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Charlottesville Black Business Expo

Saturday, September 24 | 10:00 am to 7:00 pm, Ix Art Park, 522 Second St SE 
This Expo celebrates local Black-owned businesses. In addition to 40 vendor booths, the day-long affair will feature DJ sets, live music, panel discussions, and a competition with cash prizes totaling $1,500 for the two best business pitches. Ty Cooper, a filmmaker and director of the Expo says: “[The Expo] is open to anyone, to everyone. The whole idea is to bring people together to support and celebrate these Black businesses.” (More information here from C-ville Weekly)

Men’s Day Health Event

Saturday, September 24 | 9:00 am to 2:00 pm, Mt. Zion First African Baptist Church, 105 Lankford Ave.
Men are invited to this free event that provides Health Screenings for Blood Sugar (A1C), Blood Pressure
HIV/Hep C, Kidney disease, Vascular disease, and more. There will also be tournaments, giveaways, and food. (see flyer) For more information, contact Jackie Martin at or 434-243-8352.

Clarence Green and the Downbeat Project in Concert

Saturday, September 24 | 5:00 to 9:00 pm, 1518 E High St. Tickets: $12.00.
Gather by the Rivanna River for a concert with soul-filled Charlottesville band Downbeat Project led by singer-songwriter Clarence Green. This outdoor concert is part of the Rivanna Roots concert series, a partnership between The Front Porch, Rivanna River Company, and Sun Tribe Solar, and takes place at Rivanna River Company, 1518 E High St. Purchase tickets ($12) here.

"Religion, Secularity, and Public Life After Charlottesville" Conference

Thursday, Sept. 22 through Saturday, Sept. 24 | Various Locations at UVA, free & open to the public
UVA’s The Religion and Its Publics Project is hosting a conference that will explore the increasingly complex relationship between religion and various social issues in light of the violence of the Unite the Right Rally in Charlottesville on August 12, 2017 and beyond. Click here for more information about the conference. Download poster.
Highlights of this conference:

  • Keynote address by Senator Tim Kaine, on Friday, Sept. 23, at 11 am in Old Cabell Hall. 
  • A roundtable featuring current and former Charlottesville leaders and activists reflecting on the aftermath of the Unite the Right Rally, on Friday, Sept. 23 at 7 pm in Minor Hall. 

Universities Studying Slavery Fall 2022 Conference

Wednesday, September 28 - Saturday, October 1 | Various Locations
Hosted by the University of Virginia and its President's Commission on the University in the Age of Segregation (PCUAS), the conference seeks to highlight slavery's many enduring legacies after emancipation and also confront the American academy's history of both benefitting from and perpetuating those legacies. Topics include Reconstruction, disfranchisement, redlining, racially restrictive zoning, racial terrorism, policing and incarceration, racist science's impacts on public policy, and resulting inequalities in health, industry, housing, and education from 1865 to the present. Although the central theme focuses on the post-emancipation world, the conference will address a wide array of topics related to slavery, slavery's afterlives, and universities. Register HERE.

“No Unity Without Justice: Student and Community Organizing During the 2017 Summer of Hate”

Exhibition on display now through October 29, 2022. Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library

The 37-item exhibition provides personal narratives of the curators’ experiences, as well as those of various Charlottesville community activists. It was primarily curated by Kendall King, a 2018 UVA alum, artist, and community organizer; in partnership with Jalane Schmidt, a UVA associate professor of religious studies; with guest alumni curators Natalie Romero, Hannah Russell-Hunter, and Memory Project postdoctoral fellow Gillet Rosenblith. Click here for more information.

“One Stop Shop”

Every Wednesday from 10 am to 1 pm, parking lot of 750 Harris Street 
“One Stop Shop” is a weekly event organized by more than 20 nonprofits and other organizations to provide re-entry support for people returning home from Virginia prisons. The entire community is invited to attend One Stop Shop, particularly anyone who’s interested in volunteering with or otherwise assisting returning citizens who are adjusting to their new lives. Read July 13 C-ville Weekly article for more information.


Do you care about students learning a more honest and inclusive history? Then share your support for the new Virginia history/social science standards. The draft standards were revised by teachers, history coordinators, historians, and community organizations from across the state. However, state-level officials have recently shared their concerns with the proposed standards. Feedback from the public is being accepted until Sept 25.

Weigh in: Confederate monument survey is now live

The Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia is asking for community feedback as it makes plans for Confederate monuments removed by the city in 2020. The museum is surveying people as it makes plans to interpret and exhibit the artifacts.

Charlottesville Free Clinic Questionnaire

The healthcare landscape has changed tremendously over the past few years and hearing from our community partners will help the Charlottesville Free Clinic determine how to allocate their resources moving forward so that they can best serve the community. Please fill out this 5-10 minute survey by Sunday, September 18.

Families Helping Families Fall Survey

What unmet needs do you feel exist for educators, students and families in Albemarle County? Even if you don't have the bandwidth to get more involved with their work, Families Helping Families want to hear from you by filling out their survey!


