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Last Updated: 2018-09-19




The Richmond Living Wage Certification Program is a joint initiative of the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy and the Richmond Office of Community Wealth Building.

The program, which was launched in March 2018, recognizes that the current Virginia minimum wage ($7.25) is woefully inadequate. Paying a living wage, which enables local employees to put food on the table and a roof over their heads, is a moral imperative.

This voluntary process is designed to:

  • ▪ Recognize employers who are already paying their workers a living wage

    ▪ Urge consumers to patronize area businesses that provide living wages

    ▪ Encourage employers who are not currently paying a living wage to adopt
      the program’s standards
  • Organizations interested in applying should fill out the online form here or download the form here.

    Forms should be emailed to: ron@virginiainterfaithcenter.org


    Our city has for decades been hampered by the crushing burden of poverty on far too many residents and on the community as a whole. That burden takes many forms, from the child who arrives at school hungry, tired and stressed, to the young adult struggling to find adequate employment, to the grandmother worried about the safety of her family and community.

    There are no quick fixes or easy solutions to the powerful factors that perpetuate generational poverty in Richmond. But one would be profoundly mistaken to believe that nothing can be done or that a community-wide vision and plan for systemic change cannot be developed and implemented in Richmond.

    Important steps have already been taken. Learn more


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