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Created by the Charlottesville Institute, this database provides “shovel-ready” innovative or needed projects, research, or programs that nonprofit organizations in Charlottesville would like to undertake. It is meant to link University of Virginia students and faculty to community members in order that the needs of the Charlottesville community can be directly addressed by UVA’s intellectual resources. For submitting ideas, please fill out this form.

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Charlottesville Police Foundation

The Charlottesville Police Foundation is an independent nonprofit organization of local citizens who help our police get the tools and training they need to do their best work.

Contact: Mindy Goodall, 434-409-9165

Marketing of the Charlottesville Police Department and Foundation

Part of the mission of the Charlottesville Police Foundation is to promote positive and productive community engagement with the Charlottesville Police Department. The Foundation sponsors several events throughout the year to promote positive community/police interaction, such as a “Cops 4 Kids Day” and “Friday Nights” program with the Boys & Girls Club, and the annual Citizens Police Academy. We also produced a public awareness campaign called “Did You Know?” which highlighted facts about the Department to the general public. We are asking for assistance in this continued work to increase public/police awareness and relations.

Project Duration: Estimating 1-3 months

Level of Expertise: Graduate- level students, Faculty

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Charlottesville Police Foundation

The Charlottesville Police Foundation is an independent nonprofit organization of local citizens who help our police get the tools and training they need to do their best work.

Contact: Mindy Goodall, 434-409-9165

Research of Grant funds for Crime Victim & Suspect Analysis

The Charlottesville Police Department is seeking assistance to find Grant resources for a research project to look at the backgrounds of violent crime victims and suspects in an effort to determine whether there are similarities that may have warranted intervention that if successful may have diminished the likelihood of exposure to the criminal justice system.

Project Duration: 6-9 months

Level of Expertise: Graduate- level students, Faculty

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Charlottesville Pride Community Network

To create a vibrant, visible, and unified LGBTQ community presence in Charlottesville and its surrounding region that promotes equality and integrates groups and individuals through events, outreach, resource-sharing, networking, and communications initiatives.

Contact: Amy Marshall, 434.882.1588

Documentary Video

We would love to have some video to use to display places around town as well as at the Pride Festival AND for marketing purposes – so maybe a longer piece with smaller chunks? We’d love to have some documentation of the Cville lgbtq community, the festival, our efforts at starting a nonprofit organization. Thinking along the lines of personal stories of people – what pride means to them, here in this area, etc.

This is a pretty open-ended project idea. Ideas welcome!

Level of Expertise: Any

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Charlottesville Pride Community Network

To create a vibrant, visible, and unified LGBTQ community presence in Charlottesville and its surrounding region that promotes equality and integrates groups and individuals through events, outreach, resource-sharing, networking, and communications initiatives.

Contact: Amy Marshall, 434.882.1588

Fundraising

Our organization is barely a year old. We need development help – everything from grant research, finding funding opportunities to actually meeting with potential sponsors and donors to helping develop a fundraising strategy and plan. We could use any and all of the above from motivated folks looking to help jumpstart our organization and get us set up for future success. Could include fundraising event planning, too.

We’re open to all sorts of ideas.

Level of Expertise: Some Fundraising Experience required

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Community Investment Collaborative

The Community Investment Collaborative (CIC) provides an opportunity to entrepreneurs who may lack the social, economic, or educational wherewithal to establish a new business, but who have the motivation and creative drive to pursue success.

Contact: (434) 218 – 3481

Discussion Leader

Discussion leaders instruct the weekly lessons for the Entrepreneurial Workshop. A different discussion leader is asked to lead each class. The leader is given a certain topic to expand upon based upon their area of expertise. The curriculum is already established, but the Discussion Leader brings in their own business experience into the presentation.

Discussion leading is a one-time commitment. Class is typically held on Tuesday nights. A different discussion leader is asked to lead each class.

Level of Experience: Faculty

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Community Investment Collaborative

The Community Investment Collaborative (CIC) provides an opportunity to entrepreneurs who may lack the social, economic, or educational wherewithal to establish a new business, but who have the motivation and creative drive to pursue success.

Contact: (434) 218 – 3481

Homework Night Volunteer

Every Wednesday night is “Homework Night” during the Entrepreneurial Workshop. It is a chance for entrepreneurs to meet and get extra help from the staff and volunteers on their weekly homework. The event is not mandatory for students (although usually heavily attended by the students) and is usually held in a community coffee shop.

