Uniting our community to empower people in need

In April of 2018, we convened partners across Harrisonburg and Rockingham County for a conversation about the ALICE Project in an effort to understand the greatest needs of our community. One of the biggest needs identified was a way for service providers to connect with each-other in order to best serve clients - a way to make sure no one falls through the cracks.

In response to that need, we have introduced Empower Harrisonburg Rockingham, a collaborative, coordinated referral network which provides effective ways for people to access community resources. With a mix of healthcare, human service, local government and public education organizations participating in the network, providers can more effectively refer clients to one another without them getting lost in a sea of resource directories and outdated phone numbers.

Empower HR is a secure technology platform powered by a company called Unite Us. In a community filled with great resources, this technology is a game-changer in connecting providers. Thanks to a strategic investment from Rockingham Insurance, we can provide this opportunity to local providers at no cost.


Take a look at our vision for Empower HR.

United Way of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County has enjoyed the opportunity to share our vision and plan with many committed community organizations. Our goal is to strengthen the ability of all organizations and to connect our community members with the critical services they need.


Current Participants:

Autumn Valley Guardianship

AVA Care of Harrisonburg

Blue Ridge Community College- Beyond the Blue

Brain Injury Connections of Shenandoah Valley

Bridge of Hope Harrisonburg-Rockingham

Central Valley Habitat for Humanity

Elkton Area United Services

Gemeinschaft Home 

Harrisonburg City Public Schools

Harrisonburg Community Health Center

Harrisonburg Redevelopment and Housing Authority

Mercy House

Open Doors

Our Community Place

People Helping People

Sentara RMH Community Health

Strength in Peers

The Salvation Army

United Way of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County

Way to Go


If you are an organization that is interested in learning more or joining the Empower HR network, please contact Jo Benjamin.

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