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Amazement Square is Central Virginia’s first multidisciplinary, hands-on children’s museum! Climb, slide & discover as you make your way through four floors of exciting, interactive exhibits, activities & programs. Visitors of all ages, backgrounds & abilities can explore global & regional topics, the arts & humanities, science & health-related themes, as well as expand their creativity. For every $15 donated, a deserving local youth will receive a scholarship entry into the Amazing Mile Children’s Run.
CASA OF CENTRAL VIRGINIA:
CASA of Central Virginia is a nonprofit organization that recruits everyday heroes to advocate for abused and neglected children in the greater Lynchburg area. Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers are trained and supported by our staff. They are from diverse backgrounds and vary in age. The common thread....their passion for making a lifelong difference for children. Since 1989,CASA of Central Virginia has helped more than 4,900 children with more than 670 volunteers. Many children can't run from abuse. We dare you to move,to get involved, to make an impact, and help change your community for the better.
GIRLS ON THE RUN OF CENTRAL VIRGINIA AND BLUE RIDGE:
Girls on the Run® is dedicated to creating a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams.
Meeting twice weekly in teams of 8-15 girls, we teach life skills through dynamic, interactive lessons and running games. The 20-lesson curriculum is taught by certified Girls on the Run coaches and includes three parts: understanding ourselves, valuing relationships and teamwork and understanding how we connect with and shape the world at large.
Running is used to inspire and motivate girls, encourage lifelong health and fitness, and build confidence through accomplishment. Important social, psychological, and physical skills and abilities are developed and reinforced throughout the program. At each season's conclusion, the girls and their running buddies complete a 5k event which gives them a tangible sense of achievement as well as a framework for setting and achieving life goals. The result—making the seemingly impossible, possible, and teaching girls that they can.
LYNCHBURG DAILY BREAD:
For 39 years, Lynchburg Daily Bread has provided a free, hot meal every day of the year from our commercial kitchen in downtown Lynchburg. We are adapting due to COVID-19 and are serving all meals “to-go” with minimal contact. In 2020, we served 115,478 meals to the homeless and hungry of our community, the most ever in our history. Our office hours are 6:30am-12:30pm, 7 days a week.
We serve a free, nutritious lunch 365 days a year
Everyone is welcome
Guests may have as many servings as they wish
More than 98% of our food is donated from local colleges, grocery stores, restaurants, etc.
Thanks to the generosity of our community partners, we receive approximately 800 pounds of food per day. In Fall of 2013, we started a meals outreach program to reach outlying areas of Lynchburg and the surrounding counties with excess food and meals. Our goal is to save more food from the landfills by connecting with new restaurants, stores, and farmers and take it to people in need.
The purpose of Miller Home of Lynchburg, Virginia is to provide short term or long term care and guidance to girls, ages two through twenty one, who cannot live with their families. Miller Home seeks to provide these services within a supportive, non-institutional environment, which encourages each girl to grow and develop her highest potential. It is the goal of Miller Home to assist its residents in becoming responsible productive citizens. The trademark of our operation is the simple fact that we conduct our program solely on voluntary contributions. Governmental funding is never accepted, and we rely completely upon the generosity of individuals, churches, businesses, and other who financially support our work.
MIRIAM'S HOUSE: We work to end homelessness by connecting families with stable, affordable housing and providing the skills and support that lead to self-sufficiency. Our Housing First approach provides the foundation for individuals to rebuild their lives, access needed services, obtain employment and integrate productively into the community.
We believe that housing is a basic human right and that virtually all people can be successful in housing with the proper combination of supports. Our staff is trained to provide interventions aimed at resolving housing barriers and preventing families from returning to homelessness.
A Center for Grieving Children is an organization dedicated to serving the unique needs of grieving children and their families through support and education. The foundation of Kids' Haven's philosophy is built on the beliefs that grief is a natural reaction to the death of a loved one; within each person is the capacity to heal; caring and acceptance assist the healing process; each person grieves in his / her own way and in his / own time; and sharing with others in a safe and supportive environment allows children to learn about grief and to participate fully in their own journey to recovery.
PARKVIEW COMMUNITY MISSION:
Park View Community Mission offers help, healing, and hope in one of the poorest zip codes in the state of Virginia. Our mission is to restore the lives of families and communities by building relationships and providing life-changing resources through five programs. We give help through feeding programs. Food for Families, Food for Thought, and the Park View Cafe meet the most basic needs of children and families. We provide healing through the Life Skills Institute, free classes teaching practical skills to build a bridge out of poverty. We offer hope by building mentoring relationships and making connections through our Community Resource Center. We know knowledge and encouragement brings hope. With your help we will alleviate hunger and move people toward self-sufficiency. Would you make it your mission to help us with ours?
YMCA OF CENTRAL VIRGINIA:
The YMCA of Central Virginia is a charitable nonprofit organization committed to strengthening the community by creating equitable access. The YMCA's mission is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind, and body for all.