We’ve come a long way since opening our doors three years ago. Our old, reliable farm truck was perfect for our needs at that time. But now, it’s being driven across the state far too often – for organizing meetings, outreach, local workshops, transporting...Read More
Meet the new organizers and emerging leaders who will be learning and sharpening organizing skills while putting together Wayside events this summer. The program began earlier this month with the Breaking Barriers/Building Power workshop and will continue until the beginning of...Read More
Michele Baskin has been cooking for Bring It! from the beginning. She is a brilliant chemistry teacher, a wise organizer, and an unforgettable cook. She shares with us her philosophy on Bring It! In the Kitchen with Bring It! Chef Michelle Baskin from Wayside Center on...Read More
When we arrived on Friday evening we didn’t slow down to get out the car and walk to the front door. We left bags, coats and cell phones and ran to the door like we were coming home from college for Christmas break. There were people I knew and people I didn’t who...Read More
On Friday, 4/12 the Virginia Board of Health voted 11 – 2 in favor of TRAP (Targeted Regulations of Abortion Providers) that will in effect, deny access to abortion services by mandating that existing clinics comply with costly, burdensome and unnecessary regulations...Read More
The voice of the South is changing. What would our movement look like, how much more power could we have if we began communicating well across language? At the center of Wayside’s work is education and building relationships across class, gender, immigration status, sexuality, language, and race. Our language work lies at the center of this commitment: to connect people at the base who often are not engaged in meaningful dialogue around shared struggles.
Central to Wayside’s vision is the belief that those directly affected are the ones best qualified to create solutions to the problems affecting their communities. In addition to creating spaces where people can come together and reflect on those problems, we offer a variety of organizer skills training programs to increase the capacity of our communities to implement those solutions. These range from evening programs to weekend workshops to months-long internships. Most can be offered both at Wayside and in your area.
The Wayside Center offers a beautifully restored 200 year-old farmhouse on 25 lush, river bottom acres for use by your group. If you’re interested in using the space, please contact us and we will get back to you within a couple of days.