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In the City of Richmond nearly 57,000 men, women, and children live in poverty – a shocking 25.4% of our community.  Below are their stories of grit and determination as they work to move from crisis into thriving, and the urgent needs that will hold them back, if not met. Each need below either supports access to employment, satisfies unexpected expenses, or supports the needs of children in the household.

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Iyonna

City of Richmond      Single Mother     Small debt & fees     04/10/2020

Partner: Richmond Office of Community Wealth Building

Iyonna's need was fulfilled for $250!

Help with Car Payment. Iyonna is a single mother of four who was temporarily laid off due to COVID-19. She's receiving unemployment but it's not enough. Iyonna needs help paying her very last car payment so she can own her car outright, and remove this recurring bill from the many she'll owe in the tough months ahead.

Support Iyonna now for $250

Sheena

City of Richmond      Believer     Small debt & fees     04/10/2020

Partner: Richmond Office of Community Wealth Building

Sheena's need was fulfilled for $250!

Help with Utility Bill. Sheena is a single mom of two. Her hours at work were reduced as a result of COVID-19 – and now she's falling behind on some of her critical household bills. It won't fix the full problem, but it would help Sheena keep her head above water and her household afloat to receive assistance paying her utility bill.

Support Sheena now for $250

Rameik

City of Richmond      Believer     Transportation     04/10/2020

Partner: Richmond Office of Community Wealth Building

Rameik's need was fulfilled for $155!

Help with Gas. Rameik has been on the hunt for a job, and we're happy to report his efforts have paid off and he's now employed! That job, however, requires a good deal of commute time to and from work. Until he receives his first paycheck, he needs help paying for gas so that he can make the journey and earn an income.

Support Rameik now for $155

Margaret

City of Richmond      Believer     Unique & urgent     04/07/2020

Partner: Richmond Office of Community Wealth Building

Margaret's need was fulfilled for $205!

Help with Groceries. COVID-19 has caused many childcare centers to close, and has forced others to reduce hours and lay off employees. Margaret was one of the many unlucky childcare workers laid off due to this crisis, and the dramatic changes in early childhood care it's caused. Without money coming in Margaret finds herself in need of support to buy the basics: food for the weeks ahead.

Support Margaret now for $205

Silena

City of Richmond      Believer     Unique & urgent     04/04/2020

Partner: Richmond Office of Community Wealth Building

Silena's need was fulfilled for $205!

Help with Groceries. Silena is enrolled in the City of Richmond's workforce program and was actively looking for employment right before COVID-19 hit. She and her family of four have been impacted and needs assistance with groceries during this time.

Support Silena now for $205

Margo

City of Richmond      Believer     Work clothing & equipment     04/04/2020

Partner: Richmond Office of Community Wealth Building

Margo's need was fulfilled for $250!

Help with a Laptop. Margo was in school at Richmond Tech and now school is closed due to COVID-19. School is being conducted virtually. However, Margo needs a device to complete her assignments in a timely manner. She is requesting a laptop to complete work. This type of assistance will help Margo with her studies.

Support Margo now for $250

Anthony

City of Richmond      Believer     Small debt & fees     03/31/2020

Partner: Richmond Office of Community Wealth Building

Anthony's need was fulfilled for $250!

Help with Utility Bill. Anthony is a participant in a Workforce Development program where he is diligently working with his career advisor to secure employment. He needs assistance paying his most recent utility bill while he earns workplace credentials to become more competitive in his industry. (OCWB)

Support Anthony now for $250

Shirley

City of Richmond      Senior Citizen     Small debt & fees     03/30/2020

Partner: Richmond Office of Community Wealth Building

Shirley's need was fulfilled for $250!

Help with Utility Bill. Shirley is a senior citizen who works part-time. She deals with a serious medical condition and has experienced a significant loss of income. Shirley is home during this item of COVID-19 and needs assistance with paying for a utility bill, so she does not fall behind.

Support Shirley now for $250

Cheryl

City of Richmond      Senior Citizen     Small debt & fees     03/30/2020

Partner: Richmond Office of Community Wealth Building

Cheryl's need was fulfilled for $226!

Help with Used Tires. Cheryl is working hard to sustain a suitable wage. She is enrolled at J. Sargeant Reynolds and finished coding class. Cheryl has accepted a position at UPS night shift. Things are starting to look up and fall into place with life until she was denied state inspection for tires to pass a vehicle inspection. Cheryl is reaching out for support with used tires.

Support Cheryl now for $226

Gwen

City of Richmond      Senior Citizen     Unique & urgent     03/29/2020

Partner: Richmond Office of Community Wealth Building

Gwen's need was fulfilled for $205!

Help with Groceries. Gwen is a senior citizen experiencing a difficult month as a result of social distancing. She has food to last for the next seven days but needs support over the next few weeks. This type of assistance will be a great help to Gwen during this time.

Support Gwen now for $205

Kene

City of Richmond      Believer     Unique & urgent     03/27/2020

Partner: Richmond Office of Community Wealth Building

Kene's need was fulfilled for $205!

