What we do
Change the World RVA is a 501(c)3 established to support high school and college students in Richmond, Virginia who are experiencing homelessness and housing instability. We partner with an army of volunteers, churches, and organizations to make a meaningful difference in the lives of homeless youth. We are an all-volunteer organization. We are the only organization in the region that specifically addresses the needs of high school and college students facing homelessness.
We celebrated "the best Christmas ever." Thanks to everyone who made it possible - KPMG, Metro PCS by T-Mobile, Penny the Cupcake Lady, and everyone who helped with gift cards. It was an awesome day of fun and love.
The best year ever!
Thank you to Centenary United Methodist Church for becoming our forever home. It is great to be downtown and to be blessed with your warmth and generosity. Click here to see a few photos of our beautiful new space.
Huge thank-you to the folks at the Thrifty Quaker for selecting us as their charity for the month of November. It was great to have an excuse to clean our closets!
We are still swooning over the generosity of photographer Heidi Abbott and the Richmond Art Garage for their donation from their opening show. Thank you!
Thanks so much to Boomtown Radio for sharing our story this month! You may be oldies, but you're definitely goodies!
Dmitri bought a car! We thank everyone in our village for helping him along the way.
Congratulations to the first recipients of the Change the World RVA Pineapple Award for Outstanding Adulting Achievement -- Tre'Von Turner and Dmitri Blair!
Last year, Change the World RVA joined forces with several of our awesome community partners to address the need for a short- and long-term Host Home Program. We will host an Information Session on Thursday, June 6th and a training workshop on Thursday, June 27th.
We have joined the Youth Housing Stability Coalition, led by our partners-in-crime, Advocates for Richmond Youth. With Commonwealth Catholic Charities, they are celebrating a $500,000 grant from the Robins Foundation -- whoo hoo!
Our Birthday Card Brigade sent hundreds of cards to our students in 2017-2018 school year! Thank you so much to Debbie Chichester for her love & diligence that make it possible.
We have so much to be grateful for. We thank you for your interest & support!
Connect with our students!
We are always busy planning exciting adventures and opportunities for our students. Here are a few ways that you can help our students and make a connection with some really outstanding young people. There is a lot more information on this web site, especially the "How to Help" pages.
Donate purses and jewelry for "Another Woman's Treasure." In April 2019, we will celebrate our 5th anniversary of this Richmond shopping tradition.
Become a volunteer driver.
Join the Birthday Card Brigade.
Become a host family by completing a brief application and attending our next training on Saturday, April 27th. Learn more here.
Come on a Tuesday evening and talk with our students about your career or share your hobby with us.
Invite us to speak at your church, organization, or community group.
Take a student shopping. Take a student on a college visit. Take a student out to lunch!