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Islamic Society of Central Va’s Food Distribution

Every Saturday, 9am, Buford Middle School, 1000 Cherry Ave.
The ISCV announced that there will be a free food distribution every Saturday at 9am at Buford Middle School. If you are in need, or if you know someone who is in need, please pass this message along to them. If the person you know is in need, but they still cannot make it to the food distribution, please go on their behalf and deliver the food to them.

Christmas in the Crisis

Online on Mt Zion First African Baptist Church’s Youtube channel
The worship and arts ministries of Mt. Zion First African Baptist Church and New Green Mountain Baptist Church are partnering to present “Christmas in the Crisis,” a five-episode series (see flyer) leading up to Christmas:
Sunday, Nov. 29, 4 pm: “Faith in the Fire
Sunday, Dec. 6, 4 pm, “Mercy in the Mess
Sunday, Dec. 13, 4 pm, “Triumph Over Trouble
Sunday, Dec. 20, 4 pm, “Justice at this Juncture” (starring Rev,. Liz Emrey!)
Thursday, Dec, 24, 7 pm, “Christ in the Crisis”

Charlottesville Community ID Card

Starting appointment-only Saturday, December 19, 9:00am - 9:45am - 10:30a - 11:15am - 12 noon. 
Rather than holding large monthly ID sessions as they did in the past, they will serve those who make an appointment, two people at a time. To ensure safety, the applicants will remain in their cars, except for a few minutes when they come inside to present their documents and take a photo. The attached fliers (English and Spanish) provide the details. 
Call 434 260-0568 or visit to schedule an appointment.

Project ID

Project ID helps folks get a state ID from the DMV by assembling all the documents they need, make appointments with the DMV, set up online DMV accounts, and they pay for their IDs and supporting documents if necessary. They partner with organizations like Piedmont House, OAR, ACRJ, and the Salvation Army. People interested in this service can email or call and leave a message for Charlottesville Chapter leaders Tara Mincer & DeAun Sanders at 434-233-4840.

Activists’ Guide New Website

The Activists’ Guide has been redesigned to make it more user-friendly. Significant changes to the content are scheduled over the next months as The Activists’ Guide continues to expand its mission. Check it at
While you’re there, Shout your convictions for a more just world by ordering from the new t-shirt collection just released by The Activists’ Guide. Choose among three slogans  -- “Resist,” “enough is enough” and “No Justice No Peace.” High quality shirts, they are made in Charlottesville. Place your order at The Activists Shop( Get them for yourself and for your friends. Proceeds go to The Activists’ Guide.


Click here to access Charlottesville's Black Business Directory
Visit the Charlottesville Black Business Directory and shop at black-owned businesses this holiday season. (Source: curated by Destinee Wright, Community Fellow-in-Residence at The Equity Center UVA)

VA Department of Health

If you’re feeling sick or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, the sooner you act the better. Start with these resources to help protect yourself, your family, and your friends as we all work to stop the spread. Click on the picture above to visit the VA Department of Health's COVIDCHECK webpage

More links: Download Virginia’s free COVIDWISE exposure notification app. This video explains how the app works. Download the Apple App or Android App.

Blue Ridge Health District

Health Whys Newsletter
December Issue - “Why Homelessness Affects Health” English & Spanish posters.
Click here for an archive of previous Health Whys Newsletter.

Food Access Resources
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 on our City and County

Information about weekly free food resources and free community meals can be found on Cville Community Cares’ Medium blog, updated every Tuesday.

Letter to Faith Leaders

Dear Faith-Based Community Leaders: 

The Blue Ridge Health District (formerly Thomas Jefferson Health District) is working with community leaders across the District to mitigate and manage an increase of 3% in the positivity rate over the past two weeks. Health districts in neighboring states are experiencing increases that seriously compromise the ability of hospitals and staff to treat patients successfully.* On December 10, Governor Northam has revised state Executive Order 72 to restrict the size of gatherings to 10 people or fewer. Unfortunately, religious services, including weekly services, funerals, and wedding ceremonies can further the spread of COVID-19 and harm not only of participants but also those with whom they subsequently come into contact. For this reason, we request that you take extra precautions this holiday season and recommend no-contact or virtual services to reduce your congregants’ risk of exposure

Click here to read the whole email.
COVID-19 Drive-Through Testing Sites: TJHD’s COVID-19 Testing Sites webpage.
December Charlottesville testing schedule is as follows:
  • Charlottesville Testing - December 18, 2020
    • Morning Testing: 10:00am-12:00pm
      Location: Charlottesville/Albemarle Health Department (1138 Rose Hill Drive, Charlottesville VA 22903)
      Registration Date: 12/16
      *Please note: Registration is required. NO walk-ins at this testing site.
    • Evening Testing: 5:00pm-7:00pm
      Location: Charlottesville High School (1400 Melbourne Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22901)
      Registration Dates: 12/16 and 12/17
  • Charlottesville Testing - December 31, 2020, 10:00am-12:00pm
    • Location: Charlottesville/Albemarle Health Department (1138 Rose Hill Drive, Charlottesville VA 22903)
      Registration Date: 12/29
      *Please note: Registration is required. NO walk-ins at this testing site.   
To register for events or with any questions, please call COVID-19 Resource Hotline: 434-972-6261.

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