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Nonprofits come together in search of synergy By Jeff Say Culpeper Times Staff Writer

with each child.” Dodson said that the Nonprofit Day was a great way to spread the Local nonprofit organizations word about Hope for Appalachia shared their stories and resources and to meet others who share a Saturday at Nonprofit Day, spon- similar passion. sored by Verdun Adventure Bound “Many people I’m sure don’t and Breeze Printing. know about us and I don’t know Approximately 12 nonprofits about many nonprofits,” Dodson and about 40 individuals from said. “It’s a chance to share and those organizations sat down in maybe come together and share the morning at Verdun to find ways both resources and ideas.” to work together and to help raise Ed Lyons, Ministry Advanceawareness of their causes. In the ment Coordinator, of the Persecuafternoon, the event was opened to tion Project works with a persethe public in an effort to showcase cuted church in Sudan providing their efforts. pastor training, Bible distribution Mike and Liesa Dodson, of New and emergency relief supplies. Salem Baptist Church, were rep“We’re international, but still resenting Hope for Appalachia, a locally unless they go to a church, nonprofit that provides hope boxes they probably haven’t heard of us,” for schools, packed with items to Lyons said. “Advocacy is one of the help the low poverty region. things we do as well. So telling peoThe Culpeper-based nonprofit ple about the atrocities going on in has grown to include teams in Vir- this region is important.” ginia and North Carolina and they The Persecution Project is the are providing more than 20,000 largest supplier of medicine to that Hope boxes to 50 schools this year. area as well, and they work in pro“Our message in the schools is viding much-needed water by digone of hope and of joy,” Mike Dod- ging wells. Lyons said that it’s imson said. “We spend a day in the portant to help those in countries schools, having fun with the kids. that are impoverished because We share2018_Gnarly_Ad_CT.pdf the hope of Jesus1 Christ despite their hardships, they still 4/9/18 9:23 AM

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have a passion that can be shared. “Even though they are in desperate situations, they have that joy Mike was talking about,” Lyons said. “It’s something our country is lacking nowadays, so it’s good to bring that message back.” Ann Kloeckner, executive director of Legal Aid Works, said her work is more local, but their exposure is just as thin. They’ve been in the Culpeper community since 1980, but still have people unaware that they exist. “We’re just in the court all the

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