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HandsOn Blue Ridge Establishing Drop-off Site for DIY Cloth Masks and Distribution Process for Organizations in Need

ROANOKE, VA – (April 23, 2020) – Beginning April 24, a special donation center will be established to receive donations of cloth masks from community members, local businesses, and philanthropic groups. To ensure the safety of those donating supplies, HandsOn Blue Ridge, a program of the Council of Community Services…...

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2-1-1 VIRGINIA Celebrates 14 Years of Service to Virginians!

PRESS RELEASE Contact: Anne Marie Green, President (540) 339-9159 annemarieg@councilofcommunityservices.org For Immediate Release ROANOKE, VA (February 11, 2020) – Today marks the 14th anniversary of 2-1-1 VIRGINIA, a free, 24-hour information and referral service of Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS), provided in partnership with the Council of Community Services.…...

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Council of Community Services’ Announces Opening of Drop-In Center North Location

PRESS RELEASE Contact: Pam Meador (540) 982-2437, ext. 101 (540) 815-4665 pamm@councilofcommunityservices.org For Immediate Release Council of Community Services’ Announces Opening of Drop-In Center North Location ROANOKE, VA (December 30, 2019) – The Council of Community Services Drop-In Center is opening a second location at 2328 Williamson Road.  The new…...

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ICYMI: 12th Annual A Walk in Their Shoes, Domestic Violence Awareness Event

ICYMI: A few Friday’s ago, our Roanoke Valley Violence Prevention Council hosted its 12th Annual domestic violence awareness event, “A Walk in Their Shoes” at Holton Plaza, Roanoke, VA. Highlights of the event: RVVPC Chair, Chelsea Taylor announced the Family Violence Coordinating Council’s new name: Roanoke Valley Violence Prevention Council…...

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2-1-1 VIRGINIA Receives AIRS Accreditation

Congratulations, 2-1-1 VIRGINIA!  2-1-1 VIRGINIA, a program of the Council of Community Services, has completed the Alliance of Information and Referral Systems (AIRS) Accreditation process. We are now among a select group of organizations that have been accredited by AIRS. The AIRS Accreditation process recognizes our information and referral program…...

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CCS Leadership Announcement: Daniel W. Merenda to retire as President of Council of Community Services; Anne Marie Green named as successor

DANIEL W. MERENDA TO RETIRE AS PRESIDENT OF COUNCIL OF COMMUNITY SERVICES; ANNE MARIE GREEN NAMED AS SUCCESSOR ROANOKE, June 10, 2019 – Council of Community Services has announced that Daniel W. Merenda will retire as President and that the Board of Directors has appointed Anne Marie Green to succeed…...

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Festival Season! 7 Ways to Support the Council of Community Services

It’s #FestivalSzn and we are once again partnering with Big Lick Entertainment to bring our community premium entertainment events! Join us May – October for Flat Pickin’ Fridays, Big Lick Burger Fest & Summer Jam, and BOCO BBQ and Country Fest. We’ll kick-off our Fifth Annual Bank of Botetourt Summer…...

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Roanoke Regional Housing Network Now Accepting Affordable Housing Advocacy Award Nominations

Do you know an affordable housing hero? Nominate them for the Roanoke Regional Housing Network’s Affordable Housing Advocacy Award! Decent, affordable and accessible housing is the right of every citizen and is critical to the economic health and development of our region. To further its mission to encourage proactive involvement…...

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RAM House joins the Blue Ridge Community Assistance Network

We are excited to announce Roanoke Area Ministries (RAM) is now part of the Blue Ridge Community Assistance Network (BR-CAN). With this addition, the BR-CAN now includes all homeless shelter and service providers in the Blue Ridge Continuum of Care service area. The BR-CAN is more commonly known as the…...

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Council of Community Services’ HandsOn Blue Ridge Celebrates the Life and Legacy of President George H.W. Bush

Today, we join millions across the country and around the world in celebrating the life and legacy of President H.W. Bush, founder of Points of Light – the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service. As a member of the Points of Light Network, HandsOn Blue Ridge is proud to…...

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