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You’ve supported 140 local needs in the past year.

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Tia

Partner: Richmond Office of Community Wealth Building

Advisor: Chaya Braxton

Help with Training. Tia is an enrolled participant in OCWB's workforce program. She is an aspiring Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA). However, Tia will need support to complete an online training course to qualify for her state exam. Completing the training will aid the participant in securing viable employment.

Need was fulfilled for $255.09!

fulfilled on: 10/28/2020

  • Richmond
  • Believer
  • Career training

Mecca

Partner: Richmond Office of Community Wealth Building

Advisor: Chaya Braxton

Help with Groceries. Mecca is a skilled single mother of five. COVID-19 has heavily impacted her. In the following ways. She has her nursing licenses, certified as an ETC, and is a 911 dispatcher. However, Mecca cannot work because she cares for her five children (17,15,10,5,&2) at home. Mecca has exhausted all of her savings; she cannot receive unemployment assistance because she is a contracted nurse. Mecca is struggling, and it's starting to affect her family life. She is asking for support with groceries at this time.

Need was fulfilled for $270.40!

fulfilled on: 10/23/2020

  • Richmond
  • Single Mother
  • Unique & urgent

Ava

Partner: Richmond Office of Community Wealth Building

Advisor: Chaya Braxton

Help with Groceries. Ava is out of work due to a work-related injury. Her doctor states she will be out for several weeks. She is experiencing a hard time keeping food on her table because of a lack of income. Ava is used to working to care for herself, therefore asking for any type of assistant is a hardship for her, at this point, she has no choice. She is asking humbly for assistance with food.

Need was fulfilled for $226.93!

fulfilled on: 10/19/2020

  • Richmond
  • Believer
  • Groceries

Ava

Partner: Richmond Office of Community Wealth Building

Advisor: Chaya Braxton

Help with Groceries. Ava is out of work due to a work-related injury. Her doctor states she will be out for several weeks. She is experiencing a hard time keeping food on her table because of a lack of income. Ava is used to working to care for herself, therefore asking for any type of assistant is a hardship for her, at this point, she has no choice. She is asking humbly for assistance with food.

Need was fulfilled for $21.84!

fulfilled on: 10/14/2020

  • Richmond
  • Believer
  • Groceries

Justice received help with an Electricity Bill

Partner: Richmond Office of Community Wealth Building

Advisor: Chaya Braxton

Help with Electricity Bill. Justice is an active participant in the Office of Community Wealth Building (OCWB) Marshall Street Career Station. She has been a participant and has been in compliance with the requirements of OCWB Program. Justice is a young lady who just had a baby is out of work at the moment. She is in need of assistance with her light bill due to the fact she isn’t working at the time. Justice's career advisor is working with her to help her find work so that she can stay home with her child.

Need was fulfilled for $123.03!

fulfilled on: 10/16/2020

  • Richmond
  • Believer
  • Small debt & fees

Merele

Partner: Richmond Office of Community Wealth Building

Advisor: Chaya Braxton

Help with Groceries. Merele fell into hard times after being released from the hospital. She s a single mother struggling with finding money for housing, groceries, and personal hygiene necessities. She is searching for work daily; she has interviews lined up. Merele hopes to return to work shortly. She has picked up groceries from food banks once, but she has to be mindful of her immune system during this pandemic because of the crowds at the locations. She is asking for support with groceries. This would be a great help for her family.

Need was fulfilled for $277.94!

fulfilled on: 10/12/2020

  • Richmond
  • Believer
  • Unique & urgent

Amadou received a bicycle to safely travel to work

Partner: IRC

Advisor: Sharon Singer

Amadou arrived to the U.S. almost two years ago with his parents and six brothers and sisters. Now a junior in high school, Amadou wants to contribute to meeting the family's expenses and gain some initial work experience. The IRC in Richmond Employment Specialist helped Amadou secure a job at a fast food restaurant near his home. Everything is going great, but he could take on additional shifts after school and on weekends if he could get back and forth in a timely and efficient way. Amadou would benefit from having a used bicycle and a bike lock, helmet, and safety light. Your donation will give this hardworking high-schooler a transportation advantage when it comes to his family achieving economic self-sufficiency.

