Charlottesville is home to a wide array of nonprofits, and each one plays an important role when it comes to improving the quality of life in our community. Stepping Stone was established in 2021 to meet a unique need: to provide children age newborn to three from under-resourced families with essentials that ensure their healthy development and safety. The items we provide include diapers/wipes, new and gently used baby clothes, strollers, car seats, and pack ‘n plays (view full list here). By focusing on an underserved demographic and age range, we make sure the most vulnerable members of our community start life on the right foot.
Extending compassion to those in need has always been a top priority for Ashely Schneider. At an early age, she read to residents at a retirement home in Richmond and interned with an organization that provided summer camp experiences for children whose mothers were in prison. Through Stepping Stone, Ashely continues to demonstrate her concern for people who need a touch of grace.
Since moving to Charlottesville in 2013, she has invested her time and heart in serving the community. She volunteers with the PB&J Fund and serves on the advisory committee of Bennett's Village, an organization focused on building a multigenerational, all abilities playground in Charlottesville and advocating to change the way our community sees inclusion. Ashely was recently selected to serve on the Friends of the Library Board for the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library.
The mother of five-year-old twins, Ashely knows exactly what's needed at each phase of raising infants and young children. As Executive Director of Stepping Stone, she puts that knowledge to work, making sure children have the resources they need to grow and thrive.
When it comes to making sure children have access to daily essentials, Stepping Stone relies on referrals from organizations in Charlottesville and Albemarle County that share our mission and have identified families with needs.
Rosemary Miller, President
Jazmine Davis, Treasurer
Shannon Noe, Secretary
Ashely Schneider, Executive Director