‘Change the World RVA’ to raise funds for homeless students

A local nonprofit will host a week-long fundraising and awareness campaign later this month to benefit local students who experience homelessness and housing instability.

Change the World RVA's campaign will take place Sept. 24-30 to support students during the current school year.

The 'Address Change' campaign consists of 12 mailboxes hand-painted by Change the World RVA students and volunteers, representing that “home is more than an address; it’s security, support, and a never-ending supply of love.” The mailboxes will be placed at businesses throughout the Richmond region, and monetary donations will be accepted at each mailbox location, as well as online at http://www.changetheworldrva.org/ during the week of the campaign. Information about Change the World RVA, its programs and students involved also will be available at each mailbox.

More than 1,500 students faced homelessness in Richmond Public Schools alone during the 2015-2016 academic year, according to Change the World RVA. The organization works to alleviate the daily challenges those students face and offers support for them to succeed. It also continues to support students through their college years and as they enter the workforce.

"We are blessed to work with the most remarkable young people," said Change the World RVA Director and co-founder Natalie May. "Each wants to succeed in school and life, and with just a little support from our community, they do just that. It really doesn’t take a lot on our part – a phone, a few bus passes, help with an emergency rent payment, a new pair of glasses, a college text book – but it can change everything. Address Change will allow us to continue to foster this amazing community of peers and adults and to alter the trajectory for some really stellar students.”

For details about the campaign, visit http://www.changetheworldrva.org/ or http://facebook.com/wishesrva.
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Henrico Master Gardener training program accepting applications through Oct. 27

The Henrico County Office of Virginia Cooperative Extension is accepting applications for its next volunteer Master Gardener training program, which provides instruction in all aspects of horticulture.

Applications for the 2018 training program will be accepted through Friday, Oct. 27. Classes will be held from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays from Jan. 16 through March 22. > Read more.

Henrico Schools to host Oct. 30 job fair

Henrico Schools will host a job fair Oct. 30.

The event, to be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Fairfield branch library, is designed to attract potential full-time and substitute registered nurses, instructional assistants, bus drivers and school nutrition workers. > Read more.

Henrico Police to participate in ‘Tip a Cop’ Oct. 21

Henrico County Police Division and the Virginia Division of Capitol Police are participating in “Tip-A-Cop” to Support the Special Olympics Saturday, Oct. 21.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. that day at Red Robin, 11784 West Broad Street, members of the two agencies will be working for tips as a donation to the Special Olympics. > Read more.

Participants sought for ‘Walk to End Alzheimer’s’

The Richmond Walk to End Alzheimer’s will be held Saturday, Nov. 4, at Markel Plaza in Innsbrook, and the Alzheimer's Association of Greater Richmond is seeking participants.

The event, one of three walks the association will hold in its service area this year (the Middle Peninsula-Northern Neck walk was held Oct. 7 and the Fredericksburg walk Oct. 14) raises money to help the association fight the disease, which affects more than 26,000 people in the metro Richmond region. > Read more.

Fairfield meeting Oct. 25 to focus on cybersecurity

Henrico County Board of Supervisors Vice Chairman and Fairfield District Supervisor Frank J. Thornton will hold a constituent meeting Wednesday, Oct. 25 to discuss cybersecurity.

Thornton also has invited candidates who will be seeking election to local offices on Tuesday, Nov. 7 to introduce themselves. > Read more.

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