Surprise Grants to Celebrate 25 Years!

Williamsburg Community Foundation Celebrates 25 years with Surprise Grants

First Grant is for Postpartum Support Virginia

February 20, 2024, Williamsburg, Va:   As part of its year-long 25th Anniversary celebration, Williamsburg Community Foundation is awarding a surprise $2,500 grant to a local nonprofit each month. At the Foundation’s recent 25th Anniversary Celebration & Campaign Kickoff, a drawing was held to select ten Foundation supporters who will choose the surprise grant recipients.

The February grant is being presented by Ryann England, who chose Postpartum Support Virginia to receive this month’s grant. England presented the check today to Mandolin Restivo, Executive Director of Postpartum Support Virginia.

When asked why she chose Postpartum, England explained that she knew how serious postpartum depression can be, since her mother had worked for a company that developed a medication that has been really effective for new moms. England shared that the mission of Postpartum Support Virginia fit perfectly with her own family’s “tagline:” we support causes that we can not only get our head around, but also get our heart around.  

Postpartum Support Virginia’s mission is to educate families, healthcare providers and communities about Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders (PMADs) and to provide resources to help new and expectant mothers and their families overcome anxiety, depression, and other PMADs.

Thanks to their work, new and expecting parents in Williamsburg have access to support groups, peer support, a warmline to connect them to mental health providers, and care coordination to follow up and make sure families got the help they need. Postpartum Support also continues to train local healthcare professionals to better identify patients experiencing PMADs.

Restivo thanked England for choosing PSVa to receive this surprise grant from the Foundation.

“The funds will be used to support PSVa’s in-person support groups in Williamsburg and, to create two scholarships for area mental health or maternal health providers to attend PSVa’s two-day Understanding PMADs training.”

For more information about Postpartum Support Virginia, please visit their website.