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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.

Read the stories. Select the one that calls to you. And give the gift of progress to a hardworking member of our community who needs a hand up at a critical time in their life.

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Lynette

City of Richmond      Single Mother     Unique & urgent     02/29/2020

Partner: Richmond Office of Community Wealth Building

Lynette's need was fulfilled for $215!

Help with Utility Bill. Lynette is a single mom of a ten-year-old on a fixed income. She began class on 2/3/20. Her goal is to complete her phlebotomy certification to start building towards nursing. She is trying to stay focused and committed, but every time one door closes another setback occurs. Lynette asking for support with her electric bill; she has a disconnect notice for March 2, 2020. Lynnette has reached out and made a payment arrangement where she can pay $210 by March 2, 2020, and the balance will be extended out for six months.

Support Lynette now for $215

Karen

City of Richmond      Believer     Small debt & fees     02/27/2020

Partner: Richmond Office of Community Wealth Building

Karen's need was fulfilled for $250!

Help with Utility Bill. Karen is an Ambassador and participant with the Office of Community Wealth Building, where she engages community members about career stations and participates in job training herself. Karen's employment just ended three weeks ago and she began her new job recently. In the meantime, Karen needs assistance with paying her utility bill to prevent disconnection until she receives her first paycheck.

Support Karen now for $250

Keith

City of Richmond      Believer     Unique & urgent     02/22/2020

Partner: Richmond Office of Community Wealth Building

Keith's need was fulfilled for $205!

Help with Groceries. Keith is a trained Sous Chef who has just experienced a short-time of unemployment. Recently, he has secured a great opportunity leading the kitchen staff at a local Richmond non-profit and is able to meet of all his financial obligations, but needs help purchasing groceries until he obtains his first paycheck.

Support Keith now for $205

Sandra

City of Richmond      Believer     Unique & urgent     02/21/2020

Partner: Richmond Office of Community Wealth Building

Sandra's need was fulfilled for $250!

Help with Utilities. Sandra lost her job at the end of 2019. While she has been actively seeking full-time employment, the process has been going slow and unfortunately, Sandra has fallen behind in her payments. Sandra just received a new offer of a part-time job this week, which would allow her to catch up on a few bills. The Utilities are essentials: heat, water, and gas. The balance for December and January is $689.22, but $239.00 will allow for a monthly payment plan. Sandra will be able to pay the remainder of the balance.

Support Sandra now for $250

Paula

City of Richmond      Believer     Transportation     02/14/2020

Partner: Richmond Office of Community Wealth Building

Paula's need was fulfilled for $245!

"Help with Driver’s Education. Paula is a single mom who is in the process of searching for employment. She has been enrolled in a workforce training program and desires better wages but is not able to interview for this higher-paying jobs because transportation is a barrier. Paula wants to obtain a driver's license to obtain better employment.

Support Paula now for $245

Joseph

City of Richmond      Believer     Career training     02/08/2020

Partner: Richmond Office of Community Wealth Building

Joseph's need was fulfilled for $207!

Help with Exam Fees. Joseph is a returning citizen who had recently secured full-time employment, but does not make enough to make ends meet. His dream job is to become a personal trainer for a gym where he will help others meet their fitness goals. The only thing Joseph needs is to pass his training certification exam on March 31 to onboard as a trainer. This type of help will be life-changing for Joseph.

Support Joseph now for $207

Shannithia

City of Richmond      Believer     Unique & urgent     02/07/2020

Partner: Richmond Office of Community Wealth Building

Shannithia's need was fulfilled for $220!

Help with Breastfeeding Pump. Shannithia is struggling with feeding her child because she broke her breastfeeding pump during the process of moving to a new residence. Therefore, she cannot leave her child for long periods--even for work. It is becoming a barrier to employment. At this time, she needs support to purchase a new feeding pump for her child.

Support Shannithia now for $220

Shannon

City of Richmond      Believer     Unique & urgent     02/05/2020

Partner: Richmond Office of Community Wealth Building

Shannon's need was fulfilled for $245!

Help with a Laptop. Shannon is excited about attending the medical coding class. She is employed, but not earning enough to sustain or afford even a used laptop or computer study. The course is intense and studying is required. Shannon has to computer her work at home because her work hours are the same as library hours. At this time she is asking for help with a laptop to ensure success in her medical coding class.

Support Shannon now for $245

Kim

City of Richmond      Believer     Unique & urgent     02/04/2020

Partner: Richmond Office of Community Wealth Building

Kim's need was fulfilled for $130!

Help with a Gas Card. Kim is enrolled in Medical Terminology Course at CCWA currently and needs gas support so she can get back and forth to school until she secures employment. The class is for 6 weeks. At this time she is requesting $125 gas card to help with the cost of transportation.

Support Kim now for $130

Mackenzie

City of Richmond      Believer     Career training     12/31/2019

Partner: Richmond Office of Community Wealth Building

Mackenzie's need was fulfilled for $250!

