About Recover Virginia

Recover Virginia is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that aims to address the opiate and meth crisis specifically in relation to Substance Use Disorder (SUD) by supporting recovery programs, harm reduction initiatives, collaborative organizations with similar missions, and individuals in recovery through community, art, music, education, entrepreneurship, and the outdoors. Our mission is to provide resources and support for those struggling with SUD, promote acceptance of people in recovery, and create an environment where everyone has the opportunity to live life fully free from stigma or shame.

We achieve these goals through three means:

  1. Encouraging personal connections through in-person events and virtual technologies to create a community of collaboration and support.

  2. Fundraising for Recover Virginia initiatives and organizations providing recovery and harm reduction programs.

  3. Partnering with other organizations to provide training and resources on SUD, recovery, mental health, and harm reduction.

Photography by Caroline Fitzgerald

Five Year Plan

  1. By 2024, Recover Virginia will establish and be in charge of the management of at least three recurring outreach programs in Virginia involving at least 50 participants that support quality mental health and substance use disorder initiatives in partnership with at least one other Virginia organization.

    1. Outreach programs will be based on locations in Virginia regions 5 and 9 (see included image on page 4). Examples include

      1. Safe Space Forum at Mary Baldwin University Sociology Department (Professor Bob Robinson) to promote community awareness of intersectional barriers.

      2. Collaborations with ARROW Project, Staunton Organizing, and Nelson Community Wellness Alliance for Mental Health and Recovery collaborative programs.

      3. DARE Pizza Parties in schools to support youth substance use prevention, and holiday-based community support programs such as Valentines Candy-Grams to spread positive messaging.

  2. By 2027, Recover Virginia will have successfully implemented and managed Recover Fest events (one per year) in five different locations in Virginia with at least 100 participants per event in order to raise awareness about meth and opiate substance use disorders in order to optimize community impact and public benefit.

  3. By 2027, Recover Virginia will support at least five Virginia-based programs or organizations in at least two regions in Virginia (specifically Shenandoah and Central regions) that support recovery, mental health, or harm reduction initiatives. The locations will be based on where Recover Fest took place.

  4. By 2027, Recover Virginia will work directly to establish strategic partnerships with at least three metropolitan areas to increase and sustain recovery and harm reduction initiatives in rural areas. We will focus on cities throughout Virginia such as Alexandria, Richmond, Roanoke, Lynchburg, and Charlottesville.

  5. By 2030, Recover Virginia will have established a job program to help at least 20 Virginians in recovery find and maintain gainful employment in high-demand, high-skilled careers, particularly in various vocational trades.