Our regional chapters work at the grassroots level, drawing more voices to the call to advocacy. Getting involved with a local chapter is a great way to keep up with everything that is going on and help expand the Center’s impact with fun and interactive programs.

District Visits


With support from the Center, chapters organize to meet with legislators in their home districts to inform them of the key policy priorities of the Center and ask that they be champions for progress.

 
Educational Programs


Throughout the year, chapter members collaborate with the Center to put together educational programs including film screenings, panels, and speaker series. These programs increase community engagement and further educate the public about Center policy priority issues that impact low-income, vulnerable, and underrepresented communities in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

 

Fun and Fellowship


Chapter members get together throughout the year to fellowship and share in the spirit of social justice. Events include coffee hours, letter-writing sessions, and house parties.

 

CHAPTERS


We currently have five regional chapters and two “affiliated groups” across the Commonwealth and invite you to become a part of the local grassroots efforts in your community! (We’re hoping to add a new chapter in Charlottesville soon!)  Contact our chapter chairs listed below to see how you can get involved.

 

Hampton Roads
Michael Stark

 

New River Valley
Ruth Grene  and Stephanie Gilmore

 

Northern Piedmont (Fredericksburg, Warrenton, Culpeper)
Scott Christian

 

Northern Virginia
Anne Murphy and Darcy Hirsh

 

Richmond
Rabbi Gary Creditor and Sally Gudas

 

AFFILIATED GROUPS

 

James River (Williamsburg area)
John Whitley and Charles Swadley

 

Shenandoah Valley (Winchester)
John Copenhaver 

 

If you are interested in learning more about what it takes to start a chapter, contact Executive Director Kim Bobo (kim@virginiainterfaithcenter.org) or call at (804) 643-2474.

 

 

Social Justice University

One of our flagship programs, Social Justice University, is a series designed to teach members of the faith community how to promote social justice by becoming advocates for systemic change. SJU attendees receive training materials and hear from leaders about issues, advocacy techniques, and grassroots organizing. As a hands-on learning experience, participants are empowered to take these skills back to their local community and bring more voices into the legislative and political process.