Social Equity

Even though equality and equity are often used interchangeably, there is a big difference between the two terms. Equality denotes that everyone is treated the same and has access to the same opportunities. Equity refers to proportional representation in those same opportunities. Social equity makes sure that everyone, despite their race, gender, cultural background, religious background, etc has equal access to the opportunities that would allow them to pursue the life of their choosing.

Below are some local and state organizations that are striving to help our community achieve social equity – for those who need help and those who want to help.

© Angus Maguire/Interaction Institute for Social Change 
Published in: Community Eye Health Journal Vol. 29 No. 93 2016 www.cehjournal.org

Mutual Aid


There are some wonderful programs in our community designed for the voluntary reciprocal exchange of resources and services for mutual benefit.

Future Economy Collective

Southpaw Cafe and Community Space

Looking Out for Each Other: New River Valley

NRV Elderly (including disabled and immunocompromised)

Social Assistance


Our community offers a wide range of social assistance programs to support those in need.

New River Community Action

Blacksburg Interfaith Food Pantry

Housing Crisis Hotline: 540-639-3159

Women’s Resource Center of the New River Valley

New River Family Shelter

Montgomery County Emergency Assistance Program

Micah’s Backpack

New River Diaper Pantry

Montgomery County Christmas Store

Blacksburg Refugee Partnership

Environmental Justice


Environmental justice strives to improve and maintain a clean and healthy environment, especially for people who have traditionally lived, worked, and played closest to the sources of pollution. Many organizations are working to achieve this goal, including the following local/state groups:

NAACP – Montgomery County, Radford City, Floyd County Branch 7092 – Environmental and Climate Justice Committee

Virginia Environmental Justice Collaborative

Sierra Club – Virginia Chapter

Social Equity Updates


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