Giving Back Awards Nominees
Coastal Virginia Magazine is pleased to present the fourth annual Giving Back Awards, sponsored by Old Point National Bank, honoring Coastal Virginia’s outstanding non-profit organizations.
Read about last year's nominees below (taken from the nominations/application forms received):
The ABBA List mission is to provide a comprehensive website list of free help, support and resources in Hampton Roads. The all-volunteer nonprofit organization focuses on gathering information for the website and helping to get the word out to the community in need. The website has 20 "help tabs" thus far and includes resource listings for all 7 Hampton Roads cities. The resource listings continue to grow as churches and nonprofit organizations seek to be listed (no cost) and in turn make themselves even more visible to the community in need. The "needs" are organized by the support "help tabs" on the website that range from food (the number one visited page every month!), homelessness, abuse, parenting, housing, grief, divorce, etc.
ACCESS AIDS Care/LGBT Center of Hampton Roads
ACCESS AIDS Care`s mission is to promote the dignity and wellness of adults, families, youth and children impacted by HIV/AIDS through quality support and prevention services so they may live healthy lives.
Alzheimer's Association Southeastern Virginia Chapter
The Alzheimer's Association is the world's leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research. The Alzheimer’s Association Southeastern Virginia Chapter has been proudly helping those in need for the last 30 years. Their goal is to provide help for today and hope for tomorrow for those living with Alzheimer's disease and their families.
American Parkinson Disease Association of Hampton Roads
The Hampton Roads Chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association is a non-profit organization which seeks to improve the quality of life for those living with Parkinson Disease and associated neurological disease, as well as their caregivers in Hampton Roads, Virginia.
An Achievable Dream
Dedicated to the belief that all children can learn and succeed regardless of their economic status, an Achievable Dream (AAD) operates two nationally recognized schools for grades K-12 through a unique partnership with Newport News (VA) Public Schools. A third school serving K-2 students will open this summer in partnership with Virginia Beach (VA) City Public Schools. The faculty and staff of AAD go beyond academics to provide students with a well-rounded education through the comprehensive SAME® (social, academic, and moral education) curriculum.
Angel Flight Virginia
Angel Flight Mid-Atlantic pilots provide free medical air transport for patients departing from: District of Columbia, Delaware, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia to ensure that no patient in need is denied access to distant specialized medical evaluation, diagnosis, treatment, or rehabilitation for lack of a means of long-distance medical air transportation.
Animal Aid Society
Animal Aid Society’s mission is to adopt dogs to loving homes and provide a safe, secure, caring place for the rest of their lives to those dogs that do not get adopted.
Animal Resources of Tidewater
Animal Resources of Tidewater, Inc. is a nonprofit organization committed to creating a compassionate community where there are no more stray, abandoned, or neglected animals and where destroying adoptable animals is no longer used as a means of population control. They achieve this through: promoting spay/neuter, promoting humane treatment and responsible pet ownership, fostering compassion and respect for animals, advocating for improved laws and policies for animals and their caregivers, rescuing homeless animals.
Avalon: A Center for Women and Children
Avalon provides shelter and support to those experiencing domestic violence and sexual assault in the Greater Williamsburg area. By offering tools for safety, self-sufficiency, and empowerment, Avalon works to break the cycle of abuse and helps create a positive future.
Beach Ambassadors is a grassroots effort led by six Virginia Beach men with the ultimate goal of supporting local, Hampton Roads-based charitable organizations through community service projects, and throwing social and sporting events.
Beyond Boobs! Young Breast Cancer Survivors
Beyond Boobs! Young Breast Cancer Survivors Inc. is now 501(c)(3) organization with the two-fold mission of support and education. They are dedicated to enriching and saving lives by providing support for young women diagnosed with breast cancer (before menopause) through grass roots "NOT YOUR TYPICAL" SUPPORT SYSTEMS nationwide; and education about breast health for women of all ages to help them TAKE CHARGE of theirs to promote early detection.
Blankets for the Homeless
Mariah Smith was born and abandoned on Christmas Eve 20 years ago, from Homeless to Helper Mariah is the founder of a rapidly growing Homeless ministry. Mariah started this organization in October 2011 when she was 17 and has already distributed over 80,000 blankets and lunches to people living on the streets, as well as coats, hats, gloves, clothes, shoes, backpacks, tents, toiletries and anything else they need she always finds a way to get it for them. Mariah has numerous speaking engagements at schools, businesses, organizations, and every Sunday she speaks at a different church encouraging THOUSANDS to join her on her mission to help as many people as she can. Four nights a week Mariah distributes 50 blankets and lunches along with all the other desperately needed items to people living on the streets not fortunate enough to get into shelters.
Catholic Charities of Eastern Virginia
Catholic Charities of Eastern Virginia (CCEVA) has been serving families in eastern Virginia since 1932. CCEVA provides financial assistance, pregnancy support, parenting education and support for those with diminished capacities, mental health counseling, budget counseling and services for seniors throughout Hampton Roads. Each year the agency serves more than 5,000 families. More than 80 percent of those served are NOT Catholic and are low-income or living at or below the poverty level.
