Vithoulkas to ‘Walk in Their Shoes’

Fifteen local non-profit organizations will once again join forces to host the sixth annual Affordable Housing Awareness Week this month to increase awareness of affordable housing issues in Richmond and grow support for the organizations’ belief that everyone deserves a safe, affordable place to call home.

Throughout the week of April 22-27, volunteers from all over Greater Richmond will roll up their sleeves at various project sites to participate in “A Day’s Work for Affordable Housing,” volunteering to build and repair homes for neighbors in need. Among the local employers currently registered to participate as teams are: Franklin Federal Savings Bank, Capital One, Richmond Association of REALTORS®, Bank of America, Bank of America Home Loans, VHDA, Wells Fargo, Virginia Community Development Corporation, Homebuilding Association of Richmond, Joyner Fine Properties, Harvest Homes 4 Heroes, Richmond Regional Planning District Commission, Just Ramps, Dominion Resources, BB&T, and Service projects throughout the week will include employees from title sponsor Franklin Federal Savings Bank rehabilitating a house for a veteran, almost 200 Capital One associates helping to build ramps with project:HOMES, home-building with Metro Richmond Habitat for Humanity, painting fences and exterior walls with the Better Housing Coalition, and repairing a home in Greater Fulton with Rebuilding Together of Richmond.

On April 25, a select group of community leaders will participate in the annual “Walking in Their Shoes” exercise, which provide individuals with a hands-on opportunity to experience the daily challenges faced by homeless in our area. Spending a day on the streets of Richmond, they are tasked with navigating the various services available to those in need, including securing food, shelter and transportation. Participants will include Jackson with Q94, Supreme Court Justice Bill Mims, and Henrico County Manager John Vithoulkas.

On April 26 from 4 –6 p.m. a community Building Block Party will be held at Powhatan Hill Community Center in Greater Fulton. Miss Community Clovia and PRAISE 104.7 will host the family-friendly event, featuring free food and entertainment, to celebrate and to kick off Rebuilding Together’s building blitz on Saturday. Volunteer registration is open to the public and more information is available at
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Thoracic surgeon is first to perform 100 robot-assisted lobectomies in Central Virginia

Graham M. Bundy, a thoracic surgeon with HCA Virginia Physicians’ Cardiothoracic Surgical Associates, is the first such surgeon in Central Virginia to perform 100 minimally-invasive Da Vinci robot-assisted lobectomies (a surgical procedure to remove a lobe of the lung). The procedure is used to treat multiple types of conditions but is most often used to treat lung cancer. > Read more.

UMFS has urgent need for foster parents

UMFS officials say they have a desperate need for more foster families in the Richmond region and Central Virginia, especially those who would receive teenagers currently in the foster care system.

In recent years throughout the state, the number of children entering the foster care system has grown. > Read more.

VSP issues warning about automated traffic ticket email scam

Virginia State Police officials are warning Virginians about an email scam that tells people they are receiving an “automated traffic ticket” from the agency. State Police do not use or issue digital or automated traffic tickets or summonses, however. Anyone receiving such an email should delete it and not click on any links provided in the email, police said. > Read more.

READ Center offers free classes, training to low-literate people

One in six adults in Metro Richmond has literacy issues, and the READ Center in Henrico County is working to address the issue.

Next week – Sept. 24-30 – is Adult Education and Family Literacy Week, a time during which the READ Center is shining a light on its efforts to help some of the 35,000 adults in the region for whom reading, writing and basic math remain an elusive target. > Read more.

Play Day RVA planned for Sept. 21

The Richmond region will celebrate Play Day RVA Thursday, Sept. 21, with activities throughout the area to celebrate the opportunities that exist to play in the community. Dozens of employers, local governments, schools and community organizations will participate by hosting events that integrate playful activities into daily life and spread awareness of the value of active living. > Read more.

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September 2017

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