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In 2017, the Charlottesville City Council proclaimed March 3 to be Liberation and Freedom Day. The celebration commemorates the March 3-6, 1865, arrival of Union cavalry in the area, when town and university officials surrendered at the current site of the UVA Chapel, and thousands of enslaved residents took the opportunity to escape and follow U.S. troops as they continued their advance toward Petersburg, Virginia.

Freedom and Liberation Day Schedule of Events 2021

for more information, please visit Jefferson’s School’s website.

Friday, March 5
  • 1:00 pm: Follow the Path to Freedom Memory VIRTUAL Event on YouTube. Because of COVID-19 restrictions, this event, originally scheduled to take place at UVA’s Memorial to Enslaved Laborers, will be shown on Youtube. This event is sponsored by the Descendants of Enslaved Communities at UVA.  
Saturday, March 6
  • 12 pm: Virginia State University Drumline, TBD
  • Evening TBD: Film screening: “The Coachman” and “Byrdland”  Lorenzo Dickerson’s documentaries about Keswick-area plantations of Castle Hill & Turkey Hill, 90-minutes.  Maupintown Media + JSAAHC
Sunday, March 7
  • 3pm: The Other Madisons, film screening and conversation with filmmaker Eduardo Montes Bradley and Bettye Kearse, author of The Other Madisons: The Lost History of a President’s Black Family. In this 40-minute documentary, Bettye Kearse traces her ancestry to Mandy, her family’s first African ancestor enslaved on American soil and who became the property of President James Madison’s estate in Virginia, Montpelier. After film discussion moderated by Andrea Douglas. Co-sponsored by the Heritage Film Project. The event is live streamed on YouTube and Facebook.

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)

The Center's Diversity Speakers Series 

Starting March 3 through April 7, 5:30 pm, on Zoom
Sponsored by The Center at Belvedere. This series features presentations by local leaders who are helping to shape a culture of anti-racism and inclusion in Charlottesville. The online event runs for six consecutive Wednesdays. The series is free and open to all, but registration is required. Speakers include Susan Bro, Jalane Schmidt, Charlene Green, etc.  
  1. Go to the 2021 Diversity Speakers Series page to register for Zoom link.
  2. Click on the date of the presentation you wish to attend. You need to register for each talk you wish to attend individually, and there’s only 300 “seats” available, first come-first served.
  3. Repeat step two for any additional presentation(s) you wish to attend.
  4. Fill out the information requested, then click “Register.”
  5. You will be sent an email confirmation and Zoom link immediately and closer to the date of the event.

Coming to the Table 

Saturday, March 13, 2021, from 2 to 3:30 pm EST
Be introduced to a new member of the CTTT leadership/facilitator team, Melody M. Pannell, MSW, M.Div., MACE, who have just recently moved to our area. Melody is a counselor, restorative justice seeker, Strategies for Trauma Awareness & Resilience (STAR) practitioner, racial equity trainer, and ministry leader, Melody currently serves as the Resilience Educator and Mental Health Therapist with The Women's Initiative in Charlottesville, VA. Email <> to receive a link to the Zoom meeting.

Strengthening Your Organizational Anti-Racist Practice

Thursday, March 25, 2 pm to 3:30 pm. Cost: $69. Register here.
Non-Profit Quarterly is sponsoring this 90-minute webinar session, to help leaders identify how and where we can push ourselves, our institutions, and the sector, to combat anti-Blackness and, in doing so, break the barriers of structural racism. Click here for more information.

Habitat for Humanity Accepting Applications for Homeownership Soon 

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!


VHD Vaccine Phases
Click on the image above to learn more about the VDH COVID-19 Vaccination Response.

The Blue Ridge Health District (BRHD) receives the Johnson & Johnson vaccine!
Read here for more information.

Visit the BRHD COVID-19 Vaccination website for the latest information about vaccination plans.

Virginia VACCINE Pre-Registration System

Click on the image above to go to for more information and to register to receive your vaccine. Individuals who previously filled out a BRHD survey have been automatically imported into the new statewide system. Individuals will maintain their correct status in the queue, and are not able to search that they are in the new system. 

Questions about how to register? Call the VA State hotline @ 877-ASK-VDH3 (877-275-8343) open daily from 8am-8pm.

Vaccinations Summary Pages

Click on the image below to go to COVID-19 Vaccinations in Virginia summary webpage.
Click on the image below to go to COVID-19 Vaccine VA demographics webpage.

COVID-19 Data Portal

Click on image below to go to Blue Ridge Health District’s COVID-19 DATA PORTAL.

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.

VA Department of Health Resources

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.
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, 10 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.

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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