Center for Child and Family Services
The Mission of the Center for Child & Family is to deliver quality counseling programs & support services that empower individuals and families to improve their lives. The Center offers innovated and successful programs and support services to support the need of the individuals, families and the community. From infancy to seniors, the Center serves over 10,000 people each year from all over Hampton Roads.
Cerebral Palsy of Virginia
Cerebral Palsy of Virginia was established in April 1984 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in the Commonwealth of Virginia, with the mission to provide programs and services to support the needs of children and adults with cerebral palsy and other developmental disabilities. Programs and services emphasize inclusion, independence, social skills and positive relationships between the disabled and non-disabled community. The organization delivers programs and services to children and adults with disabilities throughout Hampton Roads, the Peninsula, Virginia’s Eastern Shore and the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Chesapeake Bay Academy
Chesapeake Bay Academy is a very special school–like none other in the Hampton Roads area. They are the only K -12 school in Southeastern Virginia licensed by the Commonwealth of Virginia to serve students with Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD) and Other Health Impairment (OHI), and also accredited by the Virginia Association of Independent Schools. They specialize in educating children with ADHD, dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, ASD and other learning differences. Chesapeake Bay Academy educates students through academic programs individualized to address their learning differences, empowering them with the skills and confidence necessary for success in higher education, careers and life.
Chesapeake Bay Wine Classic Foundation
The Chesapeake Bay Wine Classic has been a 501c3 for 24 years and has donated millions back into the community primarily to ACCESS Scholarship Foundation. Their primary fundraiser is an auction in November, which last year raised over 1 million dollars. The board is comprised of numerous civic and business leaders in the community working diligently to give back to the Hampton Roads area.
Child Development Resources
At Child Development Resources, they help babies and toddlers with disabilities or developmental delays walk and talk, eat and play. They help keep those who are at risk for developmental delay safer and healthier. They help parents grow into their role as their child's primary educator and teach them how to be the most important person in their child's early education and development. They teach other professionals to do the same.
Children's Harbor is a nonprofit organization advocating for all children to have access to quality early-care and education.
Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce
The Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce is an organization whereby many different business interests have joined together in a combined manner to maximize their ability to attract and increase the number of visitors to Chincoteague Island. The ultimate goal of the organization is to communicate the message that Chincoteague, the "Beautiful Land Across the Water," is the most desirable location to visit and/or vacation with family or friends.
Congregation Beth El
Congregation Beth El is the largest Conservative synagogue in the Tidewater area.
Downtown Hampton Exchange Club
DHXC works to make downtown Hampton a better place to live, work and play. From meetings, adopt a spots, youth scholarships and awards, child abuse prevention and fundraising to make all of this possible.
EQUI-VETS Service Program
EQUI-VETS Service Program, a partner program of EQUI-KIDS, is a phenomenal organization founded in 2010 to give back to give back to our active, retired and reserve men and women injured in the line of duty. They provide this program to our disabled service personnel at no cost. The program is unique in its mission to aid in the healing process through horse interaction. The bonds created help to strengthen emotional relationships, trust and confidence in their everyday lives. Hampton Roads has the second largest concentration of active, retired and reserve military in the country, and EQUI-VETS was created to provide a unique and invaluable therapeutic experience to benefit those who have selflessly served our country.
Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore
The Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore, a member of Feeding America® and the Federation of Virginia Food Banks, has been providing food for those facing hunger since 1981. Since fiscal year 2013, they have distributed over 214 million meals throughout their service area, which includes the cities of Norfolk, Portsmouth, Chesapeake, Suffolk, Franklin, and Virginia Beach as well as the counties of Southampton, Northampton, Sussex, Isle of Wight, and Accomack.
ForKids’ mission is breaking the cycle of homelessness and poverty for families and children. They do this by using their ForKids Model, which includes Housing, Education & Services.
Goodwill's mission is to provide job training and career development services to individuals with obstacles to employment. Goodwill's 16 stores and donations centers throughout Hampton Roads generate revenues in support of Goodwill's 20+ job training and career development service programs- offered at no charge to individuals in our community.
Greater Hampton Roads Regional Crime Line
Crime Line is a privately funded, volunteer administered program designed to support local law enforcement efforts. No government money is accepted. By empowering citizens to call and leave anonymous tips, Crime Line is helping to make Hampton Roads a safer community.
Hampton Grows Inc
Hampton Grows is a non-profit that serves the community with seed to table programs for seniors and children alike. All programs are focused on how, when and what, how to plant, when to harvest and what to eat. Hampton Grows Inc is planting the seeds to grow a healthier, greener community, one garden at a time.
Hampton Roads Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
AIA Hampton Roads is a sound, well-run, professional organization that serves the local architect, promotes architecture and the built-environment in Hampton Roads, provides resources to our community for professional development and education and acts as a vital link to the other components of the AIA and the local allied professionals.
Help and Emergency Response, Inc.
Help and Emergency Response, Inc., provides leadership advocacy and resources to survivors and communities affected by Domestic Violence and Homelessness. They serve 42 women and children every night in their emergency shelter and over 500 more within the community. They save many lives and help people start fresh. In 2013 they start a Micro-Enterprise called Sweet Have Bakery that teaches kitchen management and job skills to clients with no skills or physical bruising that will keep them from finding a job within the first two weeks. Sweet Haven sells the cupcakes and clients receive certifications for manager level jobs.
