GiveBigNRV a “Big” Success for NRV DRC for Individuals with Disabilities

GiveBigNRV, the local, one-day giving event initiated by Community Foundation of the New River Valley, was held on Wednesday, March 24. More than one hundred organizations in the community participated in the event. The New River Valley Disability Resource Center (NRV DRC) team prepared for many weeks prior. While several individuals managed the incoming office donations and inquires, the remaining staff, affectionately known as the “Dream Catchers,” decided to mingle and meet with the community to increase awareness and accept donations in the field.

NRV DRC’s first fundraising event, a huge success, ended the night of March 24 with nearly $3,100 in donations, surpassing the agency’s original goal of $2,015, a number that signifies the incorporation of the organization. The funds raised will benefit the “Bridge the Gap” campaign, which seeks to improve and grow independence for homeowners with disabilities who have significantly fewer options for home modification grants. NRV DRC strives to assist all individuals with disabilities in the NRV regardless of their living situation. Since those who rent have access to more government funding to accommodate their disabilities within their living situations, homeowners succumb to the “gap,” where these homeowners with disabilities, most of whom have worked all of their lives to achieve the “American Dream” of homeownership, are unable to qualify for government assistance to modify their home for accessibility.

NRV DRC wants to say THANK YOU to supporters and those who have contributed to the fundraising event. The goal is to increase our visibility in the community, foster growing relationships with businesses and agencies in the NRV, and improve the lives of those with disabilities.

A teenage girl with blond curly hair stands smiling and holding a large sign that highlights the Give Big fundraising event for that day
Tiffany Allison’s daughter, Trinity Allison, shows her spirit and volunteers for NRV DRC’s fundraising event.

NRV DRC Staff Volunteer for Voter Accessibility

Staff Members Tiffany Allison and Belle Ierardi volunteered on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 with the disAbility Law Center of Virginia in an effort to provide feedback on voter accessibility in Montgomery County. The statewide initiative is to recognize challenges facing voters with disabilities and encourage continued advancements to allow for increased accessibility at the poling stations. Allison and Ierardi visited 16 out of the 21 sites in Montgomery County and evaluated all accessibility areas involved in the voting process. The disAbility Law Center strives to create a more accessible environment at the poling stations to promote electoral participation for all members of the community.

A woman with reddish brown hair speaks to a reporter, a dark haired man looking at a small notepad and writing notes, and a photographer, a tall gray haired man holding a camera to his eye
Allison shares her voter accessibility findings with Yann Ranaivo, reporter, and Matt Gentry, photographer, both with the Roanoke Times.