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