pandemic, with special focus on food access, healthcare, shelter and support for seniors.
With a second round of grants awarded this week, total grantmaking from the fund now exceeds $2 million to 52 organizations and localities in the Central Virginia region. The latest grants are helping to expand food distribution to more rural jurisdictions and address increased need for mental health services and housing support.
To view a full list of grants awarded to date, click here. To learn more about the fund or to donate, go to www.togetheroneregion.org.
Impact 100 Richmond celebrated 10 years of collective giving to Richmond nonprofit initiatives by awarding its 15th $100,000 transformational grant and a new $25,000 place-based grant at its Big Give celebration on May 14th. The volunteer-driven, women’s philanthropy group has awarded over $1.525 million in transformational grants to 17 local nonprofits since its inception in 2009. Impact 100 Richmond is one of three Giving Circles supported by the Community Foundation for a greater Richmond.
Collective giving models have become very popular in recent years because pooling individual donations creates more impactful grant-making that can move the needle on local issues. Since 2009, Impact 100 Richmond has touched more than 1,000 members of all ages and from all walks of life.
Neighborhood Catalyst Grant
This year, Impact 100 launched a Neighborhood Catalyst Grant, a four-year investment in one local community. Members voted to award Greater Fulton $25,000 each year for four years to support organizations doing positive work within the neighborhood. With a focus on neighborhood-based interventions, these funds are intended to leverage the strong voices of women from the neighborhood to guide the community investment, while giving Impact 100 Richmond members a chance for deeper learning and community engagement.
Kara Zinchuck, a representative from the Greater Fulton Neighborhood Advisory Committee said, “Selecting recipients for the generous grant from Impact 100 was a reminder of how rewarding it can be to rekindle old dreams and adopt new ideas with our community. As with anything people really care about, there always seems to be elements of complexity, and topics that require us to become learners again, and conversations that need great sensitivity. However, because of this process, we anticipate not only new partnerships but the renewal of old collaborations in Greater Fulton. " This year, $13,500 will go towards trashcans, benches and dogwood trees for the Historic Fulton Memorial Park – a neighborhood park that memorializes the displacement of thousands of residents during the 1970 Fulton Urban Renewal Plan when more than 800 homes, businesses and churches were destroyed. The remaining $11,500 will go towards revitalization of the Greater Fulton commercial corridor to attract investors and new business development and a block party to celebrate new community branding.
During the Big Give event, members voted to award $100,000 to Virginia Repertory Theatre to create an innovative and educational theater production to prevent middle schoolers from becoming victims of human trafficking.
Through this grant, Virginia Repertory Theatre is poised to transform the approach to child trafficking prevention. With a proven track record, community relationships, and reputation in schools across the state, the organization expects to reach over 50,000 children a year with their message. If the program prevents even a few children from being trafficked, the results will be successful and immeasurable. This impact will extend beyond our community to help inform an advocacy and human trafficking prevention movement throughout our nation.
“Our goal from Day 1 has been to connect local women from all walks of life who want to make a profound difference in our community,” said Carol Anne Lajoie, 2018-19 Leadership Chair, Impact 100 Richmond. “We are a group of 191 volunteers — from educators and homemakers to small business owners and young women growing in our careers — who simply love our city and want to help local nonprofits dream big and create a ripple effect throughout Richmond.”
The Jenkins Foundation is pleased to announce support of 17 local nonprofits with $930,000 during their fall grants cycle. The Jenkins Foundation is focused on providing equitable access to primary care and mental health care services, as well as preventing and treating substance use disorders in the Richmond region. The result is a more efficient health care delivery system and a safer, healthier and more productive Greater Richmond community.
Below are the grant recipients and descriptions:
Capital Area Health Network
$50,000 to provide access to quality health care at John Marshall High School and Henderson Middle School through a mobile health clinic.
Circle Center Adult Day Services
$50,000 to provide high-quality care and support that enables high-risk older adults to live at home with their families for as long as possible, regardless of ability to pay.
