New River Community Action works with our community’s most vulnerable residents including the homeless, ex-offenders, the disabled, and struggling young families. NRCA offers a variety of programs to improve the lives of low-income people. Some services address basic needs such as food, shelter, and utilities. Comprehensive early childhood programs promote school readiness, healthy families, and effective parenting.
New River Community Action, with the assistance of 1,795 volunteers who worked 34,650 hours, provided the following services to 11,977 individuals in 2016-2017 throughout the New River Valley:
ALLEVIATING HUNGER AND FINANCIAL CRISIS
Emergency Food assisted 4,494 individuals in 1,902 families through six food pantries.
Emergency Assistance served 5,958 individuals in 2,429 families addressing basic needs including shelter.
Floyd Backpack Program served 175 children in 93 families.
Blacksburg Interfaith Food Pantry served 346 individuals in 155 families.
Housing Counseling provided 82 families with the knowledge to improve their housing and financial situations.
Homeless and Housing Programs assisted 94 families to obtain or maintain permanent housing.
To Our House winter shelter served 40 homeless men providing a total of 1,451 bed-nights and 4,353 meals.
EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION & FAMILY SERVICES
Head Start provided comprehensive education, nutrition, health, parent involvement and social services to 354 pre-school children.
Children's Health Improvement Partnership (CHIP) provided 269 children (ages 0-6) in 158 families with improved health care, parent education and case management.
Eleven AmeriCorps members provided a combined 6,654 service hours.
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) served 963 families who saved $174,400 in tax preparation fees.
Virginia Cares program provided 45 pre-releases and 173 newly released ex-offenders with assistance and support to promote successful transition from prison or jail to the community.
TWO GENERATION CAREER AND CHILD DEVELOPMENT
Career Mentors enrolled 47 participants in SwiftStart offering skill development and access to childcare.