Charlottesville, VA (March 29, 2016) – One of our region’s largest community projects will take place on  Saturday, April 2, 2016 beginning at 8:00 a.m. Through Building Goodness in April (BGiA), hundreds of student volunteers with the UVA Darden Graduate School of Business and numerous volunteers from the Building Goodness Foundation (BGF) will unite and spend the day restoring and renovating seven homes and two local non-profit facilities in the Charlottesville area. BGiA is honored to continue its strong collaboration with the Building Goodness Foundation and is thankful for the incredible support of local contractors in helping low- income, elderly, and disabled residents in the community. This spring, BGiA also continues its partnership with the Albemarle Housing Improvement Program (AHIP). We are collaborating to meet the needs of several on AHIP’s extensive list of low-income families in need of housing repair.

This year, BGiA will be completing improvements on seven area homes as well as two local non-profit facilities, Camp Holiday Trails, a 70-acre summer camp for children with disabilities or illness, and The Bridgeline, a day care and residence for adults with brain injuries. The work done at each of the homes is to help support elderly and/or disabled homeowners and includes work such as painting, roof repair, electrical and plumbing upgrades, and bathroom and kitchen remodeling. The homeowners include 75 year- old Jeanette, whose home has been in her family for over 50 years, and Doris, who works as a secretary at UVA Hospital and has several children and grandchildren living with her. At Camp Holiday Trails, BGiA is building a new porch and installing a handicap access ramp to a riding ring.  At The Bridgeline, volunteers will repaint the house’s interior and install new appliances for the residents’ use.  All in all, BGiA expects over 300 volunteers to be involved in the Darden School of Business’s largest student-run charity.

Building Goodness in April (BGiA) is a partnership between students of the UVA Darden Graduate School of Business and Building Goodness Foundation. Darden students manage BGiA in partnership with BGF staff, selecting projects, fundraising, and coordinating with suppliers, agencies and construction volunteers. These activities give students an opportunity to exercise their business skills in real life situations while providing an invaluable service to neighbors in need. BGiA is currently accepting referrals from the community for homes in need of repair for the April Build Day. Referrals can be sent to BGiAreferrals@gmail.com.

Building Goodness Foundation (BGF) is a Charlottesville-based nonprofit that connects skilled volunteers from the design and construction industries with vulnerable communities in Central Virginia, Colorado, Central America, the Caribbean, and West Africa. BGF volunteers build critically needed schools, health clinics, homes, and centers for ecological and economic development. BGF provides BGiA with connections to professional construction expertise, skilled labor for Build Day, collaboration on managing the event, and insurance. For more about BGF, visit www.buildinggoodness.org.

Contacts

BGF Media Contact: Alice Dontanville, 917-608-2851, adontanville@buildinggoodness.org

BGiA Media Contact: Missy Jenkins, 757-677-6867, JenkinsM16@darden.virginia.edu

For questions about the BGiA projects, contact Adam Branham, 540-850-0075, BranhamA17@darden.virginia.edu