How to Share Your Share

of your COVID check

 If COVID hasn’t upended your job or your finances, please consider donating the check you get, or part of it, to our own citizens, friends and families.

When giving to many of these organizations, your donation is tax deductible and may also qualify for matching funds.

 

As your donations come in, we will check in with the organizations listed here and report on your generosity. Thank you for considering taking part in this drive to enrich our community in reaction to this most difficult year.

For

COVID RELIEF

    The Community Foundation for Rockbridge, Bath and Alleghany (CBRFA) has set up a COVID relief fund in a community partnership.

    The Fund is a partnership of The Community Foundation, Main Street Lexington, Rockbridge Area Chamber of Commerce, Rockbridge Community Development Office, City of Buena Vista Economic Development Office and the Rockbridge United Way.

     Information and donation link here.

For 

ECONOMIC DIVERSITY

     The Walker Program is working to establish and support businesses owned by people of color in Lexington, Buena Vista and Rockbridge County. You can help in many ways.

     Rockbridge NAACP sponsors two programs that honor Ted DeLaney, who died Dec. 18, and Irma Thompson to support youth and educators of color in our community. Get involved and donate.

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ESSENTIAL NEEDS

    Rockbridge Area Relief Association is tirelessly helping the neediest with both food and rent assistance. Here’s how to give.

    Rockbridge Area Habitat for Humanity envisions a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Do your part by volunteering, participating or donating.

    Project Horizon works in many ways to reduce violence in our community. You can help in many different ways.

    Rockbridge Area Health Center promotes health and well-being, providing access to comprehensive, high quality and affordable health care to the insured, uninsured, underinsured, Medicaid and Medicare patients of Rockbridge County and surrounding areas. Please donate here.

    Rockbridge Area Hospice continues to provide end-of-life care across the county. How to donate or Light Up a Life.

 

    RATS – Rockbridge Area Transportation Service – provides safe and affordable rides for all Rockbridge residents. Fares are kept low with the help of grants and generous donor contributions. Learn how to help here.

For

HUMAN AND

CIVIL RIGHTS

   Blue Ridge Legal Services provides free civil legal services to low-income residents of the Shenandoah Valley. You can help by providing pro bono legal services or making a donation.

 

   Blue Ridge Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) is a non-profit organization serving our area’s most severely abused, abandoned and neglected children through recruiting, training, and supervising community volunteers who advocate for their best interests. Consider donating or volunteering.

 

    50 Ways Rockbridge partners with many local organizations and others to build a more just and caring Rockbridge through community empowerment and political activism. Its issue groups hold community rallies, conduct candidate discussions, and examine community problems and resolutions. Learn about how to get involved and donate here.

 

    50 Ways Rockbridge’s Immigration Committee administers two donation funds that help immigrants in our community. Its Immigration Legal Fund pays lawyers and fees to help those with a path to citizenship. This fund has helped people get green cards, seek asylum from violence in their native countries and become American citizens.

 

The Immigration Committee started its Driver Privilege Card Fund in response to 2019 Virginia laws that allow immigrant residents to get a driver’s privilege card and to pay in-state tuition if they have filed Virginia taxes. This fund helps them get the taxpayer identification number they need to become Virginia taxpayers.

 

The Shenandoah LGBTQ Center is a supportive network where LGBTQ people of all ages in the Shenandoah Valley and Greater Appalachia can thrive as equal, healthy, supported members of our society. Please donate to its work here.