Search Results For: "nonprofit advocacy spotlight" ( 20 results found )

ConnectVA Spotlight: Megan Rollins, President and CEO, Boaz & Ruth

Tell us about yourself. My name is Megan Rollins and I’m the President/CEO of Boaz & Ruth. I grew up in Richmond and attended Mary Baldwin College, now Mary Baldwin University. I have been with Boaz & Ruth for 10 years starting as the volunteer coordinator and have had the opportunity to learn about nonprofit management when opportunities through staff transition took place over the years. Read more →

ConnectVA Spotlight: Heather Conner, Virginia Hemophilia Foundation (VHF)

Tell us about yourself. My name is Heather Conner and I serve as the Program and Communication Director for the Virginia Hemophilia Foundation (VHF). I moved to Richmond in the 90’s to attend VCU. I started off studying Anthropology and along the way met many Religious Studies professors that captured my attention; so much so that I stuck around, took more classes and ended up with a double major. A year of service with AmeriCorps solidified my passion for serving the community and in a roundabout way led to the work that I do today as Program and Communication Director for the Virginia Hemophilia Foundation. Read more →

ConnectVA Spotlight: Susan Hill, Richmond Region Energy Alliance

Tell us about yourself. I am Susan Hill, the executive director of the Richmond Region Energy Alliance. I’ve been with the organization for 4.5 years, and I have a background in fashion and nonprofit fund development. Since I joined RREA, I became certified as a building analyst, so I also conduct our home energy evaluations. Read more →

Social Media for Nonprofits Closeup: Building Social Partnerships Panel

On May 4th, ConnectVA will present the only day-long social media conference in the region for nonprofits, government and community-based organizations! You will learn best practices, trends, and need-to-know information to connect your organization with social media to drive change. The day will feature field experts, panel discussions and a presentation and workshop from internationally-acclaimed Master Trainer, Beth Kanter, author of the “Networked Nonprofit” books. ConnectVA’s Social Media for Nonprofits Conference 2016 Becoming a Networked Nonprofit, featuring Beth Kanter 05.04.16 | 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM | $85 – $95 Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen | 2880 Mountain Rd, Glen Allen, VA 23060 Register here! Below are conversations we had with the panelists - who are leading a breakout session on “Building Social Partnerships." Learn more about: Jonah Holland | Tabitha Frizzell Treloar | Kelly Fitzgerald | Caroline Logan Read more →

ConnectVA Spotlight: Sarah Steadman, National Alliance on Mental Illness Virginia

Tell us about you: Sarah Steadman, MSW CVA, Director of Adult and Family Programs with the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Virginia. Our organization works to promote mental health recovery for Virginians through support, education and advocacy. We envision a world without stigma where everyone is able to receive the help and the support they need to live a meaningful life. Read more →

ConnectVA Spotlight: Margaret Nimmo Crowe, Voices for Virginia’s Children

Tell us about yourself. My name is Margaret Nimmo Crowe, and I am the Executive Director of Voices for Virginia’s Children. I have worked at Voices for 11 years, first as a policy analyst and now as the director for the last two years. Our mission is to champion public policies that improve the lives of Virginia’s children. Read more →

ConnectVA Spotlight: Becky Boswell, Autism Society Central Virginia

Tell us about you.  My name is Becky Boswell and I joined the Autism Society Central Virginia as Executive Director in January 2014.  I have been working for and with individuals with autism and their families for the past twelve years. I previously served as the Outreach Coordinator for the VCU Autism Center for Excellence (VCU-ACE) and worked as the Community Outreach and Action Groups Coordinator for Commonwealth Autism Service. I also have fifteen years of experience in early childhood education, as both a Preschool Teacher and Director. I received my Bachelor of Arts degree from Virginia Tech and my Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from Averett University. Read more →

