Press Release

July 5, 2011

Foundation Awards $219,000 to Six Area Non-Profits;
2011 Grants Now Total More Than $2.6 Million

WILLIAMSBURG, VA — The Williamsburg Community Health Foundation today announced grants awards totaling $219,000 for six non-profit organizations providing health-related services in the Greater Williamsburg area.

The announcement means WCHF has awarded grants totaling more than $2.6 million to 18 area non-profit organizations during the last month. It also completes the first of two funding cycles the foundation will conduct this year.

Jeanne Zeidler, president and chief executive officer, said, "The recession has put particular stress on agencies serving uninsured and underinsured clients. It's no secret that demand for services continues to rise while resources have become scarcer. These agencies continue performing vital work that strengthens the community as a whole."

Grants announced today include:

The Foundation conducts two grant cycles each year. Letters of intent for the next grant cycle are due July 25. More information about the Foundation's grant-making policies and process is available at www.WCHF.com.

The Williamsburg Community Health Foundation, a private non-profit organization, supports programs that improve the health of people living in Williamsburg and surrounding counties. It focuses on enhancing access to quality health services and promoting responsible health practices. The foundation was formed in 1996. Since then it has given more than $46 million to support community health programs in the area.

  • A $20,000 award to The Arc of Greater Williamsburg to support an ongoing program promoting exercise and wellness for its clients. Adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities are at much greater risk of obesity and its complications than the general population.
  • A $40,000 grant to Avalon: A Center for Women and Children to support a self-sufficiency program that helps women break cycles of domestic abuse. The self-sufficiency program served 193 clients during 2010.
  • A $37,000 award to Child and Family Connection to fund a behavioral counseling and intervention program for the area's uninsured and underinsured Latino population. Greater Williamsburg's Latino population has nearly doubled since 1990.
  • A $35,000 grant to Colonial Community Corrections for a substance abuse treatment program working in cooperation with regional law enforcement agencies. The program achieves success with more than 90 percent of the people it enrolls.
  • A $20,000 award to FISH, Inc., an all-volunteer organization providing personal hygiene and household cleaning supplies to clients in crisis. FISH estimates it will serve 5,000 people during 2011.
  • A $32,000 grant to Lackey Free Clinic to support its Oral Health Access Project. The funding will provide more than 700 patient visits during 2011 and 2012. Lackey, like many other non-profit clinics, is expanding oral health services to address the correlation between oral health, behavioral health and general health.
  • A $35,000 grant to Lackey Free Clinic to support its transition to electronic medical records. Electronic records will give clinicians access to more complete patient data and result in more informed diagnostic and treatment decisions. The project also anticipates federal requirements for more detailed record keeping on patient outcomes.

The Foundation conducts two grant cycles each year. Letters of intent for the next grant cycle are due July 25. More information about the Foundation's grant-making policies and process is available at www.WCHF.com.

The Williamsburg Community Health Foundation, a private non-profit organization, supports programs that improve the health of people living in Williamsburg and surrounding counties. It focuses on enhancing access to quality health services and promoting responsible health practices. The foundation was formed in 1996. Since then it has given more than $46 million to support community health programs in the area.