Press Release

June 21, 2011

Foundation Awards $388,000 to Area Programs Serving Seniors

WILLIAMSBURG, VA — The Williamsburg Community Health Foundation today announced it is awarding grants totaling $388,000 to programs serving Greater Williamsburg's low-income senior population.

Jeanne Zeidler, president and chief executive officer, said the grants address the needs of the region's growing senior population. "In the last 10 years, Williamsburg's senior population has grown at more than twice the rate of the country as a whole," she said. "These grants help area non-profits address the health challenges posed by an aging population."

The grants include:

  • The Center for Excellence in Aging & Geriatric Health has been awarded $130,000 for a program training physicians to screen local seniors who may be at risk for substance misuse or abuse. The program, which provides physicians with assessment and referral tools, anticipates more than 500 screens will be conducted in the coming year.
  • The Peninsula Agency on Aging has been awarded a $65,000 grant to further develop its Peninsula Aging & Disability Resource Network website. The site, PADRN.org, offers a list of more than 200 pre-screened services and resources available to area seniors.
  • The Peninsula Agency on Aging is also receiving an $118,000 grant for its Senior Health Assistance Resource Project. The program provides in-home visits that enable frail, low-income seniors to live independently. It served 56 area residents in the Greater Williamsburg area during 2010.
  • The Senior Services Coalition, a collaborative effort involving dozens of organizations and individuals interested in issues concerning seniors, is receiving a $75,000 grant to help implement the Community Action Plan on Aging. The 10-year plan outlines steps for making Greater Williamsburg more livable for seniors.

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.