Gloucester Community Foundation Awards Nearly $30,000

Fourteen nonprofit organizations received funding through the community grantmaking program.
We envision our community as an area that offers a path to economic prosperity; a place where young people experience educational success; a community that prioritizes health and wellness; and a region that is renowned for its cultural vibrancy.

Health and WellnessCommunity members are safe and healthy ($9,500)

Residents access comprehensive and coordinated preventative services and quality health care. Residents are connected to resources that meet their health, nutritional, and safety needs.

  • Gloucester-Mathews Care Clinic – Expansion of the dental clinic, by increasing the number of hours the clinic is open from 12 hours/week to 24 hours/week. Even after an expansion from 8 hours to 12 hours in 2014, the wait list for dental clients is upward of 90 days.
  • Virginia Cooperative Extension – Gloucester – Payment for low-income households to participate in the well water clinic, including water testing, well water management, and well water safety education. Upon results, can include well or water system repairs and/or low interest loans for repairs.
  • The Laurel Shelter – Support for services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking through the shelter program and extensive outreach programs.
  • Bread for Life Community Food Pantry – Supplement the cost of food for the pantry, which serves an average 717 unique households each month in Gloucester.
  • Gloucester United for Emergency Shelter Team (GUEST) – In its third year of operation, support for the winter shelter (November-March) and the newly expanded day shelter, providing resources year-round to those experiencing homelessness.

Educational SuccessYoung people achieve in school, engage in their community, and are prepared for the workforce ($2,000)

Children begin school ready to learn and are supported academically and socially throughout their educational experience. Youth become skilled, self-sufficient, and contributing members of the community.

  • Gloucester Boys & Girls Club – Support for Project Learn for youth (ages 6-18) who participate in the after-school program. Programming includes Power Hour to complete homework, field trips, and scheduled learning activities.

Cultural VibrancyCommunity members have access to and an appreciation for arts and cultural opportunities ($3,500)

Residents are enriched and educated through a diverse offering of arts and cultural activities in their communities and schools. The region's historic and cultural assets are supported to enrich current and future generations.

  • Concerts by the Bay – Support for a historical, theatrical performance by Theatre IV. Productions for elementary and/or middle school students in Gloucester County.
  • Fairfield Foundation – In partnership with the Gloucester County Parks and Rec Department, program support for archeological research, digging, and historical recording for youth (ages 6-12), as part of the week-long nature camps held at Beaverdam Park.
  • Gloucester Arts of Main – Building on a successful partnership with Gloucester County Public Schools, support for two existing after-school arts programs and the expansion into a third elementary school, growing the number of students reached to over 400.

Economic ProsperityThe region's resources are sustainable and its residents are economically stable and secure ($13,312)

Residents access and maintain safe and affordable housing in thriving, sustainable communities. Residents have the financial knowledge, skills and resources to support themselves and to access career and economic opportunities.

  • Literacy Volunteers of Gloucester – Program support for individualized tutoring and progress testing for adults striving to improve their educational skills, and the maintenance of the Gloucester County Sheriff Department's Pearson-Vue GED testing site, which provides instruction to inmates in Adult Basic Education and GED preparation.
  • Gloucester Housing Partnership – Home repair case support for low-income Gloucester residents, including roof repair, electrical/plumbing upgrades, or ramp construction.
  • The Salvation Army – Support for the Social Services Program, providing utility, emergency food, and rental/mortgage assistance to low-income Gloucester families and individuals, in addition to case management.
  • VersAbility Resources – Employment, training, and day support services for adults with disabilities at the Puller Center.
  • The Samaritan Group – Provide funding for temporary financial emergencies, including electricity, rent, car repairs, essential appliances, and day care to Gloucester residents.

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