Chesterfield Gives Back Mission Statement

Chesterfield Gives Back was established to provide a means for our community to give thanks to those who serve us, our First Responders. This is accomplished by taking charitable donations and funding events, such as the First Responder Appreciation Day, that are free to First Responders and their families. In addition, we facilitate many other means of recognition and thanks for those who serve our community and those in need.







Ways to donate

By check

Chesterfield Gives Back

PO Box 2632

Chesterfield, VA 23832

Venmo

@chesterfieldgivesback

Kroger Community Rewards

This program donates directly to Chesterfield Gives Back based on the shopping you do every day at no additional cost to you. Once you link your Card to our organization, all you have to do is shop at Kroger and swipe your Shopper’s Card.

Programs

First Responder Appreciation Day

Chesterfield Gives Back organizes what is called the First Responder Appreciation Day. This is a day that Chesterfield County First Responders and their families are invited out to enjoy free BBQ, kids activities, live music and free give aways. This is all made possible by generous donations from our community members and local businesses. It is the community's way of giving back and saying "thanks" to those who serve us. Here is some attendee feedback from previous year's event:

"It was perfect in so many ways"

"you all treated us like Kings and Queens!"

"There was so much energy and positivity in the air, it was truly amazing!"

"We truly feel the love and support."

"I have worked for the police department for over 30 years, and I have to say that was the best event I have attended."

"the turnout and outpouring of support received that day was tremendous!!"

Through growth we will expand our efforts by hosting other events and finding unique ways to recognize those who serve our community.

Public Safety Recognition

Chesterfield Gives Back’s Public Safety Recognition program is dedicated to honoring and recognizing public safety workers who demonstrate exceptional dedication and go above and beyond the call of duty. Through the utilization of monetary and in-kind donations, we strive to express our gratitude and support for these unsung heroes who selflessly serve our community.

We aim to raise awareness about the invaluable contributions made by public safety workers, including police officers, firefighters, paramedics, and other first responders. We believe that their tireless efforts deserve recognition, and we endeavor to shine a spotlight on their selflessness, bravery, and commitment to safeguarding our community.

In collaboration with our community partners, we strive to create a platform that amplifies the voices of public safety workers, highlighting their inspiring stories and acts of heroism. By engaging the community at large, we seek to foster a sense of unity and gratitude, encouraging individuals and businesses to join us in our efforts to support and recognize these remarkable
individuals.

Through the Public Safety Recognition program, we aspire to create a lasting impact on the lives of public safety workers, fostering an environment where their dedication is acknowledged, celebrated, and supported. Together, let us express our unwavering gratitude and stand by those who risk their lives to ensure the safety and well-being of our community.

Community Hardship Intervention

The Chesterfield Gives Back Community Hardship Intervention Program is commited to providing compassionate assistance and support to public safety workers and community members who have encountered unforeseen hardships. Our mission is to lend a helping hand during 􀆟mes of difficulty, offering a lifeline of resources, guidance, and relief to those in need. By fostering a culture of empathy and solidarity, we aim to restore hope, dignity, and stability in the lives of our beneficiaries, empowering them to overcome their challenges and rebuild their futures. Through our unwavering commitment to serving the Chesterfield community, we strive to make a lasting positive impact by extending a helping hand to those who need it most.

Common Interest Nonprofit Support

The Chesterfield Gives Back Common Interest Nonprofit Support Program is dedicated to fostering collaboration, synergy, and collective impact among nonprofits that share similar interests, goals, and values. Our mission is to provide support, resources, and strategic partnerships to these organizations, amplifying their efforts and maximizing their positive impact on the Chesterfield community. By promoting a spirit of cooperation and shared purpose, we aim to build a network of nonprofits working together towards common goals, ultimately creating a stronger and more vibrant community for all. Through our commitment to empowering and uplifting fellow nonprofits, we strive to create lasting change and make a meaningful difference in the lives of those we collectively serve.

Volunteer Opportunities

The Chesterfield Gives Back Volunteer Opportunities Program is dedicated to fostering meaningful connections between first responders and community members through engaging volunteer experiences. Our mission is to provide accessible and diverse volunteer opportunities that empower community members to contribute their time and skills towards creating a stronger, more vibrant Chesterfield. By facilitating these interactions, we aim to cultivate a sense of unity,
mutual respect, and understanding between our first responders and community members, ultimately building a safer and more compassionate environment for all. Together, we can make a lasting difference in Chesterfield by working hand-in-hand to support one another and strengthen the fabric of our community.

