Gloucester Resource Council

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New Freedom Program – Bay Transit

New Freedom is a program provided by Bay Transit. This is aNFMM_BT transportation service
designed to help people with disabilities enjoy everything from important social and recreational events, and retail shopping, to medical appointments and work. There are eligibility requirements for the program, which runs within the 12 counties served by Bay Transit.

For more information on the New Freedom program, as well as the Bay Transit MedCarry program, click on the links (link to flyers/brochures) below!

New Freedom Program

MedCarry Program

If you or someone you know is interested in using this program, call 804-693-6977 to speak to the New Freedom coordinators!

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Info on The Amazing Raise

The Amazing Raise begins in less than a month!

What is the Amazing Raise?

On September 16-17, the community will have the opportunity to “Be Vocal, Give Local” during The Amazing Raise. For 36 hours (6am September 16 through 6pm September 17) you are challenged to go online to and “Be Vocal, Give Local” to organizations in Gloucester.  Pick your favorites or donate to new ones. Then challenge your friends, co-workers, and family members to do the same.  Keep the challenges going during the 36-hour giving event. Your gift, coupled with the gifts of hundreds of others, provides the support Gloucester nonprofits need to make a difference in this community!

To learn more, and see the list of non-profits participating in Gloucester, click on the link below!

2015 GCF Amazing Raise Information Sheet


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Gloucester Lions RECYCLE for Sight program

From the Gloucester Lions Club:

“Do you have an unused pair of glasses lying around? If so, by dropping them off at a Lions Club eyeglass recycling location or collection box, you can help to improve the life of someone struggling with vision impairment! The donated glasses are cleaned, sorted, and redistributed to those in need – some going to those in greatest need in developing counties, many staying in your locality for those unable to afford eye care.

Here are the locations of eyeglass recycling collection boxes in Gloucester, VA:
– Walmart – 6819 Walton Ln, Gloucester
– Main Street Library – 6920 Main St, Gloucester
– Main Street Post Office – 6892 Main St, Gloucester
– DAV – 6265 Professional Drive, Gloucester
– Hayes Post Office – 2344 GW Memorial Hwy, Hayes
– Gloucester Pt Post Office – 1451 GW Memorial Hwy, Gloucester Pt


If you’d like to learn more about the Lions Eyeglass Recycling program, check out this link!”

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Women’s Trauma Support Group Info

Information on an important program!group-157841_640

“The Women’s Trauma Support Group, a ten week free counseling program, began July 7th, at the Gloucester library. The group meets Tuesdays at noon and lasts between 60 and 90 minutes. So long as funds remain, a small lunch is provided free as well. Additionally, Bay Transit tickets are available free for those who need them in order to attend. This is a ten week “closed” group, meaning once a new group starts new referrals must wait for the next group. Thus far we are operating at around 50% capacity and hope to see additional referrals for new groups beginning early this fall. The group is co-facilitated by counselors from District 5 Probation and Parole and Chesapeake Counseling Center. Referrals are screened by Chesapeake Counseling Center, but women do not need to be active clients of either program. Women who attend may choose to opt out at any time.”

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Upcoming Event!

Does your organization receive donations or payments via credit card? If so, it’s important to realize that every organization of every size and in every industry – from Main Street to Wall Street – is vulnerable to a cyber attack. It’s a sad fact that this is no longer a matter of IF, it’s WHEN! Register now for “Keeping Small Business Cyber Secure” presented by Cyber Security Firm Sera-Brynn on Thursday, August 13th at Lulu Birds Kitchen. Let’s help keep each other safe and on the cutting edge!

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Life Jacket Drive


An 8 year old Elementary School Child from West Point/New Kent area tragically drowned in the Pamunkey River recently, and the tale has left many completely gutted. This young boy was completely well loved and cared for by parents who thought the world of him.

In his memory, current Head Start and Parent Child Development Corporation staff have started a children’s life jacket drive for families who need them. Head Start serves 8 counties, including Gloucester and Mathews. For some, it may be easy to pop into West Marine, ask a boat owning friend for hand-me-downs, or order one online when needed. As we well know, for many families, this is an impossibility (cost, access, or lack of water safety education). Anyone with used (but fair condition) child life jackets (they will all be inspected before being dispersed, so don’t worry, just bring it!) or those who want to purchase new ones for the event, would be greatly appreciated. Any size, any type.

Any family who needs jackets can attend the August 8th event, REGARDLESS OF COUNTY OF RESIDENCE. The drive’s mission is for life jackets to go to those who need them, and will use them. They are accepting jacket donations until their event, which will be held on Saturday, August 8, 2015 from 11:30am until 3:00pm in the Town of West Point at “Lovell’s Place: The Best Joint in West Point.”

Walmart in Gloucester and Ware Academy have graciously offered to be donation points in Gloucester, Monday Through Thursday until the event. If any of you have used (fair condition) jackets, or feel moved to purchase one to donate, bring to Ware Academy or any of the other drop-off points. They will make sure that they get to Parent Child Development Corporation.

Since this program (PCDC) serves 8 counties, they are looking for donation/drop-off sites in all of the counties. If you know anyone who would be interested in being a Drop-Off Site, please contact Erin Willis at PCDC (804-843-2289). If you know anyone else who would be interested, please pass this on. Especially those with well-loved, but good condition life jackets!