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Providing nonprofits the opportunity to fundraise, gain exposure and build relationships, while bringing the community together to make a big impact.


Moneta, Virginia

March 17, 2022


First Annual SML Gives (2022) exceeds expectations!


Thirteen (13) local nonprofits serving Franklin and Bedford Counties, VA registered to participate in a brand new online giving day called SML Gives, with the goal of raising funds and awareness to help fulfill their missions. Leading up to the day of the event, SML Good Neighbors was unsure of fund raising expectations since it was the first year of the event. By the evening of the day of the event, March 16th, it was clear that the event was exceeding expectations. Many local nonprofits held donor hospitality events at CJ’s Coffee & Sandwich Shop, SML Coffee House and the SML YMCA. Various media outlets stopped by to interview the charities throughout the day which helped spread the word and direct donors to the website to give. The final total of funds raised was posted on the next morning, totaling over $86,000 in donations during that 24 hour period. Totals for each organization are listed on the website at


SML Good Neighbors plans to host the event again next year and plans to open the charity application in November, 2022. 


SML Gives was created because a previous regional giving day was discontinued and a local nonprofit, SML Good Neighbors decided to launch SML Gives to provide a continued opportunity for local nonprofits to raise funds and exposure in the Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia area. SML Gives 2022 was held on Wednesday, March 16, 2022 from 12:00am to 11:59pm online at  


The Participating Organizations:


The Agape Center

Bedford Ride / Central Virginia Alliance for Community Living, Inc.

Children's Assistive Technology Service

Food For Kids Weekend Pack-A-Sack

Franklin County Family YMCA of SML

Franklin County Humane Society, Inc./Planned Pethood Clinic & Adoption Center

Helping Hands of Franklin County

Lake Christian Ministries

New Life Center for Thoroughbreds, Inc.

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southwest Virginia

SML Good Neighbors, Inc. 

Southern Virginia Child Advocacy Center

Virginia Children's Theatre


SML Good Neighbors, Inc. is the hosting organization for SML Gives. SML Good Neighbors, Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit located in Moneta, Virginia. The organization, founded in 2007,  provides scholarships, education, enrichment and nutrition services, free of cost, to children in Bedford and Franklin Counties, VA. Their mission is to develop good neighbors skills and values in children through programs that nourish, educate and support them while providing life-changing experiences for college students through leadership development internships.


To learn more about the organization, please visit