VIRGINIA CENTER FOR INCLUSIVE COMMUNITIES

Rating: 5 stars   74 reviews

Issues: Race

Location: 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 6-year period, the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities increased the number of programs and events delivered annually by over 370%. VCIC's program work has received a number of awards and recognitions: - Named a "Top-Rated Nonprofit" by GreatNonprofits.org (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) - VCIC's Educational Equity Initiative featured in a National Women's Law Center webinar, "Spotlight on Bullying & Harassment: The Law and One School's Response" (2012) - Named a Richmond History Maker by the Valentine Richmond History Center for "Improving Social Justice" (2011) - Received the GuideStar Exchange Seal for organizational commitment to transparency (2011)
Programs: Inclusive Communities programs include: 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
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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2013

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The Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities is run by an incredibly professional and caring staff. Through its numerous programs and commitment to inclusivenes it inspires and touhes our youth in such positive and life changing ways.

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

Life-changing

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2013

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The Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities has incredible professional leadership and effciently applies resources with great community impact. Participants routinely emerge from VCIC programs with life changing experiences and an eagerness to positively change their communities.

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I came to Connections with an inner moral conflict. I knew that I would consider the experience something new with a positive mentality, but I was conflicted with the possibility that it might just be a social experience reminding me of my "lack of a better word" strangeness. Through simple activities and mind-opening workshops, my perspective on life changed. Connections will always be considered one of the happiest moments of my life, and I consider Connections in high regard. I love what they did for me and my happiness.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

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Very Well

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2012

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VCIC is doing a wonderful job to help students understand and respect each other regardless of their ethnic or religious background. They teach leadership skills to them to deal with bullying. They also work with teachers and administrators to help them build curriculums and class rooms to not be discriminatory.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

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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?

Quite well

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2013

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I had an opportunity to participate in a program created for people at my college. I had doubts that I would learn anything new about diversity, but I was very surprised. I bonded with people that I would have typically assumed I shared nothing in common with me. Years after participating, those people are my closest friends.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

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Definitely

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Very Well

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2011

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I have been a board member of the Tidewater chapter for a number of years and have a great appreciation for the important work that is done to address the issues of race relations, inclusion and diversity. The dramatic increase in programming throughout the state and the excellent leadership of the CEO have raised the awareness of the organization and its mission. The staff is open to initiatives from the board and encourages collaboration to implement new ideas.

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I joined the board of The Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities (VCIC) because the mission of the organization resonated with my own beliefs to address prejudice, encourage leadership skills, work on issues related to inclusion and race relations as well as bullying, an increasing problem for our youth. I have heard testimony from prior participants that relayed experiences while attending programs and how it changed their view of the world as adults. I believe that the mission of the organization is more important than ever to foster positive interactions with people of all races, religions and creeds and we need to find ways and funding to expose more individuals to these positive programs.

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The mission of this organization is to promote understanding and respect on ALL issues of diversity, for ALL age groups, ALL across Virginia- To not only notice differences, but also to respect variety in race, religion and culture. It does a fabulous job of implementing these programs and making them effective-

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I began serving on the Board of VCIC roughly 12 years ago as a non paid volunteer. I devote a lot of time and other resources to this organization, and would not do so if I didn't believe in it. VCIC has improved drastically in the years that I have been a part of it, and I would attribute this to three things: 1. the leadership of our CEO and the staff 2. the diverse and dynamic group of people we have on our board 3. the mission and nature of the work that VCIC is involved in throughout the community. The number of lives that this organization touches keeps me committed to it, and I intend to remain so as long as I am able!

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Likely

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Life-changing

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2013

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VCIC is a valuable organization that is doing such important work related to respect and civility, particularly in an educational setting. The "Break the Cycle: Be the Change" program was very well-received by Sweet Briar students--it both promoted thinking and conversations and helped us to further develop programs and efforts to continue and deepen the conversation. We are in the process of exploring other program possibilities for student staff training and for faculty/staff development. Jonathan and Alison are also a delight to work with!

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A lot

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How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

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2013

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