©2020  Park View Community Mission, 2420 Memorial Ave., Lynchburg VA 24501  (434) 845-8468

Park View Community Mission is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization and an equal opportunity provider.

OUR STORY

All That Has Brought Us Here

      Park View Community Mission got its start in the basement of a church building that has a long history. It was originally constructed in 1857 on Church Street. In 1939, the building was purchased and relocated brick by brick to its current location. After the River Ridge Mall was built in 1980, the economic center of Lynchburg shifted south to the Wards Road area. The property values in the midtown area began to decline while church membership was slowly dropping.

      Still, the people of the church recognized that there was a need in the surrounding community. They began a Wednesday night dinner in 1996, with an open invitation to everyone. The mid-week meals program (which continues today as the Park View Cafe) expanded into food boxes for families in need.

      The congregation officially disbanded in 2007, but volunteers continued

to operate the food ministry, which became known as Park View Community

Mission.

      A pantry was introduced, known as Food for Families, and it is now the

largest client-choice pantry in the state west of Richmond. The Mission

received tax-exempt status by the IRS in 2017 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit

organization. A Community Resource Center was opened and classroom

space was utilized to teach basic nutrition and homemaking skills. The problem of hunger among students was recognized, and the Food for Thought weekend backpack program was launched in 2018. Additional courses were added and brought under the Life Skills Institute banner in 2019.

      Today, Park View's five programs continue to focus on offering help, healing, and hope, thanks to committed volunteers and supporters.

Will you make it your mission to help us with ours?