CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, VA — At its annual meeting on Nov. 15, the Chesterfield Community Services Board presented Partnership Awards to Patricia Vaughan and the following organizations: Inclusive Racing, the Midlothian Kiwanis Club and St. Ann's Catholic Church's Pass It On ministry.
Vaughan, a social worker at the Chesterfield-Colonial Heights Department of Social Services, helps women with substance-use disorders navigate the DSS system to obtain services. She also offers classes in wellness, financial management and goal setting. In some cases, she has helped them obtain their learners' permits and has used her personal golf cart to teach them how to drive.
Inclusive Racing helps improve mobility for individuals with physical, intellectual and developmental disabilities by donating adaptive strollers to their families and by providing teams of runners to assist them in races. This enables these families to be more active and allows these special athletes to experience the exhilaration of participating in a race.
For more than 20 years, the Midlothian Kiwanis Club has sponsored the annual Family Fun Day and a holiday party for young children with developmental disabilities. The club not only contributes financial support, but also provides volunteers who serve food and oversee games at events or help Santa distribute gifts during the holiday party.
The Pass It On ministry at St. Ann's Catholic Church supports at-risk families through the Chesterfield-Colonial Heights Families First Program, administered through the county's Department of Mental Health Support Services. Each fall and spring, 40 to 50 families are selected to attend the Pass It On event, where they may fill two bags with children's clothing, books, toys and other items and may receive larger items, such as cribs, strollers or high chairs.