Wake-Up Call: The Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA

Sunday Morning Wake-up Call host Dan Gould talks with Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA Executive Director Jackie Bright about the shelter, its past, present and future. Joining the conversation is Animal Care Manager Ryan Willis, Volunteer Coordinator Samantha Davis and volunteer Sarah Silverstone. The interview was recorded on location at the SPCA shelter on Berkmar Drive in Albemarle County.

Topics include the shelter’s innovative Compassionate Care-A-Van initiative and the personal adoption story of Beau, a stray dog who lived at the shelter for over two years before finding a permanent home.

The Sunday Morning Wake-Up Call is heard on WPVC 94.7 Sunday mornings at 11:00 a.m.The station is looking for volunteers. Apply here if you are interested in volunteering.

Wake-Up Call: Bigs and Kids with Jackie Bright

Rick Moore is joined by Jackie Bright, Executive Director, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Central Blue Ridge. Rick and Jackie discuss the process of matching a kid and a Big by interviewing the child, their family and also doing background checks and then spending time finding the right pairing.

The purpose of Big Brothers Big Sisters, creating individualized support for children that are likely living in poverty so that they can get experiences outside of their communities.

A new pilot program has begun with the Alliance for Black Male Achievement where black male teens are paired with Bigs for mentoring and for workshops which include Soft Scale development, hygiene, conflict resolution.

Hear the program below and find out more about Big Brothers Big Sisters at www.blueridgebigs.org