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Editor's note: This is the final "Collective Announcement" for 2021.
This newsletter resumes January 14, 2022.
Wishing everyone a joyous and safe holiday season!
WAYS TO HELP TORNADO VICTIMS
Our hearts are breaking as we witness the horrific devastation by tornadoes last week in Kentucky and nearby states. Many faith leaders are wondering what we can do to help with relief efforts. A member of the Virginia Baptist Disaster Response staff told me yesterday:

“There have been no official requests through Disaster Relief channels yet. In my experience, the best "thing" to give at this stage of a response is money...they have nowhere to store "stuff" and there will be a variety of needs moving forward that those with "boots on the ground" will be most aware of (and financial donations allow that money to be spent in the local community and boost the economy that will have been damaged by the storm as well). Money given to Virginia Baptist disaster response earmarked for KY will be used for supplies, etc. if we respond, or shared with local responders who are meeting needs in that community.”

Right now, the best thing we can do in a concrete, tangible way right now is to donate money either to your denominational body or to national charities and organizations.

HOWEVER, if your congregation is organizing a response and would like for the rest of the Charlottesville Clergy Collective to know and participate, please fill out this form! Even if your congregation is not organizing anything now, you can sign up to receive updates about what other congregations are doing so that you can join them and help in the future. 

Thanks,
Michael Cheuk
Secretary, Charlottesville Clergy Collective

Transit Vision Survey

The Regional Transit Partnership is embarking on a journey to improve and expand transit service in the Thomas Jefferson Region. They are conducting a Regional Transit Vision Study to capture long-term goals for transit in the Charlottesville Region. They want to reach everyone, including non-transit riders.
Please help them hear from the communities that you serve by posting and sharing these survey flyers (in English & in Spanish) with your congregation and network. People can take the survey at: http://www.tinyurl.com/transitvision. The survey deadline has been extended to the end of December.
 

"Writing the Bible" Audio Course 

Audible has just released Writing the Bible, an audio course written and read by UVA professor Martien Halvorson-Taylor, wife of Rev. Neal Halvorson-Taylor of Grace Church, Red Hill. The link is here: https://tinyurl.com/yck8ctvr. $30 for purchase. Free for members of Audible. Click here for more about the course.
 

Save the Date: Martin Luther King Jr. Annual Community Celebration

Sunday, January, 12, 2022, at 4:00 pm. Live Streamed.
More information will be forthcoming.
 

Art & Video Contest for 6th through 12th Graders

Rumi Forum Charlottesville is partnering with the Charlottesville Clergy Collective to sponsor a contest that supports the theme: “Celebrating Diversity and Inclusion.” 
  • The Art Contest is for 6th - 8th Graders, with prizes ranging from $150 to $50. 
  • The Video Contest is for 9th - 12th Graders, with prizes ranging from $250 to $100. 
Download flyers for the Art Contest and the Video Contest that contain the entry form, judging criteria, and other information for submission. Submission deadline is February 25, 2022. Contact cville@rumiforum.org for more information. 
 

Restorative Justice Diversion Program

The Zehr Institute at Eastern Mennonite University is collaborating with the Commonwealth Attorneys of Albemarle County and Charlottesville City to pilot a restorative justice program. It aims to divert adults and youth out of the criminal system using a restorative conferencing process, which addresses the root causes and needs associated with incidents of harm through an equity/trauma-informed lens. The project is focused on program and research design, as well as training facilitators through January 2022. Afterwards, we will then shift to implementation (taking restorative conferencing referrals). We are looking for potential paid facilitators to get trained and take cases. We are also looking for community organizations to support or coordinate the program over the long term. If you are interested in learning more about restorative justice, our project, and these opportunities to get involved, reach out to tarek.maassarani@emu.edu with questions and ideas. DOWNLOAD this document to learn more about the Restorative Justice Diversion Program.
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COVID-19 RESOURCES

Do I Need a COVID-19 Booster?

If you are eligible, you can receive a booster dose wherever vaccines are available. Options include community vaccination clinics, your healthcare provider, or a pharmacy. Click here for more information about getting the vaccine or a booster.

COVID-19 VACCINES

Go to the Blue Ridge Health District website for their vaccine distribution schedule.
  • All Virginians 12+ are now eligible to schedule a vaccine appointment. Schedule a vaccination appointment at any of the BRHD sites. You may use this link for either first, second, or third doses (immunocompromised patients only). For anyone who is unable to travel to a vaccine site, BRHD can provide Homebound Vaccines in their own home. To schedule an appointment, request in-home vaccination, or for any other questions, call the BRHD Hotline: 434-972-6261.
  • The BRHD Is Offering Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine for Children Ages 5-11 Beginning Saturday, November 6, 2021, the Blue Ridge Health District (BRHD) will begin to offer the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 to 11, following guidance from CDC and FDA.
Covid Testing Sites
These sites are offering free COVID PCR testing (nasal swab). COVID-19 Testing Sites . **All testing is weather dependent!** 

BRHD COVID-19 Hotline - 434-972-6261
Open Monday-Friday, 8:00am-4:30pm, the BRHD COVID-19 Resource Hotline is staffed by trained operators who are ready to assist with providing local information and resources for questions about vaccines, testing, mandates, and more. Interpreters are available for those who prefer to communicate in their native language.
BLUE RIDGE HEALTH DISTRICT RESOURCES
  • BRHD Newsletters
    Each Friday, BRHD sends out a newsletter with a number of updates, including information on vaccines and vaccine sites, testing resources, safety recommendations, general services announcements, and more. Previous newsletters are archived on the BRHD website, but anyone can sign up to receive future newsletters.
  • BRHD Monthly HealthWhys Newsletter
    This month: Potluck Food Safety. Click here to download their newsletters.
  • BlueRidgeCOVID.org
    This is a great landing page for all things COVID in the BRHD. It includes links to scheduling vaccines, VDH COVID dashboards, volunteer opportunities, testing options, safety tips, and more. 
  • Vaccines.gov
    This is a nation-wide search engine that allows people to look for vaccine appointments at a number of providers - health departments, pharmacies, providers, etc - based on their location. BRHD clinics are included in the results of this website. 
  • Social Media - BRHD is active on Facebook and Twitter - many people enjoy following us there as post updates and information that can easily be shared. BRHD is also on NextDoor.
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 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.

Use Google’s Find Food Support locator tool
Google created a Find Food Support locator tool that you can use to find your nearest food bank, food pantry or school lunch program pickup site. To use the tool, simply enter an address into the search bar and 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 <lizemrey@yahoo.com> 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
NEWSLETTERS

Virginia Organizing

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.
 

Beloved Community Cville Newsletter

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

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 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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