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Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Civil Rights, Intergroup & Race Relations, Leadership Development, Race

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

Results: Since 2006, the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities increased the number of programs and events delivered annually by 1,500%, and the organization has been recognized locally and nationally for its effectiveness. VCIC's Project Inclusion program is noted in the book "No COLORS: 100 Ways to Stop Gangs from Taking Away Our Communities as “the best…in the nation for sowing the seeds of non-violence, inclusiveness and understanding in a high school.”

Target demographics: schools, businesses, and communities

Direct beneficiaries per year: 28,500 Virginians through 528 workshops, retreats, assemblies, and forums

Geographic areas served: Virginia, with chapters in Lynchburg, the Peninsula, Richmond, and Tidewater/South Hampton Roads

Programs: workshops, retreats, and customized programs that improve academic achievement, increase workplace productivity, and enhance local trust.

Community Stories

156 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

5 Ally D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with this great nonprofit for 16 years. It is an extraordinary organization that advocates inclusion, decries bullying and racism and through its many programs engages with schools, businesses and communities to promote these values. I am proud to have been a volunteer and board member both on the Peninsula and state level for this organization and the wonderful staff that carry its mission.

Chris Zambas

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Board Member

Rating: 5

This outstanding organization focuses on diversity, inclusion, and equity, and I am consistently amazed and impressed at the top-notch programming, leadership, and engagement of VCIC in the community.

1 jojosmurph

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with VCIC as a participant, volunteer &/or chapter member since I was a teenager. VCIC continues to evolve & grow to provide services to make our community a more inclusive place for all.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

VCIC continues to grow & adapt to meet the needs of the community it serves. The staff, led by Jonathan Zur, is committed to the organization's mission & enthusiastically & professionally provides needed services to partner schools, agencies & businesses.

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1 sarajo

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities changes lives by providing programs on
race relations, inclusion, diversity and leadership for students, educators and businesspeople.
I have observed these programs in action and have witnessed the impact on the participants and audience to be more inclusive of others. The need for this type of organization is more important than ever in today's world to teach individuals to be kind and welcoming to people of all races, religions, gender, etc.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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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Board Member

Rating: 5

I should not be amazed by their performance, but I am. The VCIC continues to improve and excel at working to bring Virginians together. Each year they get better and reach more people. I love the purity of the organization and their focus on their goals. Although they could, the VCIC does not rest on their laurels, as they work to lead the way in bringing about inclusion and dialog with life changing programs.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have serious concern for the lack of unity that our nation is going through and consequently what my children will have to live through. One of the few things that continues to give me hope is the VCIC. They remain unshaken and still focused on a purpose and cause, which can bring us out of the turmoil. In fact, the VCIC is the only organization that I know of that is capable of, and is taking on, this critical task. This is an organization that deserves all of our support. I continue to be proud and excited to support this wonderful organization and ask that others check it out and support it also.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have known about the VCIC for over 25 years, but it was not until I became a recipient of its Humanitarian Award in 2011 that I came to fully grasp its mission and accomplishments. What other organization, at least in Virginia, has as its mission the strengthening of individuals, educational institutions, businesses and government by teaching intentional methods to promote diversity and inclusion? With the resurgence of religious and ethnic bigotry in recent years, the beacon that is the VCIC has shone brighter than ever and its services have never been in greater demand. It is an extremely well run, lean organization deserving of all the help I can give it.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The work of this well-run nonprofit is difficult to explain but in my 72-year lifetime it has never been more important. The VCIC helps individuals, governments, educational institutions and businesses be successful through diversity. VCIC-developed programs are replicated by similar organizations across the country. It does crisis-intervention work, holds regular workshops and retreats for high schools and colleges, advises municipal governments and provides training sessions for businesses. The fees is charges those who can pay do not cover its expenses; it is a not-for-profit organization. The VCIC is a strong voice not only calling for inclusion but teaching us how to achieve it.

