6th Annual Great Community Give hosted in Harrisonburg

6th annual Great Community Give hosted in Harrisonburg.
Published: Apr. 19, 2023 at 8:40 PM EDT|Updated: Apr. 19, 2023 at 11:47 PM EDT
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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) - The 6th annual Great Community Give happened Wednesday in Harrisonburg.

“It is an initiative of the Community Foundation of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County. ,” said Amanda Bomfim, Director of Marketing and Program Initiatives.

The Community Foundation of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County said that their goal this year was to raise 2 million dollars. From 6:30 a.m. until 8 p.m. people were able to go make donations to one of the 148 participating nonprofits of their choice.

With just five seconds to spare, the goal was reached.

One of the nonprofits that benefitted was NewBridges Immigrant Resource Center.

“We provide immigration legal representation for all kinds of different cases. We also provide resources and referrals for community members who need help,” Advancement Specialist Leah Hackman said.

They brought in over $27 thousand in donations. She said this money will help them continue doing their work which is unique and important for those who need it.

“Often times when people come to us, they’re panicked. Our staff in some cases has lived the immigrant experiences so you can really sense there is a connection on a deeper level,” she said.

Bomfim stressed that giving to nonprofits helps communities live.

“The nonprofits mean stability. The nonprofits mean thriving.. the nonprofits mean a lifeline and a resource to a lot of people,” she said. “We are so thankful for the community’s generosity and the excitement and enthusiasm towards this event,” said Bomfim. “The Community Foundation of Harrisonburg and Rockingham makes it easy to give back to the community we love,” said Bomfim.

She said it was inspiring to see the number of people who came out and showed love for the causes that are important to them and their friends.