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You’ve supported 184 local needs in the past year.

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Edna

Partner: Peter Paul Development Center

Advisor: Sherika Chew

Edna is a senior citizen and valued member of our community, in need of assistance catching up on her household utilities. She spends most of her days helping her neighbors who are older but not as able-bodied as she is, being community for those who feel isolated and alone. Her ability to be this for others, she says, is due to her rich connections and social interactions at Peter Paul. Despite her financial challenges, she is always smiling. This assistance will relieve significant stress, and allow her to continue being a bright light on the East End.

Need was fulfilled for $228.80!

fulfilled on: 07/15/2020

  • East End
  • Senior Citizen
  • Household - Essentials (e.g. toilet paper, cleaning supplies, etc.)

Crystal

Partner: Peter Paul Development Center

Advisor: Sherika Chew

Crystal a single mother of 3 beautiful boys and is in need of assistance covering her utilities this month. She has been working diligently with community agencies to take the necessary steps to move out of public housing and cover all the expenses that are associated with that. This and other implications as a result of Covid have put quite a strain on her budget. Any help she receives toward covering these utilities will make all the difference in helping her to stay on track toward her goals.

Need was fulfilled for $256.88!

fulfilled on: 07/08/2020

  • East End
  • Single Mother
  • Small debt & fees

Deshon

Partner: Peter Paul Development Center

Advisor: Sherika Chew

Deshon is need of assistance repairing his car. This is his only mode of transportation since he does not work on the bus line. He does not have a huge support system since he is away from his parents currently and moved here to Richmond for school. He loves his job and sees a bright future there. He is doing the best he can to keep his car maintained so that he can keep his job and continue to support himself without adding any more burden to his parents.

Need was fulfilled for $223.60!

fulfilled on: 07/09/2020

  • Richmond
  • Believer
  • Auto Repair

Jada

Partner: St. Joseph's Villa

Advisor: Drew Melson

Jada is a single mother of 3 boys who has managed ups and downs in employment during the COVID-19 crisis. She was recently brought back to her retail job at $8 an hour after being laid off. Her schedule is unpredictable, making it very difficult to budget to weekly expenses. She’s doing her best to save for an air conditioner to help with her son’s asthma, which worsens with the summer heat. Assistance with groceries and the air conditioning unit would greatly help Jada through this period of instability.

Need was fulfilled for $269.41!

fulfilled on: 07/03/2020

  • Richmond
  • Single Mother
  • Household - Essentials (e.g. toilet paper, cleaning supplies, etc.)

Alonzo

Partner: St. Joseph's Villa

Advisor: Drew Melson

Alonzo is a senior citizen who was recently housed after experiencing homelessness for more than 10 years. He is sharing his new apartment and is need of a mini-refrigerator to store his personal groceries, which he takes great pride in providing himself. In past living situations, Alonzo has dealt with food being taken from him. He believes that this last item will help him on his path to independence as he seeks to maintain his home and reunite with his family.

Need was fulfilled for $161.77!

fulfilled on: 06/26/2020

  • Richmond
  • Senior Citizen
  • Household - Essentials (e.g. toilet paper, cleaning supplies, etc.)

Marell

Partner: Richmond Office of Community Wealth Building

Advisor: Chaya Braxton

Help with Rent. Marell is a senior who is enrolled in one of our career stations. He needs is in need of rent assistance. Marell lives in federally subsidized housing. He missed his appointment for recertification because he was sick in the hospital. Now, he is being charged the market rate for rent. If Marell is not able to reconcile his balance, he will be facing eviction. He urgently needs help until he is able to get another appointment for recertification.

Need was fulfilled for $270.40!

fulfilled on: 06/27/2020

  • Richmond
  • Homeless
  • Unique & urgent

Jannah

Partner: IRC

Advisor: Sharon Singer

Jannah escaped a horrifically abusive marriage. She is strong and determined to make it on her own while caring for her four young children, aged 14 to 4 1/2. With gifts from her faith community, she received most of what is needed to furnish a house, but needs a few more essentials to start life over on her own. The IRC is helping Jannah look for work and childcare. Both have been a challenge due to COVID, but Jannah's persistence and motivation will see her through.

Need was fulfilled for $260!

fulfilled on: 06/29/2020

  • West End
  • Single Mother
  • Household - Essentials (e.g. toilet paper, cleaning supplies, etc.)