Honor Flight Historic Triangle Virginia
This organization fundraises to provide WWII veterans the opportunity to visit the WWII Memorial in Washington, DC. This memorial was not built until many of our WWII heroes were well into their 70s and 80s and not as financially or physically able to make it to their memorial. They now provide two trips a year, at no cost to the veterans, for any WWI veteran or any veteran of any war with a terminal illness.
Hope for Life Rescue, Inc
Hope for Life is a Pro Life organization committed to the rescue and placement of abandoned, abused, neglected and left behind street animals. Hope for Life has rescued thousands of animals whom they nurse back to health, spay/neuter and find forever homes They are a private organization that gets no city or state funding or grants. They operate solely on donations from people and businesses in the community.
Hope House Foundation
Since 1964, Hope House Foundation has worked on the frontlines of the battle for independence, community inclusion and true citizenship for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The organization provides individualized supported-living services for adults in their own homes or apartments with in the community. Hope House is the only organization in the state of Virginia providing this type of service in the individual’s own homes, exclusively.
Hospice House and Support Care of Williamsburg
In 1982, "Hospice of Williamsburg" was founded as a nonprofit charitable organization by lay and professional volunteers to enhance the quality of living for individuals facing the last phases of life and to support the people they love. It was founded by nurses and those who realized the need for specialized care at a special time in our lives. Support services are provided to individuals living in Williamsburg, James City County or upper York County. The volunteers and staff are exceptional people bridging the gap between life and the beyond when the gift of life is ending. All services are free of charge due to the philanthropic support of individuals, businesses, supporting groups and foundations.
International Order of the Rainbow for Girls, Hampton Assembly #2
The International Order of Rainbow for Girls, Hampton Assembly #2 is girls youth group for young ladies between the ages of 11 to 20. It teaches them to be ready for life. This organization is unique in that the young ladies run the meetings and plan the calendar. They have an adult female called the Mother Advisor who makes certain their planning follows the rules and acts as an advisor. They have raised over $2500 for Operation Smile, over $2000 for Wounded Warrior, and many other charities have benefited from their efforts. When a young lady graduates from this organization she is comfortable with public speaking, organizing meetings, planning group activities, giving back to the community and many other skills necessary to get ahead in this world.
International Order of the Rainbow for Girls, Smithfield Assembly
The International Order of the Rainbow for Girls, Smithfield Assembly is a local branch of a larger service organization. Local girls between the ages of 12 and 21 learn about becoming productive members of society and giving back to those in our community. Their current local project has been to give food baskets to families of children with food insecurities. They recently rose over $700 to fund 3 surgeries with Operation Smile. The girls have monthly meetings and plan their own activities. They work hard, play hard and are dedicated to becoming the leaders of tomorrow. They learn that their family, their church and the needs of others should come before themselves.
Jewish Family Service of Tidewater
Jewish Family Service (JFS) is a premier home health and social service agency, helping Hampton Roads families and individuals through life’s transitions since 1946. Annually, more than 2,600 people receive services from JFS, including counseling, case management, adoption, guardianship, bill-paying, recreational therapy, transportation and services to the developmentally disabled, Meals on Wheels, and more. JFS is committed to preserving the well being of every person in our community, regardless of race, religion, or financial circumstance.
Jim White Community Fitness Foundation
The LIFT program was designed to help motivate, energize and inspire others to believe in themselves while unleashing their full potential. The motivation provided by the JWCFF staff combined with the exercise instruction and nutrition education helps improve each member’s physique, stress level, sleep, confidence, energy and overall health. They help those in need feel like a part of something, be accountable to someone, and most importantly prove to themselves that they can overcome resistance, push past obstacles and make better choices. As an end result, this is what transforms their lives.
Judeo-Christian Outreach Center
JCOC is the only organization that serves single homeless adults in Virginia Beach. They have a resident program which serves 50 residents, a Veterans Program for 21 Vets and permanent supportive housing for 7 residents. JCOC provides job training skills, life skills, financial literacy as well as a new permanent supportive housing program. Each and every day along with its volunteer groups JCOC serves a hot meal 365 days a week to the community.
Junior Achievement of Greater Hampton Roads
Junior Achievement (JA) empowers young people to own their economic success. Their volunteer-delivered K-12 programs foster work-readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy skills, and use experiential learning to inspire kids to dream big and reach their potential. Through an innovative partnership between the business community, educators and volunteers, Junior Achievement of Greater Hampton Roads helps young people connect with relevant learning and the importance of staying in school. JA inspires students to develop competitive skills and confidence. Their success bolsters the local workforce and contributes to economic growth.
Junior League of Hampton Roads
The Junior League of Hampton Roads is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. Known for co-founding the Virginia Living Museum along with the Warwick Rotary Club, and for sponsoring the Hands-On for Kids gallery at the Peninsula Fine Arts Center (PFAC), the JLHR’s mission is to fill gaps in education and services for women and children, and in so doing improve their lives and those of future generations. Their goal is to fill needs that are not being met and to focus on projects that have sustainability and a lasting impact.
Junior League of Norfolk-Virginia Beach
The Junior League of Norfolk-Virginia Beach, Inc. is an organization of women, committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable.
