The Urban League of Greater Richmond operates various programs that services geared at helping the community prosper and flourish. Below is a listing of some of the Urban League of Greater Richmond programs and services.
The Urban League of Greater Richmond is a HUD approved housing counseling agency. The Urban League's housing program provided pre and post purchase housing counseling, predatory lending counseling, foreclosure prevention and pre-post rental counseling.
The Home Buyers classes held per year, over 95 first time individuals purchased their first home and 45 individuals and families will purchase home between three and six months and 35 will purchase within a year.
The Urban League of Greater Richmond Community Health Programs and Outreach:
- Promotes healthy lifestyles and disease prevention through community education, health and wellness fairs, and other means.
- Enhances awareness of health and healthcare issues, events and advocacy efforts in the community.
Health Outreach activities may include:
- Health Screenings (through collaborative partnerships)
- Blood pressure
- Height & weight
- Body Mass Index
- Prostate Cancer (DRE-PSA)
- HIV rapid testing
- Foot Podiatrist
- Colorectal Cancer home collection packets
- Breast Cancer mammography
- Health Education & Counseling
- Health Education - informational tabling
- Influenza vaccination
Adult employment – The Employment & Workforce Development department provides an array of employment opportunities to individuals seeking employment, career changes, job readiness and technical skills training, as well as employers who wish to recruit qualified employees to fill vacancies within the work place.
The employment department screened over 300 individuals and 80 percent of which obtained employment in career oriented positions during the year in the Richmond area.
Project Employment program of the Urban League is the most significant employment and job placement source for underserved adults in the Tri-Cities area. Designed to meet the needs of the Tri-Cities current workforce while assisting employers in meeting their diversity goals. Our mission is to assist the unemployed & under employed population in achieving economic stability through jobs and training. Project Employment provides high-quality training and employment opportunities for individuals. The Employment Services Office is partnered with the Workforce Investment Board helping adults attain economic self-sufficiency through good jobs, homeownership, and entrepreneurship and wealth accumulation.
The Urban League operates a credit repair program to provide assistance to company employees, individuals and families.
The program is a full assessment program that provides credit assessment, credit counseling and credit reports.
Each year, over 250 individuals were given assessment and counseling, which 150 of the individuals’ credit rating has improved within the year.
Information on National Urban League Young Professionals:
The mission of the Urban League of Greater Richmond Young Professionals Network (YPN) is to support minority professionals, ages 21 to 40, in achieving social and economic equality and prosperity.
All programs of YPN are in support of the National Urban League empowerment agenda, which includes: education, youth leadership, civic engagement, health, economic prosperity, life quality, civil rights and racial justice. YPN demonstrates this support by providing various outlets for our Members and Affiliates, specifically thorough social engagement, local leadership development, networking, and community volunteer opportunities that enrich and enhance the lives of its Members.
Members of the Urban League of Greater Richmond Young Professionals Network are among this region’s top young leaders and are engaged in a wide array of public and private sector professions. Our members play critical roles in the success of the organization and in the community in which we live, so if you, too, are empowered - join us!
I AM EMPOWERED is the YPN campaign that was created to collect the talent, drive, and compassion of young professionals around the globe, including the greater Richmond area, to empower and change lives. It is never a more urgent time than now to get involved. The I AM EMPOWERED campaign challenges community leaders and our current members to significantly increase our volunteerism, and provide our energy and efforts to communities in the greater Richmond area.
Take the I AM EMPOWERED Pledge:
I PLEDGE to responsibly commit my time and talent to ensure that the nation is empowered to achieve the following goals by 2025:
- · Every American child is ready for college, work and life.
- · Every American has access to jobs with a living wage and benefits.
- · Every American lives in safe, decent, affordable and energy efficient housing on fair terms.
- · Every American has access to quality and affordable health care solutions.
Fellow professionals interested in becoming an active and integral part of the leadership in our region are invited and encouraged to attend our monthly general body meetings held the 4th Wednesday in the Virginia Room of the Student Commons at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). Visit www.iamempowered.com for more information on our growing empowerment campaign.
Meet our Board Members:
Shemicia Bowen, President
Sandra Bolling, Financial Secretary
Stacy Charity, Director of Social Engagement
Adrienne Cole, Director of Public Relations
Terlenda Crawford, Director of Membership
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