Financial Boost for 18 Nonprofits
Eighteen local nonprofit organizations just received a financial boost to do much more good in the community.
The Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge (“Community Foundation”) recently announced a special round of grants to 18 local organizations.
The one-time only grants, which range from $50,000 to $150,000 for a total of $2.3 million, are intended to make a meaningful and positive impact on the community. These are made possible by two donor-advised funds administered by the Foundation.
“These two funds were created through the generosity and foresight of the Clifton Forge Waynesboro (CFW) Telephone Company,” said Carl Rosberg, retired President of NTELOS (formerly CFW). “As we exit the pandemic, we are pleased to distribute what remains in the funds to make a meaningful immediate and lasting difference in our community. We are grateful for the support of the Community Foundation in helping us fulfill the philanthropic intent of these funds.”
The diverse group of recipients were chosen by several former NTELOS and Lumos Networks executives. The work of these 18 organizations ranges from providing health and human services, addressing food insecurity and homelessness, offering education and youth development, and enriching our community through arts and culture.
“Community foundations naturally bring together people who care with causes that matter,” shared Dan Layman, the Community Foundation’s CEO. “We’re thrilled to have this opportunity to partner with community leaders to facilitate grants of this magnitude and long-term impact.”
The recipients are:
- ARROW Project: To facilitate sustainable growth of mental health services.
- Augusta Health Foundation: To support increased options for remote healthcare access.
- Augusta Regional Clinic: To introduce and sustain affordable oral surgery.
- Blue Ridge Area Food Bank: To increase its capacity to address food insecurity.
- Blue Ridge Community College Educational Foundation: To establish a medical laboratory technology program.
- Boys & Girls Club of Waynesboro, Staunton, and Augusta County: To create a new teen center.
- LIFEworks Project: To develop the River City Bread Basket.
- Mary Baldwin University: To fund new scholarships for local residents.
- ShenanArts: To build new cultural programs for all ages.
- Sin Barreras: To grow their services for local immigrant families.
- Staunton-Augusta Family YMCA: To support affordable, quality childcare.
- Valley Alliance for Education: To fund creative ideas to educate local youth.
- Valley Mission: To better serve the needs of those who experience homelessness.
- The Wayne Theatre: To develop a new outdoor performance venue.
- Waynesboro Area Refuge Ministry: To sustain their cold weather shelter for the homeless.
- Waynesboro Family YMCA: To improve health and wellness facilities for all ages.
- Waynesboro Players: To enhance opportunities for youth development via the arts.
- Waynesboro Symphony Orchestra: To expand musical offerings and sustain youth education.
These grants, some of which the Foundation will distribute in their entirety this year while fulfilling others over several years, will give a tremendous lift to these local nonprofit organizations.
“With this generous grant the LIFEworks Project will be able to open a client-choice, completely free, supplemental grocery outlet to meet the needs of ALICE (asset-limited, income-constrained, employed) households,” said Adrienne Young, co-founder of LIFEWorks, an organization that provides practical support to everyday people. “This endeavor will be a game-changer for those struggling to make ends meet, and we are grateful and humbled to be a part of better outcomes for families.”
The grant to the Augusta Regional Dental Clinic will make possible new critical services for patients.
“There is literally no affordable oral surgery care available for low-income residents in our area,” said Sophie Parsons, Executive Director of the Augusta Regional Dental Clinic. “Patients who need wisdom teeth extractions, who suffer from dental injuries or other complex dental pathologies must travel to neighboring counties or even to Richmond. This is now about to change, and we cannot wait to welcome patients in our new oral surgery program.”
With this grant the Boys & Girls Club of Waynesboro, Staunton and Augusta County will realize their long-term goal of creating a teen center.
“According to recent data from the Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice, there were nearly 400 delinquency cases in our small region,” said Debra Freeman-Belle, CEO and Executive Director of the local Boys & Girls Club chapter. “This initial teen center funding from the Community Foundation will help us create a safe and supervised space for local teens to spend their free time, which National Collaboration for Youth studies show can help reduce juvenile crime rates by up to 30 percent.”
“Once developed, our teen space will promote positive behavior, reduce negative outcomes, and provide a supportive community for SAW teens.”
The CFW Foundation, a private foundation established in 1990 and later known as the NTELOS Foundation, transferred its assets to the Community Foundation in 2015 to create the NTELOS Wireless and Lumos Networks donor-advised funds. The advisors to these two funds are distributing the bulk of the assets through these 18 grants.