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Older Adults: Where We Are and Where We’re Going

“Older Adults: Where We Are and Where We’re Going,” new research from the Williamsburg Health Foundation, provides both qualitative and quantitative data to inform and catalyze collaborative approaches to making ours a more age-friendly community. With a higher percentage of older adults than a typical Virginia community, Greater Williamsburg has the opportunity to improve overall community well-being and quality of life though a focus on this important and diverse population. The Williamsburg Health Foundation looks forward to working with various partners in this worthwhile endeavor.

For more information, contact Paulette Parker at Williamsburg Health Foundation.

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WHF Welcomes New Trustees for 2022

WILLIAMSBURG — The Williamsburg Health Foundation welcomes three new trustees in 2022. “These individuals have each demonstrated significant commitment to leadership in our community,” said Carol L. Sale, President and CEO, of the Williamsburg Health Foundation. “We are honored that they have extended that commitment to leadership to this foundation.”

    Andrea M. Donnor

    Andrea M. Donnor

    Andrea M. Donnor is a graduate of Wellesley College and Harvard Business School. She is the director of Platform Marketing Operations at Capital One Financial in Richmond. A member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, she has served the Hampton Roads community in many leadership roles.

    Cheri Green

    Cheri Green

    Cheri Green is a graduate of the College of William & Mary. She is the Senior Vice President of Private Banking at Old Point National Bank. Ms. Green has served on local nonprofit boards including as board chair of the Greater Williamsburg Alliance and Habitat for Humanity. She is a member of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.

    Robert A. Whitehead, SR

    Robert A. Whitehead, SR

    Robert A. Whitehead, SR. is the Pastor of New Zion Baptist Church in Williamsburg. He graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University and earned his Master’s of Divinity from Virginia Union University and his Doctor of Ministry from Regent University. He has led New Zion for thirty years with an emphasis on community involvement, education, mentoring, health, and

    Board officers for 2022 are:
    Chair:            Jackson “Jack” C. Tuttle, II
    Vice-Chair:   Beth F. Davis, RN
    Treasurer:    Alfred L. Woods
    Secretary:     Carol L. Sale, RN, MSN

    Other foundation news:
    Williamsburg Health Foundation is proud to announce the promotion of Bill D. Pribble to Senior Program Officer.

    Wheelchairs, Canes, Lifts and More: F.R.E.E. of Williamsburg Gives Area Residents the Gift ofIndependence and Safety All Year Long

    Tucked away in a bright, clean building in York County next to the Sentara Williamsburg Hospital, is a full storehouse that rivals any North Pole workshop. There one finds a special organization, F.R.E.E., which all year long gives area residents the gift of the equipment they need to stay safe and be mobile and independent at the same time.

    F.R.E.E. stands for the Foundation for Rehabilitation Equipment & Endowment. The organization is a nonprofit organization based in Virginia. F.R.E.E. collects, sanitizes, and gives away a range of mobility-related rehabilitation equipment to low-income uninsured or under-insured adults in Virginia.

    ​Eligible individuals can apply for the following types of equipment:

    ​Manual and power wheelchairs

    Walkers and wheeled walkers

    Canes and crutches

    Bath and toilet aids

    Hoyer lifts and

    Other specialty equipment.

    According to a medical professional who supports F.R.E.E., “The equipment provided makes the client more independent in their home and safer by decreasing their fall risk.”

     “F.R.E.E. is a program were neighbors help neighbors. We collect medical equipment from the community that is abandoned or no longer needed. We utilize these unused resources to meet the needs of others. It’s incredibly practical and the right thing to do. It just makes sense,” says Robin Ramsey, Executive Director of F.R.E.E.

     “The Williamsburg Health Foundation has been proud to support F.R.E.E. since they first came to Williamsburg. In fact, we have seen the whole community support F.R.E.E. Sentara Williamsburg has given it a home since the beginning,” says Carol Sale, President and CEO of the Williamsburg Health Foundation.

     A recipient of a FREE walker shared his experience. “I needed a walker that could support me because of my height and frozen shoulder. I needed a walker with forearm extension, and my insurance would not cover it. After completing my application, I had my walker in no time. Now I can walk in comfort without having to worry about losing my balance.”

     F.R.E.E. has six Virginia locations: Roanoke, Richmond, Virginia Beach, Williamsburg, Lynchburg, and Winchester. To contact the Williamsburg location, call (757) 707-4741; fax (757) 337-5032; or email To learn more about their programs, including their Williamsburg location, visit

    Williamsburg Health Foundation Reaches 25 Years of Grantmaking and Learning

    On Monday, December 6, 2021, the Board of Trustees of the Williamsburg Health Foundation (WHF) approved $876,000 in grants to 14 organizations for 16 programs to improve the health of the Greater Williamsburg community.