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1 Glenn C.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities continues to provide excellent educational and practical resources for schools, businesses, and individuals in order to foster a more equitable society. I have thoroughly enjoyed my work with them over the years. Even more importantly, I enjoy hearing about the amazing work that many of the students and faculty members are doing after taking part in their programs over the years.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

VCIC does a tremendous job of raising awareness around issues of prejudice and inclusion throughout the state. The programs for youth and adults are highly engaging and interactive and truly result in people giving deeper thought not only to their own actions but to the systems of bias that remain in place today.

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1 martyeinhorn

Board Member

Rating: 5

VCIC is an amazing nonprofit which serves the entire Commonwealth of Virginia. Under the direction of Jonathan Zur, the staff provides outstanding and much needed programs across the state to promote inclusiveness and diversity in schools, businesses and communities in general. This work is never ending and the amazing staff at VCIC brings fresh perspectives and ideas to keep the programming current and engaging for the participants.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

VCIC is a dynamic organization which provides excellent programming throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia regarding diversity, inclusiveness, anti-bullying, racial, gender and religious biases. These programs are offered in the schools, private and public businesses and to any organization seeking to educate and dialogue with their staff and constituents. VCIC fills a vital role in helping to make Virginia's communities more diverse and inclusive.

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1 Melissa P.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have learned so much from VCIC. The organization has helped me grow personally and professionally.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization offers solutions to the problems of society. My life has been changed in a positive way. Thanks to VCIC, I recognize my privilege and have taken steps to bring change.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

This nonprofit is informative, bold and necessary in today's world. I love how it teaches that everyone has value and helps others see things from different perspectives! Great work with companies, schools and communities. It is a nonprofit that is transforming and improving our communities.

1 Michele122

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Virginia Center for Inclusive communities leads initiatives and workshops that are life-changing. I have always left their events a better person. Their work is an essential component in making the world a more inclusive place to live in. Thank you VCIC for everything you do to support schools, communities, and organizations world-wide.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Excellent! I always leave VCIC programs a better person. It is simply life changing!

Melissa K.3

Board Member

Rating: 5

VCIC helps the community through a variety of channels, events, and partnerships; through training and educational events/activities, special events, community forums, and many other avenues as needed. Individuals of all faiths, ages, abilities, and backgrounds are supported by VCIC and the community is able to gain a new/deeper understanding of diversity and inclusion because of VCIC.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Incredible organization that offers programs and services to so many; to include youth, non-profits, and businesses. I have had the fortune to see positive impacts through the annual Prejudice Awareness Summit, Workplace Inclusion Network series, Humanitarian Dinner, and many more events/partnerships.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Having been associated with this organization for as long as I can remember, due to directorship excellence we are at the top of our game.

Suffice it to say in a disconnected world, VCIC has been, is currently, and will remain an honest purveyor of truth through excellent leadership from the CEO, committed board members and sorely needed mission.

Delivery of the message of inclusion is through multiple programs honed and improved over many years since the founding many generations ago.

Sarah C.9

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities leads the way in working to make Virginia a more welcoming and inclusive place. They're diversity, equity, and inclusion training is thoughtfully and brilliantly done.

1 qtschneider

Board Member

Rating: 5

VCIC's work to make our community an inclusive place is priceless! They continue to open up minds and eyes, young and old. The lives they touch will impact generations to come. Thank you VCIC!!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I was a teenager when I first encountered VCIC and 25 years later, VCIC is still impacting my life and the life of others. The work this organization does is priceless and can not always been seen immediately. I am proud and honored to be apart of the work VCIC does in Virginia.

1 Miriam D.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Outstanding management insuring outstanding service to the community across the state.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a part of many boards and non-profits. VCIC is superbly run and focused on today's critical need: for our communities to respect all citizens, learn and work on bias that we all have, and equip our young people to be me open and accepting of all types. Current times create a real need for this work and VCIC is doing it!

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Board Member

Rating: 5


This organization is committed to addressing all forms of biases and prejudices where ever they exist.

