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Williamsburg Health Foundation Awards $3.9 Million to Local


By: WYDaily Staff 

 WILLIAMSBURG — The Williamsburg Health Foundation (WHF) recently announced its Board of Trustees approved grant funding in June totaling $3.9 million to 21 organizations in the Greater Williamsburg area.

According to the foundation, the organizations address some of the area’s most pressing health-related needs, and represent its “continued dedication to enhancing the health and well-being of those who live, work, and play in the City of Williamsburg, James City County, and York County.”

Among the grants awarded is a new partnership with the Virginia Health Care Foundation’s Boost 200 initiative, a pilot program that addresses the mental health professional shortage in Virginia by paying for supervision hours required of mental health professionals for licensure, it said.

The grant will be used to accelerate the licensure of two behavioral health counselors and one licensed social worker in Williamsburg and James City County, according to WHF.

“All three localities in WHF’s service area are mental health professional shortage areas,” said Deanna Van Hersh, WHF President and CEO. “WHF’s investment in the Boost 200 program will increase the capacity of our local mental health workforce, as the three professionals may begin their required supervision this summer.”

Another issue that came to the forefront during this grant cycle was the ongoing need for increased access to healthy foods throughout our community, the foundation said.

According to the most recent data from Feeding America, food insecurity in 2022 was between 9-12% for the localities in our service area.

“To help address this need, WHF is pleased to support new grants to the Boys and Girls Club in James City County, Grove Christian Outreach Center, W-JCC Community Action Agency, and the Williamsburg House of Mercy,” said Bill Pribble, WHF’s Vice President of Programs.

WHF said in line with its mission and strategic focus, it awarded additional grants in the its five funding areas: behavioral health services, healthy aging, healthy eating active living, integrated care, and two-generation family services.

Visit Williamsburg Health Foundation to learn more.