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JRF Grantee “STORY” Lifts Families Out of Poverty

  A young STORY participant colors and talks to a mentor while the rest of the students arrive at Saturday Mentoring. Two kids run past my car and up the steps into the Thomas Rolfe Community Center. Inside, they join a handful of other children coloring around a table. Evans, a mentor sitting at the… View Article

Smart Beginnings | Training Childcare Providers to Create a Brighter Future

Walking up the steps of the 100 year old Woodlawn Learning Center building, it smells like spring. Inside I can hear children laughing and phones ringing. Preschool registration is in full swing. It’s a short walk down the hallways to a large classroom filled with 16 bouncing three-year-olds singing and jumping along to an episode… View Article

Loving Jimmy | Crater Community Hospice

Jean Blackwell opened the front door of her home and greeted me with with a smile and a warm handshake. Stepping inside, I couldn’t help but gasp at the enormous sailfish on the wall above her fireplace. “Jimmy caught that on a business trip,” she said. I responded in amazement, “How? Where? … You can’t… View Article

Fit4Kids Teaches Through Action

Cynthia Piazza is standing at the back of a group of kindergarten-aged children and following along as a young boy leads his classmates through Vrkasana, better known to these children and many others as, “The Tree Pose.” They are practicing alphabet yoga to cool down and calm their minds after rigorous play and learning activities. Not… View Article

SwimRVA’s Learn-to-Swim Drown Proofs Hopewell

A cowbell sounds across the Hopewell Community Center swimming pool as a swim instructor announces that Dante* is moving on to Station Three. The whole room erupts into applause for Dante before returning to their lessons. Ryan Nester, the SwimRVA Learn-To-Swim Program Coordinator, is in the water supporting a student learning to float. It’s obvious… View Article