Williamsburg Health Foundation awards over $3.5 million in grants

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Students from a WJCC elementary school warm up for a 5K racing event as part of the SHIP health initiative. (Courtesy Williamsburg Health Foundation)
Students from a WJCC elementary school warm up for a 5K racing event as part of the SHIP health initiative. (Courtesy Williamsburg Health Foundation)

The Williamsburg Health Foundation recently distributed $3,566,227 in grants to local organizations and nonprofits dedicated to improving the health of the greater Williamsburg area.

This round of grants, which was announced last week, focuses on supporting organizations that provide what WHF’s strategic plan refers to as “health opportunities.”

“What we mean by health opportunity is when the healthy choice is the easy choice,” said Jeanne Zeidler, president and CEO of WHF.

In keeping with that mission, Williamsburg-James City County School’s Student Health Initiative Program (SHIP) was the largest grant recipient for this cycle, receiving $640,000 to support its efforts to bring healthier, fresher food options to the area’s schools.

“SHIP doesn’t just teach nutrition, it makes sure there are healthier foods on the lunch line,” said Zeidler. “And it doesn’t just put healthier foods on the lunch line, it takes food carts around the cafeterias and gives children a chance to taste the healthier foods in the same way stores give out product samples. We don’t need studies to tell us that healthy habits learned by young can last a lifetime, but studies do confirm it.”

Other major recipients this grant cycle were Lackey Clinic, Gloucester-Mathews Care Clinic and Olde Towne Medical and Dental Center, all of which provide free and reduced health care services to people in need. They received $420,000, $270,000 and $250,000, respectively.

“We are pleased to follow our new strategic direction to create greater health opportunity that will make ours a healthier community for both the short and long term,” Zeidler said. “We also want to the community to know that we remain committed to helping those who need health care find the health care they need.”

The full list of grant recipients is as follows, with the organization listed first followed by the program and the amount given:

  • Child and Family Connection – Multicultural Counseling & Outreach Program for the Greater Williamsburg Area – $40,000
  • Colonial Community Corrections – Better Ways: A Therapeutic & Transitional Substance Abuse Program – $14,000
  • Colonial Behavioral Health – Greater Williamsburg Child Assessment Center (GWCAC) – $271,000
  • Colonial Behavioral Health – Williamsburg Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) – $45,000
  • KaBOOM! – Community Playground Build – $100,000
  • Literacy for Life at the Rita Welsh Adult Learning Center – Health Education and Literacy (HEAL) – $60,000
  • Williamsburg-James City County Public Schools – School Health Initiative Program (SHIP) – $640,000
  • Colonial Behavioral Health – Network of Care Website (NOC) – $34,000
  • Child Development Resources – Breastfeeding: Building Confidence and Competence – $24,000
  • Community Housing Partners – Mobile Food Pantry – $5,927
  • FISH, Inc. – Health Priorities in Action – $6,300
  • Angels of Mercy Medical Mission – Chronic Care Collaborative (CCC) – $113,000
  • Colonial Behavioral Health – Chronic Care Collaborative (CCC) – $183,000
  • Gloucester-Mathews Care Clinic – Chronic Care Collaborative (CCC) – $270,000
  • Lackey Clinic – Chronic Care Collaborative (CCC) – $420,000
  • Olde Towne Medical and Dental Center – Chronic Care Collaborative (CCC) – $250,000
  • Rx Partnership – Chronic Care Collaborative (CCC) – $35,000
  • Lackey Clinic – Volunteer Recruitment Program – $13,000
  • Virginia Health Care Foundation – Greater Williamsburg Medication Assistance Program (GWMAP) – $400,000
  • United Way of Greater Williamsburg – Home for Good – $130,000
  • City of Williamsburg – Child Health Initiative – $260,000
  • Free Foundation For Rehabilitation Equipment & Endowment – Geographic Expansion to Serve Williamsburg Health Foundation Service Area – $25,000
  • Peninsula Agency on Aging – Care Transitions Intervention Pilot Program – $75,000
  • Peninsula Agency on Aging – S.H.A.R.P. (Senior Health Assistance Resource Project) – $128,000
  • Williamsburg Area Faith in Action – Medical Transportation – $24,000