Each quarter Topside FCU is partnering with a local non-profit to help spread awareness and highlight their impact in our community. This quarter, we are partnering with our friends over at 516 Project!
Any donations made before the end of June, we will match up to $2,500 total!
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516 Project's mission is to...
...to build access to hope. We share the love of Jesus through home repair and disaster response. 516 Project representatives are inspired by Jesus’ words recorded in Matthew 5:16: “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father in Heaven”.
A message from 516 Project...
In September 2015, our founder, James Roberson, and his Sunday school class at Chancellor Baptist Church, started talking about ways to help the community. Inspired by this conversation, and after careful research and planning 516 Project was formally created in February of 2016 as a 501(c)3 tax-exempt non-profit organization. Early activities ranged from raking leaves to building ramps for the wheelchair bound to home maintenance and repairs, serving those most in need. Since then we have served hundreds of households and provided thousands of hours of volunteer labor.
We help ensure that members of our community who are in need know they are loved, supported, and that there are friends and neighbors willing to help them stay in their homes regardless of their personal circumstances. Most importantly, we care for our neighbors in need, and help to ensure that they are safe and comfortable.
516 Project is a faith-based nonprofit organization that serves in 2 significant ways.
Local Home Repair
516 Project provides home repair services to families in need. We serve the elderly, frail, disabled, veterans, socially isolated, and those coping with mental health challenges or chronic medical conditions. We provide home repairs and maintenance that focus on keeping the recipients safe, secure and comfortable in their current conditions.
516 Project provides immediate support for victims of natural disasters like hurricanes, tornados, floods, ice storms, etc. We respond throughout the southeast United States and coordinate responses between our sites in Fredericksburg, VA and Panama Beach, FL along with other nonprofit organizations.
Love, Integrity, and Faith
- Love: My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. John 15:12-13
- Integrity: For we are taking pains to do what is right, not only in the eyes of the Lord but also in the eyes of man. 2 Cor 8:21
- Faith: Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans. Proverbs 16:3
Here's a better idea of what we do.
The repairs we make typically address home accessibility or a safety issue. They help people remain in their home, maintain the structural integrity, safe use of the residence and value of the home. Our services often help prevent the need for a more expensive repair by addressing a small problem before it becomes an issue, such as a leaking roof or plumbing problem. Water damage leads to some of the most expensive repairs. Common repairs and services we provide include:
- Installing or repairing handicap accessibility ramps and improving access to and mobility within the home
- Roof repairs
- Plumbing repairs
- Installing handicap bathrooms
- Repairing faulty electrical wiring
- Replacement of broken and rotten exterior boards and siding
- Fixing heating and cooling systems
- Yard maintenance including mowing lawn, trimming bushes, raking leaves, removing trees, and cleaning out flower beds.
Ramp installations are labor intensive requiring 10-15 volunteers. We have developed a modular design for the ramps that allows us to pre-build the ramps in sections and then assemble on site. The pre-build modular design dramatically cuts down the install time and the impact to the homeowner.
516 Project has partnered with multiple nonprofit organizations and churches including Lifepoint in Virginia and Highlands in Alabama to provide response throughout the Southeastern United States. In response to natural disasters, 516 Project teams with many other nonprofits to make even larger impacts on communities. We routinely team with organizations such as Eight Days of Hope, God’s Pitcrew, Mercy Chefs, Just the Crumbs, and Samaritan’s Purse. Additionally, a 516 Project affiliate has been established in Panama City, Florida. Plans are in process to establish additional affiliates in other localities in the Southeast United States to support local home repair and a unified team response to natural disasters.
When deploying disaster response teams, 516 Project will focus on insuring homes are accessible for emergency and other response services assisting with the removal of debris and downed trees. In addition, 516 Project will assist in making homes temporarily habitable through the removal of debris, placing tarps of roofs, and other “handyman” service to make a home habitable until final repairs can be made. 516 Project disaster response teams work in accordance with municipal and FEMA guidelines.
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Growth means more families helped.
516 Project has continued to expand its reach to people in need since 2016. From 2016-2021, we reached people in the Fredericksburg area focused on counties and cities in Planning District 16. These locations include Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania, Stafford, Caroline and King George. In addition, we also served the area of Culpeper when the opportunity arose. In 2022, we joined forces with 2 nonprofit organizations (Rebuilding Together – Fredericksburg, and Resurrection Ministries - Richmond) to increase our area of coverage as well as our capacity to serve more families. By adding these teams, we increased our coverage into Louisa, Henrico and Hanover counties as we push closer and closer into the Richmond city limit.
We're here to make an impact. Through #TopsideCares, we're investing in our community by giving back where we can. Not only are we promoting a specific organization through this campaign, we are still accepting sponsorship requests. If you'd like to submit a sponsorship request, be sure that your organization falls under one of our community pillars.
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I'm interested in having my organization featured as a TopsideCares partner soon, and I made sure it falls under a community pillar. Who do I contact? You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll get back to you within 14 business days.