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
JDRF is the only global organization with a strategic plan to fight and find a cure for juvenile type 1 diabetes (T1D). JDRF raises funds for research that will progressively remove the daily burden, side effects, and complications of T1D on children and adults while searching for a cure to this debilitating, life-changing disease.
KelsKids offers services which enable diagnosed disabled people of the world to gain a sense of freedom through aquatic programs. Their teaching methods for swim lessons, paddle board and aquatic safety skills are extremely successful for everyone. Their programs incorporate and enhance global development; physical fitness, life saving and changing aquatic skills along with aquatic kinesthetic learning that reinforces cognitive goals.
Kidz 'N Grief
Modeled after the Dougy Center, our Kidz 'N Grief bereavement program offers grief education and support to children and teens as they cope with the multitude of changes and emotions they experience after the death of a family member or close friend. The program encourages children and teens to ask questions and talk about the person who has died through a range of innovative activities, including games, art, puppets, role-plays, and stories. These activities can help children adjust to the physical loss of their loved one.
The King's Daughters, founding organization of Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters (CHKD), promotes superior pediatric wellness through dedicated volunteerism in partnership with Children's Health System. Membership is open to anyone who has a desire to support CHKD and uphold the mission of The King's Daughters. Today there is a King's Daughters' staff that supports more than 1,100 volunteer Circle members organized into 48 Adult Circles and 4 Junior Circles. Circles are groups of women that range in size from 6 to 50 members. Circles have fundraisers throughout the year, and also participate in King's Daughters Major Projects such as the Tour de Cuisine, RunWalk for the Kids, Breakfast with Santa, and Moonlight & Mistletoe. They also make hand-sewn stuffed bears for the surgical patients and many other hand-made items for our patients at CHKD.
Kiwanis Club Of Chesapeake
Kiwanis is an international service organization serving the children of the world one community anytime. The Chesapeake club supports the Children's Hospital, for high school key clubs, builders club, and many other organizations serving children. They also complete many other service projects was in the Chesapeake community.
LINK of Hampton Roads, Inc.
LINK was founded in 1990 in Newport News by leaders from the interfaith, civic and business community with a vision to break the cycle of poverty. LINK is a nonprofit volunteer organization which exists to help people help themselves through education, direct services, advocacy and outreach programs. To date, more than 100 organizations work collaboratively to provide unduplicated, coordinated services.
Love and Caring for the Homeless
Love and Caring for the Homeless is a non-profit, Christian shelter for both single women and women with children. They house up to eight women and 12 children at a time. Food, toiletries and clothing are provided to residents. Located in a rural area of Virginia Beach, they provide peaceful surroundings and the support needed for families who need help to stand on their own in transitional housing. This year, they celebrate 20 years of service to Tidewater's Homeless population.
Montero Medical Missions (MMM)
MMM is a humanitarian, faith-based organization that sponsors international medical missions throughout the world and domestically, focusing on three medical programs of eyes, prosthetics and dental care. The domestic program is Health Fair For Veterans which provides quarterly free health fairs and referrals for our veterans. The entire program is supported by volunteers (doctors, nurses, medical colleges and universities, the Chesapeake Regional Medical Center and Medical Reserve Corps). Funding is provided by grants and MMM fund raising projects.
Orphan Helpers exists to serve and minister to the physical, spiritual, emotional and educational needs of orphaned, abused and incarcerated children by effectively partnering with individuals, businesses, churches, organizations and governments. They focus our work in government-run orphanages and detention centers in El Salvador and Honduras.
Peninsula Fine Arts Center
The Peninsula Fine Arts Center is one of the premier arts advocates in the region. By providing dynamic exhibitions and innovative educational programs, they serve as a catalyst for creating a stronger community through art. Not being collections-bound, they are constantly changing our exhibitions – and there is an energy and freedom in what they do that excites the senses and illuminates the world like no other art center in the region. They create art every day in our Studio Art School that offers over 100 classes and workshops taught by master artists each year. They reach children through a comprehensive program of in-school, on-site and outreach opportunities.
PIN exists to provide food, clothing, shelter, free medical care, employment training and hope for people who are either homeless or extremely poor. The ultimate focus is to help the homeless of Hampton Roads transform their lives by meeting them where they are and sharing a God that loves them and wants a relationship with them.
Portsmouth Museums Foundation
The Portsmouth Museums Foundation exists to provide fundraising and support for several of the city's museums: Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum, The Children's Museum of Virginia, The Portsmouth Lightship, and the Portsmouth Cultural and Art Museum. Since its inception, spearheaded by the late Senator William B. Spong, it has raised millions of dollars to maintain these museums for the city of Portsmouth. Even during the recent recession, the board was able to raise four million dollars to help renovate the Children's Museum of Virginia into a world class destination for a fun and educational experience.
Roc Solid Foundation
Roc Solid, based in Chesapeake, builds hope for children batting cancer through programs like Play It Forward, which has constructed nearly 100 play sets for children throughout the Southeastern U.S.
