RICHMOND, April 14, 2008 ─ In a community bursting with people eager to give of their time, talents and money, Style Weekly is proud to launch Richmond Giving, a publication dedicated to local volunteerism and philanthropy.
The full-color biannual magazine, which publishes this week, will be inside each copy of Style Weekly's April 16 edition just two weeks in advance of National Volunteer Week, a weeklong appreciation April 27 through May 3 for those who serve the community.
"We've noticed that Richmond-area residents are placing increased attention on causes they believe in," says Jason Roop, editor of Style Weekly. "We want to be a resource for those who already give and to those who want to be better connected to the volunteer community."
There has been a surge in local volunteerism and philanthropy: connectRichmond.org, an umbrella effort that serves as a resource for nonprofits, has seen its e-mail network grow to some 3,700 subscribers, including citizens looking to get involved and 1,200-plus business, government and nonprofit organizations. The Community Foundation Serving Richmond & Central Virginia has seen its combined assets reach $667 million. That charity, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, helps manage donations and financial resources and distributes grants to a number of local causes.
The Spring/Summer edition of Richmond Giving includes an essay on Oliver Hill's legacy of service by the civil-rights leader's daughter-in-law Renée A. Hill; an opinion piece on philanthropy by Bobby Thalhimer, senior vice president for advancement for The Community Foundation; and a feature on young people who waste no time in giving back to others.
The issue also includes a variety of community-service news and ideas, volunteer profiles and features on recent nonprofit galas. In partnership with connectRichmond, a "Most Wanted" section shows specific ways readers can help a local charity right now.
Also this week, "Virginia This Morning," on WTVR CBS 6, will air two special segments on Richmond Giving: Jason Roop and Bobby Thalhimer appearing Tuesday, April 15; and Roslyn Henry sharing her inspirational story Thursday, April 16. The live shows air 9-10 a.m.
Richmond Giving also will be distributed throughout the spring and summer at various Richmond locations and events and will publish its second issue in September.
Style Weekly is Richmond's 25-year-old alternative newsweekly for news, arts, culture and opinion. For more information contact Editor Jason Roop by e-mail at email@example.com.
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