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Council to receive $5,000 from the Norfolk Southern Foundation

We are excited to announce that we will receive $5,000 in January 2013 from the Norfolk Southern Foundation. This money will provide funding for our continued efforts with the homeless system in the Roanoke Valley. Norfolk Southern Foundation received a record number of grants for 2013 funding, requesting over $15M.…...

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A new adventure for our President!

Changes are happening at the Council of Community Services! As you may have heard, our President, Pam Kestner is leaving the Council of Community Services… but it’s only temporary. Pam has been selected by Governor McDonnell to fill a new position as the Homeless Outcomes Coordinator within the Office of the Secretary…...

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May 11th is Early Childhood Professional’s Day in Virginia

Governor Robert “Bob” McDonnell has proclaimed May 11th as Early Childhood Professional’s Day in Virginia.  ...

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A Letter to Nonprofits: Nonprofit Virginia

Nonprofit Colleagues: As some of you know, the Virginia Network of Nonprofit Organizations (VANNO) terminated operations last year. Several organizations from various parts of the state have been meeting to explore the creation of a new group – Nonprofit Virginia – which will immediately focus on legislative issues impacting nonprofits…...

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Community Inspiration > Thriving Communities Institute

Thriving Communities Institute Article – Valley Business Front Magazine By Randolph Walker Executive Summary: The Thriving Communities conference, held in September at the Hotel Roanoke, sought to bring governments, nonprofits and businesses together to find solutions that will work in the “new normal.” Read the full article: Click here to…...

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Pam Kestner-Chappelear, President of Council of Community Services is awarded an Emory & Henry College Citation

This year’s Emory & Henry College’s Charter Day Citations went to recipients who’ve been forces for change in the community according to Larry Harley, the speaker at the College’s Charter Day celebration Thursday, March 24th, and the executive director of Southwest Virginia Legal Aid, an organization that provides lawyers to…...

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Council of Community Services Still Going Strong at 50!

The Roanoke Star Sentinel by Gene Marrano Pam Kestner-Chappelear, president of the Council of Community Services for the past ten years and an employee for 25, says she still has to answer the question often: exactly what does the social services agency do?  In fact the Council, which celebrated its…...

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Council of Community Services 50th anniversary: A celebration of service

The Council of Community Services celebrated its 50th anniversary Monday evening at Hotel Roanoke....

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Hurt Park neighborhood seeing signs of new life

It's been as blighted and troubled a neighborhood as any in Roanoke. But change is afoot. The crumbling public housing at its core has been replaced by new, low-income town houses....

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