Our Outreach Programs
One Community One Voice - Lynchburg diverse programs and initiatives are making a difference! There have been fewer violent crimes reported because of the E.N.O.U.G.H. program, schools are reporting spikes in student motivation because of the B.I.K.E. program, and many of our neighbors are receiving the assistance they need through the many community programs that are represented in our network.
We are One Community One Voice - Lynchburg and together we all make a difference!
BACK TO SCHOOL BOOK BAGS - One Community One Voice - Lynchburg is one of several organizations partnering with the Lynchburg City Public Schools to provide school supplies for low-income children going back to school. OCOV-Lynchburg typically provides 500 new backpacks full of school supplies to local disadvantaged children each year.
B.I.K.E. - Believing In Kids Excelling is a program where bikes are awarded to students who have shown improvement in academics, behavior, and attendance to promote citizenship in the Lynchburg City Public Schools. Four elementary schools (Dearington Elementary, Heritage Elementary, Perrymont Elementary, and R.S. Payne Elementary) are participating in the program and 64 bikes are given away to elementary school students annually. We would like to double the number of bikes awarded this school year. See article: https://bit.ly/2Kl2zdd
COAT - In partnership with our member organizations and with the community at-large, OCOV - Lynchburg collects coats for children whose families cannot afford to purchase them. Every year over 400 coats are distributed to both children and adults.
E.N.O.U.G.H. - Empowering Neighborhoods to Overcome Undesirable behavior Gives us Hope, is a community outreach program that involves weekly neighborhood canvassing and outdoor events in communities across the City of Lynchburg. The program is a big push to lower crime and address community concerns by engaging law enforcement, local government, organizations, and citizens with food, music, laughter, and open communication. See article: https://bit.ly/2KllUeq
Community Meetings - OCOV - Lynchburg hosts monthly meetings between law enforcement and community leaders in an effort to maintain transparency and accountability to the community, discuss challenges, and search for amicable solutions.
EYE EXAMS - Free eye exams and deeply discounted glasses are offered several times a year. This service is provided by the generosity of Dr. Luke Wagoner and Wagoner Family Eye Care, PLLC.
HARVEST FESTIVAL - The Harvest Festival is a fall Block Party where children in the inner-city come together for all types of fun activities and loads of candy. Parents come out also to enjoy all the fun. To take a peek into the festival check out Officer Rater as he takes the children on a hayride: https://bit.ly/3371deL
LiveIt Ministries - One Community One Voice - Lynchburg is serving as LiveIt's primary partner. LiveIt offers children's ministries, service projects, and adult ministries. To learn more about LiveIt outreach programs and how college students, churches, and others can get involved go to www.LiveItMin.org .
NATIONAL NIGHT OUT - National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie.
TOY GIVE AWAY - During the holiday season, OCOV-Lynchburg distributes free Christmas toys to disadvantaged families. The program is designed to promote unity and love during "the most wonderful time of the year."
UNITY TAILGATE - One Community One Voice - Lynchburg exists in large part to bring unity in the community. What better place to promote unity than at the biggest rival high school football game of the year, E.C. Glass vs. Heritage? This tailgate is a fun food giveaway that encourages togetherness among youth and all area citizens as a whole.
VA UNIVERSITY OF LYNCHBURG'S MENTORSHIP PROGRAM - The Virginia University of Lynchburg is sponsoring mentoring and tutoring support to inner-city youth in partnership with OCOV.
VOICES (SAY ENOUGH) - As a part of the E.N.O.U.G.H. community outreach program, OCOV-Lynchburg provides citizens a platform where they can express their grief and make calls for change in the wake of tragedy, violence, crime or injustice. See article: https://www.wsls.com/news/2019/05/17/local-pastors-support-ec-glass-students-after-two-football-players-shot/