‘Change for Change’ meters go up throughout Lynchburg

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LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — The City of Lynchburg has a new way for residents to help those in need.

Green-colored parking meters throughout the city, allow residents to deposit coins for a good cause.

Every few months, the money collected will be distributed to different charity organizations throughout the city.

Organizers behind the project hope that, despite the national coin shortage, residents will still be eager to chip in.

“It’s amazing how many people have said to us, ‘You know I’ve got a bunch of change sitting on my dresser,'” said Peggy Nolley, who came up with the idea. “So we kind of are hoping people will start clearing out that, which of course will start putting change out into our community.”

Nolley says they may looking into digital ways to donate as well.

Said she had the idea in the summer of 2019, when she saw a similar program while on vacation in a town in Prince Edward Island, Canada and wanted to bring the program home to Lynchburg.

Various community organizations and city departments helped launch the program. The funds will be managed by the Greater Lynchburg Community Foundation.

Nolley says a diverse panel will choose different organizations every three months to receive the funds.

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