Success Stories

Community of Faith Mission
December 2022

Thanks in part to grants from Williamsburg Community Foundation, Community of Faith Mission is providing emergency shelter to area residents in need during the coldest months of the year.

Bacon Street Bridges Project
December 2022

Because of the Bridges Project, established by Bacon Stree Youth and Family Services, academic achievement has increased and truancy rates have decreased in WJCC high schools.

Grant Recipient Highlights – Fall 2022
September 2022

Access Virginia, Williamsburg Area Botanical Garden, the Community of Faith Mission, and Respite of Williamsburg United Methodist Church will aid the community with grants received during the WCF Fall Grant Round.

Emergency Response – Moving Forward Together
December 2021

Our community came together in 2020 to create the Community Emergency Response Fund, and in 2021 over $80,000 was used to assist local residents impacted by the pandemic.

As we moved into 2022, it became clear that people still needed help, and the Williamsburg Community Foundation was there to help.

Lackey Clinic – Improving Access to Healthcare

Thanks to a grant from WCF in 2021, Lackey Clinic was able to purchase CPAP machines, new masks, and tubing for patients who were diagnosed with sleep apnea. The Clinic also began providing patients with self/remote monitoring devices to gather more frequent and quicker assessments of patients’ vitals such as blood pressure and oxygen saturation levels.

Community Emergency Response Fund
December 2021

Working with community leaders, the Williamsburg Community Foundation has created a Community Emergency Response Fund to respond to the impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the greater Williamsburg area. Over $200,000 has been distributed so far.

Small Business Relief Fund

The Greater Williamsburg Small Business Relief Fund was established through a partnership among The Greater Williamsburg Partnership (GWP), The Williamsburg Community Foundation and the Economic Development Authorities of City of Williamsburg, James City County and York County.

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.

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.

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