Virtual workshops are a way to learn about and hear from community partners doing work on the front lines in our local community. Sign up for an interactive experience to learn more about the greatest needs in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County and how you can be a more thoughtful change-maker!
These workshops will be offered virtually and will require access to a device and internet. 
Workshops will be offered during three timeslots: 10am-12pm, 1-3pm, and 3-5pm. 
To learn more about or sign up for a workshop, go to our volunteer management website, Get Connected.  

Self-Care for the Caregiver 
April Hepler, Adagio House 
Learn ways to take care of yourself in the midst of a pandemic that don't involve making massive life changes (or respite care!). 

Help Build a Trauma-Informed and Resilient Community 
Megan Lacey, Blue Ridge CASA 
Wondering how you can more meaningfully support your friends, family, neighbors, colleagues, and others who may have experienced trauma? Join this workshop!  One of the first steps in building trauma and resiliency informed communities is assuring a trauma and resilience informed educational foundation for all our human service leaders, professionals, community partners, parents, caregivers, and youth. A trauma and resilience informed approach begins by understanding the basic principles of the impact of trauma, and the responsibility we all hold in building individual and community resilience.  

What does income inequality have to do with the Civil Justice System? 
John Whitfield, Blue Ridge Legal Services 
Join us for a discussion on how poverty and the civil justice system create cycles of hardship for our neighbors. Income inequality produces gross inequities in our civil justice system, with far-reaching and insidious results for our community- particularly for low-income and minority populations- creating barriers for escaping poverty and building wealth.

No Room for ALICE? An Affordable Housing Crisis in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County 
Shannon Porter, Mercy House 
Join us for a panel discussion centered on how the lack of affordable housing affects individuals and families living below the ALICE Threshold in our community. This workshop will cover the market forces that have contributed to the housing crisis, current realities impacting the ALICE population, and the efforts necessary to improve the housing outlook for our community.

Welcomers at Work: Building a Welcoming Community 
Melissa Fisher & Nelly Moreno Shenk, Welcoming Harrisonburg Council 
Our community is rich with people from a wide variety of countries, cultures, and more. We strive to make Harrisonburg a welcoming community but making sure newcomers feel integrated and welcomed takes all of us. Join us as we share about what "welcoming" work is, the welcoming efforts in our community, and discuss and reflect on how you can dive into welcoming work as well!

Aligning Your Strengths with the Community's Needs: The New Volunteerism
Tashfia Hasan & Keston Fulcher, United Way of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County
Join us in a discussion of how to evaluate your skills and the way you engage in the community. You will walk away with a better idea of how to connect your time and talents in addressing critical community needs.

Diversity at Work: Managing an Inclusive Workforce 
Rollin Johnson Jr., Kensington Strickland Group, LLC
There is power in building teams and organizations comprised of a diverse workforce. Leading teams that may be international, transnational, multigenerational, and multicultural is more than just the hallmark of an inclusive organization. These dynamic teams can give your organization a unique edge in addressing complex problems all while bringing substantive value to your stakeholders. This workshop will explore how to support, build, and lead within an environment that brings talented people together from and array of backgrounds to drive the goals of your business, organization, or team. 

Microaggressions in Everyday Life: What are they and how can I intervene?
Kala Melchiori, Carah Whaley, & Ashley Taylor Jaffee, College of Education/James Madison University
In this workshop we will discuss: what are microaggressions, what are examples of microaggressions in everyday life, and what are strategies for how to intervene when you see, hear, and/or experience microaggressions. During this 75-minute workshop, participants will engage in a discussion reflecting on their role, potential to respond, and commitments they will take to challenge their own biases and interrupt microaggressions in their everyday lives. We will offer support and resources for navigating and interrupting microaggressions.

Increasing Access to Mental Health/Substance Abuse Services 
Kelly Atwood, Counseling & Psychological Services/James Madison University 
Strategies for increasing access to mental health/substance abuse care will be identified including reducing stigma, integrating care, and the use of technology. Tips for connecting with a licensed provider will be reviewed. Implications of culture and trauma will be explored. 

Let's Get Real: Using Story to Connect, Uplift and Transform
Joshua Streeter, Theatre in Our Schools / James Madison University
In this workshop, BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and people of color) youth will be able to be in community together - to hear and listen to stories as a way to witness, empathize, and connect. We will explore the power of voice, story, body, and art to understand pain and struggle, as well as uplift and celebrate BIPOC experience. This workshop is facilitated by a BIPOC artist and educator, whose work focused on social justice, youth agency, and theatre arts.

Mindful Moments: Yoga & Mindfulness for Elementary & Middle School Students
Peggy Caister, Director of Development for Boys & Girls Clubs of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County
Prepare to be relaxed and present in the moment as a yoga facilitator leads the group through mindfulness exercises to help middle school age children develop mindfulness and encourage movement. Participants should plan to wear comfortable clothes and make sure they have space to move. 

Older Adults and the Social Isolation Epidemic
Joyce Nussbaum, Valley Program for Aging Services
For years, experts have warned that seniors in the U.S. were experiencing increased levels of social isolation. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 28% of older adults now live alone. That’s just one of many factors creating this silent epidemic, which the Health Resources and Services Administration says has harmful side effects similar to smoking 15 cigarettes a day. During this session, we will discuss some risk factors and symptoms and then focus on what we can do to help. The session will last one hour including time for Q&A.

 To learn more about or sign up for a workshop, go to our volunteer management website, Get Connected.