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Giving Tuesday

#GivingTuesday

Community Brain Injury Services is excited to be participating this year in #GivingTuesday! #GivingTuesday is a global giving movement built by individuals, families, organizations, businesses and communities in all 50 states and in countries around the world. As consumers, we are already familiar with Black Friday and Cyber Monday following the Thanksgiving holiday and relish the opportunity to snatch up great deals in stores and online to prepare for the holiday season. #GivingTuesday follows Cyber Monday and encourages all of us to kick off the season of giving by giving back to the community in which we live.

Did you know that 30% of all charitable giving happens in the month of December? #GivingTuesday was established in 2012 and in 2016 raised $168 million across the globe in just 24 hours. On November 28th, in the spirit of giving, we hope you will support Community Brain Injury Services and the nearly 275 survivors of brain injury we support annually with a gift on #GivingTuesday.

 

Why support Community Brain Injury Services?

Denbigh House members

Members of The Denbigh House in our new, fully accessible garden

When you make a gift to Community Brain Injury Services, your donation directly impacts the daily lives of the individuals we support. Every donation helps us continue to offer critical, safety net services for survivors of brain injury in metro Richmond and Hampton Roads. Every dollar helps to break the social isolation that so often follows a brain injury. We can’t do it without your help!

 

How do I give?

To participate in #GivingTuesday, simply click on the Donate button below on Tuesday, November 28th, 2017 to make a donation via credit card or Paypal.




Checks can be written to Community Brain Injury Services and sent to:

Community Brain Injury Services
681 Hioaks Rd. Suite G
Richmond, VA 23225

Sources:

https://www.givingtuesday.org/

 

A Monumental #GivingTuesday

 

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BBQ, Beans, and Benefits

The 8th Annual Mill House Pig Out…

was a smashing success!! Community Brain Injury Services is thrilled to report that the 8th Annual Mill House Pig Out was our most successful Pig Out to date! Held on Friday, October 13th, The Mill House served up 710 lbs of excellently smoked pulled pork, and mass amounts of baked beans, cole slaw, and cornbread. The 8th Annual Mill House Pig Out raised more than $12,600 to benefit our Richmond Clubhouse program, The Mill House. So many individuals worked together to make this possible: members, staff, board members, volunteers, corporate sponsors, and most importantly, CBIS Board Member and BBQ chef extraordinaire, Elliott Buckner. We could not have done it without the help and support of all our friends and the community. 


The 8th Annual Mill House Pig Out chef and volunteers

Elliott Buckner (far left) our dedicated Board Member and BBQ chef with his helpful volunteers

 

Many local law offices and businesses submitted pre-orders for their entire offices and several people picked up Friday night dinner for their families.  The pre-order room processed 25% more food than last year!  We also served over 125 guests through the line, and were excited that several members and staff drove all the way up from The Denbigh House in Newport News to take part in the event.


CBIS staff preparing pre-orders

Getting the orders out in the pre-order room!

 

Community Brain Injury Services could not continue to enjoy such a successful event without the support and generosity of our community.  We would like to extend our deepest gratitude to our community partners and corporate sponsors who made this year’s event possible. We appreciate your ongoing commitment to our event and cause!


 

Volunteers

Denbigh House members enjoy lunch

Denbigh House members drove all the way up from Newport News to enjoy the mouthwatering lunch

The following individuals were instrumental in the execution of our event and we are incredibly thankful for their help and support!

  • Beth Edwards
  • Pam Stump
  • Leslie Wyatt
  • Cobi Smith
  • Jillian Aponte
  • Stephanie Arnold
  • Greg Boyajian
  • Justin Surrett
  • Michael Benninghove
  • Larissa Carpenter
  • Michael Weber
  • Patrick Martin
  • Brian McCann
  • Scott Bucci

 

 Corporate Sponsors

Mill House members with BBQ sign

Thankful for a successful event!

Our Corporate Sponsors are absolutely critical to the success of our events. We are very grateful to their continued dedication and investment into our organization.

Presenting Sponsors

BBQ Sponsors

Lunch Sponsors

 

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Welcome Muslima!

Welcome Muslima! The newest member of the CBIS team

Community Brain Injury Services extends a warm welcome to Muslima Musawwir, our new Development Coordinator! Muslima graduated from Shenandoah University with a BFA and worked in development at Studio Theatre in Washington, DC following graduation.  Muslima joins the CBIS Administrative Team to bring a heightened focus to development and will coordinate our events, donor engagement and recognition, and social media efforts. Welcome Muslima!

Welcome Muslima!

Muslima Musawwir joins the CBIS team!

