Giving Back to the Community
Every year, the Virginia Housing Development Authority and our associates embrace a variety of charitable efforts and volunteer opportunities.
Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign
Since 1999, VHDA associates have pledged donations to charities through the Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign (CVC) the state’s giving campaign and prior to that participated in the United Way campaign. VHDA surpassed 2015 CVC Campaign expectations and celebrates our continued success in supporting the annual campaign. In 2016, VHDA raised $116,265.75.
Habitat for Humanity Loan Servicing
In 2007, VHDA reached a milestone when we serviced our 1,000th Habitat for Humanity Virginia home loan. We offer all phases of loan servicing to Habitat chapters, including customer service, escrow analysis and loss mitigation. We’ve been servicing Habitat home loans on a pro-bono basis since 1999. Benefits that Virginia Habitat agencies receive from VHDA’s free loan servicing program include:
Significant cost reductions – by choosing VHDA to service its loans, Habitat Virginia recognizes more than $110,000 in savings on an annual basis. Those savings are used to build more affordable housing across Virginia.
Ability to receive mortgage payments electronically, which in turn strengthens their overall cash flow and ability to build more houses.
A close relationship with their customers, made possible by allowing Habitat chapters to be removed from demanding day-to-day loan servicing duties.
Educational opportunities that enable Habitat homeowners to learn about the mortgage servicing process and ensure they are aware of their responsibilities.
Currently, VHDA services loans for 33 Habitat agencies in Virginia. We also provide free workshops for Habitat leaders to educate them on all aspects of loan servicing and to encourage them to join our servicing program.
In addition to loan servicing, VHDA provides office space, supplies and phone service at no cost for Habitat’s new statewide development office. VHDA associate volunteers built their first Habitat for Humanity home in 2001, and by working with local Habitat chapters have continued to participate in volunteer builds every year since then. Recent projects included Danville in 2008 and New Kent County in 2009.
The Don Ritenour Charity Golf Classic
Formerly known as the VHDA Annual Charity Golf Tournament, The Don Ritenour Charity Golf Classic, began in 1993 as a fund-raising effort for the New Clay House Homeless Shelter in Richmond- and resulted in a $25,000 contribution - has been an annual event ever since.
Recipients of golf tournament proceeds have included:
- Emergency Shelter, Inc. in Richmond
- The Haven House in Norfolk
- The Arlington Community Temporary Shelter
- Women’s Resource Center of the New River Valley in Radford
- Montgomery County Community Resource Center in Christiansburg
- Mercy House in Harrisonburg
- First STEP in Harrisonburg
- Domestic Violence Emergency Services in Danville
- Citizens Against Family Violence in Martinsville
- The Genieve Shelter in Suffolk
- Suffolk Shelter for the Homeless
- Friends of the Homeless, Inc. in Newport News
- Shelter for Help in Emergency in Charlottesville
- Madeline House in Farmville
- Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter
- Virginia Supportive Housing in Richmond
- Richmond YWCA
- Rush Homes in Lynchburg
- Interfaith Housing in Richmond
- Family Resources Center, Inc. in Wytheville
- Good Samaritan Ministries in Richmond
- People, Inc. in Abingdon
- For Kids, Inc. in Norfolk
- Homestretch in Falls Church
- The Daily Planet in Richmond
- Reston Interfaith
- Arlington-Alexandria Coalition for the Homeless
- Project Horizon, Inc. in Lexington
- The Dwelling Place in Norfolk
- The James House in South Central Virginia
- Crossroads Shelter in Southwest Virginia
- Services to Abused Families, Inc. in Northern Virginia
- YWCA of South Hampton Roads
- Friends of Guest House in Northern Virginia
- Samaritan House, Inc. in Virginia Beach
- LINK of Hampton Roads
- Doorways for Women and Families in Northern Virginia
- Hostel of the Good Shepherd
- Action in Community Through Service (ACTS)
- Laurel Shelter in Gloucester
- HomeAgain in Richmond
- Hilliard House in Richmond
- Freedom House in Richmond
- Community Residences, Inc. in Chantilly Carpenter’s Shelter in Northern Virginia
- Help and Emergency Response, Inc.(HER) in Portsmouth and Chesapeake
- New Life for Youth in Richmond
- ACTS (Area Congregations in Service)
- Culpeper CDC
- Shelter House in Herndon
- Thurman Brisben Center in Fredericksburg
- Eastern Shore Coalition Against Domestic Violence
- The Healing Place
- Hope House of Scott County, Inc.
- Judeo-Christian Outreach Center (JCOC)
- Response, Inc.
- The Good Shepherd Alliance
- Transitions Family Violence Services
- Habitat for Humanity chapters in Danville-Pittsylvania County, Eastern Shore, Farmville, Lancaster/Northumberland, Metro Richmond, New Kent County, Northern VA, Tri-Cities, South Hampton Roads and Hanover County
- Family Crisis Support
- Housing Families First (formerly The Hilliard House)
- Micah Ministries
- Stop Inc.
- The Laurel Center
- Peninsula and Greater Williamsburg Habitat
Thanks to our many sponsors, patrons and contributors - some of whom have supported the tournament since its beginning - more than $2 million has been raised and contributed to charitable organizations across the Commonwealth.
Since 2003, VHDA’s Volunteer Council has organized groups of associates to work with Richmond-based ElderHomes to build ramp segments that are later assembled and installed at the homes of disabled seniors in need of better access to their home.
Rebuilding Together Richmond
Since 1998, VHDA associates and their family members have donated their time and talent for a weekend in April to help with the annual Rebuilding Together Richmond. The Volunteer Council assists with the selection of the home and works with dozens of volunteers to match skills with needed repairs, repainting and generally improvements to the home of an elderly Richmond resident.
For more than a decade, our associates have participated in VHDA’s Angel Tree program to purchase Christmas gifts for needy children. Our Volunteer Council selects three local non-profits, which change annually, to sponsor approximately 150 children living in different parts of the state. Many of our associates provide gifts to multiple angels to make the children's holidays extra special.
Other Good Works
VHDA has partnered with Virginia Blood Services (VBS) to hold blood drives on a quarterly basis for more than 20 years. Approximately 30 to 40 associates donate regularly, saving anywhere between 360 and 480 lives annually. (VBS reports that one donation saves three lives.)
Since 2006, the VHDA Volunteer Council's Books R Fun drives have raised enough money to purchase 4 books for 16 elementary classrooms that are part of the Virginia Commonwealth University Head Start program.
The associate Thanksgiving Food Drive has netted more than 500 pounds of food annually plus cash donations for the Central Virginia Food Bank. This drive has been a holiday tradition for more than a decade.
What is VHDA’s Volunteer Council?
The Volunteer Council serves as a clearinghouse for recommended and endorsed volunteer opportunities that support the mission of VHDA and the needs of the Commonwealth’s communities it serves. On an ongoing basis, the Council encourages VHDA associates and their families to donate their time, energy and talents to help our less fortunate neighbors throughout the state of Virginia.