Virginia Commonwealth University's (VCU) Council for Community Engagement awarded a grant to A Welcoming Richmond, a partnership of the School of World Studies, the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs, The Bridge Community Development Corporation (Bridge CDC) and the City of Richmond Office of Multicultural Affairs to help immigrants prepare for their citizenship exam and help reduce citizenship fees. http://www.community.vcu.edu/2014/05/12/six-programs-awarded-community-engagement-grants/
The Bridge CDC is Championing the Cause for Citizenship by participating in the VCU Broad Street Mile, http://www.vcubroadstreetmile.com/ Run or walk the 5K or participate in one of the 1-Mile theme races. Join The Bridge CDC's team, and your donation will pay for a student's semester. $15 can pay for class room materials for one student. $30 can pay for one student's Naturalization Application consultation, $50 can pay for one child's semester of nutrition education and activities.
Check out what the Richmond Times-Dispatch had to say about the great work of The ECN (ESOL):
Excellent! Our Executive Director was named a Hometown Hero:
Helped to spur and now helping to grow the culture of shopping locally, ShopRVA:
"When will there be change you can see? Change is on-going, and those who roll up their sleeves to make things happen have a clearer view of the changes than those who sit back and wait for it. We all must simply decide to try to evoke change where we can. Change one person, you can change a community. If you change your community, you can change the entire city."
~~Joy Harris, Chair~~
Volunteer of the Quarter: Brenda Davis
Brenda (Bre) Davis is a full-time employee of Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) where she specializes in government acquisitions. She has been a federal government employee for 4 years and also served on active duty with the U.S. Army for 4 years. She has been a member of the Virginia Army National Guard for the past 3 years where her military occupational speciality is 68J Medical Logistics Specialist. Bre involves herself in community service no matter where she is and feels that "volunteering is essential to the community and The Bridge is naturally a good fit because of my background and experience". Bre is currently in charge of organizing fundraising events such as our highly anticipated Speed Dating event in March. We would like to thank Bre for dedicating her time and talents to our organization.