2018 Grant Recipients

AbbaCare (Winchester/Frederick County) to provide 10 car seats for new mothers and fathers to allow them safe transportation for their new family member. Clients receive a new car seat as a gift for completing four parenting classes. Mothers with immediate needs may be provided one, too.

Arc of Augusta for the non-waiver scholarship program, which provides funding to enable people with intellectual and development disabilities who lack sufficient funds to attend day support programs.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Virginia (Winchester/Frederick) for program management, to include training and coaching calls, for the Campaign for Men, which matches 12 new Big Brothers with assigned Little Brothers.

Blue Ridge Area Food Bank (Augusta County) to acquire fresh produce for distribution to thousands of individuals through partner food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters throughout SVEC’s service territory.

Boys and Girls Clubs of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County toward Family Engagement and Empowerment Dinners (FEED), designed to empower club members and their families with the skills, knowledge and confidence to prepare healthy and affordable meals.

Crossroads to Brain Injury Recovery (Rockingham) to focus on presentations and outreach in rural communities to reach more individuals in the future.

Elegius Mini Equine Sanctuary (Highland County) for an expanded youth employment opportunity – particularly for those who might have a disability and/or are unable to find employment in Highland County – at the sanctuary, which provides permanent housing and care for injured/ailing miniature horses, donkeys, mules and ponies.

Elkton Area United Services (Rockingham) for direct financial aid for clients for programs related to emergency assistance, food pantry, traveler’s aid, holiday cheer, senior citizens, free reading books, GED classes, and school supplies.

Faith in Action (Winchester/Frederick County) to provide free, door-to-door transportation to non-emergency, life-sustaining medical appointments and treatments for those in the area without other means of transportation.

Family Promise of Shenandoah County for funding for medications, hotel stays and gas vouchers for families in crisis. They have lost housing and employment and have no shelter available.

Glossbrenner United Methodist Church (Augusta County) To enhance the HELP (Health Equipment Loan Program), which is run by a collective of churches and civic organizations to loan out equipment for free to people who need it.

Honor Flight-Top of Virginia (Winchester/Frederick) to help cover expenses related to no-expense missions for veterans to Washington, D.C., where they visit memorials dedicated to honor the service and sacrifices of themselves and their friends.

Laurel Center (Winchester/Frederick) to provide funding for new emergency shelter and outreach center to expand its domestic and sexual violence shelter and support services.

Lord Fairfax Community College (Page County) to support the needs of the Luray-Page County Center through its “Evening with the Stars” program for scholarships and other projects.

Page One (Page County) for rent, electricity, fuel, and food to help make a difference in the lives of many struggling families trying to meet basic needs when they have a major emergency (sickness, job loss, car repair, special needs).

Rotary Club of Harrisonburg Foundation for construction of a playground at a new athletics-oriented park east of Harrisonburg.

Shenandoah Agency Area on Aging toward the purchase of a new replacement van for its senior center and Meals on Wheels program. The new van will fill a void and help the organization avoid shutting down its services in case of an issue with its primary van.

Shenandoah Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America (Frederick County) for New equipment, including climbing ropes and harnesses, for Camp Rock Enon, which is used weekly over the summer months and every weekend during the off season to offer not only physical activity for youth, but a chance to instill confidence in their ability to overcome fear.

Shenandoah County 4H to hire a summer intern to lead youth educational program and shadow 4H agent to help with other initiatives.

United Way of the Northern Shenandoah Valley (Winchester) to increase the capacity to bring on more volunteers and possibly an additional part-time staff member for the Valley Assistance Network, a community collaborative to connect individuals and families with the services they need to move from crisis to financial security.

United Way of Greater Augusta for Imagination Library, an early literacy program, that provides children ages 0 to 5 with a new, free, high quality and age appropriate book each month by mail.

Valley Program for Aging Services (Augusta County) to help cover the cost of food for the Meals on Wheels Program. The amount should cover more than 100 meals.

Warren Coalition The Coalition has a program called EASE that is for students in 6th-12th grades. EASE (Easing Anxiety and Stress Everyday) will use the evidenced based COPE (Creating Opportunities for Personal Empowerment) program which uses cognitive behavioral therapy in a 7 lesson curriculum to help teens learn to manage their anxiety and stress and help alleviate depressive symptoms.