Giving Back - Supporting our Community

The New River Valley is the community we call home, in most cases, for both our professional & personal lives. It is important to the NRVHBA to give back. In fact, it is our part of our mission. When you support one of our events, we are able to share pass that support through activities, events & Organizations like these:

  • Scholarships for NRV High School Students who are pursuing a college education in the construction industry at Virginia’s Colleges, Trade Schools and within Working Internships. To learn more, Visit us at for more information on the NRVHBA Rick Whitney Memorial Scholarship.
  • The “Cook Your Heart Out” Charity Cooking Contest where 3 local Non-Profits battle it out, “Chopped” style, for $1000 grand prize during the Home Expo. Contestants are judged on appearance, creativity, and taste when using 2 “secret” ingredients per appetizer, main course and dessert round. 
  • NRVHBA charitable donations include time, Service and funds to programs such as: Toys for Tots, Montgomery County Emergency Assistance Program (MCEAP), & NRV Habitat for Humanity. 
  • Growth of Community & Family events like Touch-A-Truck where we encourage children to experience the Building Industry first hand. To find out more, visit

This year's scholarship recipent is Landon Bell of Christiansburg

This year, we are proud to announce Landon Bell, of Christiansburg, as the Rick Whitney Memorial Scholarship recipient. Though we received many outstanding applications, in the end, we choose the student whom we believe will impact the building industry here within the NRV.

As a child, Landon discovered a love of seeing things develop. It was this love which has lead him to pursue a degree of Building Construction with a concertation on management. To further his knowledge of the industry, Landon will also seek a real state minor which will help him sustain a career.

Landon Bell is a fabulous example of a student and future building industry member we would be proud to have in the NRV. He already values the NRVHBA Codes of Ethics and we look forward to watching him grow and meet his personal life goals. 

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Home Expo's "Cook Your Heart Out" Cooking Contest 

Three local non-profit teams, Micah’s Backpack, Plenty!, and United Way, created and prepared their own unique dishes for the three competition rounds using a combination of two secret ingredients. Judging was based on three different categories: appearance, creativity, and taste. While all three teams impressed the panel of local celebrity judges, only one winner can be crowned.  

First time participant, Micah's Backpack, won over the judges with their award winning recipes and took home the $1,000 grand prize. Congratulations! 

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Toys for Tots Donation at the Holiday Dinner

A huge thanks to our members who stepped up and brought gifts to donate to less fortunate families during the families. Hank Ross, from the US Marine Corp's Toys for Tots Program, left the evening with a full heart, a car load of toys, and a cash donation to help supplement any additional supplies they need.  A big thanks for all they do in our area to help children have a Christmas! 

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MCEAP - Building Addition

In October 2016, our charitable contributions committee recruited a few volunteers from Shelter Alternatives, Inc, G and H Appliances, Bowers Custom Barns, and MCEAP to work on creating an enclosure at MCEAP's Thrift Store in Christiansburg. 

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A few weeks later, a team from Slate Creek Builders finished framing and installing a door to the addition/closure.  

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