Public Service Announcements

Safe Jam Video contest
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Expires: August 10, 2020
Sponsor: Dr Banjo

Jams with spacing are happening! Slowly but surely folks are finding safe ways to get together to make music. Mikes on stands and small amps make quiet singing audible. Rechargeable amps are affordable, and work fine outside. You are invited to enter the Safe Jam Video CONTEST! Video an outdoor jam with 3 or more pickers properly distanced. Upload ONE song by Monday, August 10th. Prizes will be awarded based on safety, music quality, video quality, and entertainment value. More info at DrBanjo.com.

Registration for fall online classes
Category: 
Arts & Books
Expires: August 11, 2020
Sponsor: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Virginia offers educational opportunities and intellectual enrichment to active adults in the Charlottesville community. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, OLLI will offer more than 50 online courses in Arts, Health and Wellness, History, Humanities and Lifestyle, Public Affairs, Science and Technology, and Social Science. Registration for fall courses is open now. For more information, visit olliuva.org or email olliuva@virginia.edu.

Run your own Virtual 5K to support families with cancer
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Expires: August 29, 2020
Sponsor: Ishan Gala Foundation

The traditional Ishan Gala Foundation 5K Run and Splash Pool Party is on hold because of Covid-19, but you can take part in their Splash for a Cure Virtual 5K on your own, with the entry fees doing the fundraising. The foundation provides financial and emotional support to families in Virginia with a child fighting cancer. You can run your 5K whenever and wherever you want, but the official and last day to run is Saturday, August 29th. For details and to register, go to ishangala.org. That's I-S-H-A-N-G-A-L-A.org.

COVID-19 Community-wide Art Project
Category: 
Arts & Books
Expires: August 31, 2020
Sponsor: The Bridge PAI & Cville Safe Routes to School

The Covid-19 outbreak has us all beginning to feel a little disconnected from each other. In an effort to keep the creativity and connectivity alive during these strange times, The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative is teaming up with Charlottesville Safe Routes to School to introduce ART APART. Find a visible window or porch location to display a piece of art you’ve created or a piece from your personal collection. Once you’ve done this, just fill out a simple form online so they can add you to the digital map. Use the map by yourself or with your family to see the beauty and creativity of your neighbors on your next walk or bike ride. Go to TheBridgePAI.org for details about joining in the ART APART project.

COVID-19 Albemarle Service Authority Announcement
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Expires: August 31, 2020
Sponsor: Albemarle County Service Authority

The Albemarle County Service Authority assures us that the Coronavirus does not affect the quality of our drinking water. They have multi-barrier water treatment and disinfection processes in place that remove or inactivate viruses.

ACSA is implementing emergency operations plans to make sure their essential facilities are staffed as necessary. They are restricting outside visitor access to their facilities. During this time, utility bill payments are strongly encouraged to be conducted through the mail and their online, phone, and the payment drop-off box services. To further encourage use of online payment options, any customer choosing to use the credit/debit card option through Official Payments will be reimbursed for their fee.  ACSA is also eliminating disconnects for non-payment during this emergency period. No final notices will be mailed. The public is advised to be aware of scammers claiming otherwise.

For more information, visit ServiceAuthority.org.

Covid-19 testing available at CVHS, Cville
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Expires: August 31, 2020
Sponsor: Central Virginia Health Services

A lot of people don’t know that it’s now pretty easy to get a COVID-19 test in Virginia. And if you work in a job where you have contact with others or experience any symptoms like a dry cough, sore throat or fever, it’s a good idea to get tested. You can get a COVID-19 test at Central Virginia Health Services in Charlottesville or Southern Albemarle. To schedule a test call 434-227-5624. That’s 434-227-5624.

Funds available from Bluegrass Music Association
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Expires: August 31, 2020
Sponsor: International Bluegrass Music Association

For 30 years, the International Bluegrass Music Association Trust Fund has been there to help members of the bluegrass community in times of emergency financial need. It stands today to help through the COVID-19 crisis. The IBMA Trust Fund Board of Trustees has set aside up to $150,000 specifically for COVID-19 Relief. If you have a little, give; if you need a little, ask. To apply, or to learn more, go online to ibma.org.

