Our Funded Agencies

The funds we raise support Rockbridge area agencies

Each agency must apply annually for support and report back on how their efforts are improving our community.

ARC of Rockbridge

16 Wheatlan Dr, Lexington, VA 24450; (540) 261-1254

They are dedicated to providing services, advocacy, and programs for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.  The Arc Rockbridge provides social opportunities, advocacy support and information, and scholarships for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Arc Rockbridge has been operating for over fifty years.   Rockbridge County Virginia is located in the southern base of the beautiful Shenandoah Valley.  Our board consists of parents of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, local business representatives, teachers, and other citizens concerned with the needs of this population.  Please consider either joining our board, or volunteering for one of our camps or events.  

Blue Ridge Autism & Achievement Center

P.O. Box 611, Buena Vista, VA 24416; (540) 261-1289

Mission: The center serves students with autism and developmental disabilities in need of individualized intensive intervention.

BRAAC offers private day school services for students with autism and developmental disabilities. Applied Behavior Analysis is the primary teaching method utilized in the center. Students programs include and in home teaching component. Additionally, BRAAC provides community training and consultative services for the public schools.

Blue Ridge Legal Services

203 N. Main Street, Lexington, VA 24450; (540) 463-7334

Mission: Providing free legal assistance in civil matters of critical importance to low-income residents of the Shenandoah Valley and Roanoke Valley.  BRLS is committed to eliminating poverty-based inequalities in the civil justice system by providing free high-quality legal advice and representation to low-income residents in our service area – people who would otherwise be unable to obtain legal help due to their poverty.

Specifically, BRLS serves low-income residents of the Shenandoah Valley and Roanoke Valley whose household income is than than 125% of the federal poverty guidelines and who are facing civil, non-fee-generating legal problems of a critical  nature.

Campus Kitchen at W&L

Washington & Lee University, Lexington, VA 24450; 540-458-4669; go.wlu.edu/ckwl

Mission: The mission of The Campus Kitchens Project is to use service as a way to strengthen bodies, empower minds, and build communities.

Congregate meal service to agency partners, individual meal delivery to clients referred by agency partners, Backpack Program to pre-K and elementary aged students and the Mobile Food Pantry which currently serves on a monthly basis in Goshen and Buena Vista.

CASA for Children

119 W. Frederick Street, Staunton, VA 24401; (540) 213-2272; http://casa4children.com

Mission: CASA for Children’s mission is to provide trained volunteers to advocate for the best interest of children who have been victims of abuse and neglect.

CASA for Children was established in Waynesboro in 1994. It expanded its services to Lexington and Rockbridge in 2011, and to Harrisonburg and Rockingham in 2013.   During our Fiscal Year 2014 we served 11 children with 8 volunteers in Lexington and Rockbridge.
To find out more visit our website: http://casa4children.com
Contact us at info@casa4children.com or call us at 540.213.2272!

The Community Table of Buena Vista

P.O. Box 68, Buena Vista, VA 24416; (732) 319-2450

Mission: To relieve the hunger of those residing in Buena Vista, Lexington and Rockbridge County of Virginia.

We’ve served over 57,000 meals to date! Services provided include hot meal preparation and serving at the Lexington service site, after school snacks to children in need in the Buena Vista School System, and services for farmers in the area. Dinner served Monday nights 6-7:30; lunches on Wednesdays 11:30-1:00.

TCT follows the Lexington City School closing schedule. If Lexington City Schools are closed on Mondays or Wednesdays for bad weather, then we are also closed.

Meals for Shut-Ins

13 Monacan Court, Lexington, VA 24450; (540) 463-7033

Mission: To provide hot meals to residents of Lexington who, due to illness or disability, are unable to provide for themselves.

Services include hot meals provided, five days a week year-around, to shut-ins. Meals for Shut-Ins receives referrals from medical and social service organizations.

Natural Bridge/Glasgow Food Pantry

725 Stoner Hollow Road, Natural Bridge Station, VA; (540) 291-2578

Rockbridge Area Health Center

P.O. Box 1573, Lexington, VA 24450; (540) 464-8700

Mission: To provide quality health care for uninsured residents in the Rockbridge area.

UWR supports their mobile dental clinic, which seeks to see every student in our area schools, with elementary students their priority.

Rockbridge Area Occupational Center

1913 Sycamore Avenue, Buena Vista, VA 24416; (540) 261-6159

Mission: To create a working environment where people with disabilities can effectively and safely be engaged in productive endeavors.

The center offers employment services to adults who live with some sort of sever disability, such as traumatic brain injury, intellectual and physical disabilities. For the 2011-2012 calendar year the center provided services to 67 individuals, and 45 of those people were employed at the end of 2011.

