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Hear Together

WNRN’s commitment to being a voice for our community extends to sharing the real issues facing us and helping to identify ways to get involved and make a difference.

Through our “Hear Together” profiles, which run during regular programming on our station, we hope to shed light on the issues that face our area and inspire awareness and action. Each piece is a way to spotlight the work of the countless non-profits and volunteers that work tirelessly to improve the lives of people in our area.

We hope by helping identify the ways to address them that we can enrich lives and make a lasting impact. “Hear Together” is just one way that WNRN is committed to making a lasting difference.

Hear Together Profiles and Updates

Community Connection: Endstation Theatre Company’s Summer Season

Endstation Theatre Company is proud to present their 18th Summer Season. Running June 13 through the 16 at Mayer Museum of Art, is their Playwright’s Initiative Reading Festival—five new plays about the central Virginian and Appalachian community. 

They also invite you to Summer at The Point, running June 20 through July 14 at Lynchburg Museum Systems Point of Honor will be William Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, and Every Brilliant Thing by Duncan Macmillan. Endstation Theatre Company at Randolph College is providing live, professional theatre outdoors and under the stars. 

Community Connection: Piedmont Environmental Council Annual Meeting

The Piedmont Environmental Council is an environmental nonprofit in Charlottesville and Warrenton that works to protect and restore the lands and waters of the Virginia Piedmont, while building stronger, more sustainable communities. 

They welcome you to join them for their Annual Meeting on Saturday, June 1st at the CODE building in downtown Charlottesville. There will be workshops on conservation and natural climate solutions, expanding public access and trails to the outdoors and data centers and our clean energy future.  

Community Connection: 38th Annual James River Batteau Festival

The Virginia Canals & Navigations Society is presenting the 38th annual James River Batteau Festival – an 8-day, 120-mile journey on the James River from Lynchburg to Maidens Landing.

The festival runs from Saturday June 15th through Saturday, June 22nd with food available at each stop.

They invite you to join them for this historical reenactment event at the stop in Scottsville on Wednesday, June 19th.

You can see the batteaux, enjoy food and music, and learn about the historical significance of these 18th century tobacco boats.

You can learn more, including vendor information, online at vacanals.org. 

Hear Together: Friends of East End Cemetery

The Friends of East End is an all-volunteer nonprofit established in 2017. They grew out of a cleanup effort that began in 2013 at East End Cemetery, a historic African American burial ground in Henrico County, Virginia. The sixteen-acre cemetery, founded in 1897, had been overwhelmed by dense overgrowth and illegal dumping.

With the help of thousands of volunteers, they have worked steadily for years to clear the vegetation, remove the trash, and recover more than 3,300 hidden grave markers of the estimated 70,000 people buried in East End and neighboring Evergreen. In partnership with descendants and the broader community, Friends of East End seek to transform these burial grounds into public sites of memory, contemplation, and beauty that honor Richmond’s African American past and present. 

Hear Together: Wildlife Center of Virginia

The Wildlife Center of Virginia uses the backgrounds of animal education ambassadors like Hudson, the Gyrfalcon—who are deemed non-releasable by veterinary staff—for educational programs at libraries, schools, festivals, and online communications. 

They provide emergency veterinary and rehabilitative care for about 4,000 animals per year. During their 42 years of operation, they’ve cared for nearly 100,000 animals, connected with more than 1 million adults and children through educational programs, and trained countless professionals in veterinary medicine and rehabilitation for wildlife. Learn more at their website, https://wildlifecenter.org

Hear Together: Virginia Prison Birth Project

The Virginia Prison Birth Project serves pregnant and postpartum people in a max security prison facility. Founded in 2018 by Sara Zia, their goal is to be a continuous source of care throughout the pregnancy.

The majority of the birthing people they serve are victims of violence prior to their incarceration, including domestic violence, rape, sexual assault, and child abuse. Their support also attempts to create compassionate alternatives to incarceration through awareness.

Hear Together: The Rhapsody Project

The Rhapsody Project brings roots music back to underserved communities without being expensive for the youth participating. 

The programs and community-building strategies developed by The Rhapsody Project inspired lifelong Virginian and professional musician Justin Golden to found the first new chapter outside of its original home in Seattle. 

By founding a monthly, all ages blues jam, and working to expand to add an after-school music program for youth in fall of 2022, Justin has worked for over two years to develop the Richmond chapter of the organization.

Hear Together: Scholars Latino Initiative

Scholars Latino Initiative (SLI) is a Harrisonburg-based nonprofit that partners with high schools in Harrisonburg, Richmond, and Winchester to provide academic support systems, leadership development,

Hear Together: SOAR365

SOAR365 was founded in 1954 to provide life-fulfilling opportunities for individuals with disabilities and support systems for their families. The Richmond-based nonprofit has expanded to

Hear Together: Tech for Troops

Tech for Troops is a Richmond-based nonprofit serving veterans in Virginia and beyond. They accept donations of electronics like servers, routers, drones, cameras, desktops, and

Hear Together: Giving Words

Giving Words is a nonprofit that facilitates access to transportation by gifting cars and providing car repairs at little to no cost for single parents

Hear Together Sponsors and Supporters

Hear Together is also presented with support from: Inez Bishop Duff Charitable Trust, Mitford Children’s Foundation, BamaWorks, City of Charlottesville via ABRT, and the Greater Lynchburg Community Foundation.