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Virginia Tech’s Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics recently won a grant for ‘Small business health and organizational wellbeing workshops (SHOW)’.
SHOW was developed as part of a research project led by Virginia Tech's Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics titled 'Workplace stressors, conflict resolution, worker productivity: A field experiment on employee wellness training program in rural small businesses.' This project was developed in collaboration with researchers at Purdue University.
We are looking to conduct FREE workshops for rural businesses that often face challenges with retaining employees, workforce productivity, and a quality environment.
The workshop goes over the following:
1. Workplace communication
2. Workplace conflict-resolution
3. Employee well-being
Virginia Tech trainers will come to the business community to train employees.
Who can participate?
• Must be a small rural business in Virginia (non-agricultural)
• Must have 30 or fewer employees
Website link:
• Direct link for businesses to sign up:
• A video to learn more about the SHOW program: https://youtube/z8dM92Bl5W0
• A video showcasing a sample workshop:

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UVA Community Credit Union is excited to announce our 2022-2023 Local High School Scholarship Program recipients. Twenty-five high school seniors were awarded $1,500 each.


“Education is something you carry with you for a lifetime. That’s why we feel it is so important to give graduating high school seniors a head start in college through the Credit Union’s Local High School Scholarship program,” said Jeffrey C. Moscicki, the chairman of the Credit Union Board of Directors.


Please find the complete press release here along with the banner image of all of our recipients. The press release is also available here,

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Press Release
REC Partners with Member-Owners to Improve Communities
Fredericksburg, Va. — Through The Power of Change, Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) member-owners give voluntarily to support nonprofits that support those in need.

Most participants round up their electric bill to the next whole dollar, but gifts can also be a set monthly amount or a one-time donation. Twice a year, donations from The Power of Change are made available to 501(c) 3 nonprofit charities and charitable organizations in our communities.

This spring, the CARE Charity, Inc. Board that distributes the funding awarded more than $138,000 to support 29 nonprofits in our communities.
The Power of Change Spring 2023 Award Recipients include:
Orange County Humane Society of VA received $3,000 to support the Senior Hope Project that assists with providing companion pets for low-income senior citizens to improve the individual’s quality of life.
Habitat for Humanity of Culpeper County, Inc. received $5,000 to assist with supplies needed to complete a Community Habitat Project that provides a safe and affordable housing opportunity to a local family.
Martha Jefferson Hospital of Charlottesville, received $5,000 to purchase locally produced food for the free, pop-up Fresh Farm Stands that alleviate food insecurity in underserved are neighborhoods and communities.
People Helping People of Fauquier County, Inc. received $10,000 to support the Financial Emergency Assistance program with funding for families at risk of eviction or need temporary transitional housing.
Applications for the Fall 2023 The Power of Change funding are now open and the deadline to apply is Aug. 10. Visit for more information.


Press Release
The Living Water Community Clinic (Clinic) opened its doors with a ribbon cutting on May 28, 2016, and saw the first patient a week later.  The Clinic was born out of a vision of The Lake of the Woods Church, and remains a faith-based organization.
Within one year, the Clinic was seeing patients who had needed medical care for years, and grew from an acute care facility to a primary care office providing chronic disease management, diagnostic tests, critical medications, health education, specialists referrals, and a better quality of life. The Clinic provides medical, dental, counseling, and spiritual care at no cost to uninsured and underinsured citizens of Orange, Spotsylvania, and Culpeper counties.  The dental clinic opened its doors in May, 2021 providing oral health care that truly impacts a person’s overall health.

The Clinic is able to provide great quality care because of more than 60 volunteers who give of their time, skills, talents, and experience.  These volunteers include professional doctors, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, dentist, nurses, hygienists, assistants, counselors, and administrative people – many of whom work during the day and then come in and volunteer during Clinic hours.
Since 2016, the Clinic has welcomed and served over 450 patients and.  As with any primary care office, many patients come in regularly either for maintaining healthcare plans, or for other medical and dental concerns.  In 2022, the Clinic provided more than $650,000 in free care.  The Clinic’s intent is to grow and open up additional days to serve more patients.  

The Clinic could not operate and remain open without the very generous donations of many.  Over 90% of donations are given by individuals.  Other donations are provided by Churches, businesses, organizations, and grants.  The Clinic has literally saved lives.  Here’s what some patients are saying:
“I love this clinic; the people are so nice,” said Lorena who lives in Locust Grove and works at one of the restaurants in the shopping center. She was wearing a brace on each knee the Saturday she came to the dental clinic for a filling. She said she doesn’t have money for medical bills and doesn’t know what she would do without Living Water.
Darlene was in the same boat. Asked where she would be without the clinic, after she had two fillings done, she replied simply: “In pain. They’ve been a blessing, not only with dental but also medical.”

Local Non-profit Hosts 24th Graduation for Class of 25 Entrepreneurs
Charlottesville, VA – Community Investment Collaborative (CIC) continues to educate and
empower the local small business community with another 25 entrepreneurs set to graduate from
its signature program, a 16-week Entrepreneur Workshop, on Tuesday, June 27, 2023, at The
Center at Belvedere, from 6PM – 8PM.  Read More

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