Category Archives: Archive News

Record $1-million gift to Virginia 4-H invests in the next generation of leaders

by Max Esterhuizen

Virginia 4-H has received $1 million from Dominion Energy the largest cash gift in the history of the commonwealth’s largest youth organization, that will help Virginia 4-H continue to offer transformative educational experiences for years to come.

Dominion Energy’s investment in Virginia’s youth is an extraordinary commitment to ensure educational opportunities for children across the commonwealth and helps 4-H educational centers cope with a financial crisis created by COVID-19.

“We feel that supporting Virginia 4-H is an important way that we can give back to our home state of Virginia,” said Ed Baine, president of Dominion Energy Virginia. “4-H holds a special place for youth across the state, and we are incredibly excited about this partnership. We are honored to be able to play a part in shaping our shared future.” Continue reading Record $1-million gift to Virginia 4-H invests in the next generation of leaders

Roanoke Links sponsor two Heart Health events

The Roanoke (VA) Chapter of The Links, Inc., in observance of American Heart Month, invites you to roll up your sleeves for a life-saving purpose! On Sunday, Feb. 14, the chapter will kick off participation in the “SleevesUp” Campaign, a blood drive sponsored by the American Red Cross, held virtually this year. To participate, visit Also pledge to give blood at the American Red Cross donation centers in the Roanoke and New River valleys, then share a photo of yourself donating blood using hashtag #DonateBloodwithRoanokeChapteroftheLinks. The drive will continue through May 14. Continue reading Roanoke Links sponsor two Heart Health events

COVID-19 Community Weeklies

Dr. Cynthia Morrow

by Cynthia Morrow, MD, MPH

As director of the Roanoke City & Alleghany Health Districts (RCAHD), I am extremely proud of the work our staff has done to vaccinate thousands of our citizens each week. With partners such as Carilion Clinic, our federally qualified health centers, and local retail pharmacies, well over 20,000 frontline essential workers and older residents have now received at least one dose of vaccine through RCAHD partnership clinics. Continue reading COVID-19 Community Weeklies

Panel discussion takes on insurrection

Harrison Museum Zoom conversation focuses on America’s ‘BIG’ issue

by Shawn Nowlin

On January 28, Roanoke’s Harrison Museum of African American Culture (HMAAC) hosted a virtual conversation titled “The Insurrection in Black and White.” A variety of topics including law enforcement accountability and the juxtaposition of the treatment of white insurrectionists versus peaceful marchers involved in Black Lives Matter, were broached in intricate detail by a panel of four: Virginia Delegate Sam Rasoul; Matt Chittum, journalist; Leslie King, CEO at Black in Burg; and Idella Glenn, Associate Vice President for Equity, Inclusion and Community Impact at the University of Southern Maine. Continue reading Panel discussion takes on insurrection

Prominent community servant and visionary John Lewis, 37 passes

Lewis followed his father Peter Lewis as Apple Ridge Farm director
John Lewis

Having an array of experiences packed in a few short years. John Russell Faulkner Lewis, 37 passed away on Sunday, Jan. 24.

He lived and breathed environmental sustainability, racial and social justice reform, and a love of the outdoors. Many significant things stand out in defining this social and racial justice advocate, community leader, and Renaissance Man! Continue reading Prominent community servant and visionary John Lewis, 37 passes