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A group of volunteer King George community leaders gathered in mid-June to choose nonprofit projects that would have a noticeable positive impact on life in our county. After careful consideration, five organizations were chosen to receive grants from The Community Foundation’s Community Enrichment Fund.
This is the second, and final, year for this special funding opportunity exclusively for King George projects. However, The Community Foundation has other funds that are open to any nonprofit in the region. The Community Foundation is also available to work with any generous King George citizen or business that would like to harness the foundation’s expertise in charitable giving.
Decisions about which projects should receive grant money were made based on the potential impact for King George citizens of the proposed project, the efficient use of grant dollars and the demonstrated ability of the applicant organization to implement the project. Grant reviewers also considered the number of individuals who will benefit from the project, constructive use of community partnerships and any evident promotion of volunteerism. Ultimately, the applicants who offered to bring new or improved services directly to King George were the most competitive.
At its regular Board of Governors meeting on June 21st, the Community Foundation approved the following grants to benefit King George County:
$8,000 - Rappahannock Big Brothers Big Sisters - Attachment for Achievement
This program will match volunteer mentors with at-risk children. The relationship that develops will foster a positive socio-emotional attachment to school, which research has shown is necessary for cognitive growth and academic learning. The goal is for children facing adversity to have educational success, avoid risky behavior and have higher aspirations, greater confidence and better relationships in and out of school.
$4,387 - Rappahannock Council Against Sexual Assault - Rural Sexual Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking Assistance Program to Residents of King George County
This project aims to expand and enhance comprehensive sexual assault services (including hotline support, crisis response, counseling, and court and hospital accompaniment) to victims of child sexual abuse, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking residing in King George County.
$2,613 - Rappahannock United Way - Rappahannock Region Charity Tracker Network
This grant pays member dues for King George organizations to participate in the Rappahannock Region Charity Tracker Network, a web-based software system for health and human service organizations to securely share client information, services provided by the organization, and funds available for clients. The Charity Tracker helps organizations identify duplication of services and spread their assistance to more individuals in need.
$2,500 - Special Olympics Virginia - Project Unify King George
Special Olympics Virginia is collaborating with King George County High Schools to develop a school community where youths foster respect, dignity and advocacy for people with intellectual disabilities. Project Unify fosters inclusive school environments through educational and sport initiatives, including a lunch buddy program, inclusive basketball teams and track and field training. Also includes a Spread the Word to End the Word campaign.
$2,500 - Virginia Cooperative Extension - Master Volunteer Coordination
This project will enhance Virginia Cooperative Extension’s ability to recruit, retain and manage Master Volunteers for their King George Family and Consumer Science Department, which provides nutrition, parenting and financial education services. The long-term goal is to build the program slowly with new volunteers and eventually hire a paid part-time volunteer coordinator as the program capacity dictates.
The Community Foundation manages and distributes charitable giving in the Rappahannock River region. The goal of the Community Foundation is to promote greater philanthropy by assuming challenges faced by the donor and managing one-time and continual giving in a responsible and knowledgeable manner. The Community Foundation distinguishes itself from other local charities by providing efficient and effective services to build a collection of permanent funds. The foundation and its board members are endlessly dedicated to the community’s enrichment and growth.
The Foundation offers a spectrum of services for individuals, organizations and businesses that are eager to achieve great results with their charitable actions. For more information about participating in our giving programs or establishing a fund at the Foundation, call 540 373-9292.