LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — Loose change is helping make a difference in Central Virginia.

There are ten green “Change for Change” caring meters spread out in different areas across Lynchburg. They look like they’re for parking, but they’re not. The change put in them is donated to local non-profits. There’s even a QR code for people who don’t have change.

Peggy Nolley got the idea in the summer of 2019. She saw a similar program when she was vacationing in Canada and was inspired. She and fellow Lynchburg resident Libby Fitzgerald started the initiative in 2020.

“Many people want to help. They want to make a difference, but they are not able to be big donors. So, the whole point of this is ‘Hey, you can make a difference by just putting your change in this cumulatively’ and we’ve accomplished some pretty neat stuff,” said Libby Fitzgerald.

Non-profit receivers of the donations are chosen by a diverse committee made up of people who have experience with non-profits.

“We sit down together and we brainstorm. We also talk about things that are going on in our community. Where is the need at that time? And so, we just look at those things and we try to focus on organizations that don’t get the large grants,” said Peggy Nolley.

Once the meters get $1,000 dollars then local partners match the money. The total donation to each non-profit is $4,000.

“Our $4,000 isn’t huge, but for those smaller efforts in the community, it’s meant a lot. It’s meant sort of being able to expand the program considerably. So that’s been very gratifying for us to see,” said Fitzgerald.

So far, Interfaith Outreach, Red Truck Ministry, One Community One Voice, Kuumba Dance Ensemble Incorporated, and the Lynchburg Area Sports Initiative have received donations.