Last week a few Academy employees had the pleasure of participating in a community event downtown: Share the Love. This event, hosted by Continuum of Care, takes a census of the homeless in our community but also connects them with various resource agencies. Many people got their hair cut, received food and toiletries and were connected to legal service agencies just to name a few.
The Academy was honored to participate, especially since the event connected to one of our outreach programs. On March 18th we are holding our annual Empty Bowls event where local potters and community members make bowls of various shapes and sizes.
Participants purchase a bowl for $20 and along with keeping it, they receive a meal of soup, bread and a drink all of which are donated by local restaurants. Proceeds benefit The Daily Bread, a local soup kitchen in downtown Lynchburg. We are so pleased to say that this is a wonderfully successful event that benefits another non-profit organization in our community.
Many men and women from the Continuum of Care event had the opportunity to “Share the Love” by making bowls themselves. They knew that those bowls wouldn’t be something they kept but instead would be used to raise money for The Daily Bread services that some of them use regularly. We also loved that so many service providers and resource workers stopped by to make a bowl to contribute as well!
Mayor Joan Foster and Governor Terry McAuliffe made an appearance at the event and spoke briefly about his mission to end homelessness in Virginia. The Academy is grateful to serve our community by partnering with organizations which provide basic needs for those living in our city.
You can purchase one of these bowls on March 18th for our Empty Bowls event!
Tickets can be purchased now academycenter.org/empty-bowls