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SML Good Neighbors Cares for Children of Bedford and Franklin Counties

Written by Alyssa Wilson, University of Lynchburg Bonner Intern 

Nestled in the heart of Smith Mountain Lake sits a nonprofit organization by the name of SML Good Neighbors. Year-round, SML Good Neighbors serves the children in Franklin and Bedford counties by teaching them good neighbor skills and setting them up for success. 

Peer-to-Peer Lunch and Learn with Meals on Wheels of Greater Lynchburg

We will gather at the GLTC Transfer Station Meeting Room (800 Kemper St, Lynchburg, VA 24501) for lunch and a time of sharing, followed by a presentation by Meals on Wheels of Greater Lynchburg. The topic will be volunteer recruitment, appreciation and retention and Meals on Wheels is preparing takeaway tools for attendees.

Local College Volunteers Collaborate to Plant Food Forest

written by Alyssa Wilson, University of Lynchburg Bonner Intern 

As a senior environmental science major at Randolph College, Eva Hey decided that she wanted to make a difference in her community for her senior project. After studying a heat map to determine what areas are in the highest heat index, Hey settled on the neighborhood of her former elementary school, R.S. Payne Elementary. 

Peer-to-Peer Lunch and Learn at Park View Community Mission

On Wednesday, April 19 from 12-1:30pm, we will gather at Park View Community Mission's Life Skills Institute (2323 Memorial Ave, Suite 26) for lunch and a time of sharing, followed by a presentation and tour.

Come take a deep dive on Park View Community Mission's six programs. You will leave with a thorough understanding of what PVCM offers, the referral processes, and how we, as nonprofit partners, can best collaborate together to strengthen our community.

Volunteering with Girls on the Run Promises the Chance to be Part of Something Special

Written by Alyssa Wilson, University of Lynchburg Bonner Intern 

When Gwenn Cheatwood’s third grade daughter expressed interest in joining her school’s Girls on the Run program, she jumped at the opportunity to become a volunteer coach. She kept coming back, season after season. Even after Cheatwood’s daughter aged out of the program, her passion for Girls on the Run continued to grow. 

Preparing for the Summer: Camp Kum-Ba-Yah Summer Programming

Written by Alyssa Wilson, University of Lynchburg Bonner Intern 

Camp Kum-Ba-Yah (CKBY) \Nature Center has been serving the children of the greater Lynchburg area for years, making impacts on hundreds of children year-round, but especially in the summer months. 

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