Patty Heath

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have never seen a more dedicated or hard working Executive Director. The work done by VCIC over the years in schools and workplaces may have prevented some real tragedies in Virginia.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am so impressed with the leadership of this organization. I have witnessed their dedication and hard work. I am just so happy that a successful organization like this exists to improve the culture inside our schools while the school administrators focus on the academics.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

VCIC assists schools with issues of equality. In today’s world, with staff and students balancing tweets, news and the school world, VCIC brings tools to assist.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I find VCIC courageously entering difficult “spaces” and doing the things most needed to build real community: holding the hard conversations and helping to construct diverse relationships; building bridges across ethnic communities, across socio-economic levels, across religions, across races, across genders! --- Those are the spaces where I find VCIC in our region! Besides training middle school students and high school students and regional corporations on diversity and inclusion, VCIC is leading the RVA table talk series, bringing multiple communities and cultures to the table to discuss diversity and inclusion. VCIC is collaborating with the Greater Richmond Age Wave Coalition to help our communities understand the impact and health crisis of “ageism”. VCIC has taught tutors and teachers at the READ Center, helping tutors to understand implicit bias and to think about how to be inclusive when teaching adult students from multiple cultures who struggle with low-level literacy. Because I’ve met new friends and know existing friends in all these spaces who say VCIC’s efforts make a difference in their lives, then I want to be in these spaces, too. So, I eagerly volunteer with VCIC! I know that giving time and resources to VCIC contributes to increased inclusion for all in our region.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I rate VCIC as "far exceeds expectations" because VCIC is changing multiple generations and multiple cultures, helping us to see, hear, value, and actively support each other! I have assisted with facilitation of small groups at VCIC's Predjudice Awareness Day, Diversity Dialogue Day, and at the week long summer Connections Institute. What impressed me most about VCIC at these sessions for middle school and high school students, is how effectively VCIC is able to take students from awareness to desire for change; and then from desire for change to personal engagement and action planning to make change happen! I am encouraged to see this younger generation commit to a future where multiple cultures and people groups are openly embraced and accepted and where the beauty of diversity is a foundation belief. But, that's not all! I desired to see my generation (boomers) more effectively engaged and helping to drive change needed in our very segregated communities and schools! VCIC agreed to facilitate 3 workshops at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (a community of those 50 and older with a passion for lifelong learning) where participants engaged in open conversations about race and priviledge. Participant feedback was all positive -- describing the process that VCIC uses and the expertise demonstrated as very effective at making participants aware of issues and of their own need to know and understand and accept others of different cultures and backgrounds better. I have seen the same thing happen at the Standing Together RVA community events, where participants from various religious backgrounds have come together to pledge support for each other and for those marginalized in our society. And, finally, I have personally become more aware of my own biases and I have committed to making the changes needed to fully embrace inclusion.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been working with this nonprofit in a volunteer capacity for nearly a decade, and don't have enough good things to say about them. The CEO and all of the staff care intensely about the mission of inclusiveness, and work tirelessly to create new programs and improve already existing ones. I was a delegate at one of their programs when I was a student myself, and was inspired by my personal experience to return to the same camp. I continue to volunteer because I see the students changed from what they experience at these events each time that I participate. The world is a more thoughtful, generous, and caring place because of this organization.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities came to my institution, changed the way we thought, and created a phenomenal action plan for us to follow once they conducted their workshops. It was impactful, timely, and relevant. Our institution has become a more inclusive place because of them.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Tremendous team of people doing outstanding work in a very important area - diversity and inclusion. They cover a lot of ground with limited resources and make the absolute most of every dollar available for their programming. They offer life-changing perspectives on achieving success through inclusion - something that is in high demand in these days of increasing divisiveness in our society.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

