Partners with the City of Lynchburg
Park View Community Mission is actively involved in Lynchburg's Bridges to Progress Initiative through several task forces working on specific aspects of the city's anti-poverty program.
The Food Task Force was recently awarded $7000 from the city to purchase 100 folding shopping carts for neighbors who visit pantries like ours. Many of them walk or take a bus but have difficulty taking the groceries home.
Having a cart means a person won't have to limit the amount of food that can be carried. That means they may not have to purchase certain food items at the corner convenience store (which tend to be costly and less nutritious) to fill in for what they weren’t able to carry home.
The task force will determine which food agencies will participate in this project, and each agency will choose the recipients of the carts based on who would most benefit from one and be responsible for its care. The Blue Ridge Area Food Bank has been leading this effort.
Meanwhile, the Community Task Force received funding for the successful "Getting Ahead" class and additional services for its graduates. The class is conducted at our Life Skills Institute at the Plaza to help those seeking to become economically stable.
We are also partnering with the Workforce team to help "Getting Ahead" graduates build their employability skills. This task force has created a followup class called "Career Essentials," which will build soft skills like teamwork, work ethics, and professionalism, with the goal of providing guaranteed employment to all participants who complete the requirements. Classes meet three days a week for six weeks.
Park View Community Mission is proud of the partnerships we have, and particularly with our city government. These are key initiatives in an effort to raise Lynchburg's median income and reduce the unusually high poverty rate. When that happens, everyone wins.