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.
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.
The VCIC works like no other secular organization to promote inclusiveness and diversity. As its reputation inside and outside of Virginia has grown, its staff and work have grown. In the first 11 months of the 2015-2016 fiscal year it has conducted 227 programs or events in Virginia, reaching over 16,500 people. It conducts 3 and 4-day sessions for public schools, colleges and universities, as well as businesses and government agencies. It provides workshops to promote diversity in higher education, inclusive workplace initiatives and community programs. In my hometown of Lynchburg, Va., the city school administration consulted the VCIC following a racial incident at a middle school. The VCIC formulated a plan and conducted multiple public listening sessions and used the public's input to help the city school administration formulate a meaningful, effective community and school response that will have lasting benefit for the entire community. VCIC is a lean, well-run organization with a hardworking, dedicated staff that does vital work to promote a more just, inclusive society.
In an increasingly crowded and cantankerous world, it is ever more important that we learn to live and even thrive together--to respect and celebrate our differences and draw strength from them. Few nonprofits have as their sole focus teaching individuals and organizations how to do that, and none does it better than the VCIC. It is well-run, fiscally responsible and highly effective and as a result, the demand for its services increases every year.
The VCIC continues to have a vital impact on the communities they serve. The outreach is still growing at a brisk pace with many groups and organizations requesting our assistance on issues of inclusion. In light of the growing divisions around the nation, our services are needed now as much as ever. I continue to serve as a board member and to volunteer to help facilitate several programs a year, so my perspective is not just that of someone running an organization seeking help, but that of the end users receiving an incredible service. I still maintain that the VCV is the best non-profit organization that I have ever worked with.
I continue to be amazed at how well the organization is functioning and growing. With a small addition to the staff, the outreach of the VCIC has increased many fold, without a drop off in the quality of the services we offer. We now touch tens of thousands of people. Although I am a board member, I volunteer to help facilitate several programs a year, so I can attest to the life changing experiences that take place with our participants. It is the best non-profit organization that I have ever worked with.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wonderful, dedicate staff. Excellent and impactful programming.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."