Grant Recipient Highlights – Fall 2022

Access Virginia received a grant to support the Virginia Accessibility Program. This program provides open captioning and audio description of performing art shows so that deaf, hard of hearing and blind, visually impaired persons can attend performances and experience the wonder of live entertainment at public facilities. In the 2022-2023 season, Access Virginia will provide this at all Williamsburg Players shows thus allowing many more of our community members the opportunity to enjoy a theatre production.

Williamsburg Area Botanical Garden received a grant for new educational signage. The signs will guide visitors through the different habitats and areas within the garden while also educating them about the ecological importance of each unique habitat. Located on two acres in Freedom Park, the garden showcases plants that support pollinators and wildlife, educates visitors about environmental conservation, and demonstrates sustainable gardening practices for a typical garden in the Virginia Peninsula area.

The Community of Faith Mission received a grant to support the winter homeless shelter program. These funds will help COFM provide bedding, hygiene items, personal protective equipment, new shoes, printed materials, transportation, and over-the-counter medications at the host sites. The shelter is hosted by various local community churches and serves on average 110 individuals during the winter months.

Respite of Williamsburg United Methodist Church received a grant from the Peggy J. Swain Memorial Fund to purchase two recliners and a rocking chair for its senior clients in the respite care program. Respite Care provides social engagement and stimulating activities for dependent seniors in a safe and secure setting to maximize their cognitive and social abilities while also providing time off for their care givers to allow them time for personal care to avoid burnout.