Clinch Valley Community Action has been located in Tazewell County since 1965. But our programs and services have extended even beyond those borders as we continue our legacy of helping people help themselves. Our dedicated employees work diligently to ensure not only that CVCA’s services are delivered, but that our community is a better place to live. Explore our website to see what is available, but more importantly, call or visit with our people so we can help you succeed in your future.
CVCA Events and Happenings
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month
Good things are happening at Clinch Valley Community Action, Inc.! April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and we have several activities planned. We hope that you can join us as we support survivors, raise awareness & create change in our community.
Community Needs Assessment
Every three years, CVCA conducts a Community Needs Assessment. We survey individuals and families, assess local, statewide and national data, facilitate focus groups and interview key stakeholders in our community. This process helps us plan our programs, identify gaps in services, and assess ways to improve our service delivery. Please take a few minutes to take our survey by using the following link:
We would love to facilitate a focus group in your office, church, school, community organization, etc. It takes about an hour to complete and each group that participates will receive a copy of our Community Needs Assessment. If you are willing to host a group of 6-8 people, please contact Jennifer Bourne at firstname.lastname@example.org or 276-988-5583.
Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence Support Group
Below is a flyer for our upcoming Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence Support Group. The group will be held on Mondays from 6:00 P.M. – 7:30 P.M. at the Baptist Valley Assembly of God. Space is limited; group is free and confidential. For more information, or to register, please contact Jennifer Bourne at 276-988-5583 or email@example.com.
Housing Choice Voucher Applications
On Tuesday, March 24 from 12:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M. individuals who live, work or who are hired to work in Russell County or Tazewell County may apply online for the Housing Choice Voucher program. Please post the below flyer in your workplace, community space, etc. For more information, please contact Sandra Corell at 276-988-5583.
Turn It Teal
Tuesday, April 7 is Turn It Teal. This year, we are selling T-shirts to encourage folks to wear teal and show their support of survivors & their commitment to ending sexual violence. T-shirts are $10 for Adult sizes Small, Medium, Large & $15 for sizes 1X, 2X, 3X. All shirts must be prepaid & ordered by Friday, March 20. A picture of the logo is attached to this email. Our staff will deliver the t-shirts between April 3-6. Please let us know if you are interested in placing an order!
HIKE for HOPE – Saturday, April 4 9:30 A.M.
On Saturday, April 6, 2019 we are hosting our Fourth Annual Hike for Hope. We are hiking Tank Hollow Falls this year, and hikers will have the opportunity to set their own pace by selecting between several skill levels. Registration begins at 9:30 A.M.; and the hike begins at 10:00 A.M. There is no charge for this event, and donations support our nature therapy activities with survivors. FREE T-shirts are available to the first 50 participants who both register AND attend the event! For more information, please use the following link: https://form.jotform.com/200634758014148
A Walk to Remember – Sunday, April 19 4:00 P.M.
Over the past four years, Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® raised over $40,000 for services in Tazewell County & Russell County. However, folks shared with us that they believed the event should be more inclusive – that the event should not just be for men. This year, we have changed the name of event to A Walk to Remember and opened participation to anyone. So, no more high heels, just walking to honor, celebrate, recognize & remember those who have experienced sexual and intimate partner violence!
Each participant is asked to raise $100 by the day of the Walk. If participants would like to raise more than $100, that’s great! Have some fun with it…wear a costume, dress like your favorite Super Hero, wear your team colors…get creative! It’s all in good fun…the purpose is to raise awareness about these issues and our services!!! This is a family-friendly event, and we want everyone to feel welcome and respectedJ Our goal is to have you to Walk, showing your commitment to eliminating violence and to creating happy, healthy and safe relationships!
*New this year: Teams can participate! Get a group of co-workers, friends, church members, etc. together and WALK. There are tiered fundraising options, and we can work with you to reach your goal!
This year’s event will be held at the THS Track. Registration begins at 3:00 P.M. and the Walk begins at 4:00 P.M. There will be a Survivors’ Walk to kick-off the event. We are currently accepting artwork from survivors of sexual and/or intimate partner violence for the Survivors T-shirt. If you would like to submit artwork, please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, March 20.
If you are interested in participating in A Walk to Remember please contact Jennifer Bourne at 276-988-5583 or email@example.com.
Each month, we ask folks to donate items for the shelter. The designated item for March is shampoo. Donated items can be brought to our Main Office on Friday, March 27 from 10:00 A.M.- 12:00 P.M. Thank you for your generosity & support!