A one-time commitment. On a Wednesday night from 6 to 8 pm.

Level of Expertise: Graduate- level students, Faculty

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Community Investment Collaborative

The Community Investment Collaborative (CIC) provides an opportunity to entrepreneurs who may lack the social, economic, or educational wherewithal to establish a new business, but who have the motivation and creative drive to pursue success.

Contact: (434) 218 – 3481

Mentoring

A key component of business success is access to a support network of experienced business owners who can walk newcomers along the entrepreneurial path. Each entrepreneur is given the opportunity to be paired with a mentor, after outlining specific milestones s/he wishes to achieve. Mentors are drawn from the local communities and meet regularly with CIC entrepreneurs to provide ongoing guidance and advisory support.

Project Duration:

For the first 3 months mentors and mentees are required to meet twice a month. The next 3 months, mentors and mentees are required to meet once a month. After these 6 months, mentors and mentees may decide themselves how often to meet. As long as both the mentor and mentee are satisfied with the relationship, the project commitment is ongoing.

Level of Expertise: Faculty

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Community Investment Collaborative

The Community Investment Collaborative (CIC) provides an opportunity to entrepreneurs who may lack the social, economic, or educational wherewithal to establish a new business, but who have the motivation and creative drive to pursue success.

Contact: (434) 218 – 3481

Workgroup Leader

The strongest relationship formed is between the workgroup leaders and the students in the Entrepreneurial Workshop. Workgroup leaders facilitate deeper discussions with entrepreneurs as they are working through their business plans. The Workgroup Leaders meet each Tuesday night for 17 with 6 to 8 entrepreneurs (their workgroup) to discuss the lesson they were just taught that class and to review the WIBO educational book.

Project Duration: Workgroup leaders must attend every Entrepreneurial Workshop class; which is a 17 week commitment and opportunity.

Level of Expertise: Faculty

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Jefferson Area CHiP

We partner with families to create a nurturing home environment and promote the health and well-being of children in our community.

Contact: Sarah Cooper, (434) 964-4700 Extension: 101

Interpreter Services and Cross Cultural Training

CHiP works with families from a wide variety of cultures, including refugees that have been relocated to the Charlottesville area. We are often in need of interpreters, making use of telephone interpreter services which is quite costly. We would be interested in having volunteer interpreters as well as international students and faculty that would be interested in helping us better understand (and thereby better serve) local expat families in need of services.

Level of Expertise: Any

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Jefferson Area CHiP

We partner with families to create a nurturing home environment and promote the health and well-being of children in our community.

Contact: Sarah Cooper, (434) 964-4700 Extension 101

Community Assessment Survey

We’d like to conduct a survey of community agencies and resources to better understand the community perception of CHiP and CHiP services. We could use help with survey design, conducting interviews.

Project Duration: 2-3 months

Level of Expertise: Any

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On Our Own, Charlottesville

To provide mutual support, self-help, advocacy, education, information and referral services for individuals who acknowledge having significant problems in their lives due to mental illness and who are seeking to take responsibility for their own growth and recovery while supporting each other. We actively advocate for positive change within the traditional mental health system.

Contact: Erin Tucker, 434-960-3409

Group Facilitation

We are interested in having qualified facilitators to run groups/workshops focusing on emotional wellbeing, physical wellbeing and/or spiritual wellbeing. Topic possibilities could be Reflective listening, positive self-talk, body image/esteem, health topics, emotion management, depression/bipolar/mood disorder, mindfulness etc.

We are open to short term groups, long term groups, and one time workshops. We can schedule groups in a flexible style however most group slots are 1 hour long in duration and typically fall between the hours of 9am and 5pm, 7 days a week.

When we say qualified, we just need someone who is educated in the subject and feels comfortable leading a group. We would ask that the facilitator provide an outline of what they intend to present. Group numbers tend to be at around 10 persons but could be more or less depending on the day. Thanks!

Level of Expertise: Any

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On Our Own, Charlottesville

To provide mutual support, self-help, advocacy, education, information and referral services for individuals who acknowledge having significant problems in their lives due to mental illness and who are seeking to take responsibility for their own growth and recovery while supporting each other. We actively advocate for positive change within the traditional mental health system.