Help with Groceries and Household Items. Since the COVID-19 pandemic and the state of the emergency, Kene finds it very difficult to feed himself, its difficult to earn money as a Lyft driver. With this crisis, he is barely earning any money. He is requesting support with food, toiletries, and cleaning supplies.

Support Kene now for $205

Sheila

Richnond      Believer     Unique & urgent     03/26/2020

Partner: Richmond Office of Community Wealth Building

Sheila's need was fulfilled for $205!

Help with Relief. Sheila is facing hard times. She had to take a leave of absence from her job to care for her family, then the Corona Virus hit. Sheila has no food, money to purchase medicine, or cleaning to stay safe. At this time, she is asking for support with these items.

Support Sheila now for $205

Karen

City of Richmond      Senior Citizen     Unique & urgent     03/26/2020

Partner: Richmond Office of Community Wealth Building

Karen's need was fulfilled for $250!

Help with Mortgage Payment. Karen is a senior who just secured a position and, after three weeks was laid off due to the COVID19 crisis. She will receive unemployment benefits but will need assistance paying a portion of her mortgage for April. Karen is studying for her project management certification and is expected to be working next month, once again.

Support Karen now for $250

Valerie

Riichmond      Believer     Unique & urgent     03/23/2020

Partner: Richmond Office of Community Wealth Building

Valerie's need was fulfilled for $209!

Help with Shelter. During this serious time, Valerie is homeless. She will take her State Boards in a few weeks to work as a Certified Nursing Aide. However, Valerie needs help with a few nights of hotel stay during this season of social distancing to remain focused and healthy. She is not able to acquire a bed in a shelter at this time. This type of assistance will help Valerie on her journey to secure employment and permanent housing in the very future.

Support Valerie now for $209

Jarshea

City of Richmond      Believer     Work clothing & equipment     03/23/2020

Partner: Richmond Office of Community Wealth Building

Jarshea's need was fulfilled for $205!

Help with Clothing. Barnum has obtained employment as a CDL Driver, He needs: full-length pant/ jeans, Sleeping bag/, steel toe boots, cargo jacket. Mr. Barnum realizes needs these items for his new job.. At this time he's asking for support with these items so he can change his life and begin a career where he can sustain a suitable wage.

Support Jarshea now for $205

Angel

City of Richmond      Believer     Unique & urgent     03/21/2020

Partner: Richmond Office of Community Wealth Building

Angel's need was fulfilled for $130!

Help with Phone Bill. Angel has been a dedicated participant in the City's workforce development program who was laid off a few months ago. He is in the process of trying to secure employment and enrolling in CDL training school. In the meantime, Angel is having challenges paying his phone bill and needs his phone to be available when potential employers call. This type of help will Angel keep his phone on while he is enrolled in school.

Support Angel now for $130

Bruce

City of Richmond      Believer     Transportation     03/20/2020

Partner: Richmond Office of Community Wealth Building

Bruce's need was fulfilled for $174!

Help with Eyeglasses. Bruce is really in need of eyeglasses, he is enrolled in a CDL program and almost finished. But, before he takes his CDL exam, his eyes need to be evaluated per the instructor. Mr. Bruce depends on his new occupation to assist with sustaining a suitable wage to care for his family. He went to American best buy and obtained a quote for $174 for the eye exam and glasses. At this time, he is asking for support to help to purchase his glasses.

Support Bruce now for $174

Quay

City of Richmond      Believer     Transportation     03/05/2020

Partner: Richmond Office of Community Wealth Building

Quay's need was fulfilled for $125!

Help with Transportation. Quay is single mom of a 1-year old baby girl who just started employment with the City of Richmond, she was recently appointed an ambassador with the Office of Community Wealth Building. She does not own a vehicle and is finding it a challenge to pay for transportation. Quay is saving to purchase a car so that she can maintain employment. In the meantime, she needs assistance until she receives her first paycheck.

Support Quay now for $125

Darlene

City of Richmond      Senior Citizen     Small debt & fees     03/02/2020

Partner: Richmond Office of Community Wealth Building

Darlene's need was fulfilled for $184!

Help with Utility Bill. Darlene is a senior citizen trying to make ends meet. Due to COVID-19 she has been unable to work, and her finances are limited. Darlene was working part-time but now like most of her peers, is at home and unemployed. She is requesting support to pay her utility bill.

Support Darlene now for $184

Elizabeth

City of Richmond      Believer     Small debt & fees     02/29/2020

Partner: Richmond Office of Community Wealth Building

Elizabeth's need was fulfilled for $250!

Help with Utility Bill. Elizabeth is a Certified Medical Billing Coder who has has secured employmen but her hours have been reduced. She is in the process of looking for another employment opportunity with better pay. In the meantime, Elizabeth needs help paying her utility bill so she is able to keep the water on for her and her grandchildren.

Support Elizabeth now for $250




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