Greater Richmond SCAN aims to prevent child abuse and neglect in the region by providing resources for children who have been abused and promoting positive parenting techniques. The organization maintains five distinct programs to combat child abuse, including preschool education, family support, and a prevention program that sponsors awareness-raising events. For those who have been abused, the organization runs a child-advocacy center that works within the court system and a court-appointed-special-advocate program that sends professionals to represent children in court. SCAN also runs a variety of fundraising programs throughout the year to spread awareness about family violence, including a 5K run and mardi gras celebration.
The James River Association promotes stewardship and conservation of the historic James River and its tributaries and resources. The association advocates for the river's health among local residents and educates community members through a variety of programs and activities.
Frame Warehouse creates professional, custom picture frames that are designed to protect all kinds of artistic creations and memorabilia while complementing their natural charms. Customers can choose from hundreds of ready-made mats and frames that translate into thousands of frame permutations (tabletop frames average $7–$10), or they can opt for a custom design clipped from the crafty corners of their own minds. All framing products are of the highest quality—barrier papers, dust covers, acid-free products, and five kinds of UV-resistant glasses combine to permanently preserve your masterful fingerpainting from fifth grade or your collection of two-dimensional cross-sections sliced out of the world’s skyscrapers. Prices vary widely depending on how the customer navigates the flowchart from frame size to final product, but most jerseys can be framed for less than $200, diplomas for as low as $75, and posters for under $100.
Special Olympics Virginia (SOVA) creates opportunities for people with physical and intellectual disabilities to participate in sports training and athletic competition. Through its annual events, athletes get the chance to discover new strengths and demonstrate their abilities for their peers. SOVA was incorporated in 1975 and held its first summer games at Virginia Tech. Today, it runs state championships in 13 Olympic-style sports including basketball and power lifiting, with more than 10,000 athletes participating every year. The games also invite people without disabilities to serve as volunteers or audience members to foster a sense of common understanding, self-discovery, and community. To ensure accessibility for everyone, Special Olympics Virginia never charges the athletes or their families for participation.
The Richmond SPCA unites cats and dogs with loving human companions through a variety of services, including adoption efforts that place more than 3,500 pets every year. The organization transfers pets from municipal agencies where they may otherwise be euthanized and gives them medical treatments, and they also take on pets from owners who can no longer care for them. Additionally, to lessen the strain on already overcrowded shelters and keep pets in loving homes, the organization provides a Pet Pantry with food assistance, a full-service affordable veterinary clinic, and behavior-training resources for owners struggling to maintain a healthy lifestyle for their pets. Other services include school and summer programs that teach youth how to properly care for a furry friend, as well as Paws for Health, which arranges pet visits for people in isolating environments such as hospitals and nursing homes, and Seniors for Seniors, which pairs people with older companion animals.
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