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PROFILE: FRIENDS Association for Children

Samantha Willis has a great profile of FRIENDS Association for Children on Richmond Magazine:

Young is executive director of the FRIENDS Association for Children, a nonprofit child and family services organization. Its “licensed, curriculum-based, early childhood education programs” serve more than 1,000 children in the Richmond region, Young says. With a $2 million annual budget, and no funding from the city or state, FRIENDS provides children from 6 weeks to 18 years old with before- and after-school activities, day care, nutritious meals, and arts, music and health education programs in two locations. They receive grants from the United Way and corporations, but raise a third of their budget on their own. Parents pay based on a sliding scale, with the goal of making quality education affordable for all. FRIENDS even transports the kids to and from their locations: The John C. Purnell Jr. Child Development Center in Jackson Ward and the Robert L. Taylor Childcare Center in Church Hill.

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Truly a great organization

Chelsea Harnish
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My daughter goes to FRIENDS and she absolutely loves all of her friends there. The entire staff is so wonderful.

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Jason S

Friends is an AMAZING organization, and David is an incredible leader. The history of Friends is really rich, I’m so happy to see it profiled here and in Richmond magazine. They’ve started a really empowering music program as well and are always looking for musicians to volunteer to teach the children. This has a great impact not just on the kids, but on volunteers. It’s awesome.

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Samantha Willis

Thank you all so much for reading and sharing your thoughts! I agree, FRIENDS is an incredible organization with a very rich history, and I am so proud to see David Young and his team continuing that legacy. This story is part of my Jackson Ward series finale, you can learn more here: http://richmondmagazine.com/topics/jackson-ward-past-made-present/

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Thanks for reading and sharing! The entire city should be proud of the incredible work FRIENDS Association for Children has done for 100+ years and counting.