Gwen

Partner: Richmond Office of Community Wealth Building

Advisor: Chaya Braxton

Help with Furniture. Gwen was homeless up until a month ago. As she transitions into her own place for the first time in over ten years, she will have to start from scratch. Caritas is willing to provide her with all the essentials and furniture she needs to move. All Gwen has to do is pay the process and delivery fee. This is a new beginning for Gwen and she is extremely excited about her new start.

Need was fulfilled for $185.33!

fulfilled on: 06/26/2020

  • Richmond
  • Homeless
  • Household - Essentials (e.g. toilet paper, cleaning supplies, etc.)

Zafar

Partner: IRC

Advisor: Sharon Singer

Zafar has been in the United States since March. He was extremely motivated to find a job right away in order to support his family, but COVID made the job-search process challenging. IRC employment specialists secured him a position in a local food processing plant. The job requires steel-toed boots. The factory is in a remote location, inaccessible by public transportation. Thankfully there is a vanpool, but there is a weekly fee. Your donation will help Zafar with the cost of his safety boots, a month of vanpool fees, and a backpack and insulated lunch bag for the long commute.

Need was fulfilled for $166.40!

fulfilled on: 06/24/2020

  • West End
  • Refugee
  • Work clothing and equipment

Asmaan

Partner: IRC

Advisor: Sharon Singer

Asmaan and her husband arrived in Richmond from Afghanistan less than a year ago, when she was just 20 years old. The young couple was brought to safety thanks to the Special Immigrant Visa program, meaning their lives were at risk at home because of his work for the U.S. government. He studied IT for two years at home and would like to continue his education, but upon arrival to Richmond took a full-time job that would help cover rent and bills. Asmaan has dreams of becoming a nurse, but also took an entry-level job when she first arrived in Richmond. She had to resign from the food-service job when standing on her feet for many hours became painful due to her pregnancy. Having only one income has put a strain on the couple's finances. They could use a little help getting ready for the arrival of their first baby. They were given a crib, but need all the supplies like crib sheets, a stroller, a newborn bathtub, clothing, and diapers.

Need was fulfilled for $260!

fulfilled on: 07/07/2020

  • Northside
  • Refugee
  • Household - Essentials (e.g. toilet paper, cleaning supplies, etc.)

Felicia

Partner: Peter Paul Development Center

Advisor: Sherika Chew

Felicia needs assistance paying DMV and Court fees that have been charged as a result of a car accident so she can reinstate her license. Fleicia is a single mother of four and works as a PCA assistant. Driving is essential for her because her agency sends her to several elderly clients homes per week on different sides of town. She also has to make sure she is able to get her children to childcare before she is even able to accept any of these jobs. Having to depend on others to transport her and her family where they need to be has presented a huge financial burden for her. Help with clearing these fines will get her back to working regularly and her budget back on track.

Need was fulfilled for $265.72!

fulfilled on: 06/17/2020

  • East End
  • Single Mother
  • Small debt & fees

Shawonna

Partner: Richmond Office of Community Wealth Building

Advisor: Chaya Braxton

Help with Groceries. Shawonna is employed part-time. She is a single mother of three growing girls. With everyone home from school, she finds herself in serious need of groceries, Since the pandemic. Shawonna and her family truly has been impacted by COVID-19. This type of assistance will make a difference.

Need was fulfilled for $267.28!

fulfilled on: 06/21/2020

  • Richmond
  • Single Mother
  • Unique & urgent

Freddie Perkins

Partner: Richmond Office of Community Wealth Building

Advisor: Chaya Braxton

Help with Groceries. Freddie is an enrolled participant in OCWB's Workforce Program. He has just finished barbering school. As he was about to begin his apprenticeship. Freddie also lost his dad due to COVID-19. With unexpected expenses associated with burying his father Freddie is need of food for his household. This type of assistance will make a big difference for Freddie during this time.

Need was fulfilled for $214.86!

fulfilled on: 06/14/2020

  • Richmond
  • Believer
  • Groceries

Monique

Partner: St. Joseph's Villa

Advisor: Drew Melson

Help with Groceries. Monique is a single mom whose son has autism. She is hoping to move to a safer apartment community where her son can play outside, but is currently having a hard time making ends meet after her hours were reduced. Assistance with groceries will help Monique save to provide a more healthy environment for raising her son.

