Williamsburg Community Foundation Awards More Than $20K in Grants at Spring Luncheon

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Representatives from ten local and regional nonprofits received grant money on behalf of their organizations at the Williamsburg Community Foundation luncheon. (Elizabeth Hornsby/WYDaily)
Representatives from ten local and regional nonprofits received grant money on behalf of their organizations at the Williamsburg Community Foundation luncheon. (Elizabeth Hornsby/WYDaily)

Williamsburg Community Foundation hosted its spring awards luncheon Wednesday to present grants to 10 nonprofits serving a variety of interests around the Historic Triangle.

The luncheon, which took place at Ford’s Colony Country Club, featured the distribution of grants from the Williamsburg Community Foundation’s community endowment totaling $20,699.

Eight local and regional nonprofits, whose missions span the six categories of giving recently unveiled as part of the organization’s new VISION 2020 fundraising initiative, received grants of varying totals.

A spokesperson from each nonprofit had the opportunity to speak briefly about how the organization planned to use the money. Some of the nonprofits expressed plans to use the donation to continue to offer their same services to a broader range of people, while others revealed new projects their organizations would undertake with the grant money.

Pam McGregor, executive director of The Arc of Greater Williamsburg, announced plans for her organization to launch an Arc Awareness 911 program that will educate local police officers, firefighters and emergency responders on how to recognize and communicate with people with special needs in emergency situations.

Two of the grants awarded will have an effect on Williamsburg-James City County School District students. James River Association’s grant will be used to pay for 30 WJCC teachers to attend the organization’s environmental literacy professional development program this summer, while Norfolk-based Young Audiences-Arts for Learning will be funding 15 to 20 new arts experiences in WJCC elementary, middle and high schools.

Olde Towne Medical Center will be buying three new pieces of equipment with the grant money it received. In addition to buying a new cart to transport the heavy oxygen tank around the facility and a small freezer for medical specimens, Olde Towne will also be purchasing a baby cart stocked with supplies to better treat infants who come through the center.

Both Meals on Wheels and Child Development Resources will be using their grant money to keep up with high demand for the services they already offer. Meals On Wheels will be able to provide hot meals to more home-bound seniors living in the area, while CDR will be purchasing additional tools to meet the increasing demand for autism screenings for babies and toddlers in the community.

Literacy for Life will be buyingthe materials necessary for its tutors to implement the Barton Reading System, which is specifically designed to be used with children, teenagers and adults who struggle with dyslexia.

Finally, the Virginia Symphony Orchestra announced plans to launch a new Williamsburg Regional Library Concert Series, which will feature small performance concerts at the library and an educational component that will bring musicians into WJCC high schools to talk to music students after the concerts take place.

In addition to the community endowment grants, Williamsburg Community Foundation also presented two local organizations with grants funded by anonymous donors.

Peninsula Agency on Aging received $5,000 for its planned Memory Café, a meeting place and social outlet for people with memory loss and their loved ones. The Memory Café is meant to combat the isolation of this vulnerable population and to help them build relationships with others who understand their situation.

Williamsburg Area Faith in Action received $2,500 to launch its visiting canine program, which will take therapy dogs and their handlers into the homes of elderly and disabled people in need of companionship.

The complete list of grants monies awarded is as follows:

  • The Virginia Symphony Orchestra – $4,497
  • Young Audiences-Arts for Learning – $2,297
  • Child Development Resources – $2,497
  • James River Association – $3,020
  • Literacy for Life – $2,397
  • Olde Towne Medical Center – $1,297
  • The Arc of Greater Williamsburg – $3,500
  • Williamsburg Area Meals On Wheels – $2,297
  • Peninsula Agency on Aging – $5,000
  • Williamsburg Area Faith in Action – $2,500