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News about IMPACT Nehemiah Action Assembly, held on April 11.

Medicaid Expansion Enrollment Drive by the NAACP

The Albemarle-Charlottesville NAACP has taken on the task of optimizing enrollment in the recently expanded Virginia Medicaid Program.  During the summer months, they will be reaching out to spiritual, civic, and medical organizations in a collaborative manner to sponsor sign up events. The newly expanded Medicaid Program opens the door for the first time to childless adults to enroll, in addition to the traditional Medicaid populations of 1) children, 2) pregnant women & 3) person with disability.

The NAACP looks forward to hearing from and working with faith communities on eliminating the racial and ethnic inequities that exist within our healthcare system that undermine communities of color, their life opportunities and their ability to contribute to the common good. If you are interested in co-sponsoring an event with the NAACP at your church, please contact Health Committee Chairman Gregg Winston at gwinston78@gmail.com. For additional information see attached.


Together We Remember - Charlottesville

Thursday, April 25, 6 to 8 p.m. at UVA's McLeod Hall, room 1003. Dinner will be provided.
Free parking is available in the Nursing School garage after 5 pm.
Together We Remember - Charlottesville is a gathering to commemorate victims of identity-based violence, and through their memory inspire the best in humanity to commit to and enact "Never Again" in our community. The spirit of Together We Remember is uniting people of different identities in solidarity to begin and sustain a conversation around the topic of preventing identity-based hatred and violence. By choosing to attend this event, you agree to engage in a respectful, open-minded dialogue.
Space is limited; RSVP to Cate Keller at ckeller133@gmail.com is required.  


Festival of Cultures - Free and Open to the Public
Saturday, May 11, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, at Booker T. Washington Park, 1001 Preston Ave.

African American Fellowship of Virginia Preaching Camp XVI - (see flyer)

Friday, May 17, 8 am to Saturday, May 18, 1:30 pm at Mt. Zion First African Baptist, 105 Lankford Ave.
The purpose of the Preaching Camp is to instruct, inspire, and encourage church planters, ministers, and pastors in a small intimate setting to explore four methods of sermon preparation and delivery. Participants will have the opportunity to put theory to practice by modeling one of the sermon methods explored in a sermonic presentations. Cost: $125. Register here. For more information, click here or email Dr. Jerome Lee.


Scheduling Poll: Refresher Training for Psychological First Aid & Skills for Recovery

The Community Mental Health and Wellness Coalition and the Thomas Jefferson Health District are partnering to organize a 2-hour refresher training in psychological first aid sometime in late April through May. They need your input regarding the best dates and times that work for most. If you’re interested in participating in this training, please complete this survey to communicate your availability: www.surveymonkey.com/r/CZK6HB2. Read this email for more information.
 

ONGOING LOCAL PROGRAMS

Community ID Program launched successfully!

On Saturday, March 30, 73 people signed up to get their community ID cards. Some people started lining up as early as 5 am! ID drives will be held the first Saturday of each month, starting May 4. The May and June ID drives will be held at New Beginnings Church, 1130 E. Market St. People who want information on the program will find it at: www.wgcville.org (click on ID PROGRAM, upper right). Click here to read Russ Linden’s full report.

 

Poor People’s Campaign in Virginia

Virginia has joined Rev. William Barber’s Poor People’s Campaign uniting tens of thousands of people across the country to challenge the evils of Systemic Racism, Poverty, the War Economy, Ecological Devastation and the nation’s Distorted Morality.

The campaign is looking for someone in Charlottesville/Central Virginia to serve on the Coordinating Council for the Poor People’s Congress in Washington D.C., June 17-19. Responsibilities include attending bi-weekly Wed. night Zoom meetings, helping plan and/or identify events in their community, & representing the Poor People's Campaign at events. For more information, contact Andrea Miller (who serves alongside Rabbi Michael Knopf and Swami Dayananda as State Coordinating Committee members.)
 

Local Alternative to Predatory Lending

The "Coalition for Economic Opportunity" (CEO) is a local nonprofit that offers short-term, low-interest loans of up to $650 to help people in times of crisis, keeping them from having to use payday or auto title loans. Over $50,000 has been loaned out in the last few years, enabling people to pay for car repairs, medical bills, and other unexpected expenses without entering into a cycle of debt. With additional funds, more loans can be provided in our community. Please help us spread the word, as one tangible way to enact our faith commitments and deal a blow to exploitative economic practices. For more information, contact Will Brown at University Baptist Church (434-293-5106), or visit the CEO's website: https://www.justice4all.org/coalition-for-economic-opportunity/
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