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.
  • 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

Little Library

The New River Valley Homebuilders Association and the Blacksburg Library successfully placed a little library at Nellie’s Cave Park September 2016.

Little Library


In 2014, Blacksburg Library Supervisor Elizabeth Sensabaugh worked with Dean Crane, Director of Blacksburg Parks and Recreation, to place Little libraries indoors at both the Community Center and the Aquatic Center. The Blacksburg Library provided the shelving units and books and stocked them as needed. Jack Leahy, Assistant Director of Parks and Recreation, was a point person in keeping Sensabaugh posted when books needed to be replenished.

These two little libraries proved to be popular among those who used the two facilities. After this positive response, Sensabaugh considered the idea of placing a little library outdoors. Carol Davis, Sustainability Manager for Blacksburg, met with Crane and Sensabaugh in mid-2015 about this idea. At that time they talked about prospective places and potential designs for the little library. They also considered other partners to involve, including organizations who could build the unit.

Ultimately, the three got the necessary approval from the Town Manager to place little libraries in designated areas, beginning with Nellie’s Cave Park.

This year, a Blacksburg Library staff member and Harding Avenue Elementary Media Specialist, Juliet Rosso, suggested that partnering with New River Valley Home Builders Association would be ideal. Not long after, contact was made with NRVHBA, who committed to supporting the project.

NRVHBA Executive Officer Kelly Graham suggested that Home Depot might be willing to donate materials. She also suggested that Jorge and Barbara Newton, Village Trim LLC, could actually construct the little library. After it was built, the Newtons sent it back to Sensabaugh to find folks to paint it. The final step was to have Crane to find someone to place the little library at its new location.

Andrew Howery of New River Engraving created and donated the plaque on the library’s side, which reads: “Built by Jorge and Barbara Newton of Village Trim LLC / In partnership with New River Valley Home Builders Association / Maintained by Blacksburg Parks & Recreation Department and Blacksburg Library of MFRL.”

The project fell within the mission of the organization’s Charitable Activities Committee, which is to support outreach projects in the community.

“The NRVHBA Charitable Activities Committee is proud to partner with other entities in our neighborhoods to participate in community service projects. We recognize that we have access to resources both human and economic that can benefit others in the New River Valley, ” said NRVHBA President Steve Semones.

— Submitted by Barbara Newton