Check out Muslima’s bio to learn more about her!

The addition of a new position

Before September of 2017, Community Brain Injury Services did not have a dedicated development position at the organization. Development and event activities were distributed among the Administrative team, but as our service capacity has grown, so has the need for greater infrastructure to support that growth.  In summer of 2017, Community Brain Injury Services was awarded a generous grant through The Community Foundation Serving Richmond and Central Virginia to fund the start up of a Development Coordinator position.  Community Brain Injury Services has been the recipient of the generosity of The Community Foundation for several years now, and we are so grateful for their continued support.

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ACECF awards CBIS $25,000

The Mill House is a proud recipient of a 2017 ACECF grant

Community Brain Injury Services Clubhouse program, The Mill House, serving survivors of brain injury in the Richmond area, is the proud grant recipient of a $25,000 grant from the Altria Companies Employee Community Fund (ACECF)! The ACECF is a strong supporter of Community Brain Injury Services and has been through the years. The ACECF has funded projects such as a vehicle for our Case Management services in Richmond, a 12-passenger van for The Denbigh House in Newport News, and the funding of our beautiful fully accessible garden and patio area at The Denbigh House. CBIS is humbled and thankful for the support and generosity of the many Altria Companies’ employees, who make this funding possible.

 

Members and staff of The Mill House receive $25,000 ACECF check

The Mill House excited to receive a $25,000 check from ACECF!

Expanding Employment and Advocacy Units

The 2017 grant from ACECF will fund the renovation of the old Administrative and Case Management office at The Mill House, adding an additional 500 square feet of fully functional, ADA accessible space for member use, as well as new technology to assist members in their employment and advocacy efforts. With the expansion of this space, coupled with the technological upgrades, members will have a dedicated space to work on employment goals such as job searching, writing resumes, and practicing interview skills, and to participate in larger scale advocacy and outreach efforts. Construction on this project will begin this fall, and The Mill House members and staff are very excited to be able to enhance and expand their current services.

 

CBIS staff attends 2017 Giving Together fair

CBIS Director of Administration, Claire Yarbrough, at the ACECF Giving Together fair

ACECF Giving Together Fair

Altria held the 2017 Giving Together Fair late last month to offer all grant recipients the opportunity to meet some of the employees who contributed to the ACECF fund and made our grants possible. CBIS administrative staff spent the day meeting with employees to offer insight into our program and services, and the grant funded renovation project. Most importantly though, the Fair offered CBIS an opportunity to personally say thank you to the generous employees of the Altria Companies.

 

CBIS Administrative staff attend ACECF 2017 Fair

CBIS Executive Director, Jason Young, discusses the grant funded renovation project

 

Thank you so much to Altria and the many employees that give to the ACECF fund, there is so much that we have been able to do with your support and we appreciate your continued dedication to your communities!

 

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Congressman Bobby Scott visit

Denbigh House Member News

Congressman Bobby Scott visits The Denbigh House

by Victor G.

On August 15, 2017 the Denbigh House had the pleasure of hosting Congressman Bobby Scott for a tour of the Newport News facility.

Congressman Bobby Scott meets with The Denbigh House

Congressman Scott with members, staff, and board members

Congressman Scott accepted the invitation to visit Denbigh House to see first hand the impact of Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) in his district. The value of his visit was to see how legislation and funding have a direct causal effect on ABI sufferers. Mr. Scott was eager to learn about the resources and services available to Denbigh House members and ABI sufferers in general. Additionally, the difference in resources for individuals who have suffered an ABI suffers versus individuals with mental health illnesses.

His visit began with a guided tour of the new Denbigh House Garden given by clubhouse member Triena B.  Triena explained the therapeutic value of the garden to clubhouse members. Also, the Congressman learned that clubhouse members strive for sustainability.  The garden provides healthy food choices for members.

Congressman Bobby Scott receives a tour from Denbigh House member Triena

Triena provides Congressman Scott with a tour of The Denbigh House

This was followed by a session where Mr. Scott met with Denbigh House clubhouse members. He heard from them first hand on how they suffered their ABI and how it has affected them.

Lastly, the Congressman held a question and answer session. Several important questions were asked in which, Mr. Scott provided thoughtful answers. A good amount of time was devoted to the topic of State funding for ABI services and education for first responders such as police departments.

The Denbigh House greatly appreciates Congressman Bobby Scott’s visit. His commitment to serve the brain injury community is heartwarming. It is welcoming to know that the brain injury community has an advocate in Washington DC that will fight for desperately needed resources.

  • Victor G., Denbigh House member
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