Rotary Club of Hampton Roads
Dictionaries, Paint Your Heart Out, End Polio Now, Princess Anne Rd. Highway Clean Up, Seatack Elementary, Landstown High School, Old Dominion University, Kempsville High School, Food Bank, Junior Achievement, Bowling, STEM Robotics Competition, Ethics Education, Edible Garden Project, St. Mary's Home, The Dwelling Place - what do all of these have in common you ask? They are all a small snapshot of the impact the Rotary Club of Hampton Roads is having every year on our community and around the world. This unique, enthusiastic, and dynamic group is committed to "Service Above Self" and spend their time giving back every day. Their fundraisers such as bowling and putt-putt generate over $40k annually that is invested in our schools, our community non-profits, and to impact the eradication of polio worldwide.
Samaritan House is the largest facility in the state of Virginia serving people affected by domestic violence. Services include emergency shelter, court representation and protective orders, safety planning, support groups, children's programs and assessments and more. They have served Hampton Roads since 1984.
Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia
Entering their 42nd year, Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia is a regional organization in South Hampton Roads that supports and enriches the lives of seniors and their families through advocacy, education, information and comprehensive services. For one-third of a century, they’ve changed the lives of tens of thousands of the region’s seniors for the better. They’ve served over two million meals, contributed more than six million hours of senior volunteer services, driven seniors over 11 million miles and helped thousands of seniors live in their homes independently as an alternative to nursing home care.
Seton Youth Shelters
Seton Youth Shelters provides a safe haven, counseling and outreach services, 24 hours a day, without charge, to assist youth in crisis throughout Hampton Roads with the goal of reuniting families.
Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., Norfolk Alumnae Chapter
Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., is a non-profit, collegiate sorority that was Founded on November 12, 1922 at Butler University. One of over 400 chapters, the Norfolk alumnae chapter has had a presence in the Norfolk area since being chartered in 1968. he Chapter has given thousands of dollars in scholarship away during the annual Rhomania Scholarship banquet. The chapter provides much service in the area including: Operation Big Book Bag (book supplies for those in need); Soles for little Souls (providing shoes for children in shelters); Adopt-a-Street, located near NSU in Norfolk; and food donations at the Ronald McDonald house. The Norfolk alumnae chapter supervises/sponsors undergraduate chapters at Old Dominion University and Norfolk State University. These two chapters provide additional service to the community.
Southampton Key Club
This group of high school students lives in a small, rural community but makes a big impact on the world around them. The students volunteer in local schools and at endless community events to accumulate over 5000 service hours every school year. The club hosts 4-7 volunteer events every month during the school year. There is rarely a community event in which these kids aren't involved. Beyond the community they raise over $20,000 each year for other nonprofit organizations. They are a model of what our next generation should strive to be.
St. Mary's Home
St. Mary's Home is a residential facility for children with multiple disabilities. They offer rehabilitation services to children with traumatic brain injuries as well as medical care to children who are medically fragile. They take care of kids, their families and the community. It is a wonderful community for kids with disabilities and they always remember the kids are kids first, then adapt for their disabilities.
St. Olaf Catholic Church
St. Olaf Catholic Church has grown from 60 families to over 850 families in the past 20 years. During this time, this Parish has continued to feed the hungry through their 'food pantry', work with the homeless in local shelters and provide financial support to dozens of local charities and nonprofits through its Sharing program. Programs like the Angel Tree provide Christmas gifts to hundreds of children and adults who may otherwise go without. Another one of their many programs provides hundreds of items for sheltered women and children, such as diapers, clothing, car seats, cribs, and strollers as well as financial aid.
St. Paul's Downtown Farm Market
St Paul's holds a Downtown Farm Market every Saturday from 9 - 12 in the parking lot located between City Hall & Market, facing Nordstrom at MacArthur Mall. In addition to bringing fresh food and community to Downtown Norfolk, 100 percent of the proceeds from the Market flow into bringing fresh food into Tidewater Gardens. This community of approximately 1600 people, many of whom have no cars, has no access to fresh food. A large percentage of the residents are single mothers with young children.
StandUp For Kids Hampton Roads
StandUp volunteers "walk the streets" to assist youth under the age of 24 in need who are living on the streets at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront. They provide food packages, hygiene products, first aid supplies, survival gear and a shoulder for them to lean on in times of need. Often a child comes to the center, week after week, for a bite to eat and a bit of social activity. Every week, this young person will begin to open up to a counselor and let them know of his or her distress. Together with volunteers, sponsors and partners StandUp for Kids is providing the stability and support critical to the future of these young people.
Stop Abuse was formed in 1986 to prevent child sexual abuse through education, detection and referral. Through its research-based Emmy award-winning marionette program, “Simon Says, ‘Just Tell’” schoolchildren from kindergarten through Grade 5 learn to recognize, prevent and disclose abuse in a safe environment. Thousands of cases of abuse have been prevented and hundreds of abusers have been incarcerated, in Hampton Roads alone. Hundreds of adults have come forward, wishing such a program existed when they were children.
From the summer of 1981, when 35 people got together to play Mozart and drink coffee, until 2014, when Symphonicity entertains nearly 60,000 people yearly, this amazing group has stood the test of time. Symphonicity is probably unique among volunteer orchestras in this country. Players do not get paid, and many players donate regularly to the orchestra. Symphonicity has provided a musical haven for performers and great music lovers. Symphonicity has been described as “one of the success stories of the Sandler Center” (Business Consortium for the Arts, 2011). Seniors on a budget and families with a penchant for classical music have supported the orchestra and enjoyed its diverse musical offerings. An endowment has been established to keep the music playing, and careful financial planning keeps the orchestra vibrant. Symphonicity is a truly valuable asset in Hampton Roads, and will endure many years in the future, and maintain its financial viability that has produced 32 years of positive financials.
