Priorities for Change Recipients
Priorities for Change supports dozens of charities every year, along with the annual Priority Toyota Charity Bowl! Click to learn more about each organization and get involved today!
Boys and Girls Club
Boys & Girls Club strives to enable all young people to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens by providing an inclusive experience that ensures success is within reach for every young person who enters our doors; from staying on track to graduate high school, to demonstrating character, being a good citizen, and living a healthy lifestyle.
Virginia's only free-standing children's hospital helps keep the children of our region healthy, provides families with valuable resources, and ultimately strengthens our community. The Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters Health System leads the region as the preferred provider of quality children's health services.
Abilty Center of Virginia
Ability Center of Virginia (formerly Cerebral Palsy of Virginia) was established in Virginia in April 1984 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Our goal is to provide programs and services to children and adults with cerebral palsy and developmental disabilities, emphasizing inclusion, independence, social skills, and positive relationships between all individuals, regardless of their abilities.
Since 2011 AidNow has worked to bring together resources in education, health, and sanitation to assist individuals in southeastern Virginia, as well as across the country and around the world. AidNow has partnered with the Virginia Beach City Public Schools' Social Work Services, as well as participated in hurricane relief up and down the East Coast, as well as Puerto Rico.
Helping those in need in our community since 1943, the Center for Child & Family delivers quality counseling & support programs that empower individuals and families to improve their lives. The Center offers innovative programs and services to support the need of the community. From infants to seniors, the Center serves over 10,000 people each year from all over Hampton Roads.
From birth to kindergarten, Children's Health Investment Program (CHIP) is helping kids right from the start. Poverty is the single greatest threat to a child's long term well-being and recent data show that 1 in 4 children in Hampton Roads live near or below the Federal Poverty Level. CHIP provides services in Hampton Roads for expectant mothers and children up through age six, partnering with parents to lay a sound foundation for their child's future health, academic and workplace success.
The Chapel Pantry
The Chapel Pantry is a walk-in chapel pantry that serves local families and individuals in need of food assistance. In 2016, we served 21,594 individuals, or 6,219 households. We participate in the Foodbank’s Food Rescue program, picking up dairy products, meat, produce and bread that would otherwise be thrown away. Last year we “rescued” over 100 tons of food to distribute to our guests!
We understand the overwhelming challenges that families face when a child is sick. All of our services – home healthcare, hospice care and bereavement support – are designed to alleviate your pain, anxiety and fear. We offer you comfort, strength and support so that you are able to do the same for your child.
Founded in 1989 to offer equine therapy services to children and adults with disabilities and other special needs, EQUI-KIDS Therapeutic Riding Program has grown to become one of the largest accredited equine riding programs in the country. EQUI-KIDS is a Premier Accredited Center through PATH, Intl., and a member of the Therapeutic Riding Association of Virginia.
Since 1981, the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore, a member of Feeding America™ and the Federation of Virginia Food Banks, has been providing food for hungry people throughout Southeastern Virginia and on the Eastern Shore. During the 2016-2017 fiscal year, the Foodbank distributed over 18 million pounds of food equating to 15 million meals to the community.
Working to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty for families and children, ForKids is more than a safety net. Our full spectrum service model simultaneously identifies the compound root causes of each family’s homelessness as well as offering mental health support services, education assistance, and employment opportunities to help families become self-reliant and secure permanent housing.
Formed in 1997 by a group of progressive thinkers, the Hampton Roads Youth Foundation (HRYF) was established to provide educational, social and economic programs for youth in the Hampton Roads community. From strategic partnerships to tireless volunteer labor, the HRYF has evolved to meet the challenges of the day, while remaining true to its original mission.
Horizons Hampton Roads is an academic, cultural, and recreational program designed to encourage a diverse group of students from low-income families in Norfolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach to realize their full potential.
The James C. Archbell III Foundation was created with the sole mission of providing opportunities for children in need in Hampton Roads. Businessman and community leader James C. Archbell III started his JCA Foundation to raise funds, awareness and resources to give more children in Hampton Roads the chance to grow, build strength, hope and confidence – through education, through opportunities and support.
Journey For Success
Journey for Success empowers single mothers to achieve their goals by becoming self-sufficient leaders of their households, leaders in the workplace and community, and role models to their children. The organization provides essential tools and resources to ensure that every mom has the opportunity to build and maintain a successful family unit.
The JCOC works to help families and individuals recover from crisis situations and become productive, self-supporting members of the community. The organization and its team of volunteers provides more than 86,000 free meals and 9,000 free bags of groceries every year. The organization also provides transitional housing for homeless veterans, cold -weather shelters for the homeless and more to help people in crisis get back on their feet.
I Need A Lighthouse
I Need A Lighthouse is a depression and suicide education awareness program for youth and teens. Though education, outreach and community partnerships, the organization helps young people and adults recognize the symptoms of depression and the warning signs for suicide, and reach out when they or a friend needs help.
Life Rolls On
Life Rolls On is dedicated to improving the quality of life for young people affected by spinal cord injuries. Founded by world champion quadriplegic surfer Jesse Billauer, Life Rolls On believes that adaptive surfing and skating can inspire infinite possibilities beyond paralysis, and has touched the lives of hundreds of thousands since 2011.
