Success Stories

CASA Campers

This is a little boy who needs something to dream about, whether it’s catching fly balls or learning the constellations. Perhaps a summer experience would just bring a friend into his life.”

This is how one Colonial CASA volunteer describes how a summer camp experience could change the life of a young child. Thanks to a grant from WCF, 18 CASA kids will have the chance to spend a week at the YMCA camp of their choice this summer.

WCF Workforce Scholarships prepare local students

With grant funding made possible by Ferguson Cares, three local students have recently been awarded $1,000 scholarships to support their career training. Scholarships are awarded through a competitive process at the Williamsburg Community Foundation.

3e Restoration Encourages, Equips and Empowers

“To encourage, equip and empower faith communities to help transition neighbors living through homelessness and social displacement to holistic sufficiency.”

This is the mission of 3e Restoration, a local nonprofit that recently received support through WCF’s Community Emergency Response Fund.

New Scholarship to Honor Coach Melvin Jones

After 46 years teaching and coaching at Lafayette High School, Melvin Jones will be honored by a scholarship in his name through the W-JCC Scholarship Fund. Peter Belden (LHS ‘82), created the scholarship and hopes others will help it grow.

“Where did I go?!” Finding yourself after motherhood

Motherhood should be a joyful experience, not one that is dreaded or leaves childbearing women feeling alone, helpless, scared or depressed.

When mothers experience a perinatal mood or anxiety disorder (also known as PMADs), it affects the entire family, which is why immediate help is so important. Often times, women don’t know where to turn for support.

The Arc of Greater Williamsburg to offer Wheels4Work – Removing Barriers to Employment

The Arc of Greater Williamsburg has proudly provided support services to adults with developmental disabilities in our community since 1976. October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month and The Arc is excited to announce a new program we are calling Wheels4Work.

Bacon Street: Strange Name, Serious Mission

As the United States grapples with the public health crisis of opioid addiction, there is one local nonprofit organization that is working to combat addiction among adolescents and youth.

Bacon Street Youth and Family Services is one of the few agencies in this area that provides substance use and mental health treatment services specifically for youth. It is the only agency providing a holistic approach that includes family support.

Music workshop brings diverse group together in Williamsburg

Nearly 25 year ago, in the aftermath of the O.J.Simpson trial, a group of curious and concerned people of different races came together to try to understand what life was like in each other’s skin and to consider things from other points of view. Thus, All Together, Williamsburg was formed.

Today, members of All Together continue to work to improve the quality of life of the community of Greater Williamsburg by bringing together people across racial, ethnic, and cultural lines to communicate and engage in activities that foster unity, inclusiveness, and equal opportunity...more

Community Gardening and Urban Farming

Gardening invokes a sense of wonder from a child to an adult and quenches the desire to create through observation and experimentation. Nurturing plants helps us feel a sense of accomplishment and connection to the land and community. Research shows that growing your own food increases physical health and promotes a healthy lifestyle. For these reasons and more, a group of dedicated and community-minded supporters has created a shared space in James City County called Williamsburg Community Growers (WCG). ..more

Why Fit in When You Were Born to Stand Out?

There is a saying in the autism community, “if you’ve met one child with autism, you’ve met one child with autism.” One local organization, One Child Center for Autism (One Child) is committed to helping children and families affected by Autism and other developmental differences on their individual journeys, and to help each family celebrate the importance of their stories. Click “more” to hear one family’s story. ..more

Grant Provides Medicines to Uninsured Neighbors

Rx Partnership, a statewide nonprofit dedicated to supporting access to medications for uninsured Virginians, was recently awarded a grant from the Williamsburg Community Foundation to support a new program that focuses on helping patients at free clinics and community health centers receive free or low-cost generic medication to treat a variety of chronic conditions. Rx Partnership’s Access to Medication Program (AMP) centralizes pharmacy services to reduce cost and create efficiency, allowing more uninsured Virginians to access the medications they so desperately need.. ..more

Women & Girls Fund Awards Grant

Postpartum Support of VA, Inc. recently received its first grant from WCF from the Williamsburg Fund for Women and Girls. The grant will help the organization spread the word throughout our area about resources available in our community for women experiencing PMADs. ..more


Center for Veteran’s Engagement Receives Grant

The Center for Veteran’s Engagement at William and Mary received its first grant from WCF this fall. The Veterans Writing Groups (VWG) offer free, monthly creative writing sessions to service members, veterans, and military family members of all writing backgrounds and skill levels. Group members complete writing prompts and receive feedback during meetings, share their work with fellow members for comments and criticism between sessions, publish in blogs and journals, compete in writing contests, and attend guest speaker events.

Senior Services Coalition Mentors Family Caregivers

Thanks in part to a grant from the Williamsburg Community Foundation the Senior Services Coalition hosted two “Hands-on Caregiver” classes this fall for those caring for a loved one ..more

ECMS and Respite Care Center Help the Community

The Williamsburg Community Foundation (WCF) recently honored both Early Childhood Music School (ECMS) and The Respite Care Center (RCC) with grant funding for special projects. “We are grateful for this support which will further our reach into the Williamsburg community,” shares Carolyn Yowell, RCC Executive Director and Cindy Freeman, ECMS Executive Director …more

CASA Expanding with Help of WCF

The Williamsburg Community Foundation awarded $4,000 to assist Colonial Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) in its expansion into York County. This grant will provide interim operational funding until state funding “catches up” in the agency’s next fiscal year...more

Heritage Humane Society

The Heritage Humane Society has received a grant of $3,920 from the Williamsburg Community Foundation and its Business Partners to fund the SNIP program. The SNIP-mobile (Spay and Neuter Immediately, Please!) is one of the most effective resources available to provide free, safe, and accessible spaying and neutering services...more

Faith in Action Helps Seniors

Williamsburg Area Faith in Action (WFIA) is a unique program that matches volunteers with seniors and adults with a chronic illness or physical disability who are striving to maintain independence in their own homes...more

Housing Partnership, Inc.

The Housing Partnership, Inc. of Williamsburg(HPI) is a nonprofit agency that provides vital housing repair services to very low-income individuals, and families who are unable to help themselves due to sickness, disability, or lack of financial resources. A typical project conducted in October involved the replacement of a roof for a senior citizen...more

Matthew Whaley Gets Dance Fever

Julie Jones, music teacher at Matthew Whaley elementary school, recently traveled to Washington, D.C. with a gaggle of wide-eyed young people. For many it was their first trip to our nation’s capitol. These children, many of whom fall under poverty guidelines, have been studying dance after school through a free program developed by Mrs. Jones at MW...more