Centers Look For Alternative Funding

By: Carly Stephenson Email
By: Carly Stephenson Email

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- This year's request to the General Assembly for extra funding of dispute resolution centers is not included in the state's budget.

Centers that are part of the Virginia Association for Community Conflict Resolution will have to really fundraise to keep offering their services.

The Fairfield Center is also renovating a warehouse, and while it is not open yet, it would be a way to work with other non-profits and share services.

The center does offer some services on a scale, based on income.

In general, centers use funding to help mediate cases and help get the word out about their services.

Without the $750,000 budgeted to the centers across Virginia, workers will be applying for more grants and asking for donations.

Whether it is through a license plate or other means, Christine Poulson, the coordinator for the VACCR, said that the services are needed.

"A less adversarial way to resolve disputes. If someone feels overwhelmed by the courthouse but they still need to get something resolved, say the custody and visitation of their children, if they're getting separated, they can go to a community dispute resolution center and try to work those issues out there," said Poulson.

The Fairfield Center will have their Valley Plane Pull on April 12 and you can register to pull a 4-ton plane with a team. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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