Change the World RVA, winner of the 2016 Governor’s Award for Outstanding Community Organization, is the only nonprofit in the region dedicated to supporting high school and college students who face homelessness and unstable housing. Natalie May, president of Change the World RVA, was deeply affected by watching this specific age group try to manage desperate situations without targeted assistance. “These kids were trying to accomplish things and be a contributing part of the community with little or no support,” says May.
Founded in 2012 as a ministry of Bon Air United Methodist Church, the organization’s mission is to help homeless students succeed in high school and college. According to May, the core is an afterschool program where high school students receive tutoring support and case-management services, listen to guest speakers, enjoy a home-cooked meal, and relax with friends.
The team at Change the World RVA works to create a network of caring adults and peers for each student. The students also get in on the action, running their own food pantry and clothing closet.
The organization provides many essential services for teens facing housing instability in the Richmond area: emergency transportation through a network of volunteer drivers, cell phones to increase student access to job opportunities and Internet access for schoolwork, annual eye exams and other healthcare assistance, housing support, and individualized birthday celebrations.
Gift Card Donation Drive
When you’re holiday shopping this year, pick up an extra gift card – any amount is appreciated – from Target, Walmart, or Food Lion. GRTC Go Cards are also needed. Visit ridegrtc.com for details.
Please mail gift cards to:
Change the World RVA
PO Box 3562
Richmond, Va 23235
Donate Jewelry Now – and Shop the Event this Spring!
“Another Woman’s Treasure” is Change the World RVA’s signature fundraiser. New and gently used purses and jewelry are collected throughout the year, and sold during this event. Drop off jewelry donations for the sale at Papeterie Fine Stationery and Gifts (3048 Stony Point Road) or Bon Air United Methodist Church (1645 Buford Road).
For more information, please visit changetheworldrva.org.
Save the Date:
Friday and Saturday, April 13 and 14, 2018
Another Woman’s Treasure (Just Jewelry!)
Bon Air United Methodist Church
1645 Buford Road
Richmond, Va 23235