VCIC is the only organization in Virginia of which I am aware that is dealing directly with very difficult issues of prejudice and lack of cultural awareness. These issues are of great importance in helping our communities create opportunities for all and eliminate the great social and economic cost of prejudice. The management team is by far the most effective I have had the experience of working with. They are devoted, tireless and extremely efficient and effective. I consider myself very fortunate to have the opportunity to assist them.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The VCIC is a non-profit that is extremely well managed, with input and participation from many community partners and local board members. Your support for the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities has a great and lasting impact on the success of our citizens and the positive growth of our community.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities sets the standard for effectiveness and efficiency in building and supporting successful, peaceful and productive communities.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have collaborated with VCIC across three school systems as a teacher and administrator. They have facilitated staff training and development and student workshops and awareness with tremendous results! Bringing teams of students to the Diversity Dialogue Day and Prejudice Awareness Summit should be mandatory for all schools! I have seen first hand the changes in students that result from these experiences and the most powerful aspect is that VCIC encourages student lead initiatives by having the students create action plans to implement at their schools. There is no way to leave a session with VCIC without understanding a new perspective and growing in empathy.

Board Member

Rating: 5

This organization is truly committed to education and equality. I am a donor, a participant and a life-long supporter of their great work in the community.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

VCIC works non-stop in the greater Richmond area (and throughout the state of Virginia) with a vast variety of groups (youth, schools, corporations, non-profits, public sector, etc.) to educate and build inclusivity. Jonathan Zur is a wonderful leader for this organization and the staff are all dedicated and committed to their mission and to helping others. THANK YOU VCIC!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

VCIC provides ground-breaking workshops that help educate and inform our community. They are friendly, accessible, and educated about diversity in all of its forms. We are so appreciative of their work in our community and the greater areas!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

VCIC does what few or perhaps no other organization does in our State.... It is on the front lines to actively educate the community, especially youth, to become aware and to confront and combat racism, religious intolerance, and any other forms of discrimination which tear down the fabric of society. We are grateful for tireless dedication of the leadership and staff of the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

As a school counselor I took a group of 8th graders to the prejudice awareness summit. It was an awesome experience -- well run and through provoking!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I started as a counselor and am now serving as a board member. I have had the opportunity to see this organization grow and become the outstanding leader in opening minds and hearts of all individuals who have had the pleasure of participating in any of the workshops, seminars, etc. I have observed teens arrive for said programs with little enthusiasm and leave excitedly enriched and wanting to continue to share their experiences with others. This organization knows how to "reach" participants like no other!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

VCIC is an incredible organization. We've had the opportunity to work with them during workshops with our faculty and staff and our students. All programs are facilitated in a professional, respectful manner which allows for sharing and growth. Each member of their staff is compassionate and gives 110% to the people with whom they are working. The topics addressed can be very personal and revealing, but thru their facilitation it is done in a non-judgmental, reflective way that allows for personal and organizational growth.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My students in Newport News Public Schools grow every time we attend a VCIC program. Through the Project Inclusion experience over the last 5+ times my students have participated even those students that appeared to be closed off to the experience took something away from it.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Incredibly great resources, information, and advocacy for the "little man"

2 Herb3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Eight years ago, I had my first experience with VCIC as an elementary principal. The school division mandated that all instructional leaders attend a workshop on educational equity and inclusive practices. I was pleased that the county recognized the need for such training, but was pessimistic that a one day workshop would do justice to such a robust topic. To my surprise, VCIC superseded my expectations. The facilitators, content, materials and activities were highly useful and very engaging. I was so impressed that I took Jonathan Zur up on his offer to bring the training to my elementary school. The entire staff embraced the training and realized that we just did not know, what we did not know to really have an impact on ALL of our students. Throughout the workshop, teachers felt empowered in ways that reminded us all why we got into education. Jonathan and the team from VCIC provided ongoing training throughout the school year that motivated, educated and inspired the entire school community. Our school experienced increased student performance, decreased discipline, and a culture emerged that made our school a great place to learn and a rewarding place to teach.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization has helped my students and I develop knowledge on a variety of issues related to diversity. Without this organization Newport News Public Schools would miss out on a great opportunity for our youth. VCIC is helping shape the future of our students and future citizens.

