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WNRN is proud to give our non-profit neighbors a venue to promote their causes and events. As part of the Community Connection series, we broadcast public service announcements for non-profits that are written in their words and recorded in their voice.

The rules: Organizations profiled by WNRN or organizations whose information is broadcast within Hear Together/Community Connections must be a registered 501c3. If it is an event, WNRN requires at least a month’s advance notice to create a Community Connection for any event. If there is an admission or cost for the event, 100% of proceeds must benefit the nonprofit.  Hear Together/Community Connections is a non-partisan, non-biased feature and will not accept submissions from or conduct profiles of political organizations or activities representing or contributing to a specific political organization or political action committee. Hear Together/Community Connections is non-denominational and will not accept submissions from or conduct profiles of specific religious groups or fundraisers tied to specific religious groups or organizations. We will accept submissions that are inter-faith or multi-denominational that support the community at large in collaboration without promoting a specific religious group or activity related to funding a specific religion or religious group.

Creating a Community Connection is an easy process. To request a time to record your message, email During scheduling, you’ll be prompted to write a message outlining what you’d like to promote, which we’ll use as your script for recording. We look forward to working with you!

Community Connection: Joyful Voices

Joyful Voices is a community chorus for singers with Alzheimer’s or other dementias and their caregivers. The aim of the Joyful Voices Chorus is to

Community Connection: The Arc of Central Virginia

The Arc of Central Virginia, for more than 60 years, has supported people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in leading a life that they choose and has meaning to them. People with disabilities often do not have the services, supports, and personal relationships they want, and need, to reach their desired potential. With your help, we are working every day to build a future for inclusive work, play, travel and community. You can follow The Arc on Facebook and Instagram or check out to learn more. 

Community Connection: Lynchburg Daily Bread Holiday Donations

The Lynchburg Daily Bread is a soup kitchen located in downtown Lynchburg. The warmth of the holidays is all around us, and they welcome you to join them in feeding our community at this special time of year.  They serve 700-800 hot and nutritious meals per day to those in need, no questions asked, and are especially in need of proteins like ground beef and chicken, as well as paper and cleaning supplies.  Donations are welcome every day from 6:30am-12:30pm at our Clay Street location More information is online at

Community Connection: Zephyrus Christmas program

Zephyrus, Central Virginia’s early music vocal ensemble is a Charlottesville-based non-profit dedicated to the study and performance of music from the Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque eras. To mark the 400th anniversary of William Byrd’s death, Zephyrus presents a Christmas program with music by Byrd and his teacher, colleague, and friend, Thomas Tallis, called An English Renaissance Christmas: Music by Tallis & Byrd. Together they showcase the best seasonal music from the golden age of English Renaissance music. Performances will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, December 8th, at St. Paul’s Memorial Church in Charlottesville, and at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 9th, at Trinity Episcopal Church Charlottesville. You can find complete concert information online at, on Facebook, or by calling 434-963-4690.  Both concert venues are wheelchair accessible.

Community Connection: The Blue Ridge Irish Music School (BRIMS) Holiday Showcase

The Blue Ridge Irish Music School (BRIMS) on Sunday, December 17th, is presenting a Holiday Showcase of Irish music, dance and song at 2:00PM at the Haven in downtown Charlottesville. This showcase will include performances by BRIMS students ages 5-adult and is open to the public. More information is online at 

Community Connection: The Blue Ridge Irish Music School (BRIMS)

The Blue Ridge Irish Music School (BRIMS) on Saturday, December 2nd, is hosting fiddler Brian Conway and guitar player Don Penzien for afternoon workshops followed by an evening house concert of Irish fiddle and guitar. The fiddle and guitar workshops will take place from 3:00-5:00 p.m. at the Charlottesville Band Building. The the concert will start at 7:00PM. More information is online at

Community Connection: Girls on the Run Central Virginia and Blue Ridge

Girls on the Run Central Virginia and Blue Ridge are currently in their 18th year of bringing this life-changing program to the girls in their communities, and have served over 13,000 participants.  With your help, they look forward to helping even more girls reach their limitless potential this year and beyond. They are back in more schools this Spring and will be in need of volunteer coaches. The coaches lead small teams of 8-15 participants, over a period of ten weeks, through lessons that nurture physical and emotional health while training to complete a 5K. Their Spring season will begin in early February. If you are interested in bringing Girls on the Run to your location, volunteering as a coach, or registering your child for one of our programs, you can visit: