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The challenge: Take the pledge! Under the consultation of friends, I have chosen a list of 30 charities that I would feel comfortable giving money to and that I feel do a great deal of good for the Richmond community. I am challenging everyone I know to give$30 to one of these charities... or $1 to all 30.... however you want to do it. Consider it a b-day gift. To take the pledge, simply let me know when you have sent your gift to the charity(-ies?) of your choice from "the list". Obviously, I can't tally how much money you gave because I can't prove it.. but I am going by the NPR honor system... I only tally the amounts that people have pledged!!!


This is a start. (in no particular order)

Send suggestions to sceneonerichmond@ g ma il. com. At some point, I'll put together a tee shirt design.... still need to figure that out.

1 William Byrd Community House Help out the kids.

2 CARITAS Richmond End Homelessness in Richmond Check out their "donate" tab... pay online

3 Homeward End homelessness in Richmond heck out their "donate" tab... pay online

4 ART 180 - "ART 180 creates and provides art-related programs to young people living in challenging circumstances, encouraging personal and community change through self-expression. Our group is based in Richmond, Virginia."

5 United Methodist Family Services "By making a gift to UMFS you can touch the life of a child or family in deeply significant ways. Your financial support enables UMFS to be a world-class leader providing human services that enable children and families to realize their hopes for the future." (Adoption, Treatment Foster Care, Residential Treatment, Support Services, and Affiliate Services.)

6 The Giving Heart (Community Thanksgiving Feast) - Providing basic needs, assistance, acceptance and opportunities to the underprivileged, elderly and those who otherwise are hindered in their desire to move forward

7 Meals on Wheels .their 40th year in Central VA ... "To provide balanced, nutritious and appealing meals to seniors, people with disabilities and disadvantaged populations. "

8 Goochland Fellowship  -- To promote the welfare and enhance the quality of life of people in Goochland County by meeting the changing and most pressing needs of its citizens.

9 READ Center a not-for-profit volunteer adult literacy program nationally recognized for the innovative adult education programs it provides to residents in the City of Richmond and surrounding counties

10 Refugee and Immigration Services (18)

11 Tri-City Literacy Council  -- provides public literacy education and service to the cities of Petersburg, Hopewell, and Colonial Heights, the counties of Dinwiddie, Prince George, Sussex and Chesterfield, and the Fort Lee Quartermaster Center.

12 Daily planet  --  provides a wide scope of health and human welfare services to the urban poor and homeless population

13 Freedom House (27)

14 HomeAgain (formerly ESI Connections)  Established in 1980, HomeAgain provides emergency shelter and transitional housing for Richmond’s men, women, children and veterans who have no place to live. HomeAgain also connects clients to community resources and assists them in developing the skills necessary to obtain and maintain permanent housing

15 Offender Aid and Restoration of Richmond - provides community managed services aimed at restoring the individual offender as a responsible member of the community.

16 Instructive Visiting Nurse Association (IVNA)  The Instructive Visiting Nurse Association is a nonprofit organization which provides high quality, comprehensive health care to people in their homes and communities and is dedicated to serving all people in Central Virginia, regardless of their ability to pay.

17 FRIENDS Association for Children  -- helps children and families achieve their potential and be productive citizens

18 Family lifeline  -- to support and build strong families for a strong community.

19 Memorial Child Guidance Clinic / ChildSavers of Richmond -- CGC has a fundamental commitment to the mental well-being of children and the positive bond between adult and child. We support this with child development education and clinical treatment services that offer reassurance, healing, and the knowledge necessary to achieve normal life and development.

20 Youth Life Foundation -- The Youth Life Learning Center of Richmond is committed to nurturing the child, strengthening the family, and rebuilding the community. We believe that early support for children helps to ensure their successful future. Our comprehensive after-school and full-summer program services aim to help children develop into leaders who positively influence their families and communities.  We make a long-term investment in each child’s academic and character development. Children enroll in the program between the ages of five and ten. These students are then eligible to remain in the program until they graduate from high school.

21Central Virgina Legal Aid Society (CVLAS) -- a non-profit organization providing legal assistance in the following areas: family law, elder law, employment and civil rights, disability and public benefits law, consumer law, and housing law

22 Children’s Health Involving Parents (CHIP)  -- to work in partnership with parents to improve the health and wellbeing of their children. CHIP has provided home visiting services to the Richmond community since 1992,  

23 Susan g. Komen Breast Cancer "Race for the Cure" -- The race is Saturday, May 12 at Brown's Island.

24 Virginia Tech Hokie Spirit Memorial Fund -- To remember and honor the victims of the tragic shootings, Virginia Tech has established the Hokie Spirit Memorial Fund to aid in the healing process. The fund will be used to cover expenses including but not limited to: Assistance to victims and their families, Grief counseling, Memorials, Communication expenses, Comfort expenses







To Take the pledge, say the following aloud...

" I <your name... or anonymous> pledge to give <amount> to <charity name>"

and then type that phrase in an email (with the blanks filled out!) and send to sceneonerichmond @

Make sure you actually send your chosen charity the amount of money you pledged, or you would be lying, which would be dishonest.

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