Real Life Heroes: CoVa Giving Back Awards 2015

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wave city care5. Wave City Care   

629 Wesley Dr., Suite 200, Virginia Beach. 757-965-8494.

Established: September 2002

Mission: “To partner with others to educate, equip and empower our community, one life at a time, through educational, basic care and health and human services programs and events.” 

Key people: Steve Kelly, president; Sue Fitzgerald, vice president; and Larry Van De Ree, executive director. “And of course the really key people are our amazing volunteers, donors and sponsors. We have over 600 volunteers who donate their valuable time to help throughout the year—more than 150 of those volunteers contribute two to four hours every week.”

Programs: “On any given week, we have up to eight different programs running including ShineGIRL and Man POWER (personal development youth mentoring programs hosted in Virginia Beach and Norfolk school systems), and 1Life Mentoring (one-on-one mentoring for homeless and at-risk youth). We focus on equipping youth with vital life skills, positive self-esteem and the keys to building healthy relationships. Other initiatives include REGENERATION, a weekly program assisting people of all ages struggling with life-controlling issues; Jobs for Life, for those looking for new or better jobs; and Healthy Living Food Distribution, for those struggling to make ends meet on a limited income. Our goal is to empower the entire family to live life well and achieve their goals and dreams.”

Volunteer opportunities: “We are always looking for new volunteers, particularly for our youth mentoring programs. Or you can join us as we deliver Thanksgiving baskets, make-over a local school or at any of our events. There’s room for you, and it is so rewarding!”

What are the biggest struggles your organization faces? “As with most non-profit organizations, additional funding is our greatest need. Our programs are offered to participants at no cost, and the expenses for supplies quickly escalate as we increase the number of people we are impacting. But the return for the investment is priceless.”

What is the most rewarding part about what your non-profit does? “Being able to encourage and empower people and watch their lives transform! To hear a ShineGIRL say, ‘You guys made me realize that my life is important!’ Or for a 13-year-old student in Man POWER to remark, ‘Today, I learned that my life has meaning!’ That’s what it’s all about, showing people that there is hope, that they have a great life ahead.”

6. Dogs Deserve Better

A non-profit voice for all dogs living chained and penned lives outside. Includes information about how to educate the public and change the laws to improve the lives of dogs.

7. Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., Norfolk Alumnae Chapter

Striving to enhance the goals of the sorority, annual projects focus on providing services and funding to many community organizations, churches, schools and students.

8. Hospice House and Support Care of Williamsburg

Respite at Hospice House and in patient’s homes with trained volunteers; home care equipment and supplies; spiritual care and support; bereavement care.

9. Chesapeake Humane Society

Works to promote the welfare of companion animals through programs and initiatives that reduce pet overpopulation, increase adoptions and encourage responsible pet guardianship through affordable pet care.

10. Jewish Family Service of Tidewater

JFS strengthens our community by providing essential services such as counseling, home health care, food assistance and more to people of all faiths, ages, ethnicities and incomes.

11. Five Points Community Market

The Five Points Community Farm Market is a project of the Five Points Partnership, formed in 2001. Programs include a mobile markets, mini markets, community gardens and CSA. Encourages all people to, “Follow Your Food.”

12. Judeo-Christian Outreach Center

Mission to empower homeless families and individuals to recover from crisis situations and return to being self-supporting, productive and independent members of our community.

13. Honor Flight Historic Triangle Virginia

HFHTV’s goal is to take every World War II and terminally ill veteran in the Coastal Virginia and Richmond areas that is able and has not visited the World War II Memorial built in their honor on a charter bus day trip to Washington, D.C. 

14. Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia

Regional organization in South Hampton Roads that supports and enriches the lives of seniors and their families through advocacy, education, information and comprehensive services.

15. Virginia Peninsula Foodbank

A community leader in providing food to residents across the greater Peninsula. Since 1986 they have provided more than 117 million meals to residents in their service area.


Top 50 Non-Profits


Access Aids Care

ACCESS College Foundation

Alzheimer’s Association of Southeast Virginia

Animal Resources of Tidewater

Beach Ambassadors

Blankets for the Homeless

Catholic Charities of Eastern Virginia

Cerebral Palsy of Virginia

Chesapeake Humane Society


Daniels Grace

Dogs Deserve Better

East Coast Gentle Giants Rescue, Inc.

Eastern Shore’s Own Arts Center

Edgar Cayce's A.R.E. Health Center & Spa

Eggleston Services

Five Points Community Farm Market

Honor Flight Historic Triangle Virginia

Hope for Life Rescue

Hope House Foundation

Hospice House and Support Care of Williamsburg


I Need a Lighthouse

Jewish Family Service of Tidewater

Judeo-Christian Outreach Center

Junior League of Norfolk-Virginia Beach

Life Enrichment Center

LRNOW - Lynnhaven River Now

Poquoson Animal Welfare Sanctuary

Portsmouth Service League

Norfolk SPCA

Senior Services of Southeastern Virginia

Sacred Friends Inc.

Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., Norfolk Alumnae Chapter

Sinkinson Dyslexia Foundation, Inc.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

The Storehouse of Ocean View

The Up Center

Untamed Spirit Therapeutic Riding and Education Program

Vanguard Landing

VersAbility Resources

Virginia Beach CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates)

Virginia Beach SPCA

Virginia Gentlemen

Virginia Living Museum

Virginia Peninsula Foodbank

Wags for Warriors of Virginia

Wave City Care

XOXO Pet Rescue, Inc.  

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