    Since it was established in 1996, the Williamsburg Health Foundation has provided $94 million dollars in grants to the community and grown its overall worth to 151 million dollars. “The foundation staff and trustees are proud to serve our community and to continue its legacy of improving community health,” said Carol L. Sale, WHF President and CEO.

    “Understanding of what it means to be a community that fosters the health of its residents has evolved over the past 25 years, and we have evolved with it,” said Sale. “Our grants illustrate that fostering health goes beyond providing healthcare, and physical health is not all that is required for well-being.”

    Pointing out that Williamsburg is a place with a volunteer spirit and significant cooperation among sectors, Sale adds, “Our trustees want to know that we are not applying band-aids. Community collaboration is a powerful vehicle for change, and our grants can provide the fuel necessary for that change.”

    Sale cites a new grant requested by James City County on behalf of the City of Williamsburg, York County, and James City County for a program to assist those individuals serving as legal guardians for residents no longer able to care for themselves. “Guardianship is most often a voluntary role, and it can be a hard one. The social service departments of the localities will work together to increase the number of available legal guardians and provide them the tools they need to be the best guardians they can,” Sale explains.

    The localities sought support for a pilot project that will serve legal guardians so they, in turn, could better serve those under their guardianship. “This is an untraditional way is to improve the health of adults. We believe if we fuel improvements in the role of legal guardians, we can help older adults now and in the future.”

    “Nothing has better proven how deeply connected we all are than COVID-19. Individual and community health is a web of so many interconnected parts, which is why our funds go to a wide variety of agencies and work,” said Sale. All WHF’s grants advance one or more of WHF’s strategic goals. The first goal is to advance organizations, systems, and public policy crucial to community health and well-being. The second goal is to target behavioral and social risk factors that influence the health of individuals throughout the life span. The third goal is to strengthen the healthcare safety-net for uninsured and underinsured individuals.

    Being a grant maker in this community is an honor and a challenge. We see many more needs than we can meet. “Our job is to be as strategic as possible. Sometimes that means we support existing programs and sometimes that means helping new efforts.”

    WHF has a vision of “individuals making healthy choices with health opportunity for all.” For information on grants from the Williamsburg Health Foundation, including how to apply for a grant, visit click here.. Grants made in December are listed below.

    Community Capacity Building
    NetworkPeninsula Nonprofit Management Institute (NMI) $22,500
    United Way of the Virginia Peninsula Greater Williamsburg Trauma Informed Community Network (GWTICN) $22,500
    Organizational Capacity Building
    One Child Center for Autism One Child Capacity Building $10,000
    Healthy Eating Active Living
    The Arc of Greater Williamsburg Fitness Program $35,000
    One Child Center for Autism Kids’ Night $4,000
    Virginia Peninsula Foodbank Mobile Food Pantry: Fresh Produce Program $35,000
    Williamsburg House of Mercy, Inc. Food Project $6,000
    Healthy Aging
    James City County Greater Williamsburg Guardianship Navigator $73,000
    Peninsula Agency on Aging PAA Rides Program $120,000
    Peninsula Agency on Aging Nutritious Noontime Meals $65,000
    Williamsburg Area Faith in Action In-Home Support Services $30,000
    Advanced Primary Care
    Olde Towne Medical & Dental Center Support for Clinic Operations $225,000
    Behavioral Health Services
    Center for Child and Family Services, Inc. The Reboot Program $103,000
    College of William & Mary, New Horizons Family Counseling Center Youth and Family Counseling Program $95,000
    Postpartum Support Virginia, Inc. Healthy Perinatal People, Healthy Babies $15,000
    The Doorways Support for Operations $15,000

    Local Nonprofits Receive Over 1M in Services

    “We give organizations a variety of resources to improve their operations,” said Carol L. Sale, President and CEO of WHF. Over the past two and half years, WHF has helped nonprofits by sponsoring membership in Catchafire.

    “In our first two years with Catchafire, the nonprofit organizations we sponsored received over one million dollars’ worth of completed projects or consultations from skilled professionals,” said Sale.

    What is Catchafire? Catchafire is a web platform where nonprofits can find, interview, and select skilled volunteers to do what they need done. states, “We’re on a mission to mobilize the world’s talent for good.”

