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September 29, 2020, Williamsburg, Va. – Williamsburg Community Foundation is pleased to announce the recipients of its fall grant awards totaling $69,915 to 14 local organizations. These competitive grants are provided through the Community Endowments and Field-of-Interest Funds, with additional support from the Community Emergency Response Fund, which was established to support basic needs such as food and shelter, resulting from the pandemic. Typically, WCF grants support specific projects, new programs, or capital expenses. Due to COVID-19, organizations were given the opportunity to apply for operating funds this year to support losses in fundraising income and/or additional expenses related to the pandemic. Each grant below reflects one of the Foundation’s priority areas: Arts & Culture, Children & Young Adults, Environment & Conservation, Health & Community Wellness, and Senior Services.
Community Endowment and Field-of-Interest Funds
Health & Community Wellness
Williamsburg House of Mercy ($5,000) – This grant will help House of Mercy to purchase a cold storage unit. House of Mercy is reconfiguring their indoor space to accommodate a medical clinic, cold storage, and larger housing office. They are also adding an outdoor, sheltered space for the homeless, Community Kitchen, and other services.
- 3E Restoration ($4,000) – This emergency shelter program provides two well-equipped hotel rooms, set up as efficiency apartments, that are available 24/7 for 365 days a year. This shelter helps people like Linda, a homeless woman needed a place to go after being discharged from the hospital. She was able to recuperate at the emergency shelter while working with 3e staff and volunteers to do what she needed to do to regain stability in her life.
Lackey Clinic ($5,000) – Grant will be used for building modifications and protective equipment
for the safety of staff and patients, as well as help provide more equipment for telemedicine. For example, patients who need to monitor their blood pressure will receive a device to check their pressure from home, rather than having to come into the clinic.
- Peninsula Pastoral Counseling Center ($3,052) – Due to Covid19,
Peninsula Pastoral Counseling Center has transitioned more than 85% of their clients to telehealth, which has proven to be as effective as in-person counseling. This program requires unbudgeted expenses for training, equipment, and monthly fees to insure secure HIPPA compliance. According to Becky Glass of PPCC, mental Health is an emerging potential crisis of the COVID-19 pandemic. She cites a recent survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) which said that more than half of Americans reported experiencing mental health distress including “health fears, job losses, relationship strains, and lonely days spent in isolation.”
- Avalon Center ($5,000) – Avalon offers emergency shelter and comprehensive support services so survivors of domestic and sexual violence can break the cycle of abuse. This grant is to help operating support due to Covid19. Avalon has seen a 50% increase in domestic violence calls compared to last year. This is consistent with national trends in domestic violence, which is up 70% during the pandemic.
Postpartum Support Virginia ($5,000) – This grant will help create a peer mentor program for mothers affected by perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs) in the Williamsburg area as well as to provide PMAD training to nurses at Sentara Williamsburg Regional Hospital. This grant was awarded from Community Endowment as well as the Williamsburg Fund for Women & Girls.
- Literacy for Life ($5,000) – The funding for this project will focus on tutor and learner outreach and recruitment for participation in the remote instruction developed by Literacy for Life in response to Covid-19.
Children & Young Adults
- CASA ($5,000) – Colonial CASA trains volunteers to advocate in local courts for abused and neglected children to minimize trauma, ensure safety and recommend services for the family and the child. This grant is for operating support, as CASA continues to serve a growing number of children during the pandemic. CASA opened 8 new cases within the first 14 days of the Covid-19 isolation.
- Williamsburg Area Faith in Action ($2,613) – As many seniors choose to continue to stay safe in their own homes, WFIA offers fee-free, increased contactless support services including food and supply delivery, online grocery ordering and in-home telehealth.
Arts & Culture
- Virginia Symphony Orchestra ($5,000) – Support for this grant will enable the VSO to provide high quality performances, music education and community outreach, furthering its mission to entertain, educate and inspire Williamsburg residents and visitors.
Environment & Conservation
- James River Association ($4,115) – In partnership with James City
County Parks & Recreation, this grant will engage up to 400 volunteers to develop a deeper understanding of the effects of pollution on waterways, risks of storm water and the benefits of native species to ecosystems through hands-on stenciling on storm drains. The James River is a drinking water source for 2.7 million and storm water continues to be a major source of pollution.
Benjamin R. Altshuler Fund for Transportation
Peninsula Agency on Aging ($5,000) – Senior Service
The PAA RIDES program provides safe, reliable transportation to seniors with reduced abilities to transport themselves.
Avalon Center ($5,000) – Health & Community Wellness
Avalon’s shelter campus is not easily accessible by public transportation. This grant will help ensure survivors of domestic and sexual violence can get help with visits to medical or legal appointments, school and employment.
The Arc of Greater Williamsburg ($5,000) – Health & Community Wellness
The Arc provides door-to-door transportation, in handicapped accessible vehicles, to adults with disabilities. Nearly 90% of their clients require some sort of transportation to get to the Arc’s educational programs, as well as to their vocational training or employment through the Arc’s Wheels4Work program.
Williamsburg Faith in Action ($5,000) – Senior Services
Faith in Action provides door-to-door transportation to seniors 60 and older residing in the Greater Williamsburg Area. This service is offered free of charge to qualifying individuals.
An Occasion for the Arts Fund
Lafayette High School ($1,135) – Arts & Culture
A new printing press will enable Lafayette to expand their student’s knowledge and experience with more printmaking techniques. This will help replace equipment that is 25-35 years old and no longer functional. A new press will help students’ development with etching, collagraphing, monoprints and monotypes. The new press will be used by students in painting and printmaking classes, portfolio, AP studio art, art foundation, and photography classes (up to 250 students/year).