Engaging the Community 

The Media and Advocacy Committee works to increase the CoC’s visibility and advance strategies and solutions to reduce homelessness throughout the region. The committee creates a media plan each year with quarterly reviews and updates of media coverage. Activities include developing messages about homelessness to be used in the media, drafting press releases, posting on social media, and pitching stories to the media. All activities adhere to the CoC’s media relations policy.

Responsibilities include:

  • Create an annual media plan
  • Develop CoC educational resources such as a Centralized Intake flyer, CoC Business Cards, CoC PowerPoint, etc.
  • Raise awareness about the CoC via social media
  • Draft press releases and pitch stories to the media
  • Create/manage CoC Website

Chair: Megan Bly, megan@shenandoahallianceforshelter.org

Deputy Chair: Nate Riddle, nate@valleyopendoors.org

If you are already a member of the CoC and interested in joining the Media and Advocacy Committee, please contact Megan Bly.

Current Committee Members

Kim Whetzel, Healthy Community Health Centers

Kaitlin Heatwole, HRHA/Western CoC

Allison Henry, HRHA/Western Coc

Zanata Fenn, AIDS Response Effort

Jessee Hemping, NWCSB

Tracy Hollis, Sentara Health Plans