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The Surprising Benefits of Volunteering

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Did you know that volunteering benefits not only the organization but the volunteer as well?

HelpGuide.org states that “The right match can help you find friends, reach out to the community, learn new skills, and even advance your career. Volunteering can also help protect your mental and physical health.”

As we close out the summer and prepare for an exciting breast cancer awareness month in October, consider spending some time volunteering with us! If you are a new volunteer or have volunteered in the past but would like a refresher, join us at our Komen Educator Training on Saturday, September 6 from 10 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Then visit the volunteer section of our website and check your email for upcoming volunteer opportunities, like our Survivor Celebration in October!

We look forward to working with you!

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Funds Available for Fiscal Year 2015

Applications up to $40,000 are being accepted until August 28, 2014, for community grant programs that reduce breast cancer mortality, especially among those who are disproportionately affected by this disease. Additionally, our small grants program is accepting applications year round for projects up to $5,000.

To learn more about the Central Virginia Affiliate Grant program, please stop by our office during the Grant Applicant Open House scheduled for Thursday, July 24 between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. You can spend time with Komen staff and Grant Committee members learning about the grant program guidelines and the electronic application system. To register for the Open House, click here.

For application instructions, please visit the Grants section of our web site. For more information about the Affiliate grant program, contact Pem Hall at pbhall@komencentralva.org or 804-320-1772.

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Event Spotlight

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We are thrilled that Pretty Muddy has selected Komen Central Virginia as the preferred charitable partner of their September 20 Richmond event.

Pretty Muddy will donate $5 for every registration made using coupon code KOMEN. Click here to register. Make sure to enter KOMEN in the coupon code box on the Review Cart screen (step #4).

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The Susan G. Komen Ride for the Cure® is a trail ride where the greater community of horse enthusiasts work to help us achieve our promise - to save lives and end breast cancer forever.

Ride participants raise funds and awareness for the fight against breast cancer, celebrate breast cancer survivorship, and honor those who have lost their battle with the disease. This year is the 6th Annual Ride for the Cure® Virginia and will be held on Sunday, September 21 at Great Meadow in The Plains, Va.

Click here for more information or to register.

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Join us on Friday, October 3 from noon to 1:30 PM at the historic Jefferson Hotel for the 9th Annual Komen Central Virginia Survivor Celebration as we honor and celebrate breast cancer survivors and their families and friends who inspire us throughout the year.

Come hear comedian, breast cancer survivor, and The View "Funniest Housewife in America" finalist, Jody Kerns, share why humor and a positive outlook can make a difference in living life to the fullest, even when facing cancer. When she’s done, your cheeks and sides will hurt.

The event is $25 for breast cancer survivors and $35 for all other guests. Tables of 10 may be purchased for $250. Space is limited, so register early.

Click here to purchase tickets.

2014 Bachelor Auction


The 5th Annual Bachelor Auction & Shop for the Cure on October 3 at 7:30 PM at The Omni Richmond Downtown is an event you won't want to miss! Enjoy hors d'oeuvres, a cash bar, and the hottest bachelors Richmond has to offer. Admission is $20 for advance tickets or $25 at the door.

Click here for more information.

2014 Pink Tie Gala


The 8th Annual Pink Tie Gala is on Saturday, October 25. Enjoy a night of great food, dancing to live music, a silent auction, and The Celebration of Life Dance Team, featuring Komen Central Virginia Board President, Lynn Kirk, and Komen Central Virginia Board Member, Dr. Billy Irvin!

The Pink Tie Gala raises funds for breast cancer screenings, treatment, and education programs, as well as national research programs.

Click here for more information.

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2014 July - Volunteer Spotlight - Sohpia & Zoe

Two of our favorite young volunteers are the dynamic sister duo, Sophia and Zoe. Each summer, they volunteer in our office and help us get organized. This year, they completely revamped our Race storage room cleaning things up, getting rid of old stuff, and organizing things so we know what we have. Before they did their thing, you couldn’t even walk in the room. Now, the floor is clear, everything has a home, and each box is labeled (most with a heart or smiley face on them thanks to Zoe).

