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Community-based Services

Acting Out Teen Theater Ensemble
Students from JMU have the opportunity to serve as mentors to area teens and discuss relevant teen issues while they work toward the development of a theater production. The Acting Out Teen Theater meets weekly during each term at a community site and prepares a production that is later performed for friends, families and the community.
Contact: To participate as a community teen, contact Phone: (540) 568-6488 Email: Office: JMU, Blue Ridge Hall, Room 240.

ADHD Parent Advocacy Group
ADHD Parent Advocacy Group parents, care providers and professionals meet on campus once a month to learn about Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and develop advocacy initiatives to help local children with the disorder.

Adult Health and Development Program
The Adult Health and Development Program is an intergenerational program where college students work one-on-one with participants to promote health in older adults (those 55+).
Contact: (540) 568-8172

Alvin V. Baird Attention and Learning Disabilities Center
The mission of the ALDC is to develop and promote evidence-based interventions for children and adolescents with attention and learning challenges, such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorders, autism spectrum disorders, disruptive behavior disorders mood disorders, and psychological factors related to medical conditions.
Contact: (540) 568-7931

Best Fit
The "Behavioral, Emotional and Social Training for Infants and Toddlers" (BEST FIT) program assists child care providers with the resources that enhance the healthy social, emotional, and behavioral development of the infants and toddlers in their care. BEST FIT fosters improved early childhood development leading to improved school readiness.
Contact: (540) 568-5007

Blue Ridge Area Health Education Center
To strengthen community health, Blue Ridge AHEC actively seeks collaborative solutions that address health disparities and barriers to health and human services in local populations. We strive to increase the supply, retention and education of health professionals in Northern Virginia. When community members become health professionals, they are more likely to stay in that community.
Contact: (540) 56-3383

Campus Suicide Prevention Center of Virginia
This center provides training, consultation and material resources on suicide prevention planning and mental health promotion to all Virginia Colleges and University Campuses.
Contact: (540) 568-8901

Caregivers Community Network
Caregivers Community Network provides services, companionship, and support for those who care for frail or older family members.
Contact: (540) 568-6682

Center for Multicultural Student Services
The Center for Multicultural Student Services celebrates diversity by heightening awareness and educating our constituents regarding ethnic and cultural diversity .The community is welcome to hear speakers and explore different perspectices. Past speakers include Coretta Scott King, Jesse Jackson, Elaine Chao, Sonia Sanchez and Def Poetry.
Contact: Kim Turner 540/568-6636 (phone) 540/568-3360 (fax)

Center for Service Learning
Community Service-Learning is a partnership joining JMU students, faculty, staff and the surrounding communities by identifying and coordinating intentional service opportunities.

Child Development Clinic (CDC)
The CDC provides individualized evaluations that may include psychological, medical, educational, social work,and occupational therapy components depending upon the specialized needs of the child/adolescent. The CDC assists families in decisions that promise to best benefit their child.
Contact: (540) 568-6687

Claude Moore Precious Time Pediatric Respite Program
Precious Time provides the families of children with special needs an opportunity to take a break from the demands of care giving. JMU nursing students provide respite care as a part of a student learning experience.
Contact: (540) 568-3280

College of Visual and Performing Arts
Summer Camps and Weekend Programs for the community include the Summer for the Arts Children's Camp, Brass Bash, Double Reed Day and Tri State Jazz Festival.

Community Health Interpreter Service (CHIS)
CHIS trains bilingual people to serve as interpreters for people with limited English skills during health care visits.
Contact: (540) 568-3011

Generations Together at JMU
College students and older adults are paired together to be co-mentors to a school-aged child while participating in group games and other fun activities. Each week the students, adults and children participate in planned activities that allow each individual to benefit from an intergenerational experience.

Gus Bus Early Learning Program
This grant-funded mobile literacy program brings books and literacy skills to low-income neighborhoods and day care centers in the city of Harrisonburg and Rockingham and Page Counties.

