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Kathryn Yarzebinski is the New President & CEO of the Greater Lynchburg Community Foundation

Written by info@sharegreaterlynchburg.org    on June 16, 2022    in

The Greater Lynchburg Community Foundation has had many great leaders since its inception in October of 1972. The Foundation has helped the community in countless ways under each person’s leadership. 

As the current President & CEO, Bill Bodine, steps out of his role at the Foundation and into retirement, Kathryn Yarzebinski is stepping in as the new President & CEO.

Yarzebinski comes to the Greater Lynchburg Community Foundation from Randolph College where she served as Director of Development. During her time at Randolph, Yarzebinski was part of a team that raised more than $6 million in donations during the 2021 fiscal year. 

 In addition to her position at Randolph she has also been extensively involved in the nonprofit sector. She has served on the boards of many of our partners, such as Miriam’s House and the Junior League of Lynchburg. 

Memorial Day Week Feature: National Center for Healthy Veterans

Written by info@sharegreaterlynchburg.org    on June 2, 2022

written by Alyssa Wilson, Universiry of Lynchburg Bonner Intern 

The mission of the National Center for Healthy Veterans is to “Return healthy veterans to America”. The Center addresses a multitude of health and wellness issues and provides ways for veterans to participate and benefit from the programs they serve. 

The Center boasts a culture that is immersed in healing and wellness through best-practice and faith-based practices. These practices have created the opportunity for veterans to build a firm foundation that is able to give true life change and success in the future. 

HumanKind Opens Early Head Start to Care for Local Children and Families

Written by info@sharegreaterlynchburg.org    on May 18, 2022    in
written by Alyssa Wilson, University of Lynchburg Bonner Intern 

HumanKind has been serving the community of Lynchburg for nearly 120 years. During this time they have assisted community members with everything from mental healthcare to transportation and beyond. 

National Foster Care Month: UMFS Myth Busters

Written by info@sharegreaterlynchburg.org    on May 11, 2022    in
written by Alyssa Wilson, Univeristy of Lynchburg Bonner Intern 
 

The month of May is National Foster Care Month and United Methodist Family Services is a leading nonprofit agency that strives to serve children and families through their foster care services. 

This month is a time to recognize that everyone can play an important role in the foster care process and anyone has the opportunity to become a foster parent. There are many misconceptions about foster care and what it takes to be a foster parent. 

Executive Director Blog Series No. 3: Academy Center of the Arts

Written by info@sharegreaterlynchburg.org    on May 3, 2022    in

“Sustainable leadership isn’t about having full control of your organization. There is strength and utility in strategically letting go.” 

In my first post, I mentioned that my sabbatical was not a vacation. An effective sabbatical at its core has goals that are primarily focused on the institution and not the individual. It is not that the executive’s well-being isn’t a consideration, but their well-being ties back to the organization’s health. So, I am not deciding on the goals of my sabbatical. Instead, the organization is. 

We hired Ryan Ripperton, a consultant out of Richmond to lead this process. The process started as a reworking of our organizational chart, intending to help us create a healthier workflow. 

Simply, the Academy’s goals with my executive sabbatical are the following: 

SHARE Greater Lynchburg Wraps Up National Volunteer Month

Written by info@sharegreaterlynchburg.org    on May 3, 2022    in
Written by Alyssa Wilson, University of Lynchburg Bonner Intern 

Last week, SHARE Greater Lynchburg shared its last round of outstanding volunteers in the month of April. 

Nonprofit organizations continued nominating volunteers through the last couple of weeks of April, so it made for six volunteer highlights! 

Meals on Wheels of Greater Lynchburg’s volunteer coordinator Sarah Kerr nominated Mary Ann Sigler saying, “She delivers meals weekly, delivers Park View supplementary food boxes bimonthly, also takes special holiday deliveries like Santa for a Senior, poinsettias, etc.  She assists recipients with tasks/chores that they cannot do for themselves. Subs all the time to help fill whatever route is needed/hardest to fill.” 

SHARE Greater Lynchburg Recognizes More Outstanding Volunteers

Written by info@sharegreaterlynchburg.org    on April 28, 2022    in

Written by Alyssa Wilson, University of Lynchburg Bonner Intern 

National Volunteer Month is coming to a close and SHARE Greater Lynchburg is happy that so many volunteers have received the love and recognition they deserve. 

During the last week of the month, we wanted to share some final highlights that organizations have shared about their outstanding volunteers!

SHARE Greater Lynchburg is partnered with many organizations in the area, one of which is the Junior League of Lynchburg, where Hope Moffa has been serving for the past six years. 

SHARE Greater Lynchburg Celebrates Local Volunteers

Written by info@sharegreaterlynchburg.org    on April 19, 2022    in

At the beginning of April, SHARE Greater Lynchburg kicked off our campaign for National Volunteer Month. We have been spotlighting outstanding volunteers on our social media, giving them the opportunity to earn a Downtown Lynchburg gift card to be used at dozens of restaurant and retail establishments.

Volunteers do so much with our 140 nonprofit partners and April has provided the opportunity for organizations to show their appreciation and support for the fantastic people who donate their time. It is so important to recognize their hard work and SHARE Greater Lynchburg’s partners have certainly done that. 

Executive Director Blog Series No. 2: Academy Center of the Arts

Written by info@sharegreaterlynchburg.org    on March 29, 2022    in

A sabbatical is built around trust, and trust starts with granting your chief executive a multi-year contract. 

The first question I am going to ask our readers: if you are a nonprofit executive, do you have a multi-year employment contract? Not just an employment agreement, but a multi-year contract? 

The next question I will ask is this: if you are a board member of a nonprofit, why are you not providing your executive with a multi-year contract? If you are an executive, why aren’t you asking for one?

Commitment can be hard. But, commitment is also critical in building a culture of trust. 

Iron Lives Executive Director, Dr. Allison Jordan Forges a New Path Focusing on Collaborative Leadership

Written by info@sharegreaterlynchburg.org    on March 24, 2022    in
by Alyssa Wilson, University of Lynchburg Bonner Intern 
 

After a career in the K-12 school system serving as a teacher and school administrator over the course of her career, Dr. Allison Jordan decided to take a leap of faith and step into the Executive Director position at IRON (I am Responsible for Overcoming Negativity) Lives, a local non-profit organization that serves secondary students in the area.  

IRON Lives focuses on positive youth development and the positive attributes of teenagers. Jordan said, “When you think about stereotypes of teenagers, you often only hear the negative. However, it’s infusing the five C’s [character, care, competence, confidence and connection] which then lead to a sixth C, contributing to community.” 

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