Community Emergency Response Fund

Working with community leaders, the Williamsburg Community Foundation has created a Community Emergency Response Fund to help local resident impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic in the greater Williamsburg area. City of Williamsburg Vice Mayor Douglas G. “Doug” Pons and Councilman Benming “Benny” Zhang personally pledged $10,000 to seed the Community Emergency Response FundThe Williamsburg Community Foundation also committed $10,000 to the effort, thanks to the Genevieve K. Meder Trust, which was created to assist local people in natural disasters such as the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The Community Emergency Response Fund has provided flexible grants to nonprofit organizations that provide direct services to our community’s most vulnerable citizens and support basic needs. This includes our service area of the City of Williamsburg, James City County, and upper York County.  

Grants from this fund provide local nonprofits with funding to help those residents most in need due to the economic downturn resulting from COVID-19. This could include seniors, children, those with health conditions, and those who work in tourism and hospitality. These grants will help those nonprofit organizations that directly assist residents who are disproportionately affected by the pandemic, and who may be in need of food, shelter, utilities and housing, or healthcare. 


UPDATE: $210,100* in grants have been distributed so far from the Community Emergency Response Fund to 3e Restoration, Arc of Greater Williamsburg, Avalon Center, Bacon Street Youth and Family Services, Center for Child and Family Services, Colonial Behavioral Health, Community of Faith Mission, Inc., FISH, Foodbank of the Virginia Peninsula, Grove Christian Outreach Center, Hospice House and Support Care of Williamsburg, Housing Partnerships, Peninsula Agency on Aging, Peninsula Pastoral Counseling Center, Rx Drug Access Partnership, Salvation Army, Williamsburg Faith in Action, Williamsburg Area Meals on Wheels and Williamsburg House of Mercy. Read more about the first,  secondthirdfourthfifth and sixth round of grants.

*Additional support provided by two other funds at WCF: $5,000 from the Genevieve K. Meder Fund and $5,592 from the Benjamin R. Altshuler Memorial Fund.

Williamsburg Community Foundation communicates with local nonprofits, the Williamsburg Health Foundation, and local government agencies to ensure that grants from this fund reach targeted populations most effected by COVID-19. Grants from this fund are not provided to individuals, as individuals may seek assistance directly from agencies that receive grant funds.  

Thanks to generous donors, over $250,000 has been raised for this effort.  The Foundation has waived its normal administrative fee, so that all funds received can be used to directly support our local nonprofit organizations  In the future, if funds raised through the Community Emergency Response Fund are no longer needed for COVID-19 Pandemic relief, remaining funds will be reserved for future local disaster relief efforts.  

If you have questions about this fund, please contact Nancy Sullivan at or call 757-259-1660. 

Thank you to Everyone Who Donated!

