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“12 Buzz4Goods” Song 900 506 Michael Hemphill

“12 Buzz4Goods” Song

Here on the 12th day of Christmas, BUZZ creator Michael Hemphill presents his “12 Buzz4Goods” song!

Here we look back on the 12 nonprofits that have been featured on BUZZ since our debut in August 2020 on Blue Ridge PBS. We also thank our sponsors and the marketing pros who gave these organizations more “buzz.”

And we look ahead to an exciting 2022!

  1. Southwest Virginia Ballet & Carrie Cousins
  2. Healing Strides & 5Points Creative
  3. Mill Mountain Zoo & Wordsprint
  4. RAM House & Wheeler Digital
  5. Eastmont Community Foundation & Wordsprint
  6. Feeding Southwest Virginia & Access
  7. Virginia811 & Carrie Cousins
  8. Giles County & 5Points Creative
  9. Blue Ridge Women’s Center & Wheeler Digital
  10. Christiansburg Institute & Soectrum Media Solutions
  11. Children’s Assistive Technology Service & 5Points Creative
  12. Habitat for Humanity of the New River Valley & 5Points Creative

Habitat for Humanity of the New River Valley wraps up 2021 for BUZZ 900 518 Michael Hemphill

Habitat for Humanity of the New River Valley wraps up 2021 for BUZZ

As originally broadcast on Nov. 3, 2021, on Blue Ridge PBS …

Home is where the heart is, but it’s where your money is too. And for most of us money determines not only the type of home we can afford but its condition once we move in. 

For more than 35 years, Habitat for Humanity of the New River Valley has been dedicated to building quality affordable housing for low-income families.

Now the nonprofit embarks on a visionary new mission: creating task forces in individual communities that can serve as first responders for people in need of critical home repair. Helping Habitat launch this initiative are our friends at 5Points Creative, plus a familiar face to BUZZ, Eastmont Community Foundation, which we featured in December 2020.

Together, they’re working to build a program that may one day become a model for our entire country … ensuring that the real value of our homes isn’t measured in dollars, but in heart. 

C.A.T.S. to be featured on upcoming BUZZ 720 518 Michael Hemphill

C.A.T.S. to be featured on upcoming BUZZ

We are BUZZing 🐝 to announce that we start production later this month on a new episode featuring Children’s Assistive Technology Service — a no-cost resource for children with disabilities in Virginia who need adaptive equipment and whose families have limited resources.

The episode will air in September on Blue Ridge PBS and VPM. Sponsorship support for this show is being provided by ABLEnow, which helps individuals with disabilities save money to pay for qualified expenses, without being taxed on the earnings — and in most cases, without losing eligibility for certain means-tested benefit programs.

Thank you, ABLEnow, for being a buzz4good for Virginia families in need!

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BUZZ receives Virginia Film Office Sponsorship

The Virginia Film Office has awarded BUZZ a prestigious sponsorship to continue production of our inspiring new television show in 2021.

“We are excited to support production of … BUZZ in Virginia, and we look forward to providing assistance on many levels, financial and logistical,” said Andrew Edmunds, Virginia Film Office director.

VFO’s support will help underwrite production of five new episodes featuring the great work nonprofits do in our communities, and the marketing professionals who help these life-giving organizations attract more donors and volunteers to their cause. Thank you Virginia Film Office! Virginia is for Film Lovers!

Meanwhile, three new episodes of BUZZ begin airing soon on Blue Ridge PBS:

Wednesday, December 2, 7 pm
Since being featured on the first episode of BUZZ in August 2020, Southwest Virginia Ballet has done amazing work leveraging both its marketing makeover by digital specialist Carrie Cousins and Wordsprint, and its new relationship with Blue Ridge PBS … a good partner to have during a pandemic when your main event of the year is a live performance in front of a packed auditorium. See original episode.

Wednesday, December 9, 7 pm
A day shelter for people suffering from homelessness, RAM House (Roanoke Area Ministries) came into episode 4 of BUZZ in August 2020 desperately seeking a younger generation of donors and volunteers. Since its appearance, RAM House has reaped many blessings from the pro bono digital marketing campaign from Wheeler Digital … chief among them, a new board member, plus a deeper partnership from its new #RamFam at Roanoke Catholic School! See original episode.

Wednesday, December 16, 7 pm
Mountain Valley Charitable Foundation has made eastern Montgomery County, Virginia, the “community that could.” Over the last 15 years MVCF has redeveloped an abandoned nursing home into a wellness center, community center, museum and library; transformed an old fire station into a food pantry and thrift shop; created Old Town Fields concert venue out of a former high school football field; and founded the Eastmont Tomato Festival. Guiding the nonprofit with a pro bono rebranding are our friends from Wordsprint, who helped Mill Mountain Zoo in Episode 3

The episode featuring Mountain Valley Charitable Foundation is sponsored in part by Branch Builds.
That’s a wrap on our first 2 episodes 1024 768 Michael Hemphill

That’s a wrap on our first 2 episodes

We’re excited to announce that we’ve concluded shooting the first 2 episodes of BUZZ 🐝 featuring Southwest Virginia Ballet’s marketing makeover by Carrie Cousins and an update to our pilot featuring Healing Strides of VA and 5 Points Creative. The shows air August 5 (SVB) and August 12 (Healing Strides) at 7 pm on Blue Ridge PBS, with two more episodes still in development that will air August 19 and August 26. All four show are being underwritten by James Pearman of Partners in Financial Planning. Stay tuned to our plans to host watch parties at the Grandin Theater!