The Bedford Area Resource Council (BARC) is a network of non-profit, for profit, medical, faith organizations, and state and local government agencies who serve the Town and County of Bedford. Participation is open to agencies, organizations, and businesses with community service functions within the Bedford Area, and any citizen of the Bedford Area. Meetings are held monthly to hear committee reports; share ideas, information and resources. Cooperative, inter-agency efforts are planned and initiated in an attempt to maximize community resources and minimize duplication of services. This collaborative community engagement provides a platform to share information and build awareness of current community unmet needs, as well as services and resources available, thus allowing for a better coordination in planning and designing for extension of services and resources for the community.
The Bedford Area Resource Council partners closely with the Partnership for Healthy Communities (PHC). The PHC is a planning initiative led by Centra, Centra Foundation, the Community Access Network, and the Central Virginia and Piedmont Health Districts in collaboration with the Bedford Community Health Foundation, Greater Lynchburg Community Foundation, and United Way of Central Virginia. A community-driven health needs assessment provides the data and information that allows us to take action and develop goals and strategies that can contribute to long-lasting social changes and positive health outcomes. PHC has led this needs assessment process in the Central Virginia region. PHC continues this work in Bedford County by participating in and supporting the mission, work groups and activities of the Bedford Area Resource Council (BARC).
Facilitate collaboration among community partners (non-profits, business, faith community, schools, government, civic organizations, and healthcare) and to develop resources necessary for a sustainable community.
The Bedford Area Resource Council (BARC) envisions our community as a place where every person is healthy, engaged and self-sufficient.