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