Charlottesville Area Community Foundation Announces 2015 Strengthening Systems and Enriching Communities Grant Recipients





Charlottesville, Virginia – December 21, 2015 –

The Charlottesville Area Community
Foundation’s Governing Board is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2015 grants:
Strengthening Systems, a new initiative that supports programs that strengthen the formal and
non-formal systems that are the fabric of our community or that help individuals or community
groups access those systems; and Enriching Communities, a grant that supports the wide range
of activities and services that make the Charlottesville area a vibrant, caring, and fun place to
live. The Foundation was able to award its 2015 grants through the generous support of donors
and an annual contribution to its discretionary grantmaking from Dorothy Batten.

The Strengthening Systems grant program has made provisional awards of over $440,000 to three
community groups over a three year period. The recipients are: Piedmont Virginia Community
College, Louisa County Resource Council, and Charlottesville Works Initiative. President of the
Community Foundation Anne Scott stated, “Our local nonprofits mobilize a rich array of
activities and uphold the underlying systems that keep our community strong. Without them,
we could not fulfill our mission of improving quality of life for our community.”

The grant awarded to Piedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC) will allow PVCC to work
with the Charlottesville Albemarle Technical Education Center (CATEC) to align curriculum,
engage stakeholders, and design a career pathway in the high-growth field of cybersecurity so
that students can obtain middle skill jobs. The process will serve as a model for developing
career pathways in other industry sectors. PVCC President Frank Friedman stated, “Through
the creation of community career pathways, the grant provided by the Community Foundation
will make a significant impact on the Career and Technical Education training opportunities for
students in our local education system. The pathways will provide seamless transitions from K-
12 education to post-secondary education to high-quality employment and provide access to
prosperity for more residents in our community. ”

Charlottesville Works Initiative will refine a pilot program that supports low-income job
seekers on a pathway to obtain and retain a sustainable wage job, build the capacity of
organizations implementing it, and ultimately scale up the program to reach an estimated 200
people. Ridge Schuyler, Director of the Charlottesville Works Initiative stated that, “The
Strengthening Systems grant will allow us to help our neighbors, mostly single women, realize
their potential and alter the trajectory of their lives and the lives of their children. Among our
first in the Charlottesville Works program was a single mother, working in the cafeteria at UVA
Hospital. She served nurses every day at the cafeteria, and wanted some day to move to the
other side of the counter as a nurse herself. Charlottesville Works helped this mother to move
that four feet, from one side of the counter to the other, to transition to a career ladder position
in nursing at UVA Hospital, where her value is recognized.”

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