Food Banks still open and ready to help
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Expires: August 31, 2020
Sponsor: Blue Ridge Area Food Bank

If you or someone you know needs help getting enough to eat, the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank and partner food pantries are open and ready to help. Did you lose a job? Has your family income been cut? You are not alone, and you can get help online at BRAFB.org/find-help. You can also help your neighbors in need by sharing this message.

COVID-19 Get help with emergency home repairs
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Expires: August 31, 2020
Sponsor: WTJU

Albemarle Housing Improvement Program works year-round to provide emergency repairs to low-income individuals and families in Charlottesville and Albemarle County. They will continue managing critical home repair needs during our current social isolation practices. If you need their help or would like to volunteer your time and skills to helping others, please visit AHIPVA.org or call 434-817-2447.

COVID-19 free internet resources available
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Expires: August 31, 2020
Sponsor: wtju

If you don’t have internet access during this COVID-19 crisis or are worried about losing it, there are several things to know.

Comcast is offering a 60-day internet essentials package for free to new low-income customers.  You can find out more by going to internet essentials dot com or by calling 855-846-8376.

Spectrum is providing free broadband for 60 days to K-12 and college student households. You can enroll by calling 844-488-8395. Spectrum’s wi-fi hotspots are also open for public use.

COVID-19 Artist Relief Fund
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Expires: August 31, 2020
Sponsor: New City Art and the Bridge PAI

New City Arts Initiative and The Bridge have launched an Emergency Relief Fund for Charlottesville area artists. Artists can request up to $300 to compensate for work that was scheduled and lost. You can apply regardless of whether the income was from art or other jobs.  You must live in the Charlottesville area, which includes Albemarle, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, and Nelson counties. For more, visit thebridgepai.org.

Covid-19 testing available at Med Express
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Expires: August 31, 2020
Sponsor: Central Virginia Health Services

A lot of people don’t know that it’s now pretty easy to get a COVID-19 test in Virginia. And if you work in a job where you have contact with others or experience any symptoms like a dry cough, sore throat or fever, it’s a good idea to get tested. You can get a drive through COVID 19 test at the Med Express on 29 North in Charlottesville any day of the week. To schedule an appointment call 434-978-3998. That’s 434-978-3998.

Covid-19 testing available at CVS
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Expires: August 31, 2020
Sponsor: Central Virginia Health Services

A lot of people don’t know that it’s now pretty easy to get a COVID-19 test in Virginia. And if you work in a job where you have contact with others or experience any symptoms like a dry cough, sore throat or fever, it’s a good idea to get tested. You can get a drive through COVID 19 test with no out-of-pocket costs at the CVS Pharmacy on 29 North in Charlottesville any day of the week. To schedule an appointment call 434-245-0003 or go to CVS.com and click on “Find Testing Site.”

Choose a safe sunscreen
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Expires: September 10, 2020
Sponsor: Safe Sunscreen Council

FDA findings and scientific studies indicate that ingredients found in many chemical sunscreens may cause damage to humans and to the environment. To choose a safe sunscreen, look for active ingredients non-nano zinc oxide or non-nano titanium dioxide. For more information, visit safesunscreencouncil.org.

Contact "Help Happens Here" for mental health help
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Expires: October 23, 2020
Sponsor: Help Happens Here

Help Happens Here is a network of organizations in Charlottesville and surrounding counties working together to improve mental health and substance use outcomes for our community. Help Happens Here provides resources for mental health, substance use disorders, and much more. Go online to HelpHappensHere.org for valuable information about access to care. For immediate assistance, call their hotline at 434-972-1800.

Volunteer/donate laptops to Computers For Kids
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Expires: October 23, 2020
Sponsor: Computers For Kids

Computers for Kids is an organization that combines mentoring and technology to prepare youth for brighter futures. It provides STEAM classes for students in 6th-12th grades. STEAM is an acronym for Science Technology Engineering Art and Math. At Computers for Kids, mentors work with kids to develop technological skills, giving them a role model in the process. Want to help? Volunteer as a mentor, become a member, or donate old laptops. Go online to ComputersForKids.net.

