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Community Involvement

Signature Smiles of Richmond, VA believes in giving back to the Community. Below please find information on some of our favorite charities from around town!

FEEDMORE

With hunger insecurity at such a high level, Dr. K. Hyder and Signature Smiles VA support FEEDMORE by organizing a yearly food and fund drive.  All employees participate and we supply a food drop box in our office starting Oct. 1 – Dec. 18, 3013. Please donate any of the following top 5 categories: Canned Meat & Fish; Canned & Dried Beans; Canned Fruits & Vegetables; Hot & Cold Cereals and Pasta & Rice.  For those who prefer a tax deductible, monetary donation, each dollar will provide 5 meals. Checks should be made to “FeedMore” and note Signature Smiles in the memo section. Online donations can be made at www.feedmore.org/donate; donors should note Signature Smiles under “credit this food drive”, so we can track the total donations at the end of the drive.

During the past year ending June 30, 2013, FeedMore provided:

• 16.7 million meal equivalents through the Food Distribution Center

• 1,056,112 meals and snacks to children through the Kids Café, Summer Feeding Service and BackPack Programs

• 323,097 meals to the homebound and elderly through Meals on Wheels deliveries

• 6,402 food referrals, including phone, walk-in and SNAP applications completed

• Food and meals were provided to children (38%), adults (42%) and seniors (20%)

We could never have accomplished the above without the generous support of the Central Virginia community which donated 1,337,155 pounds of food and the equivalent of 3,663,331 meals through community food & fund drives last year. Thank you for joining Signature Smiles in our FeedMore efforts.

CHANGE THE WORLD RVA

Signature Smiles also lends support to a unique charitable organization called Change the World RVA. Jane Tarsovich, RDH and Carla Farris, RDH provide oral health exams and professional dental cleanings free of charge to the students. Signature Smiles also supports through material and monetary donations.

As the organization explains from their own publicity materials:

Change the World RVA supports Richmond’s homeless high school students as they transition successfully to college and careers.  In addition to helping students with basic needs, we encourage them to work for individual and social uplift, to “change the world.”  We foster caring, supportive relationships between students and community members. 
Our program is multi-faceted in order to fully address the complex needs of these students.  Using a strengths-based, positive-focused approach, we provide

• After school tutoring;
• Food and hygiene pantries in 3 Richmond high schools;
• A food pantry at Boulevard United Methodist Church for college students;
• A year-long College Prep 101 course;
• “Change the World” curriculum with guest speakers and service opportunities;
• Field trips and college visits;
• Individual mentoring;
• Emergency transportation, bus passes, clothing, and cell phones;
• Bridge to existing services (i.e., housing, healthcare, SNAP, job training)
• Host homes and other housing support;
• Support for the transition from high school to college and careers; and
• Support through the college years.

In addition, we advocate for systemic change (i.e., expanded public transportation, affordable housing, quality education, accessible health care) and celebrate students’ success!

Who we are

Change the World RVA was originally established as a partnership between Bon Air and Westover Hills United Methodist Churches.  It has grown to include Boulevard United Methodist Church, PACE Campus Ministry at VCU, and several additional congregations of multiple faiths as well as several community partners.  Our main contact in the Richmond Public Schools is Alia Adlich (abutler3@richmond.k12.va.us), the McKenny-Vento Social Worker in the three high schools we serve:  Armstrong, Huguenot, and George Wythe.  For more information about Change the World RVA, contact Ms. Adlich, Natalie May (nbmay@verizon.net or 804-512-3208), Rev. Donna Holder (pastorwhumc@verizon.net), or Rev. Rachel May (rachelgenemay@gmail.com).  We are organized into several teams:  academic support & tutoring; mentoring; housing support & host families; food & hygiene pantries; fundraising; transportation; celebrations; and transition to college.  We are a 501(c)(3) organization, and your donations are tax deductible.

How you can help

We need drivers, tutors, mentors, host homes, cooks, guest speakers for our Change the World curriculum, shoppers, and financial contributions. We need volunteers to serve on our various teams, including fundraising.  Our biggest fundraising event is the Another Woman’s Treasure Bazaar – please donate new and gently used purses and jewelry throughout the year.  Then mark your calendars for March 7 & 8, 2014 and join us for a fun & unique shopping experience!

Stay informed

You may like us on Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/wishesrva or you may join our email list by emailing changetheworldrva@verizon.net