VHDA AND CLINCH VALLEY COMMUNITY ACTION OPENING WAITING LIST TO ACCEPT HOUSING CHOICE VOUCHER APPLICATIONS
The Virginia Housing Development Authority (VHDA) and Clinch Valley Community Action (CVCA) will open the Housing Choice Voucher Waiting List on Tuesday, March 24, 2020, for Russell and Tazewell counties. The program will take applications ONLINE ONLY from 12:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.
CVCA’s waiting list area covers Russell and Tazewell counties. Although, anyone can apply to the waiting list, applicants who live, work or are hired to work in Russell or Tazewell will be ranked higher on the waiting list than those who are outside the two counties.
Applicants will be able to apply beginning at 12:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. on March 24th. The website to apply is vhda.apply4housing.com. You must apply using a laptop or desktop computer. The application is not compatible with mobile devices. Applicants will receive a confirmation number once their application is submitted. Anyone can apply on behalf of another applicant. Applications will not be taken by phone, mail or in person. If the applicant is a person with a disability and they require an accommodation in order to apply, please contact the CVCA staff for an appointment during the opening time period.
For more information about the application process, please contact the CVCA staff at 276-988-5583 for assistance.
Drug and Alcohol Screening Services
CVCA has trained staff that can provide Pre-employment, Random, Post-Accident, and Reasonable Cause screenings at your business or at our office.
Clinch Valley Community Action Receives Award
For Immediate Release
October 23, 2019
Innovative Program Award for Tax Program
North Tazewell, VA—October 23, 2019—The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program at Clinch Valley Community Action recently received the Innovative Program award. This award was presented at the 2019 Common Cents Conference, held in Fairfax, VA, on September 17-18, 2019. The conference is designed to address unique financial issues and programs in Maryland, DC, and Virginia. This conference gives attendees an opportunity to learn about the financial problems facing residents and innovative program models to help residents achieve all their financial dreams. This conference is presented as a collaboration between the CASH Campaign of Maryland and the Virginia CASH Campaign. CASH is an acronym for Creating Assets Savings and Hope.
According to Carolyn Spohrer, Deputy Director for the Virginia CASH Campaign, “The Innovative Program award was presented to Clinch Valley Community Action for showing creativity and initiative in providing a program or service to a local community that helps build residents’ financial stability above and beyond the organization’s core services and programs. Clinch Valley has incorporated the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program into their other programs and has increased services every year. They collaborate with other community partners and continue to “tweak” the program to meet community needs.” She adds, “I was proud to award Clinch Valley Community Action the Innovative Program award and present the award to VITA Director, Rick Mallory, at the Common Cents Conference.
The VITA program at Clinch Valley Community Action was able to successfully complete and file 626 Federal tax returns for the 2019 tax filing season, resulting in $825,445 in total Federal refunds. All returns prepared through VITA are completed at no cost to the client.The program will continue to strive for excellence as the 2020 tax filing season approaches. CVCA will begin accepting appoints for tax preparation around the middle of January 2020.
For more information, press only:
276-988-5583, ext. 214
Housing Choice Voucher Program Here
This HUD program is administered by VHDA to help low-income families, the elderly and the people with disability by providing all or a portion of their rental payments. Vouchers can be used to help pay rent for a house, apartment or mobile home where the landlord has agree to participate in the program. Vouchers are distributed by VHDA (in areas not served by a local housing authority) through a network of agencies, which are listed on vhda.com
Connecting Landlords and Tenants.
VHDA sponsors the state’s most comprehensive online database or available rental housing: VirginiaHousingSearch.com. There is no charge for landlords to list properties, or for tenants to search by location, cost or amenities.
Contact Sandra Corell, SCorell@clinchvalleycaa.org
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program
Clinch Valley Community Action participates in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program (VITA), which is sponsored by the Internal Revenue Service. All volunteers are IRS certified. If you live in Tazewell County or any of the surrounding communities, you may qualify for this free service. We will electronically file your Federal tax return for you. For Tazewell County residents, we will file your state return through the Office of the Commissioner of the Revenue. All other state returns will be electronically filed, when possible. We also offer preparation for other states, as well.
Project Discovery Applications
Applications are being taken for Project Discovery. Access the application by going to www.projectdiscovery.org
Accepting New Senior Companions
“I am needed and I help my clients stay independent in their home…where they want to stay” — This is often said by volunteer companions with the Senior Companion Program.
Rick Mallory, CVCA, Carolyn Spohrer, VA CASH Campaign