A series introducing the individuals who promote and lead the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities’ work.
It is hard to know where to begin to describe the depth of Charlie C. Boyd, Jr.’s commitment to the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities. From State Board chair to Lynchburg Chapter member to dedicated program volunteer to tireless advocate and connector, Charlie truly lives out VCIC’s mission and work each day.
While he knew about our predecessor organization growing up, it was a chance meeting in a grocery store aisle with a VCIC volunteer that reconnected Charlie to Inclusive Communities in the early 1990′s. He first became a program volunteer (ultimately seeing all three of his children go through VCIC’s retreat programs), then joined the Lynchburg Chapter, and today serves as Chair of the State Board of Directors. As Charlie states, “My very first Connections Institute (called Metrotown at the time) was meaningful enough for me to decide to have a long-term affiliation with the organization. Every programming event, while some are designed the same, is uniquely different and meaningful.”
But his work with the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities doesn’t end when the board meeting or program ends. Charlie notes, “I talk about and promote the VCIC wherever I am at. I look for ways to have the VCIC improve the various groups and/or companies I am involved with. And I act as an up-stander and an ally for all who are not being included.”