1 Katie135

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

2 Cynthia111

Client Served

Rating: 5

Incredible support, organized and expert staff!

VCIC is a priceless resource for the Virginia community. Particular to my experience, their engagement with schools public and private means a consistent, professional and up-to-the-moment cultural competency message for youth around the region -- and (maybe more importantly) for faculty and administrators who MUST toe the mark on equity, empathy and inclusion in schools to give our students the 21st century skills we promise as educators. VCIC can make an educator's job easy in this respect. They are so willing to collaborate, meet groups where they are, invent paths in previously untrod areas of professional development, and be a real partner in education. I am so grateful for their work and look forward to years of partnership to come. THANK YOU.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

VCIC is one of the best run nonprofits I've experienced. The executive director oversees a very professional staff that conducts programs and provides consulting services that are prepared to best practices standards, well organized, and yield effective outcomes. The Commonwealth of Virginia is a better place for all of its citizens due to the important and outstanding work of this organization to create a path for inclusiveness for all.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

VCIC is an outstanding organization that promotes inclusion and understanding around topics of diversity. I first got involved with the organization when I went on a 5-day retreat with high school students. We spent time getting to know each other and discussing topics like race, gender, religion, and sexual identity. These can be challenging topics to talk about, yet VCIC facilitators provided a safe environment in which student delegates and facilitators could learn from one another. I have become a better person and better community member from being a part of this organization and I have witnessed positive change in my students and the high school in which I teach. VCIC has an important vision and they excel at the work that they do.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities for about 8 years and I will continue volunteering with this organization as long as I am able. I was introduced to the organization when the high school at which I teach participated in a 5-day program in order to learn about diversity and inclusion; I have kept coming back ever since. I have experienced personal growth as an educator and I have witnessed growth in students, other teachers, and my school community, because of programs that VCIC has conducted. Their programs are the perfect recipe of content learning and the sharing of personal experiences. The people in this organization are passionate about what they do are incredibly professional in their delivery of life-changing programs.

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2 Michael250

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a serial volunteer, I haven't worked with any organization non-profit or otherwise who is as dedicated to their mission. VCIC spends time not only providing challenging and life changing work through out the state of Virginia but they spend equal time empowering their volunteers to celebrate and champion inclusion and diversity in their communities, and work places. LOVE LOVE LOVE VCIC

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

By far the best volunteer experience I've had. Great opportunities to learn and develop leadership, facilitation, and community development skills. Amazingly empowering staff. Great, great, great

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Best experience of my life!!! So eye opening and educational! I met wonderful life long friends and I wish everyone could have the same great experience I did!! Everyone deserves to learn what this non profit teaches.

2 Cassidy E.

Client Served

Rating: 5

VCIC changed my life! I went to connections when I was 15 and I completely found myself there. I discovered that I wasn't alone, and that I was valid. I don't know what my life would be like if I hadn't gone to connections.

1 Guy L.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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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Board Member

Rating: 5

Wonderful, dedicate staff. Excellent and impactful programming.

1 Jo__3

Board Member

Rating: 5

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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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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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Board Member

Rating: 5

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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Board Member

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities (VCIC) has been extremely successful in working with middle schools, high schools, colleges and businesses in helping students and employees become more understanding of the beliefs of others. It provides individuals with the strategies to work with individuals and groups on both sides of issues to provide a more harmonious school and workplace regardless of whether the issue is racial, cultural, religious, or ethnic misunderstanding. One principal told me that VCIC "had a greater impact on the culture of his high school than any other activity since he had been working at that school."

