Sam Takes On A New Role

Astyra’s President, Sam Young, has completed almost nine years of service as a commissioner at the Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority (RRHA). The RRHA helps individuals and families transform their lives by providing quality housing and opportunities to develop self-sufficiency. This commitment to Richmond’s low income, senior, and disabled residents encompasses community revitalization and development that ultimately benefits all residents of the city. Although Sam is no longer on the Board of Commissioners, he is still dedicated to helping the city’s most vulnerable residents.
He now is a new board member at Communities in Schools of Richmond (CIS Richmond). CIS Richmond is connected to a national network of over 200 affiliates to form the nation’s largest and most effective organization dedicated to keeping kids in school. CIS Richmond’s model positions site coordinators inside schools to assess students’ needs and provide resources to help them succeed in the classroom and in life. They partner with local businesses, social service agencies, health care providers and volunteers to provide access to food, school supplies, health care, counseling, academic assistance and positive role models. Their mission is to surround students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life.

Three Ways You Can Make A Change

Our Account Manager, Mary Alice, stitched homemade masks.
Our Account Manager, Mary Alice, stitched homemade masks.

With businesses still in the process of opening, many who regularly volunteer in their community are left wondering how they can continue to make an impact. The good news is that virtual work is becoming more popular as technology continues to grow. In addition, short-term opportunities arise frequently based on events and happenings nearby.

Here are three ways you can continue to make a change today:

  1. Apply for a contact tracing position with Astyra.
  2. Stitch homemade masks and give them away.
  3. Virtually teach students.

If none of these meet your skill set, a great resource to find other virtual volunteer opportunities is Have additional ideas? Comment them below!

Habitat For Humanity Visit 2019

Taylor, Brenna, Melissa and Jody
Have you ever taken apart an oven? What about a treadmill?
Some of Astyra’s ladies volunteered with Hanover Habitat For Humanity earlier this month. They spent three hours taking apart various household appliances to later be sold through the organization’s recycling program, which assists in bringing in needed funds.
This was our first time volunteering with HFH but will not be our last!

2019 Social Media Campaign

For the past two months, Astyra has worked hard on strengthening our social media presence with the help of a consultant teaching us the ins and outs of social media marketing and increasing audience interaction.

We started the process by running an advertisement with creatives made by us. This was the first time we have run a Facebook Ad and we had a great turnout! We reached over 35,000 people in the Nashville, TN and Richmond, VA areas and were able to find potential candidates for positions in both locations. With such great results, we hope to run another Facebook Ad campaign in the near future.

Keep an eye out for our newest addition to the social media world…a job-finding Facebook Group!

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Preventing Substance Abuse

Henrico Too Smart 2 Start (HTS2S) appointed our Operations Admin Executive Assistant, Tianna as their Volunteer Social Media Coordinator. With this position, Tianna will lead the communications team in creating a social media plan, assist with community events and design graphics.
The coalition focuses on reducing and preventing substance abuse in the Henrico youth population through education and advocacy. In addition to hosting informational events for parents, the organization also tailors events to youth such as a poetry slam with a theme related to the HTS2S mission.
Tianna is excited to help and cannot wait to see how the organization grows and develops throughout her time with them. Her first board and general body meeting is coming up next month!

Astyra Continues To Grow In 2019!

Spring is here and so is another blog post; catching you up on the first quarter happenings for Astyra. We have been extremely busy to start the year. Historically, January and February are slow months for us but not this year. The quarter saw continued growth in Nashville and Tampa with dozens of resources placed in both locations. We also saw placements in Cleveland, Plano, Harrisburg PA, McLean and of course locally here in Metro Richmond.
Stay tuned as we expect to announce new geographic locations in the second quarter as well!
Astyra’s 4th quarter was its best of the year!
That’s no surprise given the number of new projects we kicked off. Pennsylvania, Tampa, Nashville, and of course Richmond are home to our newest associates. First quarter 2019 should see new associates in West Virginia and Ohio as well.
Stay tuned for more exciting news we’re expecting, cheers!

Astyra Continues To Grow In 2018!


2018 has gotten off to a rapid start for Astyra. In addition to adding new work in our home state of Virginia, we’ve won new project engagements in Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee. We’ve grown our existing accounts as well, which has resulted in the expansion of our internal staff.

As we look beyond the horizon, we are excited about our place in the market and what’s ahead.

It has been an incredibly busy summer for Astyra Corporation. New projects won earlier this year have finally gotten underway; resulting in 65 new associates and contractors joining our ranks. The 4th quarter is shaping up to be equally as busy and we could see similar numbers added by the first of the year.

Partnership Recognized As Outstanding

Astyra co-founders Sam Young and Ken Ampy stand with Magellan associates Shana McDaniel and Cornel Hubbard
The Team at Awards Dinner

Astyra Corporation and Magellan of Virginia were awarded the Metropolitan Business League’s Trailblazing Partnership Award for their work together. The Trailblazing Partnership Award recognizes a small business and its larger partner that formed a successful teaming relationship and/or joint venture that resulted in the award of a new contract or an ongoing relationship. Astyra is responsible for staffing the customer service positions for Magellan’s member call center.

“In both the substance and logistics of our work, we recognize that real, lasting success comes from collaboration, especially with a locally-based organization that shares our mission-driven focus. We found that collaboration in the team at Astyra” said Bill Phipps, general manager of Magellan of Virginia.
The continued success of the Astyra/Magellan partnership has resulted in the pursuit of several other opportunities within and outside of the Commonwealth.

Click here to read the entire press release regarding this unique partnership.
Magellan of Virginia Customer Service Team