2021 Allen & Allen Cares Recipients
Terry Ebright & Sally Graham
GoochlandCares provides basic human services and health care to their Goochland neighbors in need, serving their community with compassion and dignity. This 501c3 nonprofit envisions an equitable community, in which all persons have their basic needs met, empowering them to lead lives of self-dignity and well-being.
Terry Ebright and Sally Graham are former Allen & Allen Hometown Heroes and employees of the organization. They introduced the firm to GoochlandCares, and the hard work they’ve accomplished in recent years. Graham is the founder and executive director, while Ebright serves as food pantry manager for the clinic. They have been working throughout the pandemic to support Goochland residents experiencing food insecurity.
GoochlandCares provides a full list of services, such as clothing, medical care, medical transportation, mental health care, dental care, case management, financial assistance, critical home repair, emergency housing, sexual and domestic violence services and GED/ESL education services.
The GoochlandCares food pantry is open five days a week. The nonprofit is offering curbside pickup and pre-packed bags to help keep staff and clients safe during the pandemic.
See the announcement here.
All Blessings Flow
All Blessings Flow collects, cleans, refurbishes and redistributes medical equipment free of charge to those in need in Charlottesville, Albemarle, and surrounding counties. Annie Dodd is the founder and executive director of All Blessings Flow and a 2019 Allen & Allen Hometown Hero.
The organization accepts small equipment donations like canes and crutches, unopened wound care supplies and gloves, and adult briefs and bed pads. They also collect larger equipment like walkers, wheelchairs, and electric hospital beds.
Since its founding in 2015, All Blessings Flow has assisted more than 9,000 individuals with medical equipment. It distributes more than 700 medical items each month and operates on Mondays and Thursdays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
See the announcement here.
Vets on Track Foundation
The Vets on Track Foundation is a non-profit that is focused on finding housing and home furnishings for veterans and first responders in Virginia. Founded by 2019 Allen & Allen Hometown Hero, Rick Ecker, the foundation has furnished more than 600 homes.
Rick served in the United States Marine Corps for more than two decades and started the foundation in 2013. The organization relies on donations and volunteers from the community to carry out its mission.
"We are excited to get this mission back to 100 percent capabilities and help our veterans at a second chance at life," says Rick.
To learn more about Vets on Track and how to get involved, visit their website vetsontrack.org .
Girls For A Change
Angela Patton, created Girls For A Change to empower Black girls in Central Virginia “…to visualize their bright futures and potential through discovery, development, innovation, and social change in their communities. Our mission is to prepare Black girls for the world and the world for Black girls.”
The organization runs an Immersion Lab, a professional development center where young women earn certifications with online programs and apps. They maintain a Learning Garden, where they cultivate plants while enjoying fresh air, sun, and physical activity. Their Girl Ambassador Program prepares these young women for the workforce, creating strong candidates for coveted jobs. These are but a few of many programs being spearheaded by Girls for a Change.
“Angela is a pillar in the community, and we’re grateful to have had the chance to meet her through our Hometown Heroes program in 2017. Since then, we’ve continued to follow her work and Girls For A Change,” said Edward Allen, President of Allen, Allen, Allen & Allen. “Their work to empower and advocate for Black girls is critical to the vitality of our communities, and we’re thrilled to support their mission with this donation.”
Learn more about Girls For A Change by visiting girlsforachange.org .