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Friends of Valley Charities

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Cancer, Education, Student Services

Mission: Friends of Valley Charities is a 501(c)3 organization that has no administrative expenses and is focused on raising money to support various charities in the Shenandoah Valley and funding a scholarship for a JMU student with or directly affected by cancer. Currently we do so through organizing 5Ks and golf tournaments. Past recipients have been Women’s Heart Health, Local cancer patients, Cancer education fund, and RMH Women’s Center. Our commitment is that 100% of all event proceeds are donated locally.

Results: We have raised over $64,700. The scholarship is only 20% funded at this time but we have a Glow 5k coming up to continue to fund it.

Target demographics: cancer patients, survivors & families

Direct beneficiaries per year: 100s in our community

Geographic areas served: Harrisonburg, VA

Programs: funding a scholarship to JMU student with cancer or directly affect by cancer and we provided funds for RMH education program and gas for patients that cannot afford to travel for treatment.

Community Stories

31 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

I have made some small donations to help support the golf tournament run by FoVC. Despite the small amounts I donated, the organizers were very quick to respond to my inquiries. They also prepared a couple of banners announcing my support -- and allowed me to see and proofread them before production.

After the tournaments i supported, the organizers publicly posted the results of the tournament, how much they earned, etc. -- very transparent. Some charities can be vague, so it's nice to work with a charity that shows you where your money goes!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great cause! Want to run again with this club next time

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great run for a great cause - plan to run again next year

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love working with FVC because they are great people who never truly get the recognition they deserve. I hope to see them continue to grow in Harrisonburg and beyond in the upcoming years.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Always working hard to directly help the community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a grass-roots organization that organizes events to raise funds to support local cancer efforts. The 5Ks support a scholarship for a JMU student affected by cancer. The golf tournament raises funds for the local hospital's cancer care efforts. All funds go to charity -- there is no administrative overhead.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great 5k - very well run and great cause!! Loved with with these ladies :) I hope to work with them again next year!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization was such a joy to be apart of. I was apart of a service committee for Tro-Beta and we helped find sponsors and organize a 5k to raise money for a student affected by cancer. You can tell how much they care about helping others in any way they can. It was such a great experience teaming up with them for this event.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I worked with this organization by planning a 5k to raise money for a JMU scholarship for a student who has had/been affected by cancer. They teamed up with my organization,a biology honors fraternity, as well as a community service organization as well. They were such a joy to work with and truly cared about helping others around them. They are such a motivated organization and it truly shows. I enjoyed working with Susan and Pam very much throughout the year. They are truly great people.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love the events FVC puts on. Both the 5k run and the golf tournament are some of the most well run event I have ever attended. And the money is for such a great cause. Please keep up the good work.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

awesome glow 5k!! well run, organized, and lots of fun. i wish they would do this more often

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have participated in two of the golf tournaments held by Friends of Valley Charities. Both functions have been well attended and well organized, a testament to the organization's popularity and standards.

I have also given, individually, because I believe in Friends of Valley Charities cause and trust that any gift is used toward the advertised use. I strongly believe the founders have a heart toward helping others and that we share similar views in community outreach. I fully support this organization.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I enjoy seeing nonprofits that have a good cause, Friends of Valley Charities is one of them.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

love love love that they are helping a JMU student!!!!!!!!!!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

terrific job this charity does! i hope to see more great things in the future

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered at the glow 5k they co-sponsored last year as well as this year. It is always great fun to exercise, but have a good time doing it as well

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Friends of valley charities is so great for the Harrisonburg community. To integrate the community, the college, and philanthropy together is great

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love it when they host their 5K's and Golf Tournaments, great way to have community engagement

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great non-profit with an awesome cause. I love helping out every year!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Looking forward to another great glow 5k in 2 weeks - they always do an excellent event!