100 Black Men of Central Virginia advocates for the elimination of the achievement gap of African American males in grades K -12 and works towards this goal directly through mentoring male students in Charlottesville and surrounding counties in Central Virginia. The nonprofit, non-partisan 100 BMOCV welcomes public involvement in its efforts to improve the quality of life within the community. Programs include weekly mentorship and tutoring sessions via Zoom; High School Scholars program; and the M-Cubed (Math, Men, & Mission Summer Academy for rising 5th through 8th graders in the Charlottesville and Albemarle public schools.
Abundant Life demonstrates God's love through holistic community development in the Prospect neighborhood.
Working alongside neighbors and friends and supported by countless organizations and volunteers, Abundant Life Charlottesville shares God's love with the Prospect community. Charlottesville Abundant Life believes in whole-family, holistic ministry, with incentive-based programming that spans from Kindergarten to senior citizens. Through long-term, lasting relationships with parents, children, and residents, we demonstrate the love of God and encourage positive community development.
After experiencing the loss of a close friend, Jamarcus Washington aka “Buck,” at the hands of gun violence, members of the B.U.C.K. Squad and other community members decided that enough was enough. The B.U.C.K. Squad was formed as a way to honor the memory of Jamarcus, but also to take accountability in their own community to stop the violence. The collective group decided to take personal action to address conflicts before they escalated to gun violence in Charlottesville, and the community responded positively to their approach. The group organizes weekly patrols as they canvass high-risk neighborhoods to assist in de-escalating any potentially violent situations, with only street knowledge and the city-sponsored training to provide tools to commit effectively to this work.
Find more information and how to support their work HERE.
Charlottesville Inclusive Media Project
The Charlottesville Inclusive Media Project was formed by Charlottesville Tomorrow, a nonprofit public service news organization; In My Humble Opinion Talk Show, an African American female-owned digital production company; and Vinegar Hill Magazine, an independent African American publishing company. The goal of the Charlottesville Inclusive Media Project is to bring more inclusive representation to local media, as the partners work together to create community connections, lift up important conversations, ground our work in service to African American communities and audiences, and build capacity for independent Black media companies and professionals.
Our mission is to end generational poverty, and to foster a culture of achievement in which all children in our community graduate from high school, ready for college or career. We accomplish this through partnerships with our parents, neighbors, organizations, schools and community. Our programs build a pathway from the cradle to college.Learn more.
DEC-UVA locates and reunites descendants of enslaved and free Black communities and their descendants at UVA; advocates for scholarships and other programs for descendants; and fosters beneficial partnerships in order to achieve restorative justice for communities rooted at UVA and surrounding regions. Learn more, support, and get involved HERE.
The DEC-UVA is always looking to connect with the potential descendants of UVA and the surrounding regions!
Lending Hands supports the formerly incarcerated in successfully transitioning back into society through employment and mentoring, transportation and housing assistance. Lending Hands works with support agencies throughout Charlottesville. The Lending Hands Tabernacle in Fluvanna County is transitional housing for women. Contact: Cherry Henley, Director / (434) 409-2932 / CLHenley3457@gmail.com. Donate through Virginia Organizing,or call for a list of current needs.
Peace In The Streets, (PITS) a gun violence reduction initiative of the Uhuru Foundation, uses a 24-hour hotline and proactive mediation and mentoring to break the cycle of gun hostilities in our city. PITS is also a pipeline to numerous resources for the black community. 434-218-2387. Donations can be made via PayPal using email@example.com or through the Uhuru Foundation. Events and updates on FaceBook.
The Burley Varsity Club is a nonprofit organization that "aims to keep the sports' history and name of Jackson P. Burley High School alive." The organization was formed in 2009 by a group of athletes, including Mr. Hollins (pictured above), who attended the all-Black school that was open from 1951 to 1967. Their focus is on the preservation of the history; recent projects include: the creation of a trophy case, erecting the Monument Wall, raising money to improve the athletic field, and the recognition of Burley as a national historic landmark. For more information, click HERE, HERE, and HERE. Follow them on Facebook. Learn about the Burley Restoration Project and donate!
The Sister Circle program at The Women’s Initiative in Charlottesville provides culturally responsive, trauma-focused mental health counseling and treatment, and offers social support that meets the unique needs of Black women and women across the African diaspora. Current Sister Circle offerings include a healing circle, yoga, dance, other mind-body healing opportunities, and a monthly newsletter.
For more information, call (434) 872-0047, or reach out through social media (buttons below!)