2020-2021 Impact Grant Recipients
Education Impact Grants, 2020-2021
Priority Needs Addressed:
Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Harrisonburg & Rockingham
To provide for the continued support of Big Brothers/Big Sisters' school-based mentoring program in Shenandoah County currently running at Ashby Lee Elementary with a possible expansion to W.W. Robinson Elementary. The goal is to match up to 25 children at each school with volunteer mentors who live or work in Shenandoah County.
Community Care & Learning Center
To establish an infant room at the center, which requires installation of security cameras and shelving, diapering station, etc. and licensing requirements (background checks, TB testing, CPR training, etc) for new staff in the infant room. CCLC is located in an identified “childcare desert” and aims to help families overcome a primary barrier to employment, prepare preschool children for school, provide nurturing infant/toddler care and enriching summer/afterschool care, and address basic food insecurity. This grant will also cover tuition subsidies to reduce the cost for families with documented need (i.e. free/reduced lunch, Medicaid, WIC) and/or more than one child in the program.
Fremont Street Nursery
Funds six enrichment programs in order to provide high-quality childcare to low-income and single-parents, new caregivers, and at-risk youths. Funded programs include: physical fitness, gardening, summer enrichment activities, art, music therapy, and early learning assessment.
Healthy Families Northern Shenandoah Valley
To support the Car Seat Safety Project and Cribs for Kids Service Project which distributes 30 infant car seats and 50 safe sleep survival “kits” annually to families in need in the community through partnerships with the Department of Social Services and the Lord Fairfax Health Department.
Reading Road Show – Gus Bus
To provide structured learning activities, shelf-stable food bags, and book checkout services to the children and families of Page and Shenandoah counties. The Gus Bus will visit the towns of Stanley and New Market once a week for one hour at each location.
Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum
To support scholarships for a summer camp program for 65 children in partnership with the NAACP. To provide two field trips with educational programs for a total of 113 children in HeadStart programs in Winchester, Frederick, and Clarke Counties, three field trips with educational programming for 36 children at Fremont Nursery and three field trips with educational programs for 40 children at Winchester Day Preschool.
Winchester Day Preschool
To provide scholarships to families who could not afford a quality preschool education.
Financial Stability Impact Grants, 2020-2021
Promote financial stability and independence (Income/Financial Stability):
Support our most vulnerable neighbors (Basic Needs):
Priority Needs Addressed:
A Farm Less Ordinary
To fund the delivery and distribution of more than 2,000 lbs. of fresh, organically grown produce to families in need in Clarke County, as well as to provide employment opportunities for individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities as growers on the farm.
AIDS Response Effort, Inc.
To provide assistance for transportation, daycare and utilities in conjunction with case management services to area ALICE families who due to governmental program guidelines do not qualify for other assistance programs.
Blue Ridge Habitat for Humanity
To support the critical home repair program in Winchester, Frederick, Clarke and Shenandoah counties, with a focus this year on repairs in the more rural areas of Frederick, Clarke and Shenandoah where the average age of homes is around 50 years old. The program is open to homeowners living at or below 60% area median income, with priority towards aging adults who have mobility and accessibility issues, to help keep homeowners in their homes.
Blue Ridge Housing Network
Support clients with funding for security deposits and/or first month’s rent to help homeless families secure housing as well as providing financial assistance to cover rent or utility bills during a temporary financial crisis.
1 & 4
Blue Ridge Legal Services
Provide free legal assistance to low-income residents of NSV.
1 & 3
To assist victims of domestic violence to become financially stable. This includes assisting with childcare expenses to help women find and maintain employment, helping with car repairs or registration fees, and providing clothing and food to women and children fleeing domestic violence.
To supplement the emergency financial assistance program (Pay it Forward) available to families experiencing temporary crisis. Funds will support ALICE families in paying rent/mortgage, utilities, or utility payments when an unexpected emergency occurs.
