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Robins Foundation offers $500k nonprofit grant to address regional needs

The Robins Foundation this week announced a $500,000 grant opportunity that challenges Richmond-area nonprofit organizations to devise creative and collaborative solutions to the region’s most confounding issues. Foundation officials are encouraging organizations to think big when applying for the grant.

The inaugural Lora M. and E. Claiborne Robins, Sr. Community Innovation Grant, to be awarded annually, will fund one proposal that “celebrates the imaginative, cooperative spirit of Greater Richmond,” according to foundation officials. The award of up to a half-million dollars is designed to support a project that addresses an unmet community need or issue in emerging neighborhoods.

ChildFund’s influence spreads globally


In 1938, a Presbyterian minister from Richmond, Dr. J. Calvitt Clarke, created a campaign to help Chinese children orphaned during the Second Sino-Japanese war. He connected donors on a one-to-one basis with children through “adoptions.”

Today, his model has grown into an international organization – ChildFund International – that serves 18.1 million people in 30 countries in Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe.

Acting on its growing understanding of what works for children, ChildFund moved from running orphanages to helping families and communities fight poverty at its roots.

New hotline to serve domestic, sexual abuse victims

A new hotline will serve victims of domestic and sexual abuse in the greater Richmond region, thanks to a $50,000 donation from the Jenkins Foundation to the YWCA of Richmond.

The Greater Richmond Regional Hotline – (804) 612-6126 – is the newest program to result from the Regional Collaborative, a group of five domestic and sexual violence service providers including the YWCA of Richmond, Hanover Safe Place, Safe Harbor, The James House and Project Hope at Quin Rivers.

Daylor named LLS ‘Man of the Year’

Raising a record total amount of $95,000 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Virginia Chapter through the annual “Man & Woman of the Year” event, local Realtor John Daylor has won this year’s male title for the chapter.

Daylor was nominated for participation in the fundraising event by his friend Bill Torney, whose mother and brother had lymphoma.

“I kept thinking, I know a lot of people – I’ve been in the area for a long time– I’m just going to get on the phone and ask people,” John said.

Coal Pit offers opportunities for at-risk children


When the Coal Pit Learning Center opened in 1976, it was the vision of Dorothy Gallimore to provide children from low-income families with educational skills and a sound, safe environment to succeed in school. Almost 40 years later, it has transformed from an aging schoolhouse to a multipurpose facility that has doubled in size as the result of a budding relationship between Coal Pit and the Innsbrook Rotary.

“Innsbrook Rotary is a big believer in supporting issues with children, and when we learned about Coal Pit, we thought that was a great entity to support and we saw an opportunity to help the center grow,” said Wes York, Innsbrook Rotary president.

Civitans award scholarship

The Greater Richmond Civitan Club recently awarded a $4,000 scholarship to Luke Mainwaring, who graduated last week from Deep Run High School. He was honored at a club banquet May 21. Thirty local high schools nominated students for the scholarship, which is designed to recognized exemplary scholarship, sportsmanship and leadership.

The club also recently solicited and received a grant from the Foundation for Children with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Inc. in the amount of $33,000, which will be donated to the Greater Richmond ARC.

ARC program helps students prepare for jobs


For some high school juniors and seniors, life after graduation is daunting. Looking for jobs means applications, resumes and new responsibilities. The Greater Richmond ARC is making the transition a whole lot easier for a special group of young adults.

Beginning this month, 31 students enrolled in ARC’s afterschool program will face graduation with more confidence and the skills to enter the work world.

On opening day, June 16, ARC will launch its Work Readiness program for soon-to-be graduates with developmental disabilities.

JRAC recognizes ‘Stewards of the River’

The regional James River Advisory Council recently presented three women with its annual Stewards of the River Awards during a breakfast reception at Deep Run Recreation Center in Henrico.

The winners, pictured (left to right) were:

• Communications Award – Gay Stokes, the community outreach coordinator with the Stormwater Utility Division of the Richmond Department of Public Utilities. Stokes communicates with citizens about how stormwater runoff impacts water quality. and has been instrumental in the development of public service announcements addressing illicit discharges and their impacts on the river;

Knowledge is power


In 2007, when brothers Barrett and Cameron Roberts found themselves out of work, they turned to selling books that they purchased from local library book sales. The process quickly transformed into Shared Knowledge, a nonprofit, growing partnership with Henrico County libraries that works to provide funding for literacy and education programs in the area through the sales of books online.

Cameron Roberts said that the start in Henrico began when the brothers were approached by Beverly Ziegler at the Dumbarton Library during the spring book sale. She expressed her ideas for raising additional funds to support the programs run by the Friends of the Library, a volunteer-based group that strives to enhance, promote and provide supplemental funding for Henrico Libraries.

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