I’m Ashley Jurney and I’m a realtor here in Charlottesville with Town Realty. You can learn more about us by visiting our website towncville.com.
I’m also on the board of directors for Child Health Partnership and the chair of their fundraising committee. Child Health Partnership is an independent nonprofit organization that provides at home family support for so many families in our community. Today, I have a big ask. In order to help Child Health Partnership do their work they need to vans to help families access health and self-sufficiency. We have a great opportunity to help us reach this goal of a matching grant from the Perry Organization.
The key part of Child Health Partnership’s work is helping kids be healthy and ready for school. And that time for babies and young kids, there’s only about 2000 days between birth and kindergarten, so it’s really a limited time that we have to either help children get off to a good start or children end up having challenges when they arrive at school.
We have nurses and family support specialists that go out and visit families, but in the course of those visits, one, they need to get there, right? So we go to families where they are. So we have vans and cars that we use to help get our staff to them and also to help transport them and connect them to various resources. We also deliver books on every home visit. We bring ideas for activities and things that we can leave behind.
It makes such a difference for people to know about Child Health Partnership and be able to let friends and families and neighbors know about the services because there are a lot of new parents in the community that can really use the support.
We see there is a heart in your new logo. What does that mean?
Our logo is so great. We just had a name change in October and it’s now Child Health Partnerships, so we wanted to be clear about what we do. But one of the distinguishing things about our program is that we do home visiting, so you can see in our little heart we have a home. And I think the home and the heart really represent the relationships that we’re trying to cultivate between us and the families and within the families, because we know that the attachment that children have to their caregivers is the most important thing to their health and wellbeing.
We would love support for matching funds for a new van right now. It makes such a difference in being able to help families get to health appointments and other places that they need to go in addition to helping our staff visit the families and do the core part of our work.
It’s also really helpful just to help us get the word out in the community. A lot of people, if we’re not in your home visiting, you don’t really know what we’re doing. So if you know a family that needs a little extra support or know other people that are really interested in child health and early childhood issues, just help spread the word about what we’re doing.
Our children mean so much to us, and the more we can show them the love and direction they need to become great citizens of Charlottesville, the more we will prosper as a community. If you would like to help us meet our goal to meet the match at $25,000, please visit the link in the comments to make a donation. From our family at Town Realty to yours, let’s share the love we all deserve.