About Us

Stand By Me was founded in 2018 and looks to bring volunteers and donors together to have an impact on the lives of the most vulnerable Richmonders: undeserved children and families.

Providing everyday necessities — from clothes, shoes and hygiene products to books, school supplies and toys is at the core of our model. We strive to connect the communities who have — both families and businesses — with the communities who really need support.

 

Our Mission

Our mission is to help children and displaced citizens in our local poverty stricken communities have access to basic necessities.

Words from our Community Partners

Thank you for providing dress shirts, dresses, and shoes for over 40 of our graduating 5th graders! They looked amazing. The generosity of Stand By Me helped our students and their families a great deal.

Kadeja Liggans 

Site Coordinator, Communities In Schools of Richmond

James H. Blackwell Elementary School

Thank you from the Blackwell Family! 

Because of your AMAZING support, our staff enjoyed a beautiful Teacher Appreciation Week. I want to express my appreciation for your generosity in support of this special week. Our Teachers work tirelessly daily to ensure the success of our young people & it means so much to us that community partners are willing to celebrate them!  Thank you so much again for your contribution of resources, time and energy. 

Kadeja Liggans 

Site Coordinator, Communities In Schools of Richmond

James H. Blackwell Elementary School

A Note from our Founder

Sonya S. Riley

Hello, my name is Sonya S. Riley and I’m the Founder & Executive Director of Stand By Me. My vision for the community is to meet the needs of low income households as well as provide basic necessities for the homeless.


I started Stand By Me simply to serve and support the community in which I live and work. 

 

We're a hands on organization, that’s willing to work with and for the community. We're here for the long haul!  My personal mission is to constantly and consistently give back to the community and have hands on relationship with the communities that Stand By Me serves.  

Thank you for taking the time to learn more about Stand By Me.

Sonya S. Riley

We Need Your Support Today!

STAND BY ME

Helping children and displaced citizens in our local poverty stricken communities have access to necessities.

Email: standbymerva@gmail.com

Registered Charity: 83-2212370

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