For the second year in a row, the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities has been named a Top-
Rated Nonprofit in the country by GreatNonprofits. This distinction is achieved by fewer than 10% of all nonprofit organizations and is based on ratings and reviews from the public.
A few of the reviews that VCIC received in 2013 follow:
- “I had an opportunity to participate in a program created for people at my college. I had doubts that I would learn anything new about diversity, but I was very surprised. I bonded with people that I would have typically assumed I shared nothing in common with me. Years after participating, those people are my closest friends.”
“In February 2013 I had the opportunity, as a board member, to sit in on a training session for local college students run by the VCIC. This was a three-day retreat; I attended one morning. I was struck by the professionalism of the staff and by the collaborative approach that this organization encourages to address a major social problem–discrimination. Even though I have heard about this organization for years, I was invited to join the board only last year and this was the first time I had seen it in operation. To say that I was impressed would be a gross understatement.”
- “The VCIC is such a wonderful organization with which to be affiliated. I participated in a program run by this organization under a previous name in 1996 and have been PROUDLY affiliated with them ever since. The day I was old enough to sign up to volunteer, I submitted my application. I have volunteered for numerous camps and workshops and it was an honor just to be a part of the events. More often than not, there was an immediate and visible change in the participants. And in all cases there have been eventual positive effects to their participation. It’s hard to really put into words or to capture what this organization does because of the experiential nature of the work, but it’s clear when you go back to the communities who have worked with VCIC that VCIC is doing great things.”
- “It was a great gift to see the impact that VCIC’s Project Inclusion had on our older daughter when she participated in the program through Lynchburg City Schools. Her experience empowered her to become more involved in student groups working for greater tolerance and inclusivity within the school and community. Now studying abroad, she carries with her the increased awareness and sensitivity that such excellent VCIC programs offer to participants. The good work that VCIC does here in the Commonwealth can make our world a better place for all.”
In all, the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities has received 56 five-star reviews since the organization began participating in the GreatNonprofits program.