Thalia Lions of Virginia Beach
Besides various outreach programs that include scholarship awards; clothing donations, blood drive, the Samaritan House’s food bank, Head Start book donations, Christmas family assistance, Special Services Library assistance, Vision Walk, Audible Easter Egg Hunt for the blind, hearing aid donations, eye glass recycling, and diabetes and hearing screening; Thalia Lions have made a monumental dent in an activity previously not in existence where 18 percent of children ages under five have possible vision condition that, if not corrected, can result in lazy eye (Ambylopia) reduced vision followed by poor performance in school. Thalia Lions began an effort several years ago that has seen the screening of over 40,000 children. Starting with one PediaVision machine at a cost of $9,600, they have raised about $64,000 to provide the 35 district in 24-D with access to vision screening device (SPOT) machines.
The Back Bay Restoration Foundation
The Back Bay Restoration Foundation (BBRF) is a non-profit organization founded in 1984 to address the deteriorating quality of Back Bay. This estuary, located in the largest watershed in the City of Virginia Beach, suffered from pollution generated by development in one of the fastest growing cities in the country. Sportsmen and conservationists committed themselves to the Foundation’s activities of environmental education and ecosystem monitoring and enhancement. Under the leadership of a ten-member board, the Foundation established a successful program of cooperation and coordination of its activities with local, state and federal government and private organizations
The Center for Sexual Assault Survivors
The Center for Sexual Assault Survivors is dedicated to the support, treatment and advocacy for persons whose lives have been disrupted by sexual violence and to lead the community toward a reduction of sexual violence through education and awareness. They provide free counseling to children, youth and adults. Staff and volunteers take 24/7 call coverage on their hotline as well as hospital and court accompaniment to survivors of sexual assault. They do all this work with very little grant funding and a lot of fundraising. This is the only rape center on the peninsula, serving approximately eight jurisdictions.
The Healing Place of Hampton Roads
The mission of The Healing Place of Hampton Roads is to provide a residential substance abuse program that ends homelessness and establishes self-sufficiency.
The Noblemen is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization based out of Virginia Beach, Virginia which includes members located throughout the Hampton Roads region. The Noblemen mission is to identify and perform Noble Deeds for disadvantaged, ill, and disabled local kids and their families who are in need of help.
The Portsmouth Museums Foundation
The Portsmouth Museums Foundation was established to provide private sector financial support the four city museums in the city of Portsmouth, the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum, Children's Museum of Virginia, the Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center, and the Lightship Portsmouth. One of the Foundation's biggest project was fundraising for the exhibits in the expansion of the Children's Museum of Virginia. Hundreds of thousands have visited since its reopening and it has brought joy to many, many children. The Foundation also sponsors programs for underprivileged children to participate in museum events.
The Sinkinson Dyslexia Foundation
The Sinkinson Dyslexia Foundation is an independent non-profit agency dedicated to the identification and remediation of dyslexia, a severe language based reading disability that exists in individuals having average to superior levels of intellectual functioning.
The Up Center
The Up Center has served as a safety net for the community for 130 years. Their mission is to protect children, strengthen families, empower people in crisis and maximize independence for those with disabilities.
Tidewater Arts Outreach
Tidewater Arts Outreach (TAO) shares the joy and healing power of the arts with people in dependent care programs. We give artists opportunities to use their gifts in service of others, often in new ways. We work with staff and caregivers to help them make greater use of the arts in their programming. Through community building, training, advocacy and outreach, our vision is to make the arts accessible to all. In FY14, TAO presented 250 programs in 70 dependent care locations in seven cities. 7800 attendees participated in music, dance, drama, poetry and the visual arts and 252 artists were involved in our efforts. 250 volunteers contributed more than 4,000 hours to support every aspect of TAO's work.The mission of Tidewater Arts Outreach is to uplift the human spirit by bringing live, quality music and arts experiences to people in Hampton Roads who are in homes, hospitals, shelters, facilities and dependent care programs or otherwise are isolated from society.
Tidewater Council, Boy Scouts of America
Tidewater Council, BSA is one of the oldest Scouting Councils in the United States. They have served youth in the Tidewater area and seven counties of north-eastern NC (in 1942) for more than 103 years.
Todd Rosenlieb Dance
Todd Rosenlieb Dance is a professional contemporary dance company in both modern and ballet genres, representing the highest form of professional dance in our community dedicated to serving our citizens. Todd Rosenlieb Dance continually demonstrates its willingness to participate in a variety of venues and arts activities. They have become the dance presence in the community, whom others look to for active collaboration and assistance. They truly believe that “arts build communities” and all of their efforts serve this purpose. TRDance Center Academy has an established Adaptive Dance Class for children with Down Syndrome. Todd has been lauded in Tidewater Family and the Daily Press for his work and enthusiasm with the Adaptive Dance Class.
Together We Can Foundation
The Together We Can Foundation is a local nonprofit that helps Foster Care youth and at risk youth make successful transitions into adulthood. They have improved the lives and the successes of a significant percentage of those youth with their programming and capacity to financially help youth as they are transitioning into becoming successful members of the Hampton Roads Community.