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been affiliated with VCIC for about 10 years, first as part of my job at another non profit and after my retirement as a volunteer. As an educator I have seen VCIC bring about great and greatly needed change in several Virginia schools and school systems. The change can be seen in the administration, teachers and students in both academic and social issues. I am very proud to be part of this organization.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been involved with VCIC for over 10 years. Serving in the capacity of board member, philanthropic supporter, and program participant if have witnessed exponential program growth and community recognition as a voice for fairness, diversity, collaboration, and protecting the values that are woven through the fabric of our society. Whether issues of bullying, racism, workplace inclusion, preventive programming for middle school, high school, or workplace, VCIC has the community recognition as the "go to" organization through the able leadership of Jonathan Zur. I am honored to have been and still be a part of this organization.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They have a great program to work on inclusive communities not only in the greater Richmond area, but through out the state. They will work with schools, communities and even the government to make a place more inclusive for everyone. The achieve this through educating everyone within the community. I went to a program by them entitled the connection institute. I learned so much about myself in such a small amount of time. Also, learned a lot about injustices in my community and how I can make a difference.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I participated in Connections when I was in high school, and it was an extremely eye opening experience! I have since attended a few VCIC events, and I have kept in touch with many of the people I met there. I am very grateful to have had this opportunity, and I would highly recommend VCIC programs to friends!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I went to this camp the summer of 2014 and I came back not someone different, but changed, a better version of myself.

I knew vaguely of what the camp was about but never would I have guessed everything it would come to mean to me. With a week long camp you expect to learn a few things, do camp-y things that a school would send you to, but this was life changing.

The minute you got off the vans you were no longer just some kids that were sent to camp you were delegates sent to change your school, your community, your world view. Treated with respect, every opinion was valued and even put on the "Wall of Learning", the mentors there were some of the most amazing people I have had the opportunity to meet and I wish I could do justice to all that was taught to me.

I use in my everyday life the tools and information learned at camp, taking time to educate others and stop myself from making the uneducated choices I would have made. Minds change and so do people and I have seen a difference in the people I have been able to talk to and learn from.

I made friends that I still talk to now and I feel are in it for the long haul.

I could never properly express for how much this camp did for me. I cried so much while I was there and just thinking of it makes me want to cry. It was reality, being broken out of your bubble, and I can never sing enough praises. I could never repay how much I have gained from what I was taught and how much it has impacted my life. Brilliant. And I hope I can help even one person the way this camp helped me.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My experience volunteering with VCIC has been life transforming. Their different workshops, forums and immersive activities provide the perfect platform for discussion about diversity and inclusion among youth and adults.
I believe this approach is effective at getting participants to be open to discuss topics that otherwise they would not talk about. The impact that the organization has in the community is unmeasurable. I look forward to volunteering with them for many more years to come.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Outstanding leadership in programming, community involvement and strategy in addressing timely issues.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

As a high school teacher, I felt bad for my high school students having to tolerate their presentation. I can't help but wonder if they mistakenly planned for elementary students and accidentally then gave that presentation to high schoolers.

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jzur 07/05/2015

I am sorry that you felt that a VCIC program delivered at your high school was not age-appropriate. As you can see from many other comments on this site, we pride ourselves on delivering educational and transformational programs for schools, businesses, and communities across Virginia. I would appreciate the chance to speak with you more about your concerns and to learn specifically when and where this program took place. Please call me at 804-515-7950. Sincerely, Jonathan Zur President & CEO

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Virginia Center for Inclusive communities provides valuable services to the entire range of citizens in Virginia. From youth programs which teach tolerance, understanding and fairness to antibullying to programs for adults in the workplace that combat racism ,gender bias and economic inequality.
This is all done with a very small and dedicated staff who performs at the highest level of. professionalism.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a board member for almost 20 years, since my wife and I were honored by the Tidewater chapter. I have attended many workshops and youth activities over the years and personally spoken with young people who attended one of VCIC's training institutes. They always say that THE EXPERIENCE CHANGED THEIR LIVES. Since the organization became independent it's activities have expanded to include workplace seminars. VCIC strives to make this an" inclusive" world. The staff is dedicated to the concept of inclusion and is supported by a board that is equally committed.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've seen this organization's positive impact on young people time and time again. I've never seen another organization conduct programming that so successfully engages youth in conversations about difficult topics.