Engaging the Community

The Danville Regional Foundation (DRF) works to encourage revitalization and renewal in the Dan River Region. We do so by making long-term investments to improve education, economic vitality, community wellness, financial stability and civic capacity for citizens throughout the City of Danville, Virginia; Pittsylvania County, Virginia; and Caswell County, North Carolina.

Since its establishment in 2005, DRF has committed more than $92 million through more than 340 grants. Some of these grants are large, but just as many are made from the DRF Make It Happen! (MIH!) program, which encourages individuals to make their dreams of community change a reality. Large organizational investments paired with these smaller grants create a culture of ″bright spots″ where those within the community as well as those visiting and researching for possible relocation can ″see the possible.″

DRF is committed to fostering collaboration, establishing partnerships and working across borders and with many types of organizations to rethink tomorrow and create solutions, positioning the Dan River Region as a place of opportunities. DRF encourages and supports new approaches, and believes that initiative and courage to view things from fresh and different perspectives empowers our community as we collaborate on a Bridge to the Future.

Announcement

2018 Intern Application Now Open

The 2018 internship application is now open and ready for students. Apply by February 28 for this 10-week paid opportunity to make a difference in the Dan River Region and to gain experience while giving back.

In the spotlight

Is the precision machining jobs pipeline working?

Is the precision machining jobs pipeline working?

It never fails that when I’m out in the community, I’m asked questions — about the River District, about The Health Collaborative, about Make More Happen and many other initiatives the Danville Regional Foundation has invested in over the years.

Most recently, the questions posed to me have been, “Can you tell me how many jobs precision machining has actually brought to the area?” and “Is this precision machining thing working?”

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Middle Border Forward to reveal Vision 2035 results at bash next week

A year long project that involved 1,200 people is springing the Southside into the future.

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500 bikes to be given out

A collaboration in Southside will provide a bike to at least 500 kids this holiday season.

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Ringgold Rail Trail updates complete

After six months of work, the updates to the Ringgold Rail Trail, a railroad turned walking and biking trail, are finished — for now.

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Celebrating diversity goal of ‘Stories of Middle Border’

They’re young and no-so-young, different nationalities, races, religions and sexual orientations; some were born here, others moved here from all over the country and world.

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At summit, a collaborative view on region’s health

Traci Petty attended the Third Annual Health Collaborative Summit on Thursday to find out more strategies to make a difference in the community. She was among the more than 100 people who turned out for the summit.

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Initiative to take pulse of health needs

Initiative to take pulse of health needs

A new initiative to improve the health of residents in Danville is getting the finishing touches that will bring Community Health Workers into neighborhoods and homes to help people find the medical care they need.

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DRF Interns Begin Summer Assignment

DRF Interns Begin Summer Assignment

The Danville Regional Foundation (DRF) has selected 10 talented young people to participate in an intense summer internship program that will begin May 31, 2016 and end August 5, 2016. 

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Collaborative aims to shape up health of region

Collaborative aims to shape up health of region

A health collaborative started by the Danville Regional Foundation is working with the state health department to improve public health in the Dan River Region.

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10 years of making it happen

10 years of making it happen

For a decade, the Danville Regional Foundation has been an economic engine behind re-imagining our region as a place of opportunity and prosperity.

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Dan River Inc.’s iconic letters to see new life

Dan River Inc.’s iconic letters to see new life

Many Danvillians mourned when the iconic “Home of Dan River Fabrics” sign came down off the top of the White Mill in 2007 — a sign that, since 1948, had been visible to airplane passengers landing at Danville Regional Airport or to people returning to Danville on South Boston Road.

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Artspace takes pulse of arts community

Artspace takes pulse of arts community

Study examines pooling isolated islands of arts community into one strong presence

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To celebrate anniversary, foundation brings best-selling author Dan Pink

To celebrate anniversary, foundation brings best-selling author Dan Pink

Since 2005, Danville Regional Foundation has worked hard to encourage the revitalization and renewal efforts of the entire Dan River Region alongside numerous partners across the area.

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The spoken word: Poetry project gains momentum in Danville

The spoken word: Poetry project gains momentum in Danville

As a student learning about one’s identity, you have options like sports teams or clubs. But there aren’t many options for those with a passion for writing.

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Program, culture change create path to healthy lifestyle

Program, culture change create path to healthy lifestyle

The health data for the Dan River Region would seem to predestine local residents like Tia Yancey to living an unhealthy lifestyle — but through community partnerships and a determined willpower she is working to beat the odds.

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Smart Beginnings to receive $2.9 million grant for next five years

Smart Beginnings to receive $2.9 million grant for next five years

Smart Beginnings Danville Pittsylvania County announced Friday that the Danville Regional Foundation will award a $2.9 million grant for the next five years.