Funds from the United Way of Rockbridge are allocated toward operating transportation services.

Rockbridge Area Relief Association

P.O. Box 640, Lexington, VA 24450; (540) 463-6943

Mission: To aid Rockbridge area households in a time of emergency when help is needed to meet life’s basic needs of food and safe, warm shelter.

Services provided by the association include food, utilities, heating fuel and rent when possible.

RARA has expanded services by operating an additional day and expanding hours at the food pantry. They are currently attempting to improve the services they already have.

Rockbridge Area Transportation Services

P.O. Box 1180, Lexington, VA 24450; (540) 463-3346

Mission: To provide safe and affordable transportation for residents of Buena Vista, Lexington and Rockbridge County who are elderly, have special needs or have no other means of transportation.

Everyone residing in Rockbridge County is eligible for RATS transportation services. Our programs and services focus on providing door-to-door, non-emergency, demand-response rides to health-care providers in and beyond the Rockbridge County area. RATS private pay fares are based on a sliding scale that reflects riders’ ability to pay for the service. The vast majority of our clients cannot pay enough to cover the full cost of the ride. Most of them can only pay the lowest sliding scale price, which covers less than 60% of the cost of providing the trip. Our fare deficit is covered by contributions and grants that enable us to keep fares low.

Rockbridge Area YMCA

790 North Lee Highway, Lexington, VA 24450; (540) 464-9622; www.ymcarockbridge.org

Mission: To strengthen the foundations of community through youth development, healthy living, social responsibility

We embrace diversity and are open to all. Our focus is healthy living – nutrition, physical activity. We offer a lot of group exercise classes, aquatic classes, personal training, after school care, summer camp, gymnastics for children, and more.

Rockbridge Regional Library

138 S. Main Street, Lexington, VA 24450; (540) 463-4324

Mission: Providing free access to information, popular materials and lifelong learning for all.

UWR supports their programs aimed at young children and their parents that seek to make reading to children part of every family’s activities.

Talking Book Center

1 Churchville Avenue, Staunton, VA 24401; (540) 332-7715; www.talkingbookcenter.org

Mission: The mission of the Talking Book Center is to make accessible, and to provide guidance in the use of, materials which seek to fulfill the intellectual, educational, and recreational needs of residents in our service area who are unable to utilize standard library or commercial materials due to visual or physical impairment or a reading disability.

The Talking Book Center offers free library services to print disabled readers. Services include personalized reader advisor service, audio book distribution, ordering of Braille titles on demand, audio magazine distribution, download on demand service, as well as loan of playback machine and technical support.

Valley Program for Aging Services

P.O. Box 415, Buena Vista, VA 24416; (540) 261-7474; www.mauryriversc.org

Mission: To play a key leadership role in advocating for, establishing, and sustaining communities beneficial to older persons and adults with disabilities and their families. Actively participate in providing services needed by these individuals, including coordinated and accessible healthcare; maximum independent living and affordable housing options; support to family caregivers; transportation; and opportunities for vibrant engagement in life, active citizenship, and enhanced quality of life.Services provided include care coordination, case management, emergency services, caregiver support, information and assistance, congregate meals and socialization and recreation through nine senior centers, insurance counseling, legal assistance, long term care, meals on wheels, personal care, and transportation.

The following eligibility-based programs are provided to adults 60 years and older in the Rockbridge community: Meals on Wheels, Emergency Services, Personal Care Services, Homemaker Services, Case Management, , Legal Assistance, Congregate Meals, Socialization & Recreation, Transportation, Chronic Disease Self-Management Education, Virginia Insurance Counseling and Assistance Program(Medicare Counseling), Senior Outreach to Services, and Local Long-Term Care Ombudsman.

Yellow Brick Road Early Learning Center

P.O. Box 745, Lexington, VA 24450; (540) 463-4656; www.yellowbrickrd.net

Mission: Yellow Brick Road Early Learning Center, Inc., as a non-profit organization offering educational programs for children ages six weeks to six years is guided by the complementary values of social diversity, personal responsibility and developmentally appropriate education. We believe that every child has the potential to be a productive, engaged member of the community. Embracing our role as an institution that both serves and is sustained by the local community, Yellow Brick Road is one of the only early childhood facilities in the Rockbridge area providing need-based scholarships. Ultimately, Yellow Brick Road seeks to lay an educational and social foundation for all students, guiding each child towards his or her potential in a loving and nurturing environment.

The learning center offers educational programs for children ages six weeks to six years. We provide a scholarship program based on income for those who need help with tuition.