Clovia Lawrence, well known as "Miss Community Clovia," (seen here with ABC 8News reporter Ava-joye Burnett) has been a member of the radio community in Richmond for 28 years.
RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) -
Her voice is heard all over Central Virginia: Clovia Lawrence, well known as "Miss Community Clovia," has been a member of the radio community in Richmond for 28 years. She started out as a college intern who was eventually hired, and over the years, Lawrence expanded her role to being an advocate for the people.
"We want to be the people who affect change, because it's easy to get other organizations to do that and baby sit," says Lawrence; "than to actually really help these people that listen to you."
Lawrence calls herself "Miss Community Clovia," because she's always in the community helping with various causes. Lawrence has been a big advocate for the restoration of voter rights for ex-convicts, and most recently, she joined forces with the women of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated to help residents sign-up for health care through the Affordable Care Act.
When asked if she ever gets tired, her answer was candid.
"Of course I get tired, but I love people more, I really do. When you come to the realization that people is your business, you wouldn't have a base without them."
The next thing on the agenda for this year is raising enough money to send at least 100 kids in Richmond to camp.
"The inspiration for starting send a kid to camp seven years ago was my godson," says Lawrence.
Lawrence's god-son died while playing on a construction site with friends. She's now focused on preventing any child from getting hurt because they were in an unsafe environment.
"I don't want that to happen to another kid because parents are like I can't really afford to send my kids to camp," she says.
For more information on how you can help Lawrence and Radio One sponsor a child to attend camp, call (804) 521-8400.