Bequest from Jenny Wible Continues to Benefit Many in our Community; Over $100,000 in grants this year to St. Bede, Walsingham Academy, and Salvation Army
Thanks to a generous bequest from a local woman, Mrs. Jenny E. Wible, three local organizations recently received an annual grant from an endowment fund established in Mrs. Wible’s name at the Williamsburg Community Foundation. Created with a gift of over $3 million in 2017, the Wible Fund provides yearly grants to St. Bede Catholic Church, Walsingham Academy and the local Salvation Army. This year’s grants total $116,266.
Last year’s grant to St. Bede supported a wide variety of ministries at the parish, whose membership includes over 3,000 households. The funds helped the parish produce printed materials for church services, and transition to livestreaming services when the pandemic caused them to limit gatherings earlier this year.
At Walsingham Academy, the 2019 Wible grant provided eight (8) students with financial aid to help with the cost of tuition at the K-12 private school, with an average of $7,404 in aid per student. This financial aid can have a big impact for students. For example, one young man was struggling and unmotivated at public school, but was able to move to Walsingham with financial help afforded through the Jenny Wible Fund. Although the transition to his new school was challenging, he ultimately excelled, becoming an honor student with multiple college options in his senior year. Currently, he is attending an elite university on a full scholarship. He credits his Walsingham education as well as his experience as a student-athlete for instilling in him the foundation and discipline he needed to succeed.
With help from their Jenny Wible grant, last year the Salvation Army of Williamsburg provided a variety of services and benefits to people in need: nutritious, hot food to families and individuals; WATA bus passes and gas vouchers so people can get to work and medical appointments; rental assistance to prevent eviction; financial assistance for utilities like electric and water to prevent disconnection; and motel shelter assistance to prevent homelessness. Mrs. Wible’s bequest also allowed Salvation Army to help children make a strong start in school, providing backpacks, school supplies, clothes or uniforms and shoes.
Jenny Wible worked with the Foundation and her professional advisors, including her attorney and financial advisor, to create a plan that would achieve her goals of supporting the causes she cared about for many years to come.