Union Mission Ministries
The Union Mission Ministries is dedicated to serving God by serving the humblest of His people, the poor and the homeless. Physical needs are met through a hot meal, a warm bed, clean clothing and a safe place to lay one’s head. Job and life skills counseling is provided, restoring dignity and self respect. Once physical needs are met, the love of our Savior, Jesus Christ is shared through the Gospel, and people find hope for a better future.
Untamed Spirit Therapuetic Riding and Education Program
Founded by Barbara Ford, Untamed Spirit Therapuetic Riding and Education is expanding to offer their clients therapies in multiple disciplines - equine, physical, occupational, music, art, small animal therapy and mental health services - in a centrally located setting at the programs home in Pungo, Va. The program gives families with special needs children the opportunity to see their kids being 'just a kid', not a whole set of special needs and labels.
VCE/Newport News Master Gardeners Association
The VCE/Newport News Master Gardeners Association are incredibly dedicated to educating the public on ways to be good stewards of our resources through workshops, classes, appearances at Farmers Markets, and their annual Go Green Expo which attracts nearly 1000 people a year. They have partnered with the city, schools, clubs, community organizations, and other non-profits to bring their knowledge of gardening, water/tree/land stewardship, and green practices to children in classrooms to the elderly in nursing homes and everyone in between. The NNMGA have spearheaded numerous beautification projects throughout the city, taught classes, spoke to civic groups, led workshops, grown and sold plants, and have contributed thousands of volunteer hours to improve their community and the environment that they live in.
VersAbility Resources has been supporting people with disabilities for over 60 years. With a budget of $39 million and more than 1,000 employees, they are a major business and employer in the region. In 2013, VersAbility was recognized by Inside Business as a "Roaring 20", one of the fastest-growing companies in Hampton Roads in terms of revenue and employee growth. They are a comprehensive provider, serving 1,100 people with disabilities in employment, day support, community living, and early childhood programs.
Virginia Arts Festival
The mission of the Virginia Arts Festival is to bring world-class performing arts to our citizens and visitors, impact the lives of students through outstanding educational programs, commission new works of national and international significance, and make a tangible difference in Hampton Roads through regional partnerships and positive economic impact through the generation of cultural tourism.
Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center
Since opening in June 1986, the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center has welcomed more than 10 million visitors, sharing the mission of conservation through education, research and sustainable practices. The Virginia Aquarium was the first attraction in the Commonwealth of Virginia to be designated as “Virginia Green” by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality. More than 600,000 visitors enjoy the wonders of the Virginia Aquarium each year. Educational offerings, both onsite and through outreach efforts, reached more than 200,000 adults and children last year. The Aquarium’s Access Aquarium fund provides complimentary or reduced fee admission for more than 6,000 individuals from high needs schools and organizations assisting underserved or special needs clients each year. The Aquarium also provides educational outreach programs to a number of Title 1 schools throughout Hampton Roads and beyond. The Virginia Aquarium Stranding Response Team responds to stranded marine mammals and sea turtles throughout the state, conducting vital research and providing rescue and rehabilitation.
Virginia Beach CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates)
In Virginia Beach alone, over 1,000 cases of child abuse and neglect are substantiated each year.
Virginia Beach Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is a dedicated group of volunteers, assigned by judges, to provide a vital voice for these children who are too young to speak for themselves during the complicated maze of legal proceedings. CASA volunteers are members of the community who receive extensive education and training in order to advocate for abused and neglected children - who through no fault of their own - are thrust into juvenile and domestic relations court and often, into foster care. CASA volunteers watch over and advocate for these children to make sure they don't get lost in an overburdened system.
Virginia Beach SPCA
The Virginia SPCA provides shelter and care to almost 4,000 companion animals each year. They implement every available option to increase the adoption rates of the healthy and treatable animals in our care, and provide resources to ensure the successful outcome of adoptions. It is the mission of the Virginia Beach Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (VBSPCA) to create a more humane and responsible community by decreasing our tolerance for cruelty while increasing our capacity for compassion.
Virginia Beach United Methodist Church
VBUMC hosts several programs to benefit our community including: Potter's House, Bicycle Ministry, Hope in the Upper Room, Kid's Closet and Care by the Community.
Virginia Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad
The Virginia Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad is the largest of ten all-volunteer rescue squad stations in our city. It is the largest all-volunteer based rescue squad in the largest all-volunteer rescue system in the nation. VBVRS has been an all-volunteer Rescue Squad since May 1952 and have grown with the city to provide free emergency medical care since then. VBVRS operates two independent rescue stations every hour of every day: Station 14, located at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront, and Station 8, located off of Old Donation Parkway in the Great Neck area of Virginia Beach.
