VIRGINIA CENTER FOR INCLUSIVE COMMUNITIES

Rating: 5 stars   74 reviews

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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
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Rating: 5 stars  

This Community expands your sphere of involvement. I mean that when I arrived for the week I expected to learn about racism and that it is bad, and such things as that. Instead what I learned was even though I could recognize racism I didn't recognize that it happened in my sphere. All the people I've known and will ever know I learned to take them into account and especially take people I didn't know into my sphere. To say the least my eyes were opened.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Likely

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?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities has served as an invaluable consultant in helping us as a school with our diversity and inclusion efforts around policy, admissions, faculty recruitment and retention, professional development, curriculum, and programs. In addition, for years our students have benefited from attending the Prejudice Awareness Summit and bringing back a plan to eliminate discrimination and to promote understanding of multiple perspectives.

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

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I went to VCIC's Connections summer camp and that experience has absolutely changed my life. I've made lifelong friends with all of the other kids and also the "camp counselors" which can't even be described with a title. VCIC helped to unwrap who I was hiding inside of my skin. I've had so much support even after I left at the end of the week. I will never forget all of the perfect memories, how much I cried of happiness every day, and how I was finally comfortable enough to say anything and everything about myself and my life. Everyone cared and everyone listened to each other. There is nothing else like what VCIC can offer. This is the best nonprofit organization out there.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

too many ways to express. I've gained so much confidence with who I am and have been able to express my feelings to others and help those that need it.

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

grant them more money to be able to expand and reach as many people as possible.

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

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

How did you find this group?

through school. Past students had gone, but I had no idea that it would effect me this greatly.

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

EVERYTHING. My life will never be the same again, which is a good thing. I'll always know that I can go back to anyone from that week, kid or adult, and know that I'll be supported.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I started with VCIC as an undergraduate participating in one of their programs. The organization combined many of my passions and I've been hooked ever since. I have fallen in love with the types of transformation that occur in individuals who participate in these programs. I can't help but come back to see more light bulbs come on inside people's heads. I truly think that VCIC's work is making our community and world a better place by teaching generations of individuals to respect and love the differences in each other.

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?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

In February, some of my classmates and I went to a retreat that the vcic hosted, and all of learned so much and are still applying it all in our daily lives!

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

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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1 person found this review helpful

VCIC specializes in substantive, thoughtful and transformative diversity and inclusivity training, programming and events. Their offerings include a consistent focus on measurable outcomes, whether that is marked changes in perceptions and attitudes in participants who are impacted by dialogue and engagement across lines of human difference or in measuring the indicators of progress in educational equity that result from professional development initiatives with K-12 teachers and dialogue and encounter sessions with students. Clients looking for diversity and inclusivity programming simply won't find a more intelligent, thoughtful, creative and dedicated staff than VCIC offers.

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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Rating: 5 stars  

Our school system hired VCIC to teach the staff the importance of understanding others. The idea that echoed was "You don't know what you don't know." At first many of us were frustrated and said, "Just tell us what we need to know." As the VCIC continued their program, we realized that we can only find out what we don't know by being patient and communicating with others--faculty and students alike. The VCIC's program catapulted our countywide coalition for inclusive communities, which focuses on bridging the gap by making all students feel included. Our coalition facilitated religious tolerance education, an anti-bullying campaign, and a behavior modification program. The VCIC taught us to convey inclusiveness and tolerance in out-of-the-box, creative activities.

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

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have volunteered with the VIrginia Center for Inclusive Communities in multiple capacities for 12 years. I served on one of their local boards until my career and family committments interfered with my ability to be an active and committed member. Participating in Connections and Project Inclusion are life changing events for the adult volunteer like myself as well as the students. People ask me why do I continue to volunteer and even go to multiple programs in one year, and I say that each program is it's own unique experience and everytime we are finished I am confident that we are sending out new agents of change and social justice that will make an impact in their world.

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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Rating: 5 stars  

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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Rating: 5 stars  

VCIC has excelled in programmatic excellent over the years. Due to the passionate leadership of Jonathan Zur we have had a positive impact on youth, teachers, professors, and business people. Our program presentations, camps, and trainings are considered useful and dynamic. As we continue our quest for social justice and equality, our scope has grown to include anti bullying in schools as well as promoting religious understanding, racial inclusion, and a true humanitarian approach to daily living.

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?

2012

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