Sophia, the older of the two, wanted to get involved with Komen and the fight against breast cancer because her grandmother is a breast cancer survivor. She enjoys the feeling she gets when she volunteers for a cause she believes in. It makes her feel like she’s made a difference and done something worthwhile. Sophia not only volunteers with us in the office, she is also a part of our Teen Advisory Board and helps present the In Color Station at our Race for the Cure®.

Zoe wanted to get involved with Komen because a lot of women and even some men have breast cancer and it is important to her that we find a cure. One of her favorite things to do while volunteering with us is to prepare educational materials, especially the Breast Self-Awareness cards. This is a tremendous help to us as we prepare to meet the community’s needs during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October.

They may be small, but they are mighty! And, we are so grateful for all that they do in support of Komen.

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Grantee Spotlight - Bon Secours Richmond Health Care Foundation

2014 July - Grantee Spotlight - Bon Secours

With Komen funding, Bon Secours Richmond Health System provides breast screening and/or diagnostic testing services to 225 low-income, uninsured or underinsured women ages 40-64.  Clinical breast exams, mammograms, and diagnostic studies for abnormal screening results are offered free of charge.  Women with abnormal findings receive case management services from a Bon Secours Registered Nurse and assistance with Medicaid enrollment for treatment if there is a diagnosis.

For more information about the grant program, contact Nancy Davis or Brandi Galloway at 804-594-4931, Nancy_Davis@bshsi.org or Brandi_Galloway@bshsi.org.

For more information about Bon Secours Richmond Health Care Foundation, visit www.bsvaf.org.

To read about all of the community organizations that are currently providing breast health services or education with Komen Central Virginia funding, click here.

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Get Involved

Make sure to check the list below for information about upcoming Komen activities and third party events and promotions. Click here for additional information about any of the events or promotions listed below.

Click here to learn more about fundraising for Komen.

Pretty Muddy Run: September 20

6th Annual Ride for the Cure® Virginia: September 21

9th Annual Survivor Celebration: October 3

5th Annual Charity Bachelor Auction: October 3

Blood and Guts Run: October 25 - An all-ages event that encourages participants to fight their way through a unique course by climbing over the Walls of Death, zooming down the Water Slide, and trudging through Blood Filled Foam!

8th Annual Pink Tie Gala: October 25


Capital City Services - Hauling for a Cure: Capital City Services will donate one cent for every gallon of septic pumped by its customized Komen truck through July 2014.

**NEW** Capitol Clothing Recyclers - Clothing for the Cure: Capitol Clothing Recyclers will donate $.05 per pound of the gross receipts of donated clothing, shoes, textiles, blankets, sheets, and household items with a minimum donation of $10,000 per calendar year.

Dixie Gas & Oil Corporation - Delivering for a Cure: For every gallon of propane dispensed from the specially painted tank trucks, Dixie Gas will donate one cent to Komen Central Virginia. Since 2010, Dixie Gas & Oil has donated more than $23,000 to Komen Central Virginia.

Impact Insurance: Impact Insurance will donate $25 to Komen Central Virginia for each person receives a home and auto quote. Please make sure to mention Komen Central Virginia when requesting your quote.

Melwood Charity Car Donation Center: Donate your used car, van, truck, boat with a trailer, or recreational vehicle to the Central Virginia Affiliate of Susan G. Komen, seven days a week, 24 hours a day. It’s as easy as filling out our online donation form. Vehicles accepted in any condition!

Parrish Services: Parrish Services of Manassas, VA is running a 1-year promotion to benefit Komen Central Virginia. During the promotional period, Parrish will display the Komen Central Virginia logo on one of their delivery vans and will donate a penny per mile traveled by the van.

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1433 Johnston Willis Drive, Richmond, VA 23235

Phone: 804-320-1772 · Fax: 804-320-1774 · Email: info@komencentralva.org
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