CrossOver Healthcare Ministry
$80,000 towards salary support for the Medical Director, nurse practitioners, dental hygienist and licensed professional counselor. (First installment of a three-year, $240,000 grant.)
$50,000 supporting Long Term Support Services for older adults, people with disabilities and their caregivers, helping residents stay healthy and safe in their own homes. (First installment of a three-year, $150,000 grant.)
$30,000 to support the Early Childhood Development Initiative.
$80,000 towards general operating funds to support integrated health care and outreach efforts.
Free Clinic of Powhatan
$40,000 for salary support as well as costs of dental care, prescriptions and marketing.
$65,000 to support programs that provide a medical home for uninsured adults with no other access to care. (First installment of a three-year, $195,000 grant.)
Jewish Family Services
$40,000 to support low-income seniors with the physical, mental and emotional health care they need, allowing them to age in place with dignity and social support.
Lucy Corr Foundation
$40,000 to provide primary health care to seniors in Metro Richmond by addressing dental and periodontal disease.
Richmond City Health District
$75,000 to support community health workers who help residents experiencing effects of inequitable policies connect with primary care, community services and tools for substance use disorder prevention.
$15,000 to support collaboration with CrossOver Healthcare Ministry in distributing medication for Virginia's uninsured residents.
Virginia League for Planned Parenthood
$75,000 to provide high-quality, affordable health care while helping patients manage costly and life-threatening conditions. (First installment of a three-year, $225,000 grant.)
$50,000 to help individuals reach psychiatric stability and independent living through outpatient psychiatry, counseling, occupational therapy and primary care.
Richmond Opportunities, Inc.
$50,000 to support the Family Transition Coach program, addressing social determinants of health by providing residents of Creighton Court with holistic case management services.
$40,000 to support counseling and case management programs to help survivors heal physically, emotionally and mentally.
Virginia Supportive Housing
$50,000 to provide comprehensive supportive services to individuals in Richmond with histories of homelessness and co-occurring mental health conditions or substance use disorders.
$50,000 to provide multi-intervention support for youth and families with drug and alcohol problems.
About the Jenkins Foundation: The Jenkins Foundation is a supporting organization of the Community Foundation for a greater Richmond whose mission is to improve the health of Greater Richmond through strategic and impactful philanthropy. Formed in 1995 following the sale of Retreat Hospital, the Jenkins Foundation honors the legacy of the hospital’s founder Annabella Jenkins, who was committed to providing compassionate care for the medically underserved. Today grant making and leadership efforts are focused on health care services, working collaboratively with philanthropic partners and learning with local health organizations. Since inception, the Jenkins Foundation has awarded over $37 million in grants to local organizations. http://jenkinsfoundation-va.org/
Now in its fifth year, the Ujima Legacy Fund has harnessed the generosity of its 40 members to award two grants of $20,000 each to Higher Achievement and Mega Mentors. Created with the goal to increase the philanthropic impact of African American men in the Greater Richmond region, the Ujima Legacy Fund focuses its grant program on organizations working to empower youth through education-related programs. Cumulative grantmaking now totals $168,000 to 8 area nonprofits.
Higher Achievement closes the opportunity gap for underserved students through intensive after-school and summer programs that provide expanded learning, mentorship and opportunity. Scholars begin as rising 5th and 6th graders and remain in the program through 8th grade. Support from the Ujima Legacy Fund will allow Higher Achievement to grow in response to increased demand and high retention by scaling programming at the newest of their four sites – Binford and Wilder Middle Schools. It means that next school year more than 300 scholars will realize gains equivalent to an extra 48 days of learning in math and an extra 30 days in reading; and most importantly, they will be on track for college with the character, confidence and skills to succeed.
