- Virginia Johnson
Thousands of people and hundreds of nonprofit organizations find that the public library helps them meet their personal and community-wide goals every year. On May 6, the Community Foundation of the Rappahannock Region (CFRR) is hosting 24 hours of giving for more than 100 charities, to lend them extra support during what are surely difficult times. It’s called the Community Give.
Partners in Good Works
The library has found natural partners with many of these groups for we serve the same communities. We work with Rappahannock Goodwill Industries to make possible the Job Help Center at our England Run branch. Our law library frequently makes referrals to Rappahannock Legal Services. In our dedication to preserving history, we share resources with the Central Rappahannock Heritage Center and Historic Fredericksburg Foundation, Inc. Also, the George Washington Foundation has worked with us on the Stafford 350 celebration programming.
Helping Young People Learn and Grow
With our many programs geared to growing young readers, it is probably not surprising that we also do outreach to families by working with local nonprofits with similar missions. As part of the Community Collaborative for Youth and Families, we work to cultivate “a thriving community through an inclusive collaborative by helping youth and families to be stable and successful.” Our partners here include the Rappahannock Area Community Services Board, the Rappahannock Council against Sexual Assault (RCASA), the Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center, and Empower House.
Stafford’s celebration of 350 years of history includes many things for kids to do, and the library is helping to make that happen in conjunction with other community partners. Later on this year, look for our History Adventure Packs themed on African-American history as well as Railways and Roadways. Put together with help from the Fredericksburg Area Museum and Cultural Center (FAMCC), they promise good learning and good fun.
Also very much in the way of family fun are our Nature Adventure Packs, created in conjunction with the Friends of the Rappahannock. There’s more history to be had with the Stafford Trailblazers activity book, a joint project of Gari Melchers’ Home and Studio at Belmont, the George Washington Foundation, and the library. The GWF is also providing fun, free classes on the topic of “George Did It! You Can, Too!” at our library branches.
The library also works with Healthy Families, Smart Beginnings, Stafford Junction, and The Childcare Network to sponsor Passport to Kindergarten, a community-based program that facilitates a connection among early learning centers, preschools, kindergarten staff, and parents to foster the kindergarten transition process. Smart Beginnings and The Childcare Network also collaborate with us on observing the Week of the Young Child, an event that brings attention to the importance of early childhood education.
Putting Food on the Table
Sometimes needs are best met literally hand to mouth. Children (and adults!) can watch our garden grow at the Porter branch in North Stafford. All produce grown is donated to S.E.R.V.E., a local food bank.
So Many Choices…
While we enjoy acknowledging those nonprofits that have worked with us through the years, there are many worthy groups looking for support. Click here for a complete list of participating organizations, and, come May 6, log on to choose to help your friends and neighbors.