Help with Dental Training Course. Mackenzie was offered a job in a dental office but can not accept it until she completes her Dental Radiation Course. She is very excited to be starting a career in a new field. This type of assistance will help her secure employment.

Support Mackenzie now for $250

Shaun

City of Richmond      Believer     Unique & urgent     12/25/2019

Partner: Richmond Office of Community Wealth Building

Shaun's need was fulfilled for $250!

Help with Shaun Barnes. Shaun lost her job recently and is now in transition. She recently secured employment and has secured a place to stay. She is in need of a mattress. This type of assistance will help her Shaun tremendously.

Support Shaun now for $250

Fred

City of Richmond      Believer     Unique & urgent     12/25/2019

Partner: Richmond Office of Community Wealth Building

Fred's need was fulfilled for $205!

Help with Rent Assistance. Fred January lost his job a few months ago and fell behind in his rent. Since then, he has secured employment, but needs help reconciling the past due balance of $200.00 on his account. This type of assistance will allow Fred to keep is apartment.

Support Fred now for $205

Tashanda

City of Richmond      Believer     Auto Repair     12/25/2019

Partner: Richmond Office of Community Wealth Building

Tashanda's need was fulfilled for $250!

Help with Car Loan. Tashanda needs immediate assistance with paying for a car loan. She lost her job and fell a little behind. During her period of unemployment, second-hand jobs helped her to provide for her family. Although she now found employment as a driver for Richmond Public Schools, she is still in need of bringing her bills current.

Support Tashanda now for $250

Margaret

City of Richmond      Believer     Unique & urgent     12/25/2019

Partner: Richmond Office of Community Wealth Building

Margaret's need was fulfilled for $205!

Help with Groceries. Margaret is working on her computer skills, and her soft skills so she can become more competitive during the job search process. She works part-time and is waiting to receive more hours in a few months. When she lost her job in July, she incurred debt that she has been paying down. Margaret needs help with groceries until she receives her full-time assignment.

Support Margaret now for $205

Robert

City of Richmond      Believer     Small debt & fees     12/21/2019

Partner: Richmond Office of Community Wealth Building

Robert's need was fulfilled for $245!

Help with Electric Bill. Robert is enrolled in a Workforce Training Program. He completed his CDL training recently, but was injured badly and is going through rehabilitation. Robert received a disconnect notice for his electricity bill. He needs help paying his past due balance until he is out of rehabilitation and can secure employment with his CDL license.

Support Robert now for $245

James

East End      Believer     Unique & urgent     12/16/2019

Partner: Richmond Office of Community Wealth Building

James' need was fulfilled for $210!

Help to Recover from House Fire. On December 5 a fire damaged James’ apartment. The American Red Cross has provided shelter for a few days put me up for several days while his home is being repaired. The smoke damage destroyed all of his food, cleaning supplies, and left his clothing filled with smoke. He is asking for support for $210 to replace these items.

Support James now for $210

Ellerine

City of Richmond      Believer     Auto Repair     12/15/2019

Partner: Richmond Office of Community Wealth Building

Ellerine's need was fulfilled for $250!

Help with House Repair. Ellarine is enrolled in a workforce training program. She left her job to take care of her mother full time. Although she receives some income, she does not bring in enough to cover unexpected expenses. Right now, she has a small hole in the ceiling of her home that needs repair. The total cost is $280, but she is requesting help in the amount of $250.00 for this house repair. A family friend has committed to help with the remaining balance.

Support Ellerine now for $250

Nathaniel

City of Richmond      Believer     Transportation     11/08/2019

Partner: Richmond Office of Community Wealth Building

Nathaniel's need was fulfilled for $250!

Help with Gas. Nathaniel has faced many hurdles and he is working hard to overcome them. He recently started CDL training through the Office of Community Wealth Building with CDS Tractor Training at John Tyler Community College so he can establish a thriving income to provide for himself. Nathaniel has little to no income and is commuting to Chester five days a week for the past three weeks.  This type of assistance will help Nathaniel complete his training.                                                                                                                                                                                            

Support Nathaniel now for $250

Lesia

City of Richmond      Single Mother     Small debt & fees     11/07/2019

Partner: Richmond Office of Community Wealth Building

Lesia's need was fulfilled for $247!

Help with Rent. Lesia has to change careers; she recently had surgery that has limited her physical mobility. Now, she is working on earning credentials to enhance her transferable skills to change career paths. Lesia believes that when she completes certification, she will become more marketable, allowing her to secure a position with a suitable living wage to provide for her and her family. Lesia is facing the challenge of reconciling the balance on her rent. This type of assistance will help her until she can secure employment.

Support Lesia now for $247

Nanisha

City of Richmond      Single Mother     Unique & urgent     11/05/2019

Partner: Richmond Office of Community Wealth Building

Nanisha's need was fulfilled for $250!

Help with Paying Rent. Nanisha is a single mom of two children. She was laid off from her job and is the process of trying to secure employment through a workforce program. Nanisha needs assistance paying her rent for November to prevent from evicted.

Support Nanisha now for $250




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