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Nelson County and Beyond!

Shaele Wood and I attended a meeting of Nelson County nonprofits at the Rockfish Valley Community Center last week, which was put on by the Nelson County Community Foundation and the Center for Nonprofit Excellence. United Way-Thomas Jefferson Area serves the City of Charlottesville, and Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa and Nelson Counties, but because our focus is on health and human services, and those tend to be located in the population center of Charlottesville, we don’t often have the opportunity to meet face to face with those involved in serving residents of those counties outside of Albemarle.

It was nice to be able to learn about the rich variety of nonprofits in Nelson County, many of which focus on the arts, nature, and local history. Shaele was able to encourage those present to develop projects for the Day of Caring and also to list their volunteer needs on www.cvillevolunteer.org. We look forward to similar meetings in Louisa, Greene and Fluvanna Counties.

In preparing for the meeting I got to thinking of all the ways we can help nonprofits beyond our annual grants: the Volunteer Center, the Initiative for Nonprofit Excellence; the Information and Referral Center; and the United Way Awards of Nonprofit Excellence. In addition, we offer low-income and at-risk clients of nonprofits many resources like bilingual outreach; the RxRelief Prescription Assistance Program; Child Care Scholarships; Earn Income Tax Credit outreach and help for school children through The Santa Fund. Whew! That is quite a list and it makes me feel proud to be able to go out and represent the United Way in the community.

Posted by Kim Connolly.

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