ConnectVA Spotlight: Barbara Herzog, Henrico CASA

Get to know Barbara Herzog - Executive Director for Henrico Court-Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) and this week's ConnectVA Spotlight! barbaraherzoghenricocasacrop   Tell us about yourself. My name is Barbara Herzog, and I’m the Henrico CASA Executive Director.   I became the Executive Director in 2008 after being promoted from Volunteer Coordinator to Program Director in 2004.  Prior to joining the staff, I served as a volunteer Court-Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for seven years.  I have been active in responding to child-related issues for over thirty-five years.  During this time, I worked with high-risk children as a daycare provider for low-income parents, peer counselor, parenting mentor, respite provider, and foster parent.  I have also represented the interests of this vulnerable population by serving on multiple committees and task forces addressing their well-being, including serving on the Governor’s Advisory Board on Child Abuse and Neglect.  A hundred years ago, I graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Parsons School of Design. What is the focus of your work? Each year, hundreds of children in Henrico County come to the attention of the court system because they have been abused or neglected.  These children need someone to ensure they are not lost in the maze of social workers, attorneys, and judges charged with protecting their welfare.  Henrico CASA provides trained volunteers to advocate for these at-risk children during their involvement in juvenile court.  Our volunteer advocates are empowered to fully investigate each child’s situation and provide the judge a thorough report with recommendations for placement and services. Our program is able to harvest the power of everyday citizens who use their knowledge, training and common sense to provide powerful advocacy while representing abused and neglected children who remain with their families or are placed in foster care.  Frequently, the CASA is only constant in the child’s life during this tumultuous time. What do you find most rewarding about your work? Every nonprofit’s story contains the words we are making a difference.  One of the things I love about working with our CASA volunteers is their amazing ability to make a discernible life-altering difference for every child they serve.  All I have to do is go to court with one of them, and I instantly know it is all worth it – endless meetings, every late night, and another dollar raised to keep our program strong.  While every child we serve does not end up in a fairy tale, the involvement of our volunteers always ensures that they are at the very least safe and in an improved situation. Tell us about your biggest accomplishment in this position. I am so proud of our program’s commitment to serving every referred child and ensuring that they are not reabused while assigned to a CASA volunteer.  It has not been, nor will it ever be, easy.  During periods of rapid growth – our staff numbers took time to catch up with the workload, our board had to learn to respond to our needs and truly become a governing board, and somehow we had to recruit enough volunteers, class-after-class.  What I have learned from it all is that every nonprofit needs a hero and sometimes they need three or four.  I am so thankful for those who step up each and every day to help us fulfill our mission. What’s coming next for your organization that really excites you? By combining a variety of part-time job responsibilities into one position, we have recently hired a full-time development manager.  I am very excited about the possibilities this position opens for our agency, including growing our funding from individual donors! How are you leveraging ConnectVA to achieve your mission? Our program regularly uses the ConnectVA platform, including the Community Calendar to promote our events and training, the Job Posting list to recruit high-caliber staff, and we also make use of the Item/Needed-Available listing to give and receive. Anything else you would like to share? Have you always wanted to make a difference in the lives of our future – our children?  Our program always needs dedicated volunteers to work as advocates for children, board members, advisors and to help with community events.  Check us out at www.henricocasa.org!               Read more →

User Spotlight: Scott Garka, CultureWorks

Get to know Scott Garka - President of CutlureWorks, and this week's ConnectVA User Spotlight! Tell us about yourself. I?m Scott Garka, President of CultureWorks.  Prior to joining CultureWorks in January, I was the Senior Director for Consulting Services for a nonprofit healthcare consulting company. Prior to VHQC, I spent over 20 years in the… Read more →

User Spotlight: Allison Gilbreath, Prevent Child Abuse Virginia

Get to know Allison Gilbreath, Community Engagement Manager, with Prevent Child Abuse Virginia. Tell us a little about yourself and your organization. I am a native of Chesapeake, Virginia but fell in love with Richmond, while attending VCU as an undergraduate. In search of my purpose in this world I interned at the Virginia General… Read more →