Community Resources

We know that looking for a job can often be hampered by external hindrances such as financial concerns and family issues. We have assembled links to some of the organizations in our region that may be able to give you the assistance you need to stay focused on your career.

Drive to Work
The Drive to Work program assists low income or previously incarcerated persons to restore their driving privileges so they can drive to work and keep a job- benefiting the individuals, their children, families and the community.

Federal Pell Grant Program
The Federal Pell Grant Program provides need-based grants to low-income undergraduate and certain post-baccalaureate students to promote access to postsecondary education. Students may use their grants at any one of approximately 5,400 participating postsecondary institutions. Grant amounts are dependent on: the student’s expected family contribution (EFC) , the cost of attendance (as determined by the institution); the student’s enrollment status (full-time or part-time); and whether the student attends for a full academic year or less.

Offender Aid and Restoration (OAR)
Offender Aid and Restoration of Richmond’s (OAR) program is for persons who have been incarcerated in jail or state prison.  OAR case managers are available to meet with inmates individually upon the submission of a request form.  Services may be provided Pre-release and/or Post-release.

Virginia 211
2-1-1 VIRGINIA provides access to services in your community and statewide.  When you dial 2-1-1, a trained professional listens to your situation and suggests sources of help using one of the largest databases of health and human services in Virginia. All referrals are confidential.

Virginia Department of Social Services
The Virginia Department of Social Services provides assistance to citizens of Virginia to help them live their best lives. One child, one senior citizen, one person at a time,V DSS programs and services help people triumph over poverty, abuse and neglect, achieve self-sufficiency and shape strong futures for themselves, their families and their communities.

Virginia Department for Aging  and Rehabilitative Services
The Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services, in collaboration with community partners, provides and advocates for resources and services to improve the employment, quality of life, security, and independence of older Virginians, Virginians with disabilities, and their families.

Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired
Provides services and resources which empower Virginians who are blind, vision impaired or deafblind to achieve their desired levels of employment, education, and personal independence. The Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired envision a world in which blind, vision impaired and deafblind people can access all that society has to offer and can, in turn, contribute to the greater community.