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Muddy Waters Makes Donation

Submitted by Lee Seymour

On behalf of Muddy Water Riding Club, Lee Seymour donates a check to Nancy Turner for Family Violence Protection/Sexual Assault Unit of Emporia. Every year at Christmas I am blessed with your help to take many under-privileged children shopping, but this year I need your help with something a little different. The "Kids & Cop's" shopping will be held too, thanks to your previous donations. There is almost enough money in the account to accommodate the event this year. There is no need to keep a surplus amount in the account. I highly encourage you to support another program that I am a volunteer for and it is close to my heart. I had no idea the amount of families they serve in a years time until I became a volunteer. These dedicated women, men, staff and volunteers are on call 24/7, 365 days a year. The FVSAU is a program that assists over 500 victims a year that have been involved in domestic violence and/or sexual assault cases. The program is made up of a few staff members and a lot of volunteers, including myself. They operate strictly on grants and donations. They offer counseling, support groups, court and hospital accompaniment, safety planning, financial assistance, shelter, transportation and 24 hour crisis intervention, just to name a few. The majority of the women and men (yes, men) they assist in getting out of domestic situations have jobs but make just enough to get by. Every year the FVSAU assists many families with providing school supplies, clothing, Thanksgiving dinner, Christmas dinner, Santa shopping and assistance with increased heating bills for the winter. The funding and assistance for FVSAU is less each year and those in need just keeps growing. Your donations will help them to continue helping the many ones that desperately need help. Please make a donation in the amount that you can spare for those in need. You can get the money to me or to you can donate directly at the event on October 27th at 5:30 pm under Pavilion at Veteran's Memorial Park located behind the post office on Main Street. We would like to invite you to attend this event and learn more in honor of October being "Domestic Violence Awareness Month!" What we do is help people get a fresh start from violence! Make your check payable to Family Violence Sexual Assault Unit or FVSAU and mail to: Lee Seymour, 115 Shore Dr., Emporia, Virginia. 23847 or call me at 434–430–5000 and I will gladly pick up your donations. All donations are tax deductible! Merry Christmas and "Thanks" to you all for helping make life a little easier for those that need us!

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Emporia Hosts Exchange Fellows

In October, local community leaders in Emporia and the Crater Regional Planning District will host Safrinal Sofaniadi (pictured above right) from Indonesia and Mateus de Almeida from Timor-Leste for short-term assignments in their offices, as they participate in the U.S. Department of State-sponsored Professional Fellows Program. The exchange has been arranged by the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), the organization that develops and advances professional local government management worldwide.

This year the Professional Fellows Program is providing professional development opportunities to up-and-coming leaders in the fields of legislative process and governance, media, and economic empowerment.  This international exchange program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and in 2013, more than 400 foreign fellows, including legislators, journalists, entrepreneurs, NGO managers, community activists, and government officials will come to the United States under the Professional Fellows Program.  In return, more than 300 American participants will take part in reciprocal fellowship programs overseas this year under the program.

Emporia Mayor Mary L. Person expressed appreciation to Mr. Sofaniadi and Mr. Almeida for their willingness share their expertise and insight with city employees and the community.    The Fellows spoke to the Chamber of Commerce, Thursday, Oct 16th and will speak to the Rotary Club, Tuesday, Oct. 28th.   While in Emporia, they will visit local government offices and participate in the assessment of housing conditions for the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD).   They will also visit with other local governments in the Crater District. 

Safrinal Sofaniadi is a staff member of the Spatial Planning and Environmental Division, Regional Planning and Development Board of Semarang, Indonesia.   He will focus on intergovernmental collaboration and interdepartmental cooperation during his visit.   Mateus de Aleida is Senior Program Coordinator for Austraining International in Timor-Leste.   He is interested in increasing the participation of women in government and non-profit agencies in Timor-Leste

The visit to Emporia is part of USAID’s awards to 14 U.S.-based non-profit organizations and universities, including ICMA, professionals from approximately 50 countries and territories worldwide will get hands-on experience in public and private organizations across the United States in October.   These exchanges benefit the participating American institutions and expand networks of international cooperation on critical issues. 

Emporia City Manager Brian Thrower said the City was pleased to be selected for the program.  Only seven communities were selected as host sites from across the United States.  The program is a new experience for city staff.   Employees will learn about citizen services in Indonesia and Timor-Leste while sharing local practices with the Fellows.  

At the conclusion of their fellowships, all participants will travel from their fellowship locations to Washington, D.C., where they will take part in the Professional Fellows Congress.  The congress marks the culmination of the exchange experience in the United States, providing a forum for participants to discuss best practices, meet other young leaders in their professions, and develop networks and concrete projects that they can implement upon their return home.  

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs supports exchange programs that increase mutual understanding between people in the United States and those from other countries.  Approximately 50,000 individuals take part annually in exchange programs managed by the U.S.  Department of State.

Chamber of Commerce Golf Ball Drop

Kaine Connects Event at SVCC Job Fair

Diane Kaufman will represent Senator Tim Kaine as she meets with constituents:

Emporia Kaine Connect

Tuesday October 28th, 2014 – 2:00AM-4:30PM

RSVP to Diane_Kaufman@kaine.senate.gov

at the

Southside Virginia Education Center

1300 Greensville County Circle

Emporia, VA

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Free Seminar on Diabetes

Petersburg, VA – Join Norris Morrison, DPM as he talks about diabetes, its manifestations and preventative care. Dr. Morrison is a Podiatry and Wound Care Specialist at the Wound Healing Center at Southside Regional Medical Center.

