Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities

Rating: 4.96 stars   108 reviews

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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804-515-7950
http://www.inclusiveva.org

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I have contacted and collorabated with the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities for over 3 years now. Because of their readiness to help communities our locality has been able to experience their expertise in the field of Inclusion. They are on "the cutting edge" of social research and experts at implementing that research in diverse settings. Looking forward to more work with VCIC to ease the atmosphere of bigotry rising up in our country.

 
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I first connected with the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities (VCIC) 3 years ago to inquire about their programming for high school students and how the Roanoke Valley of VA could participate with them Since then they have held trainings and meeting for and with us and collaborated with our local group to Promote Inclusion. In addition I have had the unique experience of serving on their staff for the summer residential camp program for high school youth. Knowledge, experience and professionalism characterize the VCIC staff and the programs they deliver all with a spirit of collaboration.

 
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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

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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.

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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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In January 2012, the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities launched a major campaign to inform citizens of Central Virginia about the latest trends in poverty, the history that led to concentrated poverty, and the public policy interventions needed to address poverty. I provided all of the data, historical context, and policy recommendations. The Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities, however, developed a DVD with this information and then helped to train forty facilitators to lead discussions about the information. Thanks to their excellent work, over sixty organizations including faith communities, civic organizations, public agencies, and business associations have seen the DVD and been engaged in conversations about poverty and what metropolitan Richmond must do to address this crisis. The Virginia Center is an exemplary organization with superb leadership and a record of outstanding work in the field of social justice. (John V. Moeser, Senior Fellow, Bonner Center for Civic Engagement, University of Richmond)

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?

2012

 
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