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 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.
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!
The Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities sets the standard for effectiveness and efficiency in building and supporting successful, peaceful and productive communities.
The VCIC is still standing strong, delivering an incredible service to the community. Skilled and caring individuals, working together as a close-knit team, continue to meet the rapidly growing concerns of the communities that they serve. The fact that a dramatic increase in the requests for services and the organization’s quick response, without turning anyone away to date, demonstrates the strength, flexibility, dedication and belief the VCIC has in their mission. I continue to stand strong in my support of the VCIC as the best non-profit organization that I have ever worked with. Also, in addition to being a board member, I volunteer extensively during the year to help with the actual programing.
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.
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.
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.