This seminar will be held on Monday, October 20, 2014 from 12:00-1:00 p.m. at the Petersburg Library located at 201 West Washington Street in the multi-purpose room. Feel free to bring a lunch. There is no cost to attend and RSVP is not required.

This seminar is provided by Southside Regional Medical Center and ConnectVA.org.

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SVCC to host Regional Job Fair

Southside Virginia Community College Workforce Development and Student Development Services is partnering with the Crater Business Services Team in sponsoring a Regional Job Fair on Tuesday, October 28th at the Southside Virginia Education Center in Emporia, VA.

The job fair is open to all job seekers from 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM.

Interested employers who have job vacancies should reserve a booth for this event by Friday, October 17th.  Employers who reserve a booth will be treated to a catered luncheon on the day of the event compliments of SVCC.  Employer luncheon space is limited.

Employers should contact Debra Smiley, Director of Workforce Development, to reserve a booth at 434-949-1060 or debra.smiley@southside.edu.

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Governor McAuliffe Announces “Southern Virginia Works”

Collaboration among three area community colleges to boost workforce credentials in Southern Virginia

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that more than 50,000 residents in southern Virginia will be positively impacted by a new workforce collaboration among three area community colleges. Called “Southern Virginia Works,” the colleges - Danville Community College (DCC), Patrick Henry Community College (PHCC) and Southside Virginia Community College (SVCC) - plan to boost the number of workforce credentials earned by Southern Virginians through community college programs by 1,500 in the next year. Within the next five years, the three colleges plan to triple the number of postsecondary education and workforce credentials. Earning credentials aligned with regional employer needs such as certifications and licenses improves individuals’ employability and better meets the region’s educational and economic development needs. 

“My vision for a New Virginia Economy demands that community colleges and other partners in Virginia’s workforce system change and adapt to meet the emerging needs of business and industry, and the new Southern Virginia Works partnership of community colleges in the region is a big step in that direction,” said Governor McAuliffe.  “Three colleges, joining together to meet a common, regional goal sets an example that the entire state should celebrate.” 

Through the recently announced Executive Order 23, called “The New Virginia Economy” Workforce Initiative, Governor McAuliffe is seeking to overhaul the state’s economy in several areas: (1) increasing STEM-H postsecondary education and workforce credentials; (2) securing employment for veterans; (3) aligning education with the needs of businesses; and (4) diversifying the economy. Virginia’s Community Colleges play a key role in carrying out the governor’s vision. 

“I congratulate SVCC, DCC, and PHCC for their collaboration to ensure that underemployed and unemployed workers in the region have expanded opportunities to earn industry driven certifications that strengthen the workforce to help recruit, retain and grow businesses in Southern Virginia,” said Secretary of Commerce and Trade Maurice Jones.  “It’s encouraging to see our community colleges collaborating and setting a bold goal for increasing their success in delivering training and credentials that work for working adults.”  

At the same time, Dr. Glenn DuBois, Chancellor of the Virginia Community College System (VCCS), announced plans to triple the number of credentialed Virginians earn by 2021.  The VCCS will adopt “Complete 2021” as its six-year strategic plan early next year, pending approval from the State Board for Community Colleges. Southside Virginia colleges are already working together on expanding their workforce initiatives to meet both the Chancellor’s and Governor’s goals.  

"Community colleges excel when they can bring together people to address community needs," said Chancellor DuBois. "This collaboration is a great example of that and promising for both the people and the businesses these colleges serve." 

“We were inspired by the Governor’s call  for 50,000 STEM-H credentials in his administration and also want to be responsive to the Virginia Community College chancellor's goal of tripling credentials by 2021,” said Dr. Angeline Godwin, PHCC President. 

For more information about “Southern Virginia Works”, contact DCC (434-797-8430), PHCC (276-656-0256), or SVCC (434-949-1068).

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VLAS to hold Wills Clinic for Seniors in Emporia

Low-income senior citizens in the cities of Emporia and Franklin and counties of Greensville, Sussex and Southampton will be able to obtain simple wills, powers of attorney and advance medical directives this fall. Virginia Legal Aid Society (VLAS) will hold a Wills Clinic in partnership with the Richmond law firm Williams Mullen and local volunteer attorneys. The one day event will be held at the VLAS building at 412 South Main Street in Emporia from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm on Tuesday, November 18, 2014. This will be by appointment only. Attorneys will provide simple wills, powers of attorney, and advance medical directives at no cost. The day is designed to provide low-income seniors with basic life planning documents.

Registration and prescreening for eligibility for this event is required and space is limited. Registration is required by November 1, 2014. For seniors interested in registering for the event or to find out more bout eligibility requirements, please call the Suffolk Office of VLAS at 800-539-3441, ext. 12, Monday through Friday from 9a.m. to 5p.m.

Virginia Legal Aid Society (VLAS) is a nonprofit law firm that provides legal information, advice and representation in civil cases to low-income individuals and families. Since 1977, VLAS has been the only institutional provider of such services in Central, Southside and Western Tidewater Virginia. VLAS attorneys and paralegals use legal skills to solve problems housing, access to health care, income and public benefits, family issues, consumer lending and assets. The VLAS mission is to resolve serious legal problems of low-income people, promote economic and family stability, reduce poverty through effective legal assistance, and to champion equal justice.

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