CCC honors local volunteers
Geline B. Williams (in yellow jacket), who with her husband founded the Virginia Society for Human Life (VSHL), was among the honorees at the annual Commonwealth Catholic Charities Community Service Awards, held May 3 at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. Joining Williams, who won the Individual Award, were friends and well-wishers as well as fellow members of VSHL.
A mother of five, Williams volunteered for various organizations while raising her family, including the United Way, Instructive Visiting Nurse Association (IVNA), Commonwealth Catholic Charities, and Christian Children’s Fund, working on behalf of the health and welfare of the unborn, families, and the elderly. After she and her husband, Alex, founded VSHL in 1967, the VSHL established the Alex and Geline Williams Oratory Contest for high school juniors and seniors. In 1984 Williams ran for and won a seat on the Richmond City Council, where she served for ten years. She served as Richmond’s Mayor from 1988-1990, only the second woman to do so.
Henrico resident Cliff Hocker was also honored at the event with the Samuel H. Dibert CCC Volunteer Award. After hearing a 1994 public service announcement on Richmond’s public radio station for what was then Refugee and Immigration Services (now the Refugee Resettlement and Immigrant Counseling programs of CCC), Hocker began teaching an English as a Second Language (ESL) class that had been launched a few months earlier. He helped teach Cambodian and Vietnamese refugees working at a Weyerhaeuser Company (now International Paper) recycling job site; after six months, he became the sole teacher of the weekly class, which continues to this day. Hocker also worked as a mentor to bilingual volunteers and served as an integral part of the program’s community board.
Among the organizations honored at the event were Bliley's, which won the Corporate Award, and St. Jude Parish in Mineral and its mission, Immaculate Conception in Buckner, which won the Parish Award. For details, visit http://www.cccofva.org
Henrico County Recreation and Parks will present “Red, White, and Lights” at Meadow Farm Museum/Crump Park July 4.
Henrico County has hosted a Fourth of July celebration annually since 1981, but this year’s event will offer a later start time and expanded hours and be highlighted by new entertainment.
The free event will begin at 4:30 p.m. and will feature the Richmond Symphony, a laser-light show, patriotic performances, and family activities. > Read more.
The Tuckahoe Family YMCA and ReEstablish Richmond will host the third-annual Refugee Community Resource Fair Saturday, June 18, from 10 a.m. to noon at the YMCA, 9211 Patterson Avenue in Henrico. The event is designed to provide refugees in the region information about jobs, local businesses, housing, health care, education and more.
As part of its strategic plan, the YMCA of Greater Richmond works to identify, address and eliminate economic, geographic and cultural barriers. > Read more.
Muse Paintbar, which combines painting instruction with a wine bar and restaurant, opened June 23 at The Shops at Willow Lawn in Henrico. The location is the company's 17th nationwide.
Guests can learn from local artists while sampling a wide selection of wine, beer and tapas. The facility held a soft-launch last weekend, allowing patrons a sneak peek at the studio’s artistic offerings.
Muse anticipates expansion across the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area this summer. Other locations are spread throughout the Northeast. > Read more.
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