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Community Partnerships

The CPF is grateful for Individuals and businesses who have a desire to donate their time and talents to benefit the police department. The CPF works with these groups to establish programs that often not only serve the Charlottesville Police Department, but also surrounding police, fire, and rescue organizations. The following are a few examples of these recent projects.

Gratitude Cville

Gratitude Cville is a new website created by long-time supporter of the police, Michael Kaminski. The website lists businesses who offer discounts to our local police and military personnel, making it easy for supporters and public servants to find each other. The website is free to join for businesses and free for police/military to use. Visit to enlist, see participating businesses, and spread the word!

Orthotics Clinic

The Charlottesville/Albemarle Fire-Police Orthotic Clinic is a new program created by Brett Richey of Richey & Co. Shoes and our area’s foot health community to benefit our local first responders (police, fire, and rescue personnel). The Charlottesville/Albemarle area foot health community knows the importance of proper foot health, and wants our first responders to have the best equipment available to help them safely achieve their mission of service.

Custom foot orthotics normally cost $300 to $500 per pair, and often are not covered by insurance. Through this new program, first responders can visit any one of the participating doctors and receive custom foot orthotics for a small fee. The balance will be subsidized by the providers within the clinic, for the benefit of the first responders. Custom orthotics provide additional support to alleviate pain or reduce the chance of injury. Many foot ailments can be successfully treated with custom foot orthotics and even athletes wear them to reduce foot fatigue and prevent foot injuries.

The local foot health community is starting this program to help local first responders afford this important healthy/safety equipment. The Charlottesville area has an excellent group of foot doctors and is home to the only Accredited custom foot orthotic lab in Virginia - Richey Orthotic Lab.  Richey Orthotic Lab makes all of the foot orthotics for the UVA sports programs. These groups and individuals came up with this program as a way to say “thank you” to these important public servants. More information on the program is available at

Wills for Heroes

The Wills for Heroes program provides essential legal documents free of charge to our nation’s first responders, including wills, living wills, and powers of attorney. By helping first responders plan now, they ensure their family's legal affairs are in order in the event that a tragedy occurs.

Local attorneys Julie A. King and Melissa Wolf Riley wanted to bring this national program to the Charlottesville area to "protect those who protect us." The program will take place in Spring of 2014 and will be available to the men and women of our local police, fire, and rescue organizations.

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