March 2019
CHAMBER MEMBER NEWS
Member News is a monthly newsletter that provides news about Chamber members.
MEMBER JOB POSTINGS
God's Storehouse and The Health Collaborative are now accepting applications for AmeriCorps VISTA members.
URBAN FARM VISTA
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LOCAL FOOD SYSTEMS VISTA
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HOST A BLOOD DRIVE WITH SOVAH BLOOD DONOR CENTER
DPS SURVEY FOR THE BUSINESS COMMUNITY
The DPS Education Foundation is undertaking a strategic planning process and needs your help! We have designed a brief survey for the greater Danville area business community. There are 10 easy questions that should take 5-7 minutes to complete. Your responses are fully confidential.

Deadline is Friday, March 15, 2019 . We look forward to sharing the results with you! 
SUPPORT GW'S VIRTUAL ENTERPRISE STUDENTS
The Virtual Enterprise students at George Washington High School are requesting a donation of $300-$600 to help them compete in a trade-show in New York City. In class, the students learn how to own their own business using collaborative learning techniques; and at the trade-show, they have a chance to compete with over 200 other high school students from across the US, China, Brazil and Australia in areas that include branding, website, commercial and business plans.

If you would like to support these students, contact Mrs. Stone.
KATHY MILAM NAMED EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION
Katherine “Kathy” Milam has been named the new Executive Director of the Community Foundation of the Dan River Region.

Milam is currently the Executive Director of the Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History and previously served as agency grant writer for the Danville Pittsylvania Community Services. She is a graduate of Emory University and has lived in Danville since 1990 with her husband, Judge Joseph Milam. Kathy is a certified paralegal and certified in nonprofit management through Duke University Continuing Studies. She is active in several long-standing civic organizations, and is past president of the Danville Riverview Rotary, Garden Club of Danville and Danville Concert Association.

Debra Dodson is retiring after serving 20 years as the Executive Director of The Community Foundation. 
SOUTHSIDE OPPORTUNITY FUND OFFERS SCHOLARSHIPS
The Southside Opportunity Fund (SOF) is currently accepting scholarship applications for students headed to college or a trade/technical school.

High school seniors who receive electricity at their primary residence from Southside Electric Cooperative (SEC) are eligible to apply for the $1,000 scholarships. The application deadline is March 29 .

A combination of weighted criteria is used in the selection process: 45 percent financial need, 45 percent academic achievement and 10 percent personal statement. Scholarships must be used for tuition, student fees, lodging or textbooks. To be eligible, the applicant’s primary residence must receive its electric power from SEC, the applicant must receive a high school diploma or GED by the fall of 2019 and the applicant must be entering his or her first semester of college or trade/technical school in the fall of 2019. Proof of admission will be required if selected to receive a scholarship.

For more information and to apply for a scholarship, visit www.sof.coop .
WADE COLLINS JOINS THE FIRE SAFE, INC. TEAM
Wade Collins has joined the team of Fire Safe, Inc. as their Director of Operations. Wade has over thirty years of experience in the Emergency Response Community. Wade served his country in the United States Navy to begin his career; one of the accomplishments he is most proud of. Wade attended the northern Virginia Community College and Averett University. Wade is a certified Hazardous Materials Specialist and has an extensive background in Industrial Safety. 
The Commonwealth Companies are very excited to have Wade joining their team!
DANVILLE FAMILY VET ACHIEVES ACCREDITATION
Danville Family Vet opened the doors to their new practice in January 2018 after moving from the Mount Hermon area where they served the community for 25 years. 

Danville Family Vet was recently accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). This is an achievement held by less than 15% of the small animal veterinary practices in the United States. Unlike human hospitals, not all animal hospitals are required to be accredited. Accredited hospitals voluntarily submit to evaluation on approximately 900 quality standards that go above and beyond basic state regulations. At AAHA accredited practices, pet owners can expect to receive the highest quality care from well-trained, professional veterinary teams.

Danville Family Vet has recently implemented the Cat Friendly Practice Program pioneered by The American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP). Cat Friendly Practices like Danville Family Vet provide specialize care and handling to alleviate anxiety in cats. The new building is designed specifically for the comfort of cats and team member take additional training in reading cat body language and handling of cats.
FREE GIFT AT YOUR LANCOME COUNTER AT BELK
DAN RIVER NONPROFIT NETWORK OFFERS WORKSHOPS
March 11 | 5:30-6:30 p.m.:  Funders After 5 - Optima Health
A representative from Optima Health will be discussing their mission and funding or partnership opportunities, as well as answering general questions about their overall grant making process to support community programs.