Scholarship Program

The Chesterfield Gives Back Scholarship Program is dedicated to recognizing and supporting the dependents of Chesterfield's public safety workers who demonstrate exceptional academic achievements, leadership potential, and a
commitment to community service. Our mission is to empower and invest in the future of these deserving individuals by providing them with financial
assistance and opportunities for higher education. Through our annual scholarship awards, we aim to honor the selfless dedication of Chesterfield's
public safety workers while fostering the educational aspirations of their dependents, ultimately shaping compassionate leaders who will contribute positively
to our community.

Annual Range Day

The Chesterfield Gives Back Range Day Program is committed to promoting camaraderie, enhancing firearm proficiency, and reinforcing safe handling practices among Chesterfield's public safety workers. Our mission is to provide and facilitate free gun range days, offering an opportunity for these dedicated professionals to sharpen their skills in a safe and supportive environment. By fostering a culture of continuous improvement and responsible firearm usage, we aim to contribute to the overall effectiveness and well-being of our public safety workers while furthering their commitment to serving and protecting our community.

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What is Hometown Heroes?

Chesterfield Gives Back has teamed up with Dog Training Elite Richmond to facilitate the Hometown Heroes program. Working together we seek out worthy candidates who have displayed a high level of selflessness, compassion and/or heroism and reward them with a too good to be true trip of a lifetime. The trip includes an eight day/seven night stay at one of many approved resorts and a travel allowance.

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Meet Our Team

Mike Peyton, Vice President

Michael has lived in Virginia his entire life and nine years in Chesterfield County. He went to automotive technical school in Houston, TX after high school. He has been working on Mercedes-Benz and other European cars since 2005. Michael has a wife, Jenee, and two kids, Greyson and Aizley. He also runs RVA Armory LLC, a firearms and accessories retail business. During his free time he enjoys spending time with his family, BBQing, and relaxing by the water. 

Email: vicepresident@chesterfieldgivesback.org

Mike Jernigan, Treasurer

As the Treasurer for CGB, Mike Jernigan is dedicated to serving his community. Born and raised in Chester, VA, he has a deep appreciation for the county and its first responders. Mike graduated from Averett University with a degree in Business Administration and has been working with Medline Industries for the past six years. His work with the tissue and blood banks division has been instrumental in advancing the company's mission. Mike lives in Chesterfield with his wife Jenny and two children, Taylor and Connor. In his free time, he enjoys watching UVA sports, spending time with friends, and attempting to play golf. He is committed to supporting those who put their lives on the line for our families daily and giving back to the community.

Email: treasurer@chesterfieldgivesback.org

Shawn Gitlin, Secretary

Shawn has been a resident of Chesterfield County for the past 26 years. He graduated from Coastal Carolina University and is an avid Philadelphia sports fan. Shawn has a wife, Trish and two kids, Shawn Jr and Elizabeth. Shawn is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys golfing, hunting, and fishing. He has a passion for helping others and giving back to his community.

Email: secretary@chesterfieldgivesback.org

Jane Chambers, Director of Volunteer Operations

Jane is currently serving on the Board of CGB as the Director of Volunteer Operations. As a REALTOR® assisting clients in the Central Virginia region, she has a passion for building relationships and serving others. Jane and her husband, Keith, have lived in Chesterfield County for 35 plus years. Keith is an Assistant Chief for Chesterfield Fire & EMS where he has worked for the past 32 years. Jane’s sons and her daughter-in-laws also reside in Chesterfield. Shawn is firefighter paramedic with Chesterfield Fire & EMS and Bryce recently finished his enlistment in the United States Army. Jane believes that family is the center of relationships and serving others is a priority. In her downtime, Jane enjoys almost all outdoor adventures. 

Email: volunteer@chesterfieldgivesback.org

Kimberly Owen, Director of Logistics

Kimberly is currently serving as the Director of Logistics for CGB. She and her family have lived in Chesterfield for 6 years now. Kimberly is currently a Preschool Teacher at ICCS at Iron Bridge Church. Kimberly and Dan have been married since 2006. They have 4 children, Daniel, Preston, Abigail and Marshall. The family loves spending lots of time in sports, camping and the beaches.  Kimberly loves to keep busy between family, work, home projects, volunteering, and crafts. Kimberly is happy to give back to the Chesterfield community as the family finally feels at home here. 

Email: logistics@chesterfieldgivesback.org

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