SURVEY ON-GOING: Swords Into Plowshares Community Survey

Take the survey here.
In December 2021, the Charlottesville City Council voted to give the City’s recently-removed statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee to the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center (JSAAHC). [Read news release] The JSAAHC plans to melt down the monument in order to transform its bronze material into a work of public art.

The public art project, called “Swords Into Plowshares,” will be informed by a community engagement process for Charlottesville residents to deliberate how the social value of inclusion can be represented through art and public space. People living in the Charlottesville area are  invited to take this survey about what makes a welcoming space and how inclusion and other community aspirations can be represented through art and public spaces. The survey is anonymous. Feel free to skip questions that you do not wish to answer.

If you belong to a group that would be interested in discussing this project further, send a message to with your group’s name and contact information.

2 Volunteer Loan Officers needed

The Coalition for Economic Opportunity (CEO) provides an alternative loan program offering loans of up to $1,000 to help lower-resourced people avoid predatory lenders and also to build their credit. Most applicants have emergency needs, including car repairs and other unexpected expenses. The Coalition is currently seeking two Volunteer Loan Officers to assist with applicants approximately 5-8 hours per month as follows:
  • Communicate by phone and email with prospective applicants
  • Review applicants’ current finances (basic math needed, but training will be provided about understanding budgets and eligibility)
  • Decide whether applicant needs emergency assistance and make referrals (training provided) OR complete paperwork to submit loan application to VNB, depending on the applicant's situation and
  • Maintain communication with loan recipients when needed/feasible.
Please contact Emily Dreyfus, Senior Supervising Organizer, Economic Justice Program, for more information or to apply: 434-882-3796 (c) or

Job Opening for Hospital Chaplain

The Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital in Charlottesville, VA is seeking to hire a part time Chaplain, flexible schedule.  Bachelors degree and one unit of Clinical Pastoral education required.  Click here for job details and to apply.

Pianist Needed

New Beginnings Christian Community1130 E Market St, Charlottesville, is looking for a pianist to play three hymns, a prelude, postlude, offering music and doxology Sundays at 11:00 am.  Pay $75 for the 45 minutes during Sunday worship. Everyone is masked and vaccinated. The pianist doesn’t need to wear a mask while at the piano. Please let Pastor Liz ( or Pastor Brenda ( know if you are available.

Vegetarian Cooks Needed 

Serenity Ridge Retreat Center, a buddhist retreat center in Nelson County is looking for cooks to help fill out their staff this fall.  It's a vegetarian kitchen, supporting folks on contemplative retreat.  It's a beautiful location and rewarding work. Pay is $15-$17/hr, meals included, as well as a room if folks would like to stay on site and save on gas in between shifts. Read their full Craigslist ad.

Local / Regional




Bivalent COVID-19 Booster Vaccines Now Available

The Virginia Department of Health’s Blue Ridge Health District (BRHD) has begun administering Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna Bivalent COVID-19 booster vaccines to eligible community members. The new updated boosters are targeted specifically at the BA.4 and BA.5 subvariants of the Omicron variant that initially emerged in the United States in November 2021. Community members can schedule an appointment for a bivalent booster vaccine through the VASE+ system here. A complete list of BRHD-hosted clinics can be found on our vaccine webpage here. More information here.


More detailed health and BRHD information available here.


Foodfinder Tools

Cultivate Charlottesville, Blue Ridge Area Food Bank and its network, Cville Community Cares, and Albemarle County’s Equity and Inclusion Office have worked together to create a map of available food resources in the area. Go online Foodfinder Map.

City and Cultivate Charlottesville’s Food Justice Network launches 24/7 Food Security Text Line  Residents can text “FOOD” or “COMIDA” 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.

Google's Food Locator Tool - Google created a Find Food Support locator tool to locate your nearest food bank, food pantry, or school lunch program pickup site. To use the tool, simply enter an address into the search bar. Information for the sites closest to you will be displayed. If possible, call a location before you visit to verify days/hours they are open and any requirements.


Food Distribution

  • 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 <> or call 434-872-0800 if you have questions or if you can help.

  • See the Foodfinder Map for more food distribution sites in the area.


Activists’ Guide Newsletter

“The Activists’ Watch” is a biweekly newsletter that includes a summary of activist activities for the upcoming two weeks and inspirational facts and quotes. Subscribe here.

Beloved Community Cville Newsletter

This bi-monthly e-newsletter spotlights Black owned businesses and organizations as well as local racial history. Sign up here.

Blue Ridge Health District Newsletter

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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.

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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.

UCARE's Weekly Newsletter

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Virginia Department of Health

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Virginia Organizing challenges injustice by bringing people together to work for change in their communities. We have a new Charlottesville organizer! Sign up for monthly newsletter and action alerts.
A list of local churches and faith communities can be found HERE. Explore websites and Facebook links for worship, studies, and/or devotions offered by our rich and diverse communities of faith! 
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