Group Hoping to Give Back to the Community

By: Brendan Ponton Email
By: Brendan Ponton Email

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- Community members met on Monday to talk about philanthropy and giving back.

A new group, Impact Harrisonburg, is working to target younger adults. The group is looking for people in the Harrisonburg and Rockingham County areas in their 20s, 30s and 40s to give money to support different philanthropic causes throughout the area.

Adam Braun addressed the community Monday morning. He created a non-profit organization, Pencils of Promise, that has opened more than 150 schools for children to get a better education in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Members of Impact Harrisonburg hope to gain some perspective on starting this process of giving back to the community. One of them, William Roy, a James Madison University grad, said he loves living in the Valley and thinks it's time to give back, "You know I'm starting to get that wisdom of contributing to what's around me, and that's something we want to encourage people and we want to show people how to do. We want to show people that you can give back and it's worth it. You will find value, not only intrinsically, but for your future generations."

Braun is also speaking to a larger audience Monday during a lunch.

To join Impact Harrisonburg, it costs $250 if you're in your 20s, $350 if you're in your 30s and $450 if you're in your 40s. The group hopes to have about 100 members and use the money to donate to a cause right here in the Valley.


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