March 22 | 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.: Crafting Your Annual Development Plan
Create an annual development plan that works as hard as you do. This clear plan of action will keep you and your board focused on actual fundraising results. During this half-day session with River District Consulting Group, we will help you assess last year’s fundraising and marketing strategies and create an annual plan for 2019 and beyond.
FREE TRAINING FROM THE DISABILITY RIGHTS AND RESOURCE CENTER
The Disability Rights and Resource Center provides free training on many aspects of the Americans with Disabilities Act including customer service, employment, awareness and employment to insure that your business welcomes customers with disabilities. Each training can be customized to match the needs of your business or organization. We also conduct ADA accessible surveys, at no cost, to help you overcome any barriers your business has that prohibits people with disabilities from patronizing your establishment. Please call Sto Belongia at 434-791-2006 or email at sbelongia@drrcva.org for questions or to schedule an appointment.
GENTRY LOCKE'S EMPLOYMENT LAW SYMPOSIUM: HR MARCH MADNESS!
Register now to get a courtside seat at the Employment Law Symposium.

Topics include: Threats and Violence in the Workplace, Trump’s Federal Agency Brackets, #MeToo in 2019, Handling Workers’ Compensation Claims, Workplace Drug Testing and Substance Use, Wage-Hour Strategies, Employee Free Speech and Social Media, and more!
CCECC AND BETTER ANGELS HOST WORKSHOP
On March 12 from 5:30-8 p.m. in the Carrington Conference Room on the 4th floor of the Student Center at Averett University (204 Woodland Avenue), the Center for Community Engagement and Career Competitiveness and Better Angels are offering a workshop on engaging political conversations in a democratic and effective way. This skills-based workshop will provide hands-on instruction on how to listen effectively, form political arguments, and communicate those arguments in an effective manner. The workshop is free, and we will have refreshments. If you are interested in attending, RSVP to Dr. Billy Wooten at bwooten@averett.edu .
REGISTER TO ATTEND IDEAFEST
Register to attend the 6th Annual IdeaFest Business Pitch Competition. IdeaFest will take place on Thursday, March 21 starting at 1 p.m. IdeaFest is a pitch competition where 20 finalists will pitch their startup business idea to a panel of judges and a live audience. A total of $10,000 will be awarded to the top 3 competitors.

Learn more at ideafestdanville.com .
SANDRA JENNINGS APPOINTED ASSISTANT VICE PRESIDENT, BRANCH MANAGER
Sandra S. Jennings has joined HomeTrust Bank as an Assistant Vice President, Branch Manager at the bank’s Danville office at 3205 Riverside Drive. She is responsible for assuring branch performance results meet or exceed goals, conducting branch office meetings, expanding community relationships, and encouraging her staff to achieve great results.

Jennings has more than a decade of banking experience. Prior to HomeTrust Bank, she worked at American National Bank and Trust. She also spent two years as chief deputy treasurer of the local county tax office.

She graduated from Danville Community College with an Associate Degree of Applied Science in Business Management and a Careers Study certificate in Project Management. Jennings is married with three sons, three grandsons, and two fur babies!
ST. PATRICK'S DAY AT BALLAD BREWING
Celebrate St. Patrick's Day at Ballad Brewing on Friday, March 15 with three new beers! We'll be releasing an Irish Red, Dry Stout, and of course, a green beer. Basically, follow the rainbow to the pot of gold (beer) at Ballad! Luck of the Irish preferred, but not required. Chirba Chirba will be in the food truck area with a special dumpling.
24TH ANNUAL VALLEYSTAR GOLF TOURNAMENT
For the fourth straight year, ValleyStar Credit Union is proud to be raising funds for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Southwest Virginia.

The golf tournament will take place on Thursday, May 16 (rain date: May 23) at Chatmoss Country Club.

We hope that you will consider assisting us in reaching our fundraising goal this year of $20,000 by pledging your financial support. Here's how you can help:

  • BECOME A SPONSOR
Sponsorship levels are available from $200-$1000
  • PLAY GOLF
4-player teams are just $300 and include lunch, free drinks and prize opportunities

Contact Stephanie Potter at 800.475.6328 x3125 if you are interested in supporting this cause!
GRADUATE OF MERIT SPONSORSHIP
Pittsylvania County School Division staff members are in the process of acquiring sponsors for each Graduate of Merit, and they hope that you can join them in recognizing the accomplishments of these distinguished students. The Graduate of Merit program is a well-established and successful school and community partnership which recognizes outstanding high school graduates. This year marks the 20th anniversary of this exceptional program.

If you or your organization is interested in sponsoring a student, contact Tonda Finney at 434.432.2761 or tonda.finney@pcs.k12.va.us .
FIND YOUR POT OF GOLD WITH AMERISTAFF
FREE TRAININGS WITH DANVILLE PITTSYLVANIA COMMUNITY SERVICES
In addition, two mental health first aid workshops will be held at no cost:
  • Adult version: March 27 | 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Youth version: April 23 | 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
GET INVOLVED WITH THE WALK TO END ALZHEIMER'S
Join us and bring a friend to learn about getting involved with the Walk to End Alzheimer's! This year's Walk is Saturday, October 19 at Ballou Park.
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