ReImagineCVA: A Community Resource Connecting Local Capacity to Local Causes
Everyone can make a difference today. We invite you to join us in a journey of reconnecting, rebuilding, and reimagining the Central Virginia Region through . What does it mean to reimagine the central Virginia region by connecting nonprofits, volunteers, donors and the community directly and actively to one another? ReImagineCVA is . . .
- A central place for learning about and engaging with nonprofits and partner organizations doing critical community building work in Charlottesville and the counties of Albemarle, Buckingham, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Madison, Nelson and Orange.
- A comprehensive directory that connects community members’ interest and capacity to invest in community solutions with those organizations where the needs are most significant.
- A one-stop online portal where “I want to make a difference” gets directly linked to “We need help”.
2020 was a year that tested the world, our nation, our local communities and the nonprofit sector in unimaginable ways. Many organizations struggled through significant challenges that required adaptability, grace, strength and shared goodwill to keep working towards missions critical to the well-being of our communities and residents. Creativity and resiliency were on full display as individuals and organizations mobilized the digital space to connect communities in need with available resources. The SupportCville site serves as a pivotal example of such impactful connections, especially in the traumatic early days when so much was unknown.
Now as we cautiously and optimistically emerge from the pandemic, communities are finding ways to rebuild and respond to the effects of the pandemic and social inequities arising from institutional racism. So many people are asking themselves “How can I make a difference today in the community I live in and love?” Many are looking for meaningful ways to move beyond individual reaction to proactively strengthen our social sector and catalyze common energy and purpose into lasting and shared transformation.
Learning from SupportCville and the value of a virtual tool that facilitates connections on a community level, the Center for Nonprofit Excellence, United Way, The Equity Center, and Thriving Cities Group teamed up to create – ReImagineCVA – an interactive online platform which includes a directory of giving and volunteer opportunities that connects donors and volunteers to community organizations needing support.
is designed to be a resource that informs the community of all the different ways to become involved with the social sector, driving board members and volunteers to where they are needed and connecting donors to the causes and initiatives that need their support. As a free and widely accessible digital tool, ReImagineCVA can help strengthen the community’s understanding of the critical work of nonprofits in our region and help all community members find tangible ways to make a difference – whether through donating dollars and items or volunteering time and skills.
ReImagineCVA is not intended to be a static site; it is designed for ongoing resiliency for whatever challenges our region faces now and in the future. Organizations listed in the directory are empowered to take ownership of their profiles and update the volunteer and donor opportunities as their needs change. Through ReImagineCVA, we are helping democratize information about the social sector by putting information about nonprofit work and needs at the fingertips of community members who want to get involved.
Together we can work toward a collective vision that brings about sustainable change in our region so that all community members can thrive. Whether you are a potential donor or volunteer, or an organization looking for assistance, a visit to our website is your first step on the ReImagineCVA journey, please join us!