Seton Youth Shelters
Since 1985, Seton Youth Shelters has offered emergency shelter and counseling to runaway and homeless youth while responding to the changing needs of youth and their families. The organization provides a full range of prevention and outreach services, including a mobile van program and teen drop in center, shelter and counseling for youth and their families, and mentoring for children with incarcerated parents.
Tidewater Friends of Foster Care
Tidewater Friends of Foster Care works to raise public awareness of the needs of youth in foster care and have positive impact in the lives of foster children across Hampton Roads. The organization recruits new foster families with a focus on placement stability, so kids do not end up bouncing from home to home. Programs include tutoring, extracurricular activities and summer camps.
The mission of the Old Dominion Athletic Foundation is to raise financial support for Old Dominion University Athletics and ensure that our coaches and student-athletes have the academic foundation, character traits and resources necessary to compete for championships.Today, the Foundation has raised 75% of its $40 million goal to help ODU Athletics gain national recognition for intercollegiate athletics and rise to national prominence.
Our Military Kids
Our Military Kids provides substantial grant support to the children of deployed National Guard and Military Reserve personnel, as well as children of Wounded Warriors in all branches. The grants pay for participation in sports, fine arts ,camps and tutoring programs to nurture and sustain children while a parent is away in service to our country or recovering from injury.
Recovery For Kids
Recovery for Life rescues and empowers children, teens and adults who struggle with addictions and compulsive behaviors. Founded more than 20 years ago, the organization has provided a safe atmosphere for people to discuss their struggles, solve issues and get better though solution-focused principles, the 12 steps and prayer.
Started in Hampton Roads more than 30 years ago, the Roc Solid Foundation continues to build hope for families fighting pediatric cancer nationwide. Through donations and volunteer opportunities, individuals and corporations alike help the organization complete hundreds of Play It Forward backyard playset projects and distribute thousands of Roc Solid Ready Bags in partnership with children’s hospitals all over the country.
SHUTDOWN 757 is a youth sports organization of 220 student-athletes age of 5 to 14 who compete on five football teams and three cheerleading squads. The organization prepares student-athletes for competition through strength, endurance, and fundamentals conditioning, while participating in annual outreach initiatives to give back and help others. The organization’s goal is to create a generation of leaders equipped to demonstrate humility and empathy towards others.
St Marys Home
St. Mary’s Home in Norfolk provide quality, specialized care within a homelike environment for children and adults with severe disabilities. St. Mary’s Home is a special place full of love and laughter, where children and young adults from all across Virginia live, play, go to school and receive complex, professional, around-the-clock care in a nurturing, comfortable environment to help them achieve their fullest potential.
Stop Abuse was formed in 1986 to prevent child sexual abuse through education, detection and referral. The organization works to bring crucial attention and awareness to an epidemic that impacts every gender, age, race, ethnicity, background, socioeconomic status and family structure. Although an estimated 93% of victims know their abuser, just 10% of child victims actually report their abuse.
STOP teams with community partners to reduce the effects of poverty by helping hard-working, low-income wage earners achieve self-sufficiency. Thirty-seven highly skilled employees guide 15 different programs focused on Child Care, Crisis Intervention, Education, Employment, Health, Housing, Nutrition and Youth Services to help individuals and families overcome economically challenging situations.
Heart of VA Beach
Courthouse Community United Methodist Church sits at the geographical heart of Virginia Beach, a “community of love” that reaches out to touch the lives and hearts of people from across the city. The church provides the hungry with free weekly groceries from its Food Pantry, a free dinner on Wednesday evenings, and endless opportunities for fun and fellowship.
The Virginian-Pilot Joy Fund raises monetary donations from the community to ensure that no child in the area goes without a gift during the holiday season. With the help of the The Salvation Army, local families in need are invited to personally select toys for their children. every penny donated to The Joy Fund purchases toys for the children.All administrative expenses are paid for by The Virginian-Pilot.
The Virginia Gentlemen Foundation was started by a group of friends who grew up together in Virginia Beach. They wanted to give back to the community by helping families affected by disabilities. When a founding member of the group was diagnosed with ALS, the group narrowed its focus to fighting ALS, to date raising raised over $3 million to help fight the disease and find a cure.
Toby’s Dream Foundation is dedicated to bringing joy to children with life-threatening illnesses by granting them a dream of a lifetime. The charitable foundation creates extraordinary experiences for children who face an uncertain tomorrow, and focuses on serving children who are treated and referred from Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters and Naval Medical Center Portsmouth.
Nearly 700,000 children experience abuse or neglect each year. The National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association (CASA) ensures that America’s most vulnerable children have someone by their side, speaking up for their best interests. Local CASA programs recruit, train and support volunteer court-appointed advocates who make sure abused or neglected children are safe, have a permanent home and have the opportunity to thrive.
Virginia Childrens Chorus
The Virginia Children’s Chorus enriches the lives of children through the study and performance of the world’s great choral literature. Chorus members from beginner to advanced train weekly in healthy vocal technique , solfege, language and diction, expression and concert decorum. Performing age-appropriate choral literature from different cultures and time periods, chorus members delight audiences as they stretch their skills and imaginations through diverse musical languages.
Young Life is a non-denominational Christian ministry that introduces middle school, high school and college-aged kids to Jesus Christ and helps them grow in their faith. The organization operates in all 50 states and more than 90 countries around the world. Young Life offers all kinds of kids a place to talk about everything from surviving school and break-ups to parents, bad grades and God.