Free medical and dental care
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Expires: October 24, 2020
Sponsor: Charlottesville Free Clinic

The Charlottesville Free Clinic provides free medical and dental care and free prescriptions for working un-insured and under-insured adults in the greater Charlottesville community. During COVID-19, the Free Clinic remains open to meet your health care needs, but medical appointments are now through TeleHealth either by phone or video. Dental Clinic visits are limited to emergency extractions.. Pharmacy pick-up is by car delivery only. More information is available at CvilleFreeClinic.org or by calling 434-295-0008.

Donate a bike to Free Kids Bike program
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Expires: October 24, 2020
Sponsor: Charlottesville Community Bikes

Charlottesville Community Bikes is a nonprofit bicycle shop that promotes environmentally-sound transportation, recycles bicycles, and makes cycling accessible in Charlottesville. Donate an adult- or child-sized bike today, and Charlottesville Community Bikes will get it into the hands of someone in need, free of charge. During COVID-19, the Free Kids' Bikes program is still ongoing. Learn more at CharlottesvilleCommunityBikes.org.

Services for local Hispanic population
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Expires: October 24, 2020
Sponsor: Sin Barreras / Without Barriers

Sin Barreras / Without Barriers serves the immigrant community, focusing on the Hispanic population of Charlottesville and the surrounding areas. Through Sin Barreras, you can help create a welcoming community where immigrants thrive. Volunteer opportunities are available for both advanced Spanish speakers and English-only or beginner Spanish speakers.  Learn more at SinBarrerasCville.com.

Food provided with kindness and compassion
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Expires: October 25, 2020
Sponsor: Loaves & Fishes

A group of non-profit people called Loaves & Fishes have come together to provide food where it's needed, with kindness and compassion. Are you in need of groceries? Loaves and Fishes can help -- and is providing curbside pickup during the COVID-19 pandemic. They are open during select hours on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Find out more at CvilleLoaves.org. Or call 434-996-7868.

Check out this local journalism nonprofit
Category: 
Arts & Books
Expires: October 30, 2020
Sponsor: Charlottesville Tomorrow

Charlottesville Tomorrow is a local journalism nonprofit that delivers in-depth reporting and analysis that improves local decision-making. Charlottesville Tomorrow expands civic engagement and fosters a vibrant, inclusive community. Check out the latest stories and sign up for the weekly email newsletter at cvilletomorrow.org

Sign up to join this Latinx network
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Expires: October 30, 2020
Sponsor: Creciendo Juntos

Creciendo Juntos (cres-ee-EN-do HOON-tos) provides a platform for the voices and needs of the Latinx (LA-teen-EX) community in Charlottesville and surrounding counties. The Creciendo Juntos volunteer network strengthens the local community by ensuring that all Latinx individuals have access to the opportunities they need to become resilient leaders. Sign up to be part of the Creciendo Juntos network at cj-network.org.

WTJU practices acceptance and respect
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Arts & Books
Expires: November 10, 2020
Sponsor: WTJU

This radio station practices acceptance and respect for all people. As part of the University of Virginia, WTJU promotes an inclusive and welcoming environment that embraces the full spectrum of human attributes. WTJU envisions a community of understanding, tolerance, and respect. Thank you for being one of our listeners and thank you for being a part of this community.

Donate your old car to WTJU
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Expires: December 31, 2020
Sponsor: WTJU

If it's time for you to think of replacing your old car, please consider donating it to benefit WTJU  ... and you could get a tax break.  It's easy. Just call 844-WTJU-CAR. Or go to wtju dot car easy dot org. That’s wtju dot car easy dot org. Thanks! 

Benefits Check Up
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Expires: December 31, 2020
Sponsor: National Council on Aging

Many in the aging population are on a fixed income, and struggle from month to month, but there is help: help with medications, health care, income assistance, food and nutrition, housing and utilities, tax relief, veteran assistance, employment and more. The National Council on Aging has built a resource website for seniors and their families to find help, nationally and locally. Visit BenefitsCheckup.org to connect with the $20 billion in benefits that go unclaimed each year.