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News Archive - Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge

DISTRIBUTIONS TO BE MADE FROM STAUNTON FLOOD RELIEF FUND

Following the flash floods that occurred in the city of Staunton this summer, the Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge established its Staunton Flood Relief Fund to accept donations and bring some much-needed relief to residents dealing with the flooding aftermath at home. The Foundation partnered with the Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission, whose […]

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ONLINE TUTORING NETWORK PREPARES FOR LAUNCH

Like many parents, Sarah Mendonca knew the virtual and hybrid models adopted by public schools would be challenging for many students.  The potential for the achievement gap between students to widen this year was all too real. Mendonca, who is relatively new to the community, is an experienced teacher with a PhD in Educational Leadership.  […]

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Community Foundation Now Accepting Dawbarn Education Award Nominations

Nominations for the Dawbarn Education Awards are now open!  If you know someone in our community who has demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to improving education in Staunton, Waynesboro, or Augusta County public schools, please nominate them before the December 20, 2020 deadline. The Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge is looking for ten esteemed […]

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The Community Foundation’s Flood Relief Fund Update

Shortly after the August 8 flash flood event in Staunton, the Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge established the Staunton Flood Relief Fund to support residents whose homes and belongings were affected by the flood. The outpouring of support has been incredible.  The Fund, for which the Foundation continues to receive donations, has grown […]

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Staunton Flood Relief Fund Established at Community Foundation

The Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge has established the Staunton Flood Relief Fund for residents and homeowners in response to the flash flood that left catastrophic damage to our city, businesses, homes, and neighbors on the evening of August 8, 2020.   This is especially devastating during an already difficult time due to the […]

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$10,000 Awarded to Educators in Nelson County Public Schools

Amid the COVID-19 epidemic, Nelson County Public Schools virtually presented their 23rd Annual Smyth Education Awards to ten individuals recognized for their outstanding performance throughout the year.  Through a fund created by Gordon and Mary Beth Smyth, and managed by the Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge, the following individuals received a plaque and […]

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BRIGHT LIGHTS IN DIM TIMES: THE 2020 DAWBARN EDUCATION AWARDS

For 26 years, the Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge has honored a select group of remarkable individuals who have inspired, encouraged, and fostered learning in the public schools of Staunton, Waynesboro, and Augusta County. Each individual currently receives $10,000 and the enduring distinction of having been named a Dawbarn Education Award winner. In […]

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COVID-19 Local Response Fund Established at Community Foundation

The Community Foundation of the Central Blue Ridge has established a COVID-19 Local Response Fund with an initial charitable contribution of $100,000 from a generous Staunton couple.  As the local impact of the pandemic unfolds, our community’s desire to help has been inspiring.  Contributing to this new fund is one of many ways in which […]

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New Book Release: Lucy Simms—From Slavery to Revered Public Service

We are honored to have supported this project through the Carroll and Grace “Patsy” Guynn Memorial Fund. Lucy Simms was born into slavery and became a revered teacher in Rockingham County and the City of Harrisonburg. Douglas L. Guynn, the visionary behind this project, thought her life was such an unparalleled example of determination, courage, […]

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