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PlanRVA COVID-19 Fundraising Site Honored by United Way for Raising $6.4M

SocialMediaPost-COVID-19-–-WCGPressRelease-1200x628-1-uai-942x628 Honored by United Way for Raising Millions for Virginia Businesses Impacted by COVID-19

We’re thrilled to share that, a local COVID-19 emergency relief fund launched by PlanRVA alongside its partners Emergency Management Alliance of Central Virginia and Community Foundation for a Greater Richmond, has raised $6.4 million to assist Central Virginia businesses affected by the pandemic. West Cary Group designed and coded the site and implemented the technology needed to get the fund live and ready to accept donations in just 48 hours. The site launched on April 3, 2020.

Due to its far-reaching community impact, the fund was recently recognized by United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg with a 2021 Steps to Success Award. The honor is given to an outstanding partner, group or organization that demonstrates commitment to improving the Central Virginia region, empowering individuals and driving change.

“I’m proud to say that even a year from launch, we’re still working with the Fund Advisory Committee and awarding grants,” says Martha Heeter, PlanRVA Executive Director. “It’s been pretty amazing to see the deep generosity of our community and how much impact we’ve been able to help generate.”

Though supporters have the option of contributing via in-kind donations or volunteerism, much of the money raised has been in the form of grants. Organizations that have benefited include project: HOMES, Urban Baby Beginnings, Petersburg Schools, and many more.

“This means a lot to us,” says Rachal Krance, West Cary Group Senior Account Director. “It’s been a trying year and a half for everyone, but to know that our team played a role in helping our community succeed through the challenges of COVID-19 makes our jobs even more meaningful.”

Navigating through COVID-19 has been a challenge, but what this time apart made us realize is how much stronger we are together. At WCG, we’re committed to using our voices in whatever ways we can to effect the most positive change throughout the Richmond community.

– Tashi Scott, WCG Graphic Designer

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