Family Promise of Shenandoah County
To provide support services to homeless families in crisis towards financial stability including help finding employment, childcare assistance, required document assistance, transportation assistance, and rental assistance.
1, 2 & 4
Highland Food Pantry, Inc.
To provide personal care items to families including toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, shampoo and conditioner, deodorant and lotion. In addition, a supply of feminine hygiene items would also be purchased to be distributed as requested to clients.
Literacy Volunteers Winchester Area
To expand computer classes via increased support to instructors; as well as to support citizenship/naturalization test preparation courses; and to continue working with Winchester Rescue Mission clients on resume development, interview skills, and case management.
1 & 2
Shenandoah Alliance for Shelter
To support the management of Centralized Housing Intake (CHI) and its coordinated entry process by responding to calls for financial housing assistance within a 24-hour time period and increasing walk-in hours.
Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging
To provide the local cash match for one of the three vans applied for in the FY 20/21 Department of Rail and Public Transportation Van Replacement Grant. This van is needed to replace a 2011 van with almost 160,000 miles on it.
The Laurel Center
To support the 24/7 emergency shelter as it feeds, clothes, and houses its residents along with providing protection, and services and resources that enable women and their children to recover from violence.
The Salvation Army
To support the food costs to serve 3 meals a day to residents and the community, as well as to provide residents with bag lunches and bus tickets as they venture out to start working in order to become more self-sufficient.
1 & 4
Winchester Area Temp Thermal Shelter
To provide safe, reliable bus transportation of homeless guests to temporary shelter locations in the mornings and evenings for at least 14 weeks, going between Winchester’s downtown and 14 locations operated by partnering host organizations in Winchester, and Frederick and Clarke counties.
Health Impact Grants, 2020-2021
Priority Needs Addressed:
To provide free pregnancy testing, pregnancy counseling/education, prenatal vitamins, and diagnostic ultrasounds for low-income women and families without insurance and who have not yet qualified for Medicaid through the Early Pregnancy Care Stopgap Program.
Blue Ridge Hospice
To supplement the continuation and further development of the Grief and Loss Support Services Program which provides grief counseling, support groups, educational workshops, children’s grief programs, telephone outreach, and resource materials, while developing new programs designed to support those who have experienced a loss in hospice care, as well as anyone in our community affected by death, dying, and grief.
1 & 2
Child Safe Center CAC
To provide child abuse assessments, trauma screenings, and mental health treatment services for abuse victims and their non-offending caretakers at both the Winchester and Shenandoah County locations.
1, 2 & 4
To conduct community trainings focused on recognizing suicidal behaviors, initial intervention with potentially suicidal individuals, and understanding how to assist someone experiencing suicidal thoughts or actions.
1 & 2
To provide quality training to individuals serving as caregivers for family members living with dementia and to give them the tools to better understand the world their loved ones are living in now.
Dental Clinic of NSV
To provide dental services to individuals without insurance or that cannot pay for services and to provide dental screenings during the Healthy Living Events in exchange for a healthy food voucher.
Faith In Action (Wheels for Wellness)
To provide non-emergency medical transportation to residents living in the City of Winchester and Clarke, Frederick and Shenandoah counties.
Healthy Families Shenandoah and Page County
To provide free in-home health and wellness screenings and education to families who are ALICE or in poverty and lack the transportation needed for medical and prevention services.
1 & 2
Northern Shenandoah Valley Substance Abuse Coalition
Provides funding to continue the Peer Support Specialist Program which provides assistance and support to those suffering with addiction.
Shenandoah Dental Clinic
To provide one day of dental care monthly to uninsured children and adults with incomes below the ALICE threshold.
Shenandoah Free Clinic
To provide 40 hours per week of counseling services for students in Shenandoah County Schools by a professional counselor.
1 & 2
Sinclair Health Clinic
To provide direct patient care of up to 200 ALICE families in Winchester, Frederick and Clarke counties by a primary care clinician.