Students recognized for superior leadership, responsibility and service
School Safety Patrollers throughout the Commonwealth receive Outstanding School Safety Patrol Awards for Exceptional Service
RICHMOND, VA — As the 2016/2017 school year begins its final quarter, the Mid-Atlantic Foundation for Safety and Education and AAA Mid-Atlantic honored 10 deserving students at this year’s Outstanding AAA School Safety Patrol Awards Luncheon in Richmond. The Foundation received dozens of applications from schools throughout the Commonwealth and selected the top 10 nominees. The winners excelled in the areas of leadership, dependability, character and academics. These 10 extraordinary students each received a $100 gift card and plaque from the Mid-Atlantic Foundation for Safety and Education. Continue reading AAA Mid-Atlantic student recognition→
The Roanoke Branch NAACP is proud to announce that five area youth will represent the local branch at the National Convention to be held in Baltimore, MD in July. The local competition was held at William Fleming High School with participating youth displaying a feeling of excitement and confidence. Continue reading NAACP ACT-SO 2017 Local Gold Medal Winners→
by John C. Dorhauer, General General Minister & President
Five years ago, the United Church of Christ attempted to alleviate hunger by engaging the entire denomination in a shared, collective effort known as Mission: 1.
Four years ago, we attempted a shared initiative to restore health to the planet in an initiative we called Mission 4/1 Earth.
Both times, the full weight of the United Church of Christ was brought to bear as an agent of impact and for transformation. It was a powerful and beautiful thing we did. Continue reading Three Great Loves→
by Annette Lewis, President & CEO Total Action for Progress (TAP)
Many of you have heard speculation that the Dumas Center for Artistic and Cultural Development is for sale. This is indeed true. The building is currently on the market for the list price of $1,075,000.
In the early 1990s, at the request of then Mayor Noel C. Taylor, TAP agreed to take ownership of the former Hotel Dumas on Henry Street in order to save it from demolition. The decades after World War II were not kind to Henry Street, which suffered greatly due to the decline of the railroads (the Norfolk & Western railroad was a major employer in Roanoke and fueled the area’s growth), changing demographics, and misguided urban renewal. Redlining and disinvestment hindered the survival of the once-thriving neighborhood. As part of our continued community development efforts, the agency decided to spearhead the effort to transform the Dumas into a music and arts center, returning it to its former purpose as a place of cultural exchange. Continue reading Why sell the Dumas, a Valuable Piece of History?→