Charlottesville Works Initiative

charlottesville works initiativeOur Challenge

In the Charlottesville region, 5,661 families (18 percent) do not make enough money to pay for the essentials of life—food, shelter, clothing and utilities—and the added costs associated with working—childcare and transportation. Most of these families are single mothers and their children.

Our Purpose

Our purpose is to help these families by identifying and helping create jobs within their reach and positioning them to secure and excel in those jobs—real jobs for real people.

Our approach is to amplify the effects of the region’s extensive support services and economic power by deploying existing social networks to connect those resources more directly to the families struggling in our community.

In April 2016, the Charlottesville Works Initiative became a partnership between the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce and Piedmont Virginia Community College, housed in PVCC’s Division of Community Self-Sufficiency Programs and located at PVCC’s Jefferson School Center.

Ridge Schuyler
Dean | PVCC Community Self-Sufficiency Programs

The mission of Cville Works is “to reduce unemployment and underemployment, and eliminate poverty”


Our Mission

The Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to representing private enterprise, promoting business, and enhancing the quality of life in our Greater Charlottesville communities.