Dr. & Mrs. Kenneth AdamsLaura & Vernon GeddyRobert & Christine Piascik
Anne & Kenneth AllenPaul & Charlotte GerhardtPaula Pickering
Catherine Dix AllenPatricia GilesDouglas & Melissa Pons
Rhonda AmtowerGuri GlassFran Pons
William & Sally AndrewsNeil GlenickiMargaret Beck Pritchard
Karen AnnoniEllin B. GordonAnne and Rex Prosser
AnonymousVincent GrassiaLynn Pryor
AnonymousMr. J. Lesslie Hall IIIMarion Reef
Charles BakerMr. Channing M. Hall IIIMs. Pamela Reiss
Nicholas BalascioJoe & Leanne HarrowTerry Ricks & Kathy Lamb
Mitzi BalmaDiane HartMarianne & Richard Rippe
Jayne W. BarnardBarbara HaynesSusan & Gary Ripple
Nancy BartholomewMarie HaynesGale & Bill Roberts
James & Sue BartonMr. & Mrs. H. Keith HenryCaleb Rogers
Ann & John BeardBill & Donna HermanLaurie Rokutani
Hope & Bobby BeckBonnie HoopengardnerMr. Mark Rollins
Marcee BeilsteinKathy & Bruce HornsbyDavid & Marilyn Ross
Hunt & Mary BerrymanLee & Paula HougenGeorge & Patricia Rublein
Roger BestAndrew HuangVan & Barbara Ruckman
Doris & Chip BixlerMrs. Yuwen Huang & Dr. Wei YangMeredith Russell
Daniel BlankinshipRon & Heather HuntKathleen Ruszkowski
Mr. and Mrs. Edward BlanksLynn HunterMrs. Kristan Sammons
Donald & Sandra BoingCarol JakobovitsMs. Katherine Sanders
Jan BrownRosemary JasperAnthony Savage
Clement & Cherry BrownSusan JennaroMrs. Bette Mae Schintzel
Virnell Ann BruceJames JosephLarkin & Danny Schmidt
Peter BurkeKay W. KaneRobert & Sylvia Scholnick
James & Madeline BurkhardtJoann KansierMr. Paul Scott & Ms. Ana Maria Pascale
Susanne CalabroJoan KeithDeborah Secrest
Dian CalderoneGretchen KelleyJaime Settle
Michael CarronA. Kent Harrell & Kendall KerbyMr. & Mrs. Gary Shelly
Linda & Tim CavinessColleen KearnsDr. Junping Shi & Mrs. Yanjie Chen
Quinn Sale and Roy ChampionClare & James KitzKate F. Slevin & Robert F. Yeomans
Mr. Jie Chen & Ms. Weizhen MaoMrs. Charlotte M. KlamerClaudia F. Smith
Suzanne CoffmanMr. and Mrs. Bruce KnowlesChris Smith
Ms. Lori ConenRobert KoppeMr. and Mrs. Jack Snell
Tom & Sharon ConnorMrs. Gary KrullGail Snyder
Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Conyers Jr.Arlene KrupinskiSteven & Carter Sonders
David & Jeanne CorsonMr. & Mrs. David LennarzDianne & Roger Spearman
Paul & Pat CoxDr. Weihua LiuJim & Betsy Jo Spence
Chip & Becky CrewsNancy Yang & Chaoyu Liu (Scinco Inc.)Scott and Beth Stabler
William CrockettRon & Carolyn LodzieskiMr. Andreas Stathopoulos & Ms. Evgenia Smirni
Charles & Ginny CroneAlbert O. LouerPaul & Bonita Stockmeyer
Robert CummingLisa & Christopher LucasNancy & Bill Sullivan
Maxine CunninghamCarol MaginnisStuart & Georgette Swan
John & Julia CurtisLouann MartinJane & Bob Taylor
Mrs. David DawsonFriends of Monty MasonNicole Trifone
Fred Dellamura & Pamela EstelleSusan MasonAllen & Mary Turnbull
S. Jane deSolmsMs. Gale D. McCuneHelen Van Cott
Ms. Shirley DevanEric McDonaldJane Van Dyke
Mary DisalvoLinda McLaughlinLucia Vinciguerra
Janice DiSantoIda McNamaraThe Virginia Beer Company
Mr. Xue Dong & Mrs. Qingling YangJane Medlin & Harry BurtonMr. Harry Ward
Charles S. & Millicent P. Brown Family FoundationKerry & Peter MelletteMr. and Mrs. Stewart Ware
Nadine DunnBeverly MieleDr. Hans von Baeyer & Dr. Barbara Watkinson
Ron & Verona DunnMargaret MillerMarilyn Watson
Nancy W. DutroJeanne H. & Michael A. MillinVirginia Wertman & Stanley Bolding
James & Martha EastonMr. & Mrs. Richard MinorJack & Judy Wickens
Andrew C. EdwardsLouise W. Minor & John A. Minor IIIWilliam C. Wilhelm
Kermit Eide & Roberta MacGregorCarol MunroRobert Willey
Patricia Dolan Ettus & Douglas EttusSusan MorrisonWilliamsburg Health Foundation
Susan EvansMr. Wayne MoyerWilliamsburg Insurance Associates & Erie Insurance
Edward FarnenMr. Wen Guo MuForrest & Chrissy Williamson
Susan FarrellFriends of Tommy NormentJim & Dougie Winthrop
Dr. Xia Feng & Dr. Gexin YuTerry & Carolyn O'ConnorDouglas & Lois Wisniewski
Zhao Feng & Hai Zhao (New Oriental Crafts Co.)Helen OderisiDixie D. Wolf & Henry C. Wolf
Sally Jean FiskLane OlsonCharles and Lisa Wood
Ms. Jodi FislerVirignia Green Lawn CareMr. Frank Wood
John & Sara FogartyKim OrthnerAmy Xia
Imelda FoleyChristopher PeckMs. Karen Youshock
Rachel FrazierDr. Xuanxie PeiYingping Zhang
Charles & Corinne GarlandNancy PerryHan Zhang & Jinlan Liu Foundation
Benny Zhang

Updated December 2020.