Contact: Erin Tucker, 434-960-3409

Grant-Writing

We have a very tight budget and would like to raise money to provide better services to our members and to ensure that our staff is paid a fair wage. We also have building maintenance issues that we need to address. It would be wonderful if we had someone who is familiar with grant writing to help us obtain grants to fund some of these issues.

Level of Expertise: Any

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On Our Own, Charlottesville

To provide mutual support, self-help, advocacy, education, information and referral services for individuals who acknowledge having significant problems in their lives due to mental illness and who are seeking to take responsibility for their own growth and recovery while supporting each other. We actively advocate for positive change within the traditional mental health system.

Contact: Erin Tucker, 434-960-3409

Fundraising

We are run by a very tight budget. We would be grateful if someone was interested in spearheading some fundraising projects. We would like to raise funds to better serve our members, raise our staff wages, and tend to building maintenance.

Level of Expertise: Any

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The Women’s Initiative

The Mission of The Women’s Initiative is to provide effective counseling services, social support and education to empower women to transform challenging life situations into opportunities for renewed well-being and personal growth.

Contact: Elizabeth Irvin, 434-872-0047, ext. 102

Pro Bono Mental Health Therapists

As few as one hour per week of counseling for our clients in a brief therapy model, but can also be an internship, rotation or other type of placement. Also interested in facilitators for group and workshops.

Level of Expertise: Graduate-Level Students, Faculty

Can be as brief as a semester, prefer a one year commitment

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Service Dogs of Virginia

Service Dogs of Virginia’s mission is to raise and train dogs in order to create greater independence for people with disabilities.

Contact: Peggy Law, Executive Director peggylaw@servicedogsva.org

Ruff Cuts- A Canine Film Festival

We are launching a film festival that has 2 parts and would love some help with 2 areas-

First, to help source original films of high quality. This would involve helping create press releases and researching where to target them. It would involve helping to create a plan.

Second, once the festival is put together, we would like to lease it as a “fund raiser in a box” for other service dog programs and shelters through out the US. We need help putting this package together and finding all the organizations we can lease the festival to. There is both infrastructure to establish and outreach to do.

We are trying to create a sustainable event for our organization that can also be used to help others throughout the US. This project would have lasting impact on lots of organizations in need of revenue to keep their doors open. We do not charge our clients for a service dog and want to keep that a reality.

Level of Expertise Needed : Undergraduate- level students, Graduate- level students, Faculty

One Year project duration

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Sexual Assault Resource Agency (SARA)

The mission of the Sexual Assault Resource Agency (SARA) is to eliminate sexual violence and its impact by providing education, advocacy and support to men, women and children. Our vision is a community free from sexual violence.

Contact: Becky Weybright, 434-295-7273

Prevention Education Evaluation

SARA provides primary prevention education to area school children in grades K-12. For older children (middle school and beyond), we conduct pre- and post-tests to assess knowledge gained and attitudes changed. While we see significant changes after we have spent 5 days in the classroom, we have not been in the position to measure whether that change lasts longer. We would like to have the opportunity to participate in a study where the children would receive post tests 1 or 2 years later. While we would not be able to control for other factors that might influence their knowledge or attitudes, it would be useful to assess a longer term impact of our curriculum.

Level of Expertise Needed: Graduate- level students, Faculty

2 – 3 Year Project Duration

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Sexual Assault Resource Agency (SARA)

The mission of the Sexual Assault Resource Agency (SARA) is to eliminate sexual violence and its impact by providing education, advocacy and support to men, women and children. Our vision is a community free from sexual violence.

Contact: Becky Weybright, 434-295-7273

Strategic Planning

SARA has been incorporated as a nonprofit organization since 1979 and offering services since 1975. SARA faces several ongoing challenges. There is often confusion about what SARA does and how it is different from SHE (the Shelter for Help in Emergency). SARA is heavily dependent upon grant funding, which means that there are many requirements for this funding and the funding is restricted, typically for specific salaries and activities. People also do not realize that SARA serves male survivors as well as women and that we also serve children.

SARA could benefit from a strategic assessment of where it is, where it needs to go (or not go), and how it can best get there.

Level of Expertise: Graduate- level students, Faculty

Project Duration: 6 months – 1 year

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