First LGBT Organization to be Recognized by Local Chapter
Before an audience of 700, Diversity Richmond was lauded as “deeply committed to serving the community in innovative ways that touch a spectrum of causes and enriches the colorful fabric of the community.” Nominated by ROSMY and with support from the Virginia Center of Inclusive Communities, Virginia Anti-Violence Project, Richmond Region Tourism and The Renewal Projects, Diversity Richmond was the first LGBT organization to be recognized by the local AFP chapter.
In accepting the honor, Bill Harrison shared how Diversity strives every day to build and connect communities, strengthen nonprofits and help society “realize that we have lots more in common than we do in difference.”
He also shared that over the last eleven years, the organization has distributed over $866,000 to area nonprofits. Harrison addressed D.R’s relationships with local school systems, that allows families on public assistance to shop for free clothing at the thrift store. “When we hear from parents that their child no longer cries before going to school because they are not being ridiculed because of their clothes, it puts everything in its proper perspective.”
“We are honored to be recognized for our years of work in bettering the Greater Richmond community on many levels,” stated board chair, Beth Marschak. “When we think of the challenges that society has placed in our path and now be rated as the best example, it is somewhat overwhelming, but in a good way.”