StepForward is a small charitable group founded by three women in Charlottesville seeking to help highly motivated individuals who have aspirations, goals or dreams, but are unable to make progress due to various obstacles or challenging circumstances. They may be held back by basic needs, or by the constraints of a new language or culture, or by the challenges of re-entering society after incarceration, or simply by lack of connection, mentoring, and encouragement. It seeks to identify them via a vetting and referral process by like-minded agencies, counselors, or community connectors. It helps them map their steps forward on the path they choose to follow and champions them on the way. It mentors them, connects them with relevant agencies, and helps finance their training, childcare, transportation, or other needs as necessary, to propel them forward toward their goals.
NEWS FLASH: StepForward was recently added to the official list of charities promoted by the Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign (CVC). All 120,000 employees of the Commonwealth of Virginia are given the opportunity to donate to these CVC-approved charities throughout the year. StepForward was recognized as providing equitable and inclusive support for diverse clients from various communities in the Charlottesville area. If you are an employee of the State or Commonwealth of Virginia, you will now be able to choose StepForward as a recipient of your donations. Such generosity will be greatly appreciated.