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Webinar with Senator Creigh Deeds on Gun Violence

Today, Friday, March 26, 2:00 pm 
Join Zoom Meeting:

Why you can't compare Covid-19 vaccines

Watch this 7 minute video to get a better understanding of “efficacy rates” of vaccines, and how “efficacy rate” isn't actually the most important number at all. Conclusion: “The best vaccine right now for you is the one you’re offered.” 

Memorializing Racial Trauma: What Americans Can Learn from the Germans

Wednesday, April 14, 2:00 pm, Zoom webinar
The UVA Memory Project will host an event featuring a discussion between Susan Nieman, author of Learning from the Germans: Race and the Memory of Evil, and Washington Post columnist Michele Norris. Register here

Free health insurance consultation

Now through May 15
Do you know someone who does not have health insurance or only has an expensive COBRA plan?  From now through May 15, 2021, such people may receive a free consultation via Zoom or phone with a certified insurance counselor to learn their options and enroll in a plan, if desired. Most uninsured individuals learn health insurance is less expensive than they expect. Call Jefferson Area Board for Aging (JABA) at 434-817-5248 or Legal Aid Justice Center at 434-220-1496 to schedule a free appointment.

Special Enrollment Period for ACA Health Plans

Now through May 15, at
More than 200,000 Americans signed up for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) health plans during the first two weeks of an extended enrollment period President Biden ordered to help more people find insurance amid the economic ripple effects caused by the coronavirus pandemic. (Source:, March 3, 2021)

Habitat for Humanity NOW Accepting Applications for Homeownership 

Habitat's 2021 Homebuyers/Pathways application is now available! Potential applicants should attend a live Application Information Meeting (AIM) or watch the AIM video/ take the AIM quiz to familiarize themselves with the application process. For more information, please read this Google Doc.  
To receive an application, please complete this Homeownership Interest Form, call the main office at 434-293-9066, or email Those who need assistance completing their application may schedule an appointment online. Habitat will accept completed applications between Monday, March 1, 2021 and Wednesday, March 31, 2021. No applications will be accepted before or after these dates. All who might be interested are encouraged to apply!

Everyone Should Pre-Register Now for a COVID-19 Vaccine!

Everyone should pre-register now for their free COVID-19 vaccine, regardless of which phase they fall into. If you are already pre-registered, you should verify your information and update your record now by visiting or calling 877-VAX-IN-VA, because additional questions have been added to the pre-registration form.

To pre-register, you may:
Call 877-VAX-IN-VA (877-829-4682) open 8 am to 8 pm daily.
Language interpreters available. TTY users dial 7-1-1.

Remember, vaccination is only one tool to end the pandemic. We need to use them all in order to return to normal day-to-day activities. Protect yourself and others by continuing to wear your mask, keeping your distance from others, and avoiding indoor gatherings.

For more information, sign up for the Blue Ridge Health District Update Newsletters.

COVID-19 & Vaccination Information

COVID-19 Drive-Through Testing Sites: 

The Blue Ridge Health District’s COVID-19 testing schedule is located HERE
Download flyer for "March 2021 Testing Sites" on BRHD’s resource drive.
This information is also available on the COVID-19 testing page of BRHD’s website.
Cultivate Charlottesville, Blue Ridge Area Food Bank and its network, Cville Community Cares, and Albemarle County’s Equity and Inclusion Office have worked together in various combinations to create the food availability schedules below and a beautiful new online Food Map showing some of the food resources in our City and County. (Source: Charlottesville Community Cares' Newsletter) More information about weekly free food resources and free community meals can be found on Cville Community Cares’ Medium blog, updated every Tuesday at 6 pm.

City & Cultivate Charlottesville’s Food Justice Network's Food Security Text Line
Residents can text “FOOD” or “COMIDA” 24/7 to (844) 947-6518 to receive information about food resources available near their current zip code. Information is available in English and Spanish. Here’s more information.

  • Bethel Church of God in Christ - every Saturday, 9 am to 12 noon, at Buford Middle School parking lot, 1000 Cherry Ave. (see flyer) If you’d like to volunteer or partner in this effort, email Rev. William Ward at <> or 434 977-6447 to coordinate.  
  • New Beginnings Christian Community – every Monday, Tuesday, and Friday, 1 to 4 pm. Every Saturday, 10 am to 2 pm at New Beginnings Christian Community, 1130 E Market St. Recipients can choose the food they want. Mask and social distancing required. No paperwork needed. Contact Rev. Liz Emrey at <> if you have questions or if you can help.
  • For more food distribution sites, visit this Food Map showing some of the food resources in our City and County

Charlottesville Community Cares Newsletter

Each Tuesday evening, Charlottesville Community Cares will be sending out news stories, tips, and relevant updates about how COVID-19 is impacting us all. Sign up here.

UCARE's Weekly Newsletter

Sign up for the weekly newsletter sent by University and Community Action for Racial Equity (UCARE) for the latest news, events in the Community, and gatherings at the University pertaining to racial equity.

Blue Ridge Health District Newsletter

Read archives and subscribe here.

Email Updates from Virginia Governor Ralph Northam

Subscribe here for his email updates. 

Legal Aid Justice Center

Sign up for their email here. Their latest email gives updates on Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement, Inspect ICE, Expungement, School Funding, and Eviction Prevention.

“The Activists’ Watch,” a newsletter of the Activists’ Guide

“The Activists’ Watch,” is a biweekly newsletter that includes a summary of activist activities for the upcoming two weeks and inspirational facts and quotes. Here’s the archive of past “The Activists’ Watch” newsletters and subscribe here

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