On Monday, December 2, 2019, the Williamsburg Health Foundation’s Board of Trustees approved $999,500 in grants to organizations working in the Greater Williamsburg community.
“There is no typical grant for the Williamsburg Health Foundation,” said WHF President and CEO, Carol L. Sale. “Our grants reflect the health-related needs in our service area. For example, we have a large older adult population, one generally higher than the rest of Virginia. We want to be sure older adults who cannot prepare meals for themselves receive nutritious meals. We want to be sure older adults can get to the doctor.”
“People need healthy food to lead a healthy life,” said Sale, “so the health foundation works supports the delivery of fresh produce and lean meats to local food pantries and into communities through Virginia Peninsula Foodbank’s mobile food pantries with local partners like the Williamsburg House of Mercy.”
Statistics show another big gap in healthcare is the delivery of mental health services. “We know many adults and children in our community suffer from poor mental health. We want to support them as much as possible, and our focus is healing families. We work with many fantastic partners such as the College of William & Mary’s graduate program in counseling, Center for Child and Family Services, and Elk Hill which is working with the York County Schools”.
The health foundation also understands the community needs strong agencies to deliver effective programs. This grant cycle the Foundation is “excited to put grant dollars to work to build the long-term success of local nonprofit agencies as organizations,” said Sale.
One ongoing grant supports a director of development position, and another new grant will improve an agency’s financial infrastructure and increase its ability to bill insurance for services. In addition, a grant was made toward the continued success of the Nonprofit Management Institute run by NetworkPeninsula in partnership with workforce development at Thomas Nelson Community College’s Historic Triangle Campus. “Through these classes nonprofit board and staff increase their understanding of how to lead a nonprofit and the skills required for leadership.”
The Williamsburg Health Foundation was founded in 1996 with proceeds from the partnership between Sentara Healthcare and the former Williamsburg Community Hospital. The foundation has a vision of “individuals making healthy choices with health opportunity for all.” Since its inception, the Foundation has granted nearly 84 million dollars to improve the health of the Williamsburg community. For information on grants from the Williamsburg Health Foundation, including how to apply for a grant, visit www.williamsburghealthfoundation.org/grants-center.
“As much as the foundation is able to do, there is infinitely more to be done,” said Sale. “We ask everyone to give, donate, volunteer, and advocate for the many nonprofits in our community. There is no better time of year to do so.”
For a full list of grants award in the second of two grant cycles for 2019 click here.