Need was fulfilled for $260!

fulfilled on: 10/04/2020

  • Richmond
  • Refugee
  • Transportation

Kimberley

Partner: Richmond Office of Community Wealth Building

Advisor: Chaya Braxton

Help with a Utility Bill. Kim is an enrolled participant in OCWB's workforce program. She is still employed; however, she has to pay more out of pocket for childcare since schools are closed. Kim finds it challenging to pay for food and utilities due to the increased expense. If she could get support with her utility bill it would prevent her incurring more fees as she has to go to court to reconcile her account.

Need was fulfilled for $277.94!

fulfilled on: 10/12/2020

  • Richmond
  • Single Mother
  • Groceries

Maurice

Partner: Richmond Office of Community Wealth Building

Advisor: Chaya Braxton

Help with Car Payment. Maurice is an enrolled participant in the Office of Community Wealth Building's workforce program. He just finished barbering school and was beginning to build his clientele when shops and business places closed due to COVID-19. Although Maurice has some clients and has looked for other ways to supplement his income, he needs a little help paying a few of his bills. He is requesting assistance with his car note this month.

Need was fulfilled for $274.82!

fulfilled on: 10/01/2020

  • Richmond
  • Single Father
  • Small debt & fees

Eugenia received help with essential household supplies.

Partner: Richmond Office of Community Wealth Building

Advisor: Chaya Braxton

Help with Household Items. Housing became unaffordable for Eugenia and her family of five. Last month, they had to move after the rent prices in her apartment building increased significantly. After moving, Eugeina has no more resources until October 16 when her husband gets paid. Her family needs essential household items like toilet paper, paper towels, and toiletries until next week.

Need was fulfilled for $218.40!

fulfilled on: 10/12/2020

  • Richmond
  • Believer
  • Unique & urgent

Malundama received protective footwear for work

Partner: IRC

Advisor: Sharon Singer

Things are moving fast for this single mom of three! Malundama arrived to the US pregnant, raising two boys age 6 and 8. She gave birth to another boy in March. Now she is anxious to return to work in order to support her family and make sure her children can attain all the opportunities life in the U.S. has to offer. The International Rescue Committee in Richmond Employment Specialist secured her a position at Tyson Foods that requires steel-toed boots. Can you help her get them in time to start her first job in the U.S?

Need was fulfilled for $36.40!

fulfilled on: 09/28/2020

  • West End
  • Refugee
  • Work clothing & equipment

Zsa Zsa received support with her electricity bill.

Partner: Peter Paul Development Center

Advisor: Sherika Chew

Since April, Zsa Zsa has been on furlough from her job due to COVID-19. She's been doing her best to make ends meet, as so many folks are, with unemployment benefits. But she recently had an issue with her HVAC unit -- not only did she have to find the funds to repair it, but the issue caused her electricity bill to almost triple. Zsa Zsa's seeking assistance to get the bill back to a manageable range now that the the unit has been repaired, so she doesn't fall further behind.

Need was fulfilled for $260!

fulfilled on: 09/30/2020

  • East End
  • Believer
  • Unique & urgent

Michael received help with rent.

Partner: Richmond Office of Community Wealth Building

Advisor: Chaya Braxton

Michael runs a small, successful tailoring business. But during the COVID-19 pandemic, he has experienced a dramatic decrease in customers. Although Michael receives some monthly income, it is not enough to pay all of his bills, and he is hoping for assistance to cover a portion of his rent for October.

Need was fulfilled for $265.72!

fulfilled on: 09/30/2020

  • Richmond
  • Believer
  • Small debt & fees

Tykira received assistance today.