    • United Way of the Virginia Peninsula has completed seven projects worth nearly $26,000 on Catchafire. Chief Operating Officer, Charvalla West, writes, “Catchafire provides access to high-level executive professionals willing to share their skills and expertise. In addition to quality products . . . the knowledge that staff gain during these projects in invaluable and further builds our agency’s capacity.”


      Charvalla West,
      COO of United Way of the Virginia Peninsula
    • Natasha House, which serves homeless, female-headed households, has done 17 projects and calls worth over $50,000 on Catchafire. In September 2021 alone, Natasha House completed three projects: an infographic, a donor letter, and graphic design for a long-term impact report.


      Karen Brown,
      Executive Director of Natasha House

    Projects on Catchafire are carefully scoped so everyone knows what to expect on timing and deliverables. Catchafire even helps nonprofits and volunteers match up their schedules and reach each other.

    • Another star performer on Catchafire is FREE Foundation For Rehabilitation Equipment & Endowment whose website was done by a volunteer from Catchafire. FREE has done 10 projects and calls worth $67,000. “They’ve actually done much more than shows up in their records,” said Sale. “One of those projects is a long-term, long-haul project of creating an inventory system with client and donor integration. They have a great consultant.”


    Robin Ramsey,
    Executive Director of Foundation for Rehabilitation Equipment and Endowment

    “While we love to see numbers like this,” said Sale. “The stories we hear from nonprofits are what compels us to continue this work. Executive Directors just keep telling us that they cannot believe they got translation services, an employee handbook, or HR consultations at no cost.”

    “I think the most productive consulting phone calls usually have to do with organizational strategy or HR questions,” said Allison Brody, Director of Community Engagement at the Williamsburg Health Foundation. “Most nonprofits cannot afford an in-house expert on retirement plans or COVID-19 policies. Catchafire has HR experts from Fortune 500 companies who would love to volunteer.”

    “It used to be that nonprofits could only get volunteers based on who they knew in their immediate geographic area. Now, there is an equitable world-wide marketplace for all volunteers regardless of a nonprofit’s size, age, or mission. is truly revolutionary.” said Brody.

    Not every nonprofit agency can be a member of the Catchafire program. The Catchafire business model is to have foundations like WHF purchase memberships for nonprofit agencies. WHF and the Bernardine Franciscan Sisters Foundation (BFSF) have created a shared site – Virginia Peninsula Catchafire. Currently WHF supports 56 health and human service agencies that serve Williamsburg, James City County, and York County; BFSF sponsors 50 agencies that fit its mission and service area.

    Sale said, “One day, we would love to see a world in which all nonprofits have access to For now, we hope that all those who currently have it are thinking about everything they need to do and asking themselves, ‘Can we Catchafire that?’”

    For more information on the Williamsburg Health Foundation visit the website at

    Williamsburg Health Foundation Presents Its Annual Awards

    Each October the Williamsburg Health Foundation (WHF) presents its annual awards to highlight someone or some organization that helps to make Greater Williamsburg a healthier community. WHF has presented awards in the Fall each year since 1999. “On the one hand this year is no different than years past. On the other hand, this year is completely different,” said Glenda Turner, WHF Board Member and Chair of the Annual Awards Committee.

    This year’s annual awards are no different than years past because there are honorees that promote the health of the community and there is a video about those honorees. For 2021, the annual awards are presented to James City County’s Emergency Management Department; The City of Williamsburg’s Office of Emergency Management Team; and York County’s Office of Emergency Management. “We honor their innovation and collaboration in response to the pandemic,” said Turner. Each department has received a letter of commendation, an etched-glass award, and $5,000.”

    “The Williamsburg Health Foundation believes unequivocally that the emergency management efforts of the City of Williamsburg, James City County, and York County saved lives and prevented illness and immense suffering by lowering the number of cases of COVID-19 through their vaccination efforts,” said President and CEO, Carol L. Sale, RN, MSN.

    This year’s awards completely depart from award presentations in the past because this year’s WHF’s annual awards will not happen at a breakfast at a local venue. Instead, the event will happen solely on YouTube.

    In another departure from its traditions, WHF this year produced more than one video for the event. WHF created five other “shorts,” short videos under two minutes, about lasting innovations from the pandemic that apply to education, local government, healthcare, recreation, and food service for both for-profit and nonprofit organizations.

    In all the videos, WHF focused on “lasting innovations” that will continue “beyond the pandemic.” “We want to highlight not only what happened, but to look forward and highlight what will continue to happen, what changes will stick around,” said Sale.

    “It’s completely different for us to have our Annual Awards be 100% virtual and to premiere on YouTube,” said Turner. “

    To view the individual videos and the entire awards program described above, visit