Elk Hill Blog

Stories and updates from the Elk Hill: team, partners, and supporters.

Time In Outdoors
By Gillian Kunkel / June 28, 2018

Time In Outdoors Summer 2018

Elk Hill Mentoring Coordinator, Liz Knotts organized the first ever “Time In, Outdoors” Summer session. The group visited Wildrock, an amazing three-acre nature playscape in Crozet, Virginia, where people of all ages can experience a personal connection to the natural world that is supportive of health and happiness.

Led by an Eco Therapist, youth were introduced to sensory mindfulness exercises. They explored and looked for treasures and special trees, played in the stream and looked for macroinvertebrates to make a nature mandala. They walked the labyrinth and ended their visit with a transitional gratitude circle.

That same day they visited The White Pig Animal Sanctuary in Schuyler, Virginia which provides rescue and haven for abused, abandoned and neglected pigs as well as promoting vegan education.

Thank you Liz Knotts for putting this special day together for the youth we serve!

Elk Hill Summer Camp
By Gillian Kunkel / June 22, 2018

Elk Hill Staunton Summer Camp S’Mores

Elk Hill Staunton Summer Campers built a pizza box solar oven! Using these warm summer days, campers learned how to trap the sun’s natural heat to make a homemade oven resulting in a tasty treat. This experiment taught the kids about energy, solar power, heat, cooking and recycling!


Elk Hill Summer Camp
By Gillian Kunkel / June 21, 2018

Elk Hill Summer Camp 2018

The 2018 Elk Hill Summer Camp for 7th to 12th graders is going fantastically well. Campers spent the day on Browns Island, Belle Isle, touring city art followed by a delicious lunch at Casa Del Barco to work on restaurant etiquette and budgeting skills. Almost the entire day was spent outside and at the end, Camp Counselors tracked that everyone had walked 6 miles! It was a special day for the campers to appreciate the wonderful art, architecture, river and food of Richmond, Virginia.


By Gillian Kunkel / June 20, 2018

HandsOn Greater Richmond

HandsOn Greater Richmond and their corporate partner volunteered at Elk Hill on a very creative and engaging project that will be revealed in its entirety soon! With the help of Richmond artists, Nico Cathcart and, Shaylen Amanda Broughton, this installation will bring brightness and joy to the Harambee School and its students.

We are incredibly grateful to HandsOn and their ongoing support of our volunteer projects. We admire HandsOn and their commitment to our community, encouraging teams to learn, engage and connect in ways that are both meaningful and effective. To find our more about corporate volunteer projects through HandsOn Greater Richmond click here.


By Gillian Kunkel / June 15, 2018

CarMax Cares

Elk Hill is so grateful for our amazing CarMax volunteers. Every June during CarMax Cares month, we are honored to be chosen as one of the nonprofit organizations to have the help and support of their hard-working Associates.

This year a tremendous amount of effort and volunteer hours have made our Goochland Campus look stunning. Our youth deserve a beautiful and well-kept environment and CarMax helps makes that possible.

Thank you to CarMax Foundation and their Associates for supporting our mission and serving our community.

By Gillian Kunkel / June 13, 2018

Elk Hill 31st Awards Ceremony & Graduation

Last Thursday, June 7, 2018, Elk Hill Staff, Students and Friends came together for the 31st Annual Awards Ceremony honoring the achievements of our youth and celebrating our graduating class of 2018. This year’s event was held at the Piedmont Virginia Community College in Charlottesville.

We were so honored to celebrate our youths’ accomplishments. The support of our Staff, Trustees and generous Donors helped make it possible for 9 graduating seniors to receive their diplomas. For young adults facing overwhelming challenges, this was an amazing triumph and no small feat.

The celebrations continued with light refreshments and cake in the commons area, where everyone congratulated our amazing kids on their hard work and dedication to creating successful futures.

Click here to read more about our 2018 Annual Awards Ceremony and Graduation

By Gillian Kunkel / June 29, 2017

Summer Camp Tours

Donors, Volunteers
By Gillian Kunkel / April 18, 2017


Volunteers make a difference!

Thanks to the Alpha Phi Omega Theta Chapter at UVA for spending the day beautifying our Charlottesville Group home!