Unity Fest is Saturday, July 24, 2021

LAWRENCEVILLE - The Community Revitalization Coalition, LLC (CRC), will be holding a “Unity Fest” on July 24, 2021, from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the S.C.O.R.E. Field, 1809 Lawrenceville Plank Road, Lawrenceville, VA 23868. K-12 students and rising college freshmen from Brunswick, Mecklenburg, and Greensville counties are invited for free school supplies, free food, and activities. Additionally, small/local businesses are invited to set-up vending stations to promote their products and services.

Businesses that have already signed up to participate include: YOUINMYBOWBUSINESS, G’s Sparkle & Jewels, LLC, Shanice Davis, Kay's Kakes Kupcakes and Kreations, Jasmine Gaines, Sterling Innovations, Flossy by T, Tii Cosmetics, Total Life Changes, PrettyMinks Glam Boutique, LLC, Boss minkz and accessories and Loyalty TREAZURES.

According to CRC Chairman Tiquan Goode, the coalition had a school supply drive last year but was limited on what they could do because of COVID-19. This year the organizers wanted to make it a fun day to bring the whole community together in a show of unity and educate the community about the group.

One big goal for the CRC is for everyone to recognize that no matter where they are in life they are still valued and have something they can contribute back to their community, whether by voting, helping with an event or helping a neighbor.

“We want to provide people with the resources they need that will give everyone a chance to become successful and be able to take that back into the community and help make it a more viable and inclusive place for people to live and work,” said Goode. “We want people to understand that no matter what their circumstance or situation, they are important and have something to give back. Too many times individuals because of their financial situation, education and other issues feel they don’t have anything to contribute and we want to change that. In order for our community to grow and prosper, it takes everyone being involved to make that happen. We also want community input on issues and concerns that we can help with.”

The CRC also wants help to promote family unity and community development in the region.

Goode says they are in the planning stages for several other events this year and welcome the involvement of others from the community.

“Whether they realize it or not, everyone has something to contribute and we welcome anyone to help us work towards a better community,” said Goode.

The Community Revitalization Coalition was created in 2020 and is dedicated to improving the lives of citizens in the area by raising awareness about available resources to help strengthen families physically, mentally and economically. The organization also sponsors events and activities that promote community growth and revitalization and provide opportunities for community members to engage in events and activities within the community.

“We also encourage people to follow us on Facebook where we post job opportunities, community events and giveaways and other resources to help improve people’s place in life,” said Goode.

Some of the group’s previous events have been voter registration drives, school supply giveaways, scholarships and community input meetings.

The CRC Board of Directors are: Tiquan Goode, Chairman/President; Stephannie Malone, Vice-Chair/Director of Communications; Danielle Smith, Director of Finance; Dante Davis, Director of Community Outreach; Patricia Gee-Bright, Director of Special Initiatives; Destiney Walker, At-large Board member.

For more information or to become involved, contact Tiquan Goode, Chairman/President at thecrc.info@gmail.com for more details.