Shenandoah Valley Black Heritage Project

The mission of SVBHP is to learn, share, and illuminate the rich African American history and culture of the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.  Learn more about SVBHP.

Help Fund SVBHP Sustainability Initiatives

Project Goal: $11,500
103% Funded
$11,927 Raised

A collaboration of Shenandoah Valley community organizations is seeking to support and amplify the mission of SVBHP through joining forces to undertake an energy efficiency and solarization project on SVBHP’s building at 425 Hill Street in Harrisonburg, VA. Visitors come to this building seeking information about African American history and culture in the Shenandoah Valley. SVBHP provides internet access, help with ancestry research, a library containing books specific to our mission, and a safe space to build bridges with neighbors.

Scope of the project

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This project will carry out the following activities in order to improve the environmental sustainability of their building, reduce the overhead expenses of SVBHP, and make SVBHP more effective at achieving their core mission:

  1. Air Sealing and Weatherization
  2. Window Replacement
  3. Additional attic insulation
  4. Installation of a high efficiency HVAC system
  5. Installation of a 2.8 kW solar system

The projected budget for this project is $11,500.  

The following community organizations have already pledged their financial or in-kind support of this project:

  • Alliance for the Shenandoah Valley
  • Shenandoah Chapter of the Sierra Club
  • Harrisonburg Unitarian Universalists
  • JZ Engineering
  • Gaines Group Architects
  • Harrisonburg Carpenter’s Guild
  • GiveSolar
  • Green Hill Solar
  • Voluntary Gas Tax 
  • 50 x 25 Harrisonburg
  • Climate Action Alliance of the Valley
  • Parkview Mennonite Church Climate Justice Initiative
  • Community Mennonite Church Green Congregation Committee
  • Loretto Carbon Offset Fund

Can you pitch in to help this project?

We are seeking additional community crowdfunding support from individuals, businesses, faith communities and civic organizations to raise the additional funds that are needed to fully fund this project.  If we exceed our goal of raising $11,500, excess funds will be used for future improvements to infrastructure (based upon an energy efficiency audit) and programmatic needs.

Prefer to send a check? Make checks payable to “SVBHP”.  Please include “Solar 2022” in the memo line of the check. Send to:


425 Hill Street

Harrisonburg, VA 22802

Thank you for your support!