Health Policy Center
The Health Policy Center provides expertise on the tracking, development and analysis of relevant local, regional and federal public health policies. Particular emphasis is placed on addressing policies that impact rural communities, disadvantaged populations and the geriatric and immigrant populations that are prominent in the western Virginia region.

Healthy Families Page County
Healthy Families Page County is based on a national program model and provides education, resources and support for the most vulnerable first time parents in Page County through voluntary home visiting services.
Contact: (540) 568-6120

Home Visiting Consortium
The Home Visiting Consortium is a state-wide consortium focused on the education and training of Virginia's home health workforce.
Contact: (540) 568-8849

Interprofessional Services for Learning Assessment (ISLA)
ISLA offers diagnostic evaluation, consultation, and support services for adults enrolled in a college or university to build on strengths, identify areas of need, and design positive ways to promote meaningful learning and educational experiences.
Contact: (540) 568-1735

Local Emergency Planning Committee
In 1986, Congress passed a law called the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act, requiring every locality in the nation to form and maintain a Local Emergency Planning Committee. In Harrisonburg, this group is coordinated by JMU. It supports emergency planning for chemical hazards and provides local government and the public with information about possible chemical hazards.

NewBridges Immigrant Resource Center
NewBridges provides case management assistance to refugees and immigrants for a wide variety of needs from medical billing to helping non-English speakers fill out employment forms. Volunteers are needed who are fluent in Spanish to work directly with clients, while other volunteers can assist with grant writing, website maintenance, office assistance, and other needs.
Contact: (540) 438-8295,

Office of Substance Abuse Research
This program is designed to serve students, faculty, the community and the Commonwealth of Virginia in addressing alcohol and other drug usage prevention. OSAR provides an undergraduate curriculum, survey research, data collection, technical assistance and workforce development. Services are provided on a contractual basis to off-campus constituents.

Office on Children and Youth
Office on Children and Youth (OCY)
The OCY, a public and grant funded partnership program, provides information and referral services to children and youth with the goal of promoting positive development.

Promotoras de Salud (Lay Health Promoters)
Helps empower women to take greater control of their health and to assist members of their community by providing health information and directing them to appropriate community resources.
Contact: (540) 568-3383

Research and Public Service
This office extends the resources of the university to provide research and public service activities for the community including programs like the Institute for Infrastructure and Information Assurance.

Ryan White Program Part B
The Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program is a regional grant-funded initiative that funds and prioritizes lifesaving services for individuals living with HIV/AIDS, including HIV/AIDS medications and primary care and targets resources to areas that have the greatest needs.
Contact: (540) 568-258

Shenandoah Valley Child Development Clinic (CDC)
The CDC provides for our region individualized, interdisciplinary evaluations that may include medical, social work, nursing, educational, psychological, speech/language and audiology components depending upon the specialized needs of the child/adolescent. By partnering with the families and community providers, the CDC offers referrals and assists with access to services.

Shenandoah Valley Migrant Education Program
SVMEP offers year-round advocacy and supplemental instructional services for preschool and school-aged eligible students as well as young adults, targeting those most at risk due to their high mobility and/or limited proficiency in English.
Contact: (540) 568-3666

Shenandoah Valley Partnership
A regional economic development partnership for the central Shenandoah Valley whose purpose is to market the Valley for economic development purposes.

Shenandoah Valley Pure Water 2000 Forum
A nonprofit organization coordinated by the College of Integrated Science and Technology, the forum promotes activities addressing water quality issues and environmental education in the Shenandoah River watershed.

Shenandoah Valley Technology Council
The Shenandoah Valley Technology Council (SVTC) is a non-profit membership organization —started in 1997— that serves technology users AND creators in the Shenandoah Valley. This includes companies large and small, entrepreneurs, educators, individuals and students. Members and non-members gather about once a month for informal networking at a luncheon that features a speaker, and several times a year for after-hours networking. Once a year techies and non-techies gather for Tech Nite, the council’s premier event of the year to highlight and honor technology innovation and achievement in seven award categories. The council is also involved and supports STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) efforts by providing start-up grants to new local FIRST Lego League (FLL) teams. Membership not required to participate in any of the activities, but often a reservation is encouraged. More info:, 540-568-7882,
Contact: Nicky Swayne

