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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: Local Food Hub

The Local Food Hub, a Charlottesville based non-profit dedicated to strengthening our local food system through our commitment to local farmers and equitable food access. This year, they boosted their local economy and served nearly 400 community residents through our Fresh Farmacy program. Next year, they hope to double down on their efforts to alleviate hunger and promote nutrition, all while supporting local farms, and you can join them! Now through December 31st, they invite you to help them harvest hope, nourish communities and plan for the future.  More information is online at local Local Food Hub is a proud financial supporter of WNRN.

Community Connection: The Wayne Theatre

The Wayne Theatre in Downtown Waynesboro is a nonprofit, sharing in community spirit is part of their mission. On Thursday, November 30th, they are hosting the annual Tree Lighting ceremony followed by the opening of our production of “Elf: The Musical” with live performances on the Wayne Stage. They welcome you to join at the Wayne Theatre before 6:30PM to kick off the holiday season with a celebration of treats, songs from the Wayne Theatre Dickens Carolers, and surprises from the cast and crew of our production of “Elf: The Musical”. Then, at 6:30PM, they light the big tree that’s atop our Wayne Theatre building for the first time this season. More information about live performances of “Elf: The Musical” is available online at

Community Connection: The United Way of Greater Charlottesville

The United Way of Greater Charlottesville is one in seven families in our region cannot afford the essentials of life, leaving over 9,000 families without items like groceries, diapers, or medicine. Their ENVISION initiative aims to empower local families like this to lift themselves out of poverty. More information about this program and others, as well as tax-deductible donations can be found at The United Way of Greater Charlottesville is a proud financial supporter of WNRN. 

Community Connection: The Church Hill Association’s Holiday Weekend

The Church Hill Association in Richmond invites you to join friends and neighbors across the Richmond area on December 8-10 for the Church Hill Association’s Holiday Weekend. The Candlelight Walk on Friday the 8th is family-friendly and open to the public. They invite you to enjoy beautiful sights, live music, crafts, and festive refreshments. Tickets to the 57th Historic House Tour on Sunday the 10th will also be available. You can visit gorgeous homes while celebrating the holidays with loved ones. More information is at slash holiday.

Community Connection: Charlottesville Waldorf School Holiday Bazaar

The Charlottesville Waldorf School is a nonprofit independent school on Rio Road in Charlottesville offering early childhood through middle school education that inspires a lifelong love for learning. They are hosting our annual Holiday Bazaar on Saturday, December 2nd from 10am to 4pm. This event features hands-on activities including candle dipping, wreath making, jump rope making and more. The craft marketplace will host local crafters with a variety of items including Waldorf toys and gifts, and the Secret Garden will be open for children to shop for small handcrafted gifts all on their own! There will be music, story times, and more. Saturday, December 2, is open to all at Charlottesville Waldorf School’s Holiday Bazaar!  On Friday evening, December 1, there will be a preview of the marketplace for adults taking place from 6 to 8pm. More information is online at

Community Connection: Three Notch’d Road: The Virginia Baroque Ensemble

Three Notch’d Road: The Virginia Baroque Ensemble is a nonprofit based in Charlottesville that seeks to enrich the culture of Central Virginia through historically informed performances that reveal the beauty of early music. They are presenting the second program of our thirteenth season in Staunton, Crozet, and Charlottesville public concerts December 1st through 3rd. This program, entitled “Sacred Harp,” will feature soprano Sheila Dietrich, with Anne Timberlake on recorders, and will interweave English and American folk and sacred music to celebrate the season, with an added Irish twist. More information is online at

Community Connection: Art for the Journey

Art for the Journey is a nonprofit in Richmond that transforms lives through Art and Community. They are delivering certification training for a best practice abstract art program designed by a gerontologist to help people with dementia….any Virginia nursing home with medicaid certification can qualify for this grant. More information is online at

Community Connection: Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA Critter Ball Online Auction

The Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA is hosting a Critter Ball Online Auction from Saturday, November 11th through Saturday, November 18th. They welcome you to check out our available auction packages, including hotel stays, designer jewelry, pet-themed goodies and more. All proceeds from this fundraiser go towards the care of our four-legged friends and the lifesaving care at the shelter. You can learn more online at CASPCA is a proud financial supporter of WNRN.