The Benevolence Committee reviewed letters and requests over the last several months and is happy to share information about some of this years recipients. Look forward to ongoing posts and updates!
Mediation Center of Charlottesville
This past year, MCC’s work helped 527 children and their parents and many who the Mediation Center of Charlottesville (MCC) assists are from the local lower economic quartile. Important support from Westminster very much assisted our direct outreach to this group and the elderly within it. While much of MCC’s work involves mediating child custody and visitation issues between separating parents (a process that often dissipates anger and the conditions that may lead to domestic abuse), MCC was also able to conduct mediations covering complex family issues concerning the elderly. MCC is the only not for profit agency providing such mediation services in Charlottesville.
International Rescue Committee (Charlottesville)
The International Rescue Committee in Charlottesville (IRC) helps refugees fleeing war and violence to rebuild their lives in safety and security. IRC provides initial resettlement services, including housing, case management, English classes for adults and school enrollment for children, and access to healthcare as well as ongoing support such as job readiness training and employment, cultural orientation and life skills education, immigration services, and the New Roots program for gardening, farming and health and nutrition workshops. More than 80% of newly arrived refugee families are self-sufficient through employment within six months of arriving in the U.S.
Emergency Food Network
The Emergency Food Network provides food for three days of nutritious, balanced meals to residents of Charlottesville and Albemarle County. We include staples and fresh items including milk, bread and cheese. In addition, we offer fruits and vegetables for our clients’ selection. Clients do not need to meet any qualifications, and they receive their food the same day they ask for it. This service is essential to the surprisingly large food-insecure population in our area, 17.4% in Charlottesville and 10 % in Albemarle. Many clients rely on our food monthly. Thank you for supporting our mission!