Three Virginia charities to donate to this Black History Month | Allen and Allen

Three Virginia charities to donate to this Black History Month

  • February 1, 2022
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Every year, Allen & Allen relishes the opportunity to recognize those who make Virginia a better place to live, work and play. Through our Hometown Heroes program, where charitable-minded Virginians are nominated by peers, we’ve had the opportunity to meet some truly inspiring people. Many of our Hometown Heroes run charities, or are at least active within a charity they feel strongly about.

This Black History Month (and beyond!), consider contributing to these charities, which are either Black-run, or associated with a cause that our Black Hometown Heroes are passionate about.

Girls for a Change - Chesterfield

Girls for a Change – Central Virginia

Hometown Hero Angela Patton created this nonprofit 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.”

Among its many offerings is an Immersion Lab, where young women earn certificates in apps and programs that propel their experience for job requirements. Their Learning Garden teaches them to cultivate plants while also encouraging outdoor time and being physically active.

The Fairy Godmother Project

The Fairy Godmother Project – Fredericksburg

Former Hometown Hero Carl Lawson serves at The Fairy Godmother Project, whose mission is to ease the daily burdens that families experience when there is a pediatric cancer diagnosis. They perform many services for families such as providing meals and gift cards, house cleaning, lawn care, and more to ensure that some of the stress is taken away when resources are stretched thin. Coincidentally, this charity was co-founded by Andie McDonald, another Allen & Allen Hometown Hero!

Men to Heal

Men 2 Heal – Richmond

This organization is dedicated to cultivating coping mechanisms for Black men, who are four times more likely to die by suicide than Black women. Embracing a modern approach to mental health, men are encouraged to express themselves through counseling in a safe environment, free from stigma. There is a wellness center that offers outpatient therapy, yoga, and resources for mindfulness and financial information.