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Virginia Center For Inclusive Communities

Rating: 4.96 stars   96 reviews 3,683

Nonprofit Issues:

Civil Rights, Race

Address:

5511 Staples Mill Road Suite 202 Richmond VA 23228 USA

Mission:

The Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities works with schools, businesses, and communities to achieve success through inclusion.

Results:

During a recent 9-year period, the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities increased the number of programs and events delivered annually by over 475%. VCIC's program work has received a number of awards and recognitions: - Received Partners in Progress Award from Diversity Richmond (2015) - Named a "Top-Rated Nonprofit" by GreatNonprofits.org (2014, 2013, 2012) - Received the Pacesetter Award for Excellence from Partnership for the Future (2013) - Received the Interfaith Council of Greater Richmond's Clergy & Community Organization Award for promoting interfaith harmony (2013) - Commended in House Joint Resolution No. 790 by the Virginia General Assembly (2013) - Received the Vivian C. Mason Award from the Urban League of Hampton Roads (2012) - VCIC's Project Inclusion named "The best program we have seen in the nation for sowing the seeds of non-violence, inclusiveness and understanding in a high school population" in No COLORS: 100 Ways to Stop Gangs from Taking Away Our Communities (2012) - Named a Richmond History Maker by the Valentine for "Improving Social Justice" (2011) - Received the GuideStar Exchange Seal for organizational commitment to transparency (2011)

Direct beneficiaries per year:

over 20,000 Virginians through over 200 workshops, retreats, assemblies, and forums

Geographic areas served:

Virginia, with chapters in Lynchburg, the Peninsula, Richmond, and Tidewater/South Hampton Roads

Programs:

ALLIES INSTITUTE (Four-day retreat for college students to foster inclusion on campus) | BREAK THE CYCLE: BE THE CHANGE (Assembly program on roots of prejudice for middle schools, high schools, and colleges) | CUSTOMIZED PROGRAMS (Workshops and consultation tailored to particular needs of sponsoring institution) | DIVERSITY DIALOGUE DAY (One-day forum for high school student leaders) | EDUCATIONAL EQUITY INITIATIVE (Educator professional development to reduce racial and socio-economic achievement gap) | HAROLD M. MARSH, SR. CONNECTIONS INSTITUTE (Five-day retreat for high school students from across Virginia) | INCLUSIVE WORKPLACES INITIATIVE (Professional development for businesses and non-profits) | PREJUDICE AWARENESS SUMMIT (One-day forum for middle school student leaders) | PROJECT INCLUSION (Retreat for high school students from one school/district) | PUSHED: EXPLORATIONS INTO BULLYING (Assembly program focused on bullying for middle/high schools)

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Reviews for Virginia Center For Inclusive Communities

Rating: 5 stars   Featured Review

2 people found this review helpful

This is a top-notch organization with an incredible understanding of inclusion. Personally, I am a different person because of my exposure to the VCIC's programming and employees. I celebrate individuality, and I no longer overlook differences - I embrace them. I've seen this program figuratively and literally change lives of the students who participate and I strongly believe that this is the way to change the world.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

...If I had to make changes, I would want to see more of it. More funding, more staff, more scholarships for students to attend, just more. There is never enough of an organization like this.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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I am continually impressed with the ability of The Virginia Center For Inclusive Communities (VCIC) to effectively and efficiently carry out the mission of bridging the human divides that exist throughout our Commonwealth. The benefits created by the VCIC reach into our schools and work places, and bring peace to and among our citizens.

 
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When the purpose of an organization is to change the way people think about themselves and their community, expressing the benefits of the organization to others is challenging. When you experience the benefits first hand or vacariously through others, then expressing the benefits is a passion. The Virgnia Center for Inclusive Communities has such a purpose and the impact in our community is life changing. Through the VCIC, children and adults discover how to create an environment in which every person has the opportunity to achieve their passions and maximaize their potential as a part of the community. Throughout the year the VCIC facilitates hundreds of programs in Virginia , addressing issues such as bullying, predjudice and violence by building great citizens who in turn become passionate about building their communities. The VCIC is unique, effective, life changing and community changing.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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VCIC is about getting people together to address issues that hold them back - religion, race, gender. VCIC teaches teachers, helps student learn free from bullying and gives a chance for communities to heal. The people who work for and with the organization truly care about their neighbors and their surroundings and it has been a pleasure to be associated with them and the good work of the programs.

