EO’s mission is to research, pilot, and scale innovative solutions so that people and communities can thrive.

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As the needs of Southwest Virginians change, so too do the best practices for meeting those needs.

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Join us in our fight for our friends and neighbors in Southwest Virginia by exploring the options below.

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Together, we can create endless opportunities for our region to thrive.

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Community Schools is a nationally recognized, evidence-based approach that allows children to feel safe, loved, and challenged.

It is also hyper-local and personal, enabling families and educators to partner with healthcare professionals, social workers, community agencies, businesses, higher education, and others to provide comprehensive academic and non-academic support to meet each student’s unique needs and talents.

EO partners with school divisions, community partners, school faculty and staff, and families to provide ongoing training, technical assistance, family engagement, and wrap-around support for students and families as part of our Community School efforts. 

Community Schools Guiding Principles

  • Pursue Equity
  • Invest in a whole-child approach to education
  • Build on community strengths to ensure conditions for learning
  • Use data and community wisdom to guide partnerships, programs and progress
  • Commit to interdependence and shared accountability
  • Invest in building trusting relationships
  • Foster a learning organization

Community School Partners

This initiative is made possible through the partnership with our school partners, including Norton City Schools, Dickenson County Public Schools, and Washington County Public Schools, in partnership with the Virginia Department of Education’s Community Schools Development and Implementation grant. This is Virginia’s first round of funding to support the Community Schools framework implementation, and schools from across the commonwealth were awarded funding up to $500,000. The partnership with both VDOE and invested school districts allows us to connect and convene community partners, business leaders, faith-based organizations, healthcare providers, and other stakeholders to schools and provide resources they may not otherwise have access to.

Other partners in the work of the Community Schools framework include the Institute for Educational Leadership’s Coalition for Community Schools, National Center for Community Schools, & Brookings.

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Community Services Boards

Service Area: Washington County, VA and the City of Bristol, VA
Main Office: 610 Campus Drive, Abingdon, VA 24210
Main Line: 276.525.1550
Crisis Support & Warmline 24/7: 1.800.500.7019
Services: Developmental Services, Outpatient Mental Health Services, Psychiatric Services, Adult Recovery, Children and Family Services, Crisis Services, Children’s Advocacy Center, Navigate Program, Parenting Programs

Service Area: Dickenson County, VA
Main Office: 440 Fox Town Road, Clintwood, VA 24228
Main Line: 276.926.1680
Email: Kevin.Mullins@DCBHS.com
Services: Mental Health Clinical Services, Substance Abuse & Prevention Services, Developmental & Intellectual Disability Services, Psychosocial Day Support

Service Area: Lee County, VA, Scott County, VA, Wise County, VA, City of Norton, VA
Main Office: 1941 Park Avenue, S.W., Norton, VA 24273
Main Line: 276.679.5751
24-Hour Crisis Line: 1.877.928.9062
Services: Emergency Services, Adult Services, Child & Adolescent Services, Intellectual Disability Services, Prevention Services, Early Intervention Services

Service Area: Bland County, VA, Carroll County, VA, Grayson County, VA, Smyth County, VA, Wythe County, VA, and the City of Galax, VA
Main Office: 770 West Ridge Road, Wytheville, VA 24382
Main Line: 276.223.3200
Crisis Line: 1.866.589.0265
Email: info@mountrogers.org
Services: Crisis, Prevention and Wellness, Counseling and Psychiatry, Intellectual and Developmental Disability, Transportation, Residential Services, Case Management, Community-Based Services

Service Area: Russell County, VA, Tazewell County, VA, Buchanan County, VA
Main Office: 196 Cumberland Road, Cedar Bluff, VA 24609
Main Line: 276.964.6702
Emergency Services After Hours: 800.286.0586
Email: info@cmcsb.com
Services: Child and Family Services, Developmental Disability, Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse Services

Service Area: Floyd County, VA, Giles County, VA, Montgomery County, VA, Pulaski County, VA,
and the City of Radford, VA
Main Line: 540-961-8300
Emergency Line: 9-8-8 or 540-961-8400
Email: info@nrvcs.org
Services: Emergency Services, Addiction Treatment, Developmental Disabilities, Mental Health Services, Psychiatric Services, Substance Use Disorders, Community Transit, Prevention Services

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