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

Written by    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    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    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    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.”