Celebrating our Community and its response to COVID-19

Some things are worth celebrating.  This community is one of them. 

2020 has been a year of many challenges.  At the Williamsburg Health Foundation, we have had the privilege of observing how community organizations and individuals have helped people living in Greater Williamsburg during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

As Mr. Rogers said, “Look for the helpers.” This video captures many of the helpers in our community, but not all.  We only hope we have captured the spirit of how we have remained close as a community even as we had to keep distant from each other.

We know COVID-19 and humankind’s battle with it is not over.  But, let us celebrate the spirit of community in Greater Williamsburg. 


A Historic Call to Health Equity

June 2020

Before we push forward into deeper, harder work, as a country and as a Greater Williamsburg community, we pause.  The pandemic of COVID-19 has disproportionately impacted African Americans and all people of color. Systemic injustices which result in poor health outcomes have long been unmistakable and understood by many Americans. Those same injustices are now better understood by many more.  This call to advance racial justice and anti-racism must become action with lasting, meaningful change. 

At Williamsburg Health Foundation, we believe in action above words.  As an organization founded through the proceeds from the Williamsburg Community Hospital, we are solely focused on community and this community.  We believe social factors – such as where one lives, works, and worships – profoundly influence one’s health.  We know social ramifications of race influence health. 

Our vision is “individuals making healthy choices in a community with health opportunity for all.”  All means all – everyone.

Everyone deserves the opportunity to live a healthy life.  No matter your neighborhood, education, employment, cultural inheritance, or color of your skin.  We believe we approach grant-making with programs and capacity-building with organizations with an equity mindset. 

Now and always, WHF invites members of the Greater Williamsburg community to be in touch with us about how we can continue to make ours a more equitable, and therefore, healthier community.  We are listening, learning, and continuing to strive for a community where all people can enjoy health and well-being.

Carol L. Sale, RN, MSN

President & CEO

Williamsburg Health Foundation

“Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health care is the most shocking and inhumane.”  — Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

COVID-19 Assistance in Greater Williamsburg

To assist public health officials contain the spread of COVID-19 in overlooked, under-tested, underserved and/or uninsured communities, Sentara Healthcare is offering free testing in our area. See details below:

Williamsburg Health Foundation supports the work of health and human services in our community. We also convene groups to solve problems that cannot be solved by any one agency or sector alone. The COVID Crisis is one such problem. Below are links to curated information on public benefits and private assistance. We do not fund individuals.

Local Resources Map

Mapa de Recursos Locales

Find free food, Wifi, medical care, and much more.

Resources for Nonprofits

Curated by Community Health Solutions

Benefit Programs

Link to public assistance for Virginia.

Newly Elected Class of 2019 Board of Trustees

WILLIAMSBURG — The Williamsburg Health Foundation announces new members and officers for its Board of Trustees.  New board members include:

Kelli Mansel-Arbuckle, MEd

Ms. Mansel-Arbuckle retired as Human Resources Director from Colonial Williamsburg.  She has a Masters Degree in counseling from William & Mary.  She has volunteered with many local nonprofit agencies and served on the board of Literacy for Life, a grantee of the Foundation. 

Doug Myers, MBA

Mr. Myers, a Portfolio Management Director at Morgan Stanley, returns to the Williamsburg Health Foundation board of trustees after a three-year hiatus He previously served with distinction, including a term as chair of the board. 

Stephen Staples, PhD

Dr. Staples retired in 2018 from his position as Virginia’s State Superintendent of Public Instruction.  He served for 16 years as the superintendent of York County Schools.  He is a part-time Executive Professor at the The College of William & Mary. 

Alfred “Al” Woods, MBA

Mr. Woods has provided leadership to local nonprofit boards including Olde Towne Medical and Dental Clinic and Williamsburg Community Foundation.  He currently serves on the boards of The Williamsburg Landing and WJCC Schools Foundation.  In addition to his nonprofit board service, he is Chairman of the Aegion Corporation. 

“We are delighted to have these new trustees who bring with them a diversity of skills and a shared commitment to our community,” says Carol L. Sale, president and CEO of the Foundation.

2019 Officers Williamsburg Health Foundation Board of Trustees

Chair:                          Louis F. Rossiter

Vice-Chair:                Jackson “Jack” C. Tuttle, II

Treasurer:                 Marshall N. Warner

Secretary:                  Carol L. Sale