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Interim Anti-racism Statement, approved by the OCP Board of Directors 7/13/20: 

As a direct impact of the national and global focus on police violence and anti-Black racism, Our Community Place is working internally to learn how we can operate as an anti-racist organization. Our board and staff are engaging in ongoing, and often difficult dialogues, and engaging outside assistance to support us in our journey. It is our desire to become more aware and aligned with the Black Lives Matter movement so we can become more effective as an agent of change in our community.

New Tax Benefit for Donors

Starting with the 2020 tax year (filed in 2021), families who do not itemize deductions can still get a small tax benefit for donating to nonprofits. A donation will reduce your adjusted income by up to $300 before estimating how much tax you owe. For example, if you donate $500 to OCP, and your Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) is $75,500, you can claim $300 of the $500 off your AGI, and you will only pay tax on $75,200 of income, saving you about $75 in taxes. Keep it in mind 

Homelessness and Social Distancing in the Time of COVID

by Eric Olson-Getty By now most of us have become accustomed to the recommended practices for preventing the spread of COVID-19: washing hands, wearing masks, and of course “social distancing,” a.k.a. staying at least 6 feet apart from other people. Recommendations on...

It takes a Community to provide Housing for the Homeless

By Sam Nickels, Exec. Director at OCP How can someone obey the governor’s orders to “shelter-at-home” when they are homeless and must leave the shelter at 7am each morning? OCP’s top case management goal right now is to find apartments and rooms and houses for as many...

Featuring spirits of volunteerism in Covid-19 Era

By Leons Kabongo, OCP volunteer coordinator and gardens manager Ladies and Gentlemen, OCP was in a volunteer crunch as we wrestled with ramping up and re-adapting to meet the overwhelming challenges of a global pandemic. Then they stepped forward. A new breed of OCP...

What is OCP? Thanks to JMU SMAD students for producing a video to answer that question. 

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