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Cause Area

  • Advocacy & Human Rights
  • Children & Youth
  • Community
  • Employment
  • Women


8 N LAUREL STRICHMOND, VA 23220 United States

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Mission Statement

Circles RVA empowers individuals and families to permanently move out of poverty and thrive. We create intentional relationships that expand support communities and engage the wider community to reduce or eliminate the systemic barriers that hinder people from rising out of poverty. Circles RVA's vision is for every Richmonder to have enough money, meaning, and friendship to thrive.


Circles RVA is part of Circles USA, a nationally-known, proven, and innovative way of connecting people across socioeconomic lines to move people & families out of poverty. The Circles model focuses on "Circle Leaders,"‚Äč individuals who are ready, willing and able to move from surviving to thriving economically. Circle Leaders participate in 12 weeks of life-skills training which span an array of topics and focus on setting SMART goals. Circle Leaders emerge with specific goals for achieving economic stability. Circle Leaders are then matched with two volunteer Allies who empower the Leader in the roles of cheerleader and accountability partner.

Circles RVA provides the social network, financial tools, and emotional encouragement that activate economic growth for hard-working individuals living with poverty. Participants report increased income, improved credit scores, decreased debt, and added assets. Hear directly from our first-class of Circle Leader graduates on the Circle blog:

Circles RVA is not merely managing life with limited resources. Instead, we are working to truly break the cycle of poverty for Richmond Families.


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