Health & Wellness

Gloucester Community Foundation maintains an ongoing interest in the health and wellness of our region with a simple goal in mind -- to ensure that local residents are safe and healthy. Our holistic view of health includes access to quality and affordable health care, appropriate use of a medical home and initiatives that empower individuals to develop active, healthy lifestyles that begin in childhood and continue through all phases of life. We also invest in programs that promote safe home, school and neighborhood environments.

Our goals:

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

Recent Grants

Spring 2019

Virginia Peninsula Foodbank - $1,500 to purchase nutritious child-friendly food items that will go home in portable bags with 60 elementary school students identified as at risk for food insecurity at Botetourt Elementary every Friday so they will be nourished over the weekends.

Gloucester United Emergency Shelter Team - $3,000 to support the operating expenses for providing shelter, resources, and advocacy for the homeless population of the Middle Peninsula.

Bread for Life Community Food Pantry, Inc. - $2,000 to support the ongoing work of the Pantry to feed the hungry in Gloucester. Bread for Life estimates it will handle 800,000 pounds of food in 2019, and about one-fourth must be purchased. 

Avalon Center - $1,000 to support those affected by domestic and sexual abuse in the Gloucester Community through counseling, legal advocacy, hospital accompaniment, shelter & youth programs.

Gloucester Mathews Care Clinic - $1,000 to support our Acute Care Clinic, providing care for patients with episodic medical conditions such as colds, flu, rash, undiagnosed pain, etc.  Acute Care includes appointments during each weekday and one evening per week.