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Years of research ID health problems

Years of research ID health problems

Danville residents are three times less likely to meet daily fruit and vegetable intake recommendations. They are three times as likely to deal with issues of food insecurity and about half as likely to meet physical activity recommendations.

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Speaker addresses racial divides, history to kick off Week to Engage

Speaker addresses racial divides, history to kick off Week to Engage

Former Obama aide and White House pastor Joshua DuBois addressed a history of racial divides and the way reconciliations and community service could benefit the Dan River Region in a speech Monday kicking off Averett University's Week to Engage service event. "While the past isn't our fault, the present is our responsibility.", DuBois told attendees

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Sessions aim to grow sales for farmers

“This is a first step toward trying to develop and support local food systems in this area and making sure that we’re providing education to our farmers’ market vendors,” said Jamie Stowe, specialist with the Virginia Cooperative Extension in Pittsylvania County.

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History Repeating Itself

History Repeating Itself

On March 18, an important event took place in Danville. High Street Baptist Church, in cooperation with the city of Danville and the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, celebrated the unveiling of a new historic “highway marker” in front of the church.

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Signs installed in Greensboro, N.C., point to River City

Signs installed in Greensboro, N.C., point to River City

It’s going to be easier for drivers to find their way from Greensboro, North Carolina, to Danville now that signs have been added on U.S. 70 and U.S. 29 pointing the way north to the River City.

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God’s Storehouse wins annual Ashby Award

God’s Storehouse wins annual Ashby Award

God’s Storehouse, Danville’s largest food pantry, is the recipient of the Danville Regional Foundation’s annual B.R. Ashby, M.D. Award for Outstanding Community Service.

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Danville Regional Foundation holds MLK Event

Workers from the Danville Regional Foundation held a celebration with the youth to honor Dr. King.

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County food bank opens in Gretna

More than six years in the making, volunteers cut the ribbon Dec. 3 officially opening the center’s new location at the intersection of Chaney Lane and Northside Drive in Gretna.

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Grant paves way for new walking track

Grant paves way for new walking track

Pittsylvania County’s parks and recreation department has received a $25,000 grant from the Danville Regional Foundation for a paved walking track at Brosville Elementary School.

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River District Artisans opens in Danville

River District Artisans opens in Danville

Danville city officials joined officials from several organizations, including the Danville Regional Foundation and Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce, on Friday afternoon in celebrating the grand opening of River District Artisans at 411 Main St. in the heart of the River District.

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Averett lands $2 million for center

The Danville Regional Foundation awarded Averett University almost $2 million to create a new service learning program, school leaders announced Thursday.

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Students spend day serving the community

Students spend day serving the community

Day to Engage helped introduce Danville area college students to community service Thursday.

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CirrusWorks comes to Danville for ‘talent’

CirrusWorks comes to Danville for ‘talent’

CirrusWorks Inc., the newest recipient of a $250,000 Launch Place investment, introduced itself at a news conference Thursday.

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Pieces of the puzzle come together

Science, technology, engineering and math are the core subjects of the jobs of the future.

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Pittsylvania County Schools receives $669,100

Pittsylvania County Schools was notified late Monday that the division will receive a $669,100 grant from Danville Regional Foundation to support the development of a STEM Academy.

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KSI Data Sciences Police

Jason Barton, founder and chief architect of KSI Data Sciences, said the main focus of his company is going to be remote sensing platforms, which will be used to aid police, fire and first responders in disaster situations.

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Plant center grows jobs

Plant center grows jobs

The Institute for Advanced Learning and Research has launched its first commercial venture, Dan River Plants, as a limited liability company.

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Averett students get lesson in war from veterans

Averett students get lesson in war from veterans

Four students from Averett University got a rare opportunity during the spring semester to combine their rigorous academic schedules and a partnership with local veterans that led to memories and experiences they say will last a lifetime.

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Senator helps The Launch Place celebrate move

Senator helps The Launch Place celebrate move

The Launch Place — formerly called the Southside Business Technology Center — celebrated its move from Ringgold to the River District on Friday.

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DRF Announces Middle Border Forward

The Danville Regional Foundation (DRF) today announced the launch of the Middle Border Forward initiative, a community based “planning and doing” experience that will engage citizens in efforts to grow the quality of life in the Dan River Region over the next several decades.

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DRF Kicks Off DR Center

For the Dan River Region to prosper, interest in and opportunities for civic engagement and leadership development are vital. To meet this critical need, DRF announces the creation of The Dan River Center for Community Change (DR Center).

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2012-2013 Speaker Series

DRF and the Danville Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce (DPCCC) are excited to announce the presenters for its 2012-2013 Speaker Series. All Speaker Series events are FREE to the public.

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