 
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I have had the opportuninty to speak with students who have been through VCIC programs and seen first hand the transformative nature of the experiences the organization delivers. Sitting with young people and hearing them talk with passion and an unexpected level of maturity gives you a feeling that they are going back to their schools to change attitudes and make a diffeerence. VCIC does much more, but meeting the young people who uave been to leadership programs renews my desire to help VCIC in its work.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Encourage the organization to share its message to a larger audience.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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1 person found this review helpful

Changing just a few lives can make a difference in a community, and VCIC has been impacting hundreds at a time, and thousands over the years. It is my experience that VCIC is making a difference in a palpable way and I am proud to be a volunteer and help the organizations in its mission. I have watched VCIC grow steadily over the last few years, reaching more and more people, especially students and teachers. And I have heard from many folks who say the programs have changes their perspective about diversity.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

 
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The Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities has demonstrated a committment to bringing people together and delivering educational opportunities to make our state a better place. The feedback I have received from students who have been through its programs has demonstrated life-changing experiences that make me feel like there is hope. The staff is talented and committed to the cause of promoting inclusion. I am proud to share the VCIC story and support the organization with my time.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Not only am I a VCIC board member, but I have also benefited from the services of the VCIC in both my current position at the Center for the Study of Religious Freedom at Virginia Wesleyan College, and as the director of Community Engagement at WHRO Public Media. The VCIC has delivered programming at both institutions that ranged from an anti-bullying workshop for public school guidance counselors to facilitation training for college students.

One of my most meaningful experiences was when, at WHRO, I coordinated a community town hall event to address the high school dropout problem. Two very articulate young men who attended the town hall separately, reunited as graduates of VCIC's "Emerging Leaders Institute" for high school students. Each had gone on to separate colleges and were at WHRO in their respective adult roles as mentors to vulnerable youth. One was running for city council and was working with youth in Newport News VA. The other, as a student at Norfolk State University, had started a mentoring program for vulnerable male elementary school students. Both are shining examples of emerging leaders who are giving back to their community.

 
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Wonderful, dedicate staff. Excellent and impactful programming.

 
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VCIC has been around for many years and has continued to be flexible to meet the changing needs of the community. During the past year, the fantastic staff (led by Jonathan Zur) & volunteers reached over 20,000 people in a year. The programs reach secondary schools, universities, businesses & the community at large.

 
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I have been involved with VCIC (formerly NCCJ) for close to 40 years as a program participant, partner agency. volunteer & now board member. Under the leadership of Jonathan Zur, & the staff & volunteers with whom he works, the organization has been able to respond to the needs of the community. VCIC works with the organizations to help assess & identify their difficult issues around inclusiveness & then creates programming to help address these issues. The willingness & ability to adapt programming to fit the changing needs of the agencies, schools, businesses & community at large is what makes VCIC excel in making a difference.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Jonathan Zur is an excellent speaker and facilitator. He has led an Inclusive Community Session for freshmen at Virginia Wesleyan College for two years now and each time I marvel at how he commands the attention of 400 students and effectively communicates the principles of inclusivity! We are grateful for his leadership of this exercise. It sets the tone for respect and understanding all year long.

 
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In pursuit of its motto of "success through inclusion", VCIC offers programs that are highly effective in addressing issues of diversity and inclusion. Management cover a lot of ground with limited resources, so it is a very efficient operation making the absolute most of all resources available. And in an area where results tend to be hard to measure, they focus on producing measurable results from their programs, and have hard data to show their impact in all sorts of schools, communities and organizations.

 
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VCIC is the pre-eminent organization addressing issues of inclusiveness in our region. The Executive Director and his team are extremely effective in making the most of limited resources. I frankly am amazed they can accomplish as much as they do, all while maintaining the highest level of quality and acountability in the programming. VCIC addresses a very important set of issues and is a very valuable asset to our community.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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It is a real pleasure to once again be a part of the VCIC Connections Institute staff. Each year, I travel from New Jersey to volunteer my time as I believe very strongly in the mission of the organization and am confident the program has an impact on the participants.

 
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I have been able to work alongside the folks at VCIC for a number of years. The programming provided embraces diversity in all its forms and challenges participants to look inside and empowers them to make a positive in their community.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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VCIC executes very well thought out youth programs on a wide array of topics related to diversity and inclusion. Strongly recommend the Connections Insititute for high school students.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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VCIC does the important work of helping to create safe and inclusive environments throughout Virginia. I have the distinct pleasure of working with the Connections youth leadership program. The program allows for young people to develop skills that will last a lifetime. Students who participate focus on topics related to racism, sexism, homophobia, body image and religious bias. Students take away critical skills in developing empathy and in serving as an ally to others. Students have expressed how the program has given them the opportunity to look at the world through a new lens. I believe strongly in the work of VCIC and travel from NJ to VA each year to serve alongside a dedicated staff committed to making Virginia a better, safer place for all.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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VCIC is an organization near and dear to my heart. I have worked with this group, students and other teachers in the Lynchburg area for ten years and have been part of many workshops and retreats conducted by VCIC. The students and teachers that I have worked with have come away from these programs with a better understanding of their peers and themselves and a desire to make their schools, communities and the world around them a better, more compassionate and inclusive place for all individuals. I am amazed, with each different experience, at the work this organization does.

 
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