Virginia Living Museum
The Virginia Living Museum has been serving the community for almost 50 years as a private non-profit museum and education center. The VLM uses exhibits and programs to connect students and people of all ages to nature through education experiences that promote conservation. The museum’s trained educators provide memorable hands-on experiences in the natural sciences that school systems do not have the resources to provide. The museum is an aquarium, animal reserve, planetarium, science center and nature park all rolled into one! At the Virginia Living Museum you can view endangered red wolves, get up close to a loggerhead turtle and moon jellies, see fish with no eyes and frogs that change colors. You can touch live horseshoe crabs and fossilized dinosaur tracks. We are a celebration of Virginia natural history with the majority of our animal ambassadors having been injured, non-releasable or imprinted animals that would not otherwise survive in the wild on their own. The Museum introduces visitors to more than 250 living species native to Virginia through exhibits, discovery centers and interactive hands-on exhibits. The Virginia Living Museum showcases Virginia’s natural and living resources so that people of all ages and in future generations will understand and protect the balance of our natural world.
The Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art is a non-profit institution which exists to foster awareness, exploration and understanding of the significant art of our time. Through excellence and diversity in our changing exhibitions and educational programming, MOCA stimulates critical thinking and dialogue throughout the Hampton Roads community.
Virginia Peninsula Crime Stoppers, Inc.
Virginia Peninsula Crime Stoppers (VPCS), in conjunction with law enforcement coordinators from the cities of Hampton, Newport News, Poquoson, Williamsburg, and the counties of Gloucester, James City and York supports the crime line tip program. Established in 1982 with a goal to make our neighborhoods and businesses to live , work and play, the organization has over the past 10 years paid out almost $280,000 in confidential rewards based on receipt of 8,115 tips which led to 1,116 criminal arrests solving 1,361 cases. VPCS is an all volunteer 501(c)(3) organization completely dependent on donations from private businesses, organizations and citizens to fund rewards. Tipsters remain anonymous by state law and do not have to appear in court.
Virginia Peninsula Foodbank
The mission of the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank is to distribute food effectively through collaborative efforts that minimize hunger, promote nutrition and encourage self-reliance through education.
Virginia Supportive Housing
Founded in Richmond in 1988, the mission of Virginia Supportive Housing is to end homelessness by providing permanent housing and supportive services. In early 2006, the Mayors of the five Cities of Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk and Virginia Beach decided to work together in addressing the issue of chronic homelessness in the South Hampton Roads region. Thus began the Regional Task Force to End Homelessness, which is composed of City representatives and homeless service providers who are tasked by the Mayors to work together on regional solutions. VSH opened its fourth regional supportive housing residence in South Hampton Roads in March 2013. They have now ended homelessness for over 240 individuals living in their housing and over 200 per year in our scattered site apartments in the region.
Virginia Voices International
Virginia Voices International, a volunteer, non-profit organization, provides a bridge through music into realms of emotions we can scarcely describe, but respond to deeply. They touch a diverse society with different cultural and ethnic backgrounds both domestically and internationally. With a commitment to the world's peoples, they provide an experience that transcends the dimensions of reality and for which there can be no substitute, music.
VOLUNTEER Hampton Roads
The mission of VOLUNTEER Hampton Roads is to CONNECT businesses with opportunities which create a positive impact on our community; to EQUIP nonprofits with the resources they need to achieve their mission; to MOBILIZE a community of volunteers to create change.
Wave City Care
Wave City Care continually improves the lives of individuals and families in the Hampton Roads community. This is accomplished through services such as food and clothing distribution to provide basic care assistance, and educational initiatives involving tutoring, mentoring, and life skills development. Additionally, Wave City Care offers addiction recovery and women's support groups to foster valuing and healing the whole person.
WHRO is the public media outlet for Coastal Virginia. It provides NPR and local programming on one station, full time classical music on another station, and Public Television (PBS) on its TV Channel (as well as 3 additional channels - World (news and current events); Kids (24/7 non commercial educational and entertainment for children; and Create, a DIY, travel and food 24/7 channel. WHRO also has two radio streams, an alternative music source (AltRadio) as well as a 1920s radio network stream and low power FM signal in Virginia Beach. But WHRO is more than just another media outlet; it provides educational services to its 19 school division owner members to include digital learning objects (30,000+) for classroom use, online course aligned with Virginia's SOLs and provides services for the state of Virginia for digital learning objects (eMediaVA) and on line advanced placement courses via Virtual Virginia. WHRO has also launched an on line workforce development site with 6,000 courses, and has partner with Thomas Nelson Community College to integrate into the State's workforce development provider network. They host a local food blog called Let's Eat on their website which is dedicated to the local food movement.
Wounded Wear's mission is to raise the national awareness of the sacrifice of wounded warriors, their families, and the families of fallen service members. In support of this mission Wounded Wear advocates on behalf and facilitates opportunities for those who have sacrificed so much, as well as providing free fashionable clothing kits and modifications to wounded warriors that empower them to rediscover the hero within.
XOXO Pet Rescue, Inc.
XOXO Pet Rescue, Inc. is an all breed dog and animal rescue nonprofit organization devoted to saving as many animals as possible from high-kill shelters, abuse and neglect, and then finding them permanent, loving homes. They are a foster-based rescue group with foster homes throughout southeastern Virginia.
Young Audiences of Virginia, Inc.
Young Audiences - Arts for Learning - Virginia is the leading provider of quality arts-in-education programming in Virginia. YAV offers an array of arts performances and workshops grounded in the core curriculum, residencies for children of all ages, and professional development in arts-integration techniques that improve students' literacy skills, motivation to read, and ability to learn.
Young Life Capernaum
Young Life Capernaum is an organization that holds social get-togethers for people in the community with special needs.