We’re excited to announce our recent grant awarded from Capital One in the amount of $25,000 for our Ways to Work, Richmond program.
Ways to Work is an Economic Empowerment program that provides low-interest car loans to working families. It is designed to help participants move toward financial stability, increased self-sufficiency and advanced career opportunities. In addition to loan assistance, participants receive financial education and coaching – making a substantial difference in their lives.
Thank you, Capital One, for supporting the mission of HumanKind and changing lives.
We’re excited to announce our new Child Development Associate (CDA) class partnership with Central Virginia Community College (CVCC)! The college is going to provide a space for us to teach the class on their campus. This course gives early childhood educators the knowledge they need to complete the CDA exam, which is essential to earning the CDA credential that gives educators the qualifications they need to become directors and leaders in the child care community. Your contribution helps build partnerships such as this that leads to strong foundations for the future of our community — our children.
The class will run at CVCC from Jan. 14-Oct. 6, 2016, and is limited to 30 people. Learn more today!
Tonight is Over the Edge for HumanKind VIP night. We’re here at the Bank of the James watching our very first Edgers rappel down the side of the tallest building in Lynchburg, all to raise money and awareness for the individuals and families served through our programs.
Among our VIP Edgers are Bob Dendy, President and CEO of HumanKind, Board Member Malcolm Miller, WSET’s Brittany Tedder, WSET Anchor Danner Evans, and Mayor Mike Gillette.
Congrats to Brittany Tedder, our very first Edger of the evening to land after her descent down the building!
This unique fundraising event is the first of its kind to hit the city, and we’re excited to be scaling new heights for HumanKind.
Brittany Tedder is the first Edger to rappel down the Bank of the James in Downtown Lynchburg
Lace up your running shoes because our annual HumanKind June 5K & Youth Run is racing toward us! This favorite event takes place Saturday, June 20, at 8 a.m. on our beautiful Presbyterian Homes Campus.
It’s just $20 for the 5K and only $10 for the youngsters to participate in the Youth Run. Spots are quickly filling up, but you can still register today and secure yours! Not only do participants get to enjoy a scenic run and a fun time, but they get the satisfaction of knowing that they are impacting lives of those in our community while doing so.
As you might already know, April is national Child Abuse Prevention Month. In order to show our support, HumanKind’s Little Wings Preschoolers and Healthy Families clients came together on our Presbyterian Homes Campus to plant a pinwheel garden as part of Prevent Child Abuse Virginia’s (PCAV) Pinwheels for Prevention initiative.
The pinwheel serves as the national symbol for child abuse prevention and represents hope, health and safety.
We’ll be showing our support all month long in various ways, including all of our staff wearing blue on Monday, April 13. At HumanKind, we believe in the importance of children feeling safe and secure in their environment. Learn more about Little Wings Preschool and our Healthy Families program today!
HumanKind’s Ways to Work, Richmond program will be able to move more families toward a brighter future, thanks to The Community Foundation Serving Richmond and Central Virginia. The foundation awarded HumanKind a grant of $219,175 over three years to support and expand the Ways to Work, Richmond program.
“We are incredibly thankful to The Community Foundation Serving Richmond and Central Virginia for this grant,” said Mary Winston Deacon, Director of HumanKind’s Financial Support Services. “For many families in our program, owning a car is the gateway to higher paying jobs, better childcare options and self-sufficiency. Because of this grant, Ways to Work, Richmond can help more families reach their goals.”
Ways to Work is an economic empowerment program that offers short term, low-interest loans to credit-challenged families for car purchase. These loans help families find financial stability, increase self-sufficiency and advance their career opportunities. In addition to loan assistance, program participants receive financial education, coaching and wraparound services. HumanKind operates a Ways to Work program in both Richmond and Lynchburg.
The annual Virginia Association for Early Childhood Education (VAECE) conference begins in Richmond Thursday, March 19 and runs through Saturday, March 21. VAECE is an organization comprised of early childhood educators, parents, policy makers and other advocates concerned and actively involved in advancing the needs and rights of young children. With nearly 1,500 attendees, the Annual VAECE conference brings together classroom teachers, leaders, administrators and early childhood advocates from across the state. This conference provides training and workshop opportunities to help increase the quality of childcare centers and preschools in our communities.
This year, members from the HumanKind Early Childhood Development Team will be presenting seven workshops at this year’s conference – more than any other organization in attendance.
The HumanKind Early Childhood Development Team will be putting on workshops on topics including Building Parent Involvement That Stays, the HighScope Way; Partners in Play, the HighScope Way; Making Friends Today, the HighScope; Using Encouragement: Knowing What to Say, the HighScope Way; Daily Health Check; Lions, Tigers, and Toddlers, Oh My! and Facilitating Dramatic Play.
The VAECE conference starts today and will continue through Saturday, March 21.
HumanKind’s 11th Annual Spell It with HumanKind took place Friday, March 13 at the Boonsboro Country Club. Hundreds in the community came out to enjoy a fun night for a great cause! A favorite signature fundraising event, this year’s bee offered several new twists including awesome raffle prizes, Tony Camm as emcee, word categories for spellers and audience participation, just to name a few.
We are incredibly appreciative of all of the sponsors, spellers, donors, volunteers and staff who helped to make Spell It with HumanKind such a success. Because of this event and all that was raised, individuals and families in our community are buzzing on their way to a brighter future.
Last week, the Lexington Group Home hosted a Valentine’s Day Coffee House event and invited residents of the Lynchburg Adult Group Home to attend as well. Everyone who attended had a great time of fellowship and fun and enjoyed some delicious food and sweet treats!
Thanks to our generous supporters, our adult residents with intellectual disabilities are able to experience things like this and live an independent lifestyle surrounded by a strong community of friends. Learn more about our Adult Group Homes today.
This past Valentine’s Day, St. John’s Day School preschoolers decided to share the love and give back to the community by making handmade valentines to hand out to our adult residents at our Lynchburg and Lexington Group Homes as well as to our children in Therapeutic Foster Care.
The valentines were a huge hit, bringing big smiles to all who received them. We are so thankful for the kindness of these preschoolers and that they know the value of giving back in the community.
Thank you, St. John’s Day School for impacting lives in a huge way this Valentine’s Day!