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YMCA of Central Virginia Makes Strides for the Community

Written by info@sharegreaterlynchburg.org    on September 28, 2022

Written by Alyssa Wilson ~ University of Lynchburg Bonner Intern

The YMCA of Central Virginia is known to some as the place where members of the community can go to swim or use the gym, but the YMCA is more than just a gym. 

The Y is a cause-driven organization of a dedicated community of men, women and children with a shared commitment and mission to nurture the potential of kids, promote healthy living and foster a sense of social responsibility.

Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest Invests in its Community

Written by info@sharegreaterlynchburg.org    on September 22, 2022    in

By: Alyssa Wilson ~ University of Lynchburg Bonner Intern 


Thomas Jefferson inherited the Poplar Forest plantation through his wife’s father, John Wayles. During his second term as president, Jefferson designed and directed the construction of an intimate retreat on the property, which he used as a getaway from his hectic life at Monticello, located up the road in Charlottesville.
 
Given its location in the Piedmont and due to the availability of water across the property, Poplar Forest also provided Jefferson with an important source of income, through the cultivation of tobacco and later, wheat.
 

Board of Best Practices 101

Written by info@sharegreaterlynchburg.org    on September 19, 2022
Tuesday, September 27
11am-2pm
Lynchburg Regional Business Alliance

If you're interested in joining a nonprofit or civic board of directors for the first time, join us for this three-hour professional development training. Seasoned local nonprofit practitioner and instructor, Emily Crowder, will break down the fundamentals and expectations of nonprofit board leadership and share best practices. The training will conclude with five local nonprofit leaders pitching why you should interview to serve on their boards. A boxed lunch will be provided.

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Meals on Wheels and The Lynchburg Humane Society Team up to Make a Difference

Written by info@sharegreaterlynchburg.org    on September 16, 2022

Written by Alyssa Wilson ~ University of Lynchburg Bonner Intern 

Every season, SHARE Greater Lynchburg hosts a networking mixer for its partners to come together and discuss certain projects, ideas and give the nonprofit leaders of Lynchburg a place to intentionally connect with one another. 

In the summer of 2021, SHARE hosted a mixer at the Academy Center of the Arts where many different focus areas were represented. Two of the most contrasting partners were put in a discussion group together. 

“I had no clue what we were supposed to talk about, because we work with animals and they work with food,” said Michelle Thomas, Director of Development at the Lynchburg Humane Society

Camp Kum-Ba-Yah Celebrates their Summer Season with Capital CAMPaign, “Together We Grow” Event

Written by info@sharegreaterlynchburg.org    on September 1, 2022

Written by Alyssa Wilson, University of Lynchburg Bonner Intern 

The City of Lynchburg is a special home to the many people and places that it shares a deep, rich history with. This is especially true for Camp Kum-Ba-Yah, who has been serving children through summer camps and year-round programming for the last 71 years. 

Camp KBY had a very successful summer season, with over 400 students at full capacity and 25 counselors. One of the counselors came through a partnership with another local nonprofit, Global Camps Africa

Nonprofit Collaboration Feature: Madison House of the Arts and The UP Foundation

Written by info@sharegreaterlynchburg.org    on August 25, 2022

Nonprofit Collaboration Feature:
Madison House of the Arts and The UP Foundation

written by Alyssa Wilson, University of Lynchburg Bonner Intern

Madison House of the Arts and The UP Foundation, two of SHARE Greater Lynchburg’s nonprofit partners, are coming together to help a common cause that they are both passionate about - youth drug and alcohol recovery and prevention. 

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. 

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