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Community Services programs
(CHIP) Families with children improve their self-sufficiency by reaching self-identified goals that strengthen the family unit. CHIP strives to help parents provide an environment where children grow up healthy, safe and ready to learn.
Abused and neglected children obtain safe, permanent
homes with the assistance of a court assigned volunteer to represent the child’s best interest. Children represented by CASA are less likely to spend time in long-term foster care and less likely to re-enter foster care.
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE PROGRAM Survivors of domestic abuse or
sexual assault achieve safety and independence as they receive housing and supportive assistance. The program provides 24-hour hotline service, temporary emergency shelter, referrals, support groups, transportation, and court advocacy for survivors of violence and sexual assault.
EARNED INCOME TAX CREDIT OUTREACH PROGRAM Individuals and families are assisted to claim all eligible tax credits through free federal income tax preparation and electronic filing to maximize refunds.
IMPROVING SCHOLARS At-risk middle and high school students are kept on the path toward academic and career goals with weekly guidance that improves their scholastic performance and helps them avoid delinquent behaviors.
PROJECT DISCOVERY Low-income high school students and potential first generation college students increase their chances of attending and succeeding in college by participating in this college access program. It provides workshops, leadership activities, and college campus visits.
RETIRED SENIOR VOLUNTEER PROGRAM (RSVP) The RSVP Home Visitor service is a unique volunteer opportunity for individuals age 55 and over to use their skills and experience to enhance the lives of homebound seniors and adults with disabilities.
Ex-offenders are assisted with the transition from state prison to life in the community by receiving supportive services including: information, referral, counseling and employment assistance.
WASHINGTON COUNTY FREE DENTAL CLINIC Community dentists volunteer and provide tooth extractions for low-income individuals. This program is only available in Washington County.
240 victims of domestic violence and/or sexual assault were assisted and 154 were provided with court advocacy services through the Domestic Violence program.
A total of 4,159 nights of emergency shelter were provided to 83 adults and children, all facing homelessness because of domestic violence.
98 children were provided with an advocate through the CASA program.
98 eligible adults received dental care at the free Dental Clinic.
832 residents had income tax returns completed by 16 volunteers. Filers saved approximately $166,400 in professional tax preparation fees, and 200 residents claimed
a total of $266,312 in Earned Income Tax Credit. The volunteers’ services had a total economic impact of $1,407,723.
335 returning citizens benefited from services provided through Virginia CARES.
100% of students in the Improving Scholars program improved their performance in school.
70 high school students learned about the benefits of higher education through Project Discovery; 5 students graduated, 5 enrolled in college and one entered
the military.
10 retired and senior volunteers were trained and 5 homebound seniors were provided with companionship through the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP).
CHIP helped 112 families including 170 children, birth to age six, improve their health and quality of life.
Building Futures, Realizing Dreams

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