Skyline Literacy
Skyline Literacy tutors adult learners in English-speaking or basic literacy skills.  Offering one-on-one tutoring, as well as classes and small groups.  In order to volunteer as a tutor, a two-day tutor training class is required. Please visit the Web site for upcoming training sessions dates. Volunteers are also needed as tutor assistants, childcare workers, and computer lab monitors.  Please call or email for more information.
Contact: (540) 433-0505,

Small Business Development Center
Coordinated by The College of Business, the center offers free counseling services, assists with feasibility studies and business planning, sponsors seminars and training events and provides information and other services to new and existing small and medium-sized businesses in the Shenandoah Valley.

Smart Beginnings Shenandoah Valley
Smart Beginnings enhances development from birth to 5 years old. SBSV works with parents, child care professionals, business leaders, schools, faith-based organizations and government officials from across seven counties in the Valley
Contact: (540) 568-8968

Speech-Language-Hearing Applied Laboratory
Formerly referred to as the JMU Speech and Hearing Center, the lab provides communication evaluation and treatment services to individuals with known or suspected speech and/or hearing impairments. For over 25 years this center has provided assistance to residents of the Shenandoah Valley ranging in age from infants to senior citizens.

Teen Pregnancy Prevention
The TTP Program helps teenagers make healthy choices and avoid risky behaviors, such as sexual activity, and drug and alcohol use by presenting quality school- and community-based prevention services.
Contact: (540) 568-6007

The Health Place
The Health Place, a satellite of the IIHHS, embraces the mission, vision and goals of IIHHS. THP promotes collaborative inter-professional health and human services that are responsive to the needs identified by residents of Page County.
Contact: (540) 568-6120

The Reading Road Show
A literacy program serving Harrisonburg, Rockingham, and Page County through two mobile literacy vehicles, the Gus Bus and the Paige Bus. These vehicles provide story time, activities, and book checkout for children while also serving as contact points for information on resources families need.
Contact: (540) 568-5814

University Recreation
University recreation, affectionately known as "UREC," is an on-campus wellness facility open to all JMU students as well as spouses and families of JMU employees. UREC's mission is to promote and advance healthy lifestyles through educational programs, participation opportunities and support services. The qualified staff is committed to excellence and responsive to the developmental needs of its participants. UREC's committment is to teach healthy lifestyles while providing a wide variety of recreational opportunities.
Contact: 24 Hour UREC Hotline: 540-568-UREC (8732); Heather Reid, Office Manager: 540-568-8702

Valley AIDS Network
The Valley AIDS Network provides support service to people living with HIV and/or AIDS in the central Shenandoah Valley. Through information, education, outreach and referral, VAN aims to prevent the spread of the HIV/AIDS virus in the central Shenandoah Valley.
Contact: (540) 568-8838

Valley Program for Aging Services
VPAS's mission is to support independent living for people 60 and older and to enhance their ability to live at home with dignity as long as appropriate.
Contact: (540) 568-5678*session*id*key*=*session*id*val*

Valley Voice Reading Service
Coordinated through WMRA public radio, Valley Voice is a nonprofit service to provide information from print publications to people who can not read because of a physical or visual impairment.

VMRC-JMU Partnership
This partnership between the Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community and JMU aims to foster excellence and innovation in the field of aging/gerontology while building university-community partnerships that are responsive to the communities represented and served.
Contact: Joann Hess Grayson (faculty) office phone: +1 540 568 6482 e-mail:

WMRA Public Radio
Listener-supported public radio featuring National Public Radio, local news programs and classical music.

Women's Resource Center
The Women's Resource Center is an on-campus office dedicated to the education and empowerment of our community by supporting and celebrating the diversity of women. WRC programs include Take Back the Night, Rape is NOT Sex and the Silent Witness initiative to help advocate victim's rights. WRC events are designed to provide a forum for discussion of women's issues in the JMU community and society.
Contact: Contact: Kimberly Merica - 540-568-3407

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