Partner: Richmond Office of Community Wealth Building

Advisor: Chaya Braxton

Help with Housing. Tykira is an Outreach Counselor who serves the most vulnerable communities in the city of Richmond. However, due to unfortunate circumstances, she also is in transition and spends evenings looking for housing after leaving work during the day. Tykira needs help paying for a room for one week until she can find a home to lease with her next paycheck.

Need was fulfilled for $280.80!

fulfilled on: 09/23/2020

  • Richmond
  • Homeless
  • Unique & urgent

Robert received assistance with phone bill.

Partner: Richmond Office of Community Wealth Building

Advisor: Chaya Braxton

When Robert starting having frequent coughing spells, his employer sent him home out of caution. Thankfully, Robert recovered, but just as he was well enough to return to work, his company temporarily closed due to COVID-19, leaving Robert without income and unable to pay all his bills. Robert's worked hard to secure employment and has thankfully started a new job at FedEx, but needs assistance making up for the gap.

Need was fulfilled for $228.80!

fulfilled on: 09/29/2020

  • Richmond
  • Single Father
  • Small debt & fees

Shaunda received help to purchase a laptop.

Partner: Richmond Office of Community Wealth Building

Advisor: Chaya Braxton

Shaunda has struggled to find a career that provides enough for herself and her two young children. After a good deal of reflection and research, Shaunda's made a commitment to pursue a profession as a Pharmacy Tech. She has a love for people, and with the pandemic we are facing, she wants to be an asset to the community. Shaunda is requesting help to purchase a laptop so she can take her class online.

Need was fulfilled for $270.66!

fulfilled on: 09/28/2020

  • Richmond
  • Single Mother
  • Unique & urgent

Tianda

Partner: Richmond Office of Community Wealth Building

Advisor: Chaya Braxton

Help with Laptop. Tianda is a participant in the Office of Community Wealth Building's workforce program. She started her online virtual classes at J. Sargeant Reynolds and needs a laptop. Her computer crashed, and she cannot purchase another one because she has not been working due to COVID-19. This would be a great help to Tianda as she is completing her studies.

Need was fulfilled for $277.94!

fulfilled on: 09/23/2020

  • Richmond
  • Believer
  • Work clothing & equipment

Maria

Partner: Richmond Office of Community Wealth Building

Advisor: Chaya Braxton

Help with Laptop. When she was in high school, Maria was a participant in the Mayor's Youth Academy. She's now a freshman in college and plans to major in psychology. With classes upended due to COVID-19, Maria needs help getting a laptop so that she can complete her classes online and begin her college career successfully.

Need was fulfilled for $278.72!

fulfilled on: 09/24/2020

  • Richmond
  • Youth
  • Work clothing & equipment

Uvonya

Partner: Richmond Office of Community Wealth Building

Advisor: Chaya Braxton

Help with Electricity Bill. A single mother of two, Uvonya was out of work for several months due to COVID-19. Without reliable income, she found it difficult to pay her regular bills -- not to mention the new expense of childcare when she left to search for work and attend interviews. Thankfully, Uvonya has secured employment as a Forklift Operator, but needs help reconciling a few of her accounts. She is requesting assistance with a portion of her electricity bill.

Need was fulfilled for $277.94!

fulfilled on: 09/25/2020

  • Richmond
  • Single Mother
  • Small debt & fees

Emilia

Partner: Richmond Office of Community Wealth Building

Advisor: Chaya Braxton

Help with Electricity Bill. Emilia works in an emergency room in the city of Richmond. Her hours were cut due to the COVID-19. She also was admitted into the hospital with an illness a few weeks ago. This has caused Emilia to miss time from work. She does not have paid-time-off and has experienced a loss of income recently; Emilia finds it challenging to pay all her bills. She has no immediate family that can support her. Emilia is requesting assistance with her electricity bill

Need was fulfilled for $87.88!

fulfilled on: 09/21/2020

  • Richmond
  • Believer
  • Small debt & fees