Need was fulfilled for $269.41!

fulfilled on: 06/21/2020

  • Richmond
  • Single Mother
  • Groceries

Alicia

Partner: St. Joseph's Villa

Advisor: Drew Melson

Help with Groceries and Clothing. Alicia received full custody of her child after experiencing domestic abuse. Her child has autism and severe anxiety. She is currently staying at home out of concern for her child’s safety and is unable to work. Assistance with groceries and clothing for her child would help Alicia through this rough patch as she works with the Villa’s Community Based Services.

Need was fulfilled for $269.41!

fulfilled on: 06/23/2020

  • Richmond
  • Single Mother
  • Groceries

Micah & Jacob

Partner: St. Joseph's Villa

Advisor: Drew Melson

Help with bedding and household items. Micah and Jacob are best friends who look out for each other, and have been in and out of homelessness together for 10 years. One has medical issues due to years of living on the street. Now that they have found an affordable apartment to share through the Villa’s housing and homeless services, they plan on finding employment to maintain their new home. They moved in with nothing, and are in need of household essentials such as bedding and kitchenware to assist their transition as they search for job opportunities.

Need was fulfilled for $269.41!

fulfilled on: 06/16/2020

  • Richmond
  • Believer
  • Household - Essentials (e.g. toilet paper, cleaning supplies, etc.)

Felicia Dixon

Partner: Peter Paul Development Center

Advisor: Sherika Chew

Felicia needs help with transportation costs of getting back and forth to doctors' appointment since her recent surgery. Felicia is a Personal Care Assistant and mother of 3. She is temporarily unable to work because she is recovering from surgery and has to visit the doctor several times a week. Her job does not provide medical leave so her budget is being dramatically impacted. She needs a little assistance to get through this rough patch until she can get back to the work she loves.

Need was fulfilled for $159.43!

fulfilled on: 06/10/2020

  • Southside
  • Believer
  • Transportation

Shirzad

Partner: IRC

Advisor: Sharon Singer

At home, Shirzad provided security at the US Embassy in Kabul during the Afghan War. After more than two years of service to the US and our allies, his life and that of his family were being threatened. Therefore, Shirzad and his family were granted Special Immigrant Visas to allow them to come to the United States and start new lives here in Richmond. Besides helping them get settled, the IRC found Shirzad a job where he will clean factory equipment and requires steel-toe boots. Shirzad will use a shared carpool for which he has to pay. A donation will get him everything he needs to start work, including a backpack and insulated lunch bag, and cover his transportation costs for one month.

Need was fulfilled for $161.20!

fulfilled on: 06/03/2020

  • West End
  • Refugee
  • Work clothing and equipment

Ridoine

Partner: IRC

Advisor: Sharon Singer

Violence broke out in Ivory Coast, West Africa in 2011 due to political unrest. Ridoine escaped to the safety of a refugee camp in Tonga, but it took almost nine years for him to be selected for resettlement in the United States. He arrived to Richmond this year and the IRC secured him employment with a construction company, who laid off some staff at the onset of the COVID-19 outbreak. IRC has found him another job that requires a specific uniform including steel-toe boots. A donation today will buy him all the supplies he needs to start the new job, plus cover one month of shared transportation costs.

Need was fulfilled for $161.20!

fulfilled on: 06/03/2020

  • West End
  • Refugee
  • Work clothing and equipment

Evrard

Partner: IRC

Advisor: Sharon Singer

Evrard spent almost nine years in a refugee camp in Tonga after fleeing violence at home in Ivory Coast, West Africa. He was able to attend some university classes and learned some English as well maintaining his native French. Evrard arrived to Richmond in January and the IRC helped him find a job with a construction company. Unfortunately, at the start of the COVID-19 outbreak, his employer laid him off. IRC has found him another job that requires steel-toe boots. In addition, Evrard will now have transportation expenses and a longer commute. Your donation will fulfill all of Evrard's needs to start his new job, including a backpack and insulated lunch bag and one month of fees for his shared ride to work.

Need was fulfilled for $161.20!

fulfilled on: 06/02/2020

  • Richmond
  • Refugee
  • Work clothing and equipment