Mega Mentors was created in 2009 when then superintendent Dr. Marcus Newsome asked African American community leaders to be role models for students in Chesterfield County. While intentional about working with African American students, the volunteer-run program is designed to improve academic performance, increase graduation rates and reduce disciplinary issues for all middle and high school students who are underserved or disenfranchised. This year, 150 volunteer mentors work with 500 middle and high school students in 7 schools. Grant funding will support a part-time coordinator to help grow the program to serve more schools and students, provide greater consistency and build stronger partnerships and collaborations.
In 2013, Ujima Legacy Fund launched to make philanthropy engaging and accessible for African American men in the Richmond region. Ujima is named after the third day of Kwanzaa and means collective work and responsibility. One of three giving circles created in partnership with The Community Foundation, Ujima members pool contributions of $1,100 each to generate greater community impact. Together, they select at least one local nonprofit organization annually that they feel best demonstrates the ability to empower youth through education-related initiatives, with emphasis on underserved youth.
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The Community Foundation for a greater Richmond is pleased to announce a significant commitment to increasing affordable housing in the region with two new grant awards of $1 million each to Better Housing Coalition and Maggie Walker Community Land Trust (MWCLT). Funding will support construction of over 600 new affordable apartment and housing units in the region, as well as financial coaching and wrap-around support for residents.
The Community Foundation is highly focused on investing in long term solutions that close racial wealth gaps and provide opportunities for residents to achieve upward economic mobility. Its emphasis on housing is based on the belief that quality, affordable housing affects nearly every aspect of a person’s life and that it is fundamental to a thriving and economically competitive region. With this newest commitment, the Foundation and its donors have invested over $10 million to local housing efforts since 2018.
“While the Community Foundation has invested in housing for years, the Richmond Regional Housing Framework allowed us to align to something bigger and more consequential for our region – a collaborative action plan that calls on all residents, local government, business and philanthropy to unite around solutions that will make Richmond stronger with a variety of housing options for all,” said Sherrie Armstrong, CEO of the Community Foundation. “As a partner and catalyst in this work, we hope our grants can instill a sense of confidence and urgency for others to join us in investing their dollars as well.”
The grant to Better Housing Coalition is part of a $10 million campaign, which has also secured significant contributions from Altria and The Cabell Foundation. These gifts will leverage development of rental units and single-family homes for individuals who are at 40 to 60% of the average median income, as well as seniors, in Richmond, Chesterfield and Henrico.
“We’re fortunate that elected officials, leaders of our local business, and philanthropic organizations are recognizing that affordable housing can help address social and racial equity disparities in our region in a significant way. By allocating the majority of this generous grant to capital for affordable housing, the Community Foundation will accelerate our ability to produce 1,000 additional units over the next three years,” said Greta Harris, President & CEO of Better Housing Coalition.
Established in 2016, Maggie Walker Community Land Trust is already considered among the top 10% of community land trusts in the country, having constructed 50 owner-occupied homes as of January 2021 and projecting 50 more in the next two years. Following a $1 million grant in 2018, this is the second large commitment from the Community Foundation to support the continued acquisition and subsidy of new properties that create permanently affordable home ownership opportunities for people of low- to moderate-income and who typically work in essential jobs like teachers or first responders.
“One of the most hopeful developments in recent years is far greater alignment of the public, private, nonprofit, and philanthropic sectors—all leveraging their assets to meet the housing needs of our neighbors. The recent Community Foundation grant of $1M to the Maggie Walker Community Land Trust is an excellent example,” said Laura Lafayette, Immediate Past Chair of MWCLT. “The City of Richmond provided 15 tax delinquent parcels to MWCLT, and the Community Foundation’s grant will support the development of 38 new, permanently affordable homes. MWCLT will seek to recruit buyers of color for these units, as home ownership is a key element in any effort to close the racial wealth gap. The Community Foundation’s leadership on this front and its strategic generosity will change lives for generations to come.”
Through its model, homes are sold to eligible buyers while the trust retains ownership of the land, which creates a permanent subsidy and ensures that the homes will remain permanently affordable. MWCLT estimates that by 2060, 228 households will have been stably housed in these homes, securing the benefit of building wealth through ongoing home equity.
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