John Randolph Foundation announced its latest grants at a Grant Awards Ceremony on Thursday, July 18, 2019 at the Foundation’s office in downtown Hopewell. Grants were awarded to 26 organizations receiving more than $564,000. Linda Ault, Grant Committee Chair, shared, “These grantees create hope for the Tri-Cities area by providing outstanding programs and services to make our communities healthier and to create brighter futures. The intense work of reviewing each grantee’s proposal is time consuming, but gratifying. I am humbled and honored to be able to select grantees that fit our mission and our donors’ wishes.” The grants are listed according to the Foundation’s funding priorities: health, quality of life, and education. Grants are made possible by the Foundation’s Mission Fund unless otherwise noted. For more information, please see our Funding Priorities.
Crater Community Hospice Executive Director, Tracy Taliaferro (left), accepts the first grant made from A Round to Remember Fund in Memory of Jimmy Brantley presented by Leah Brantley (right). See more ceremony photos on the JRF Facebook page.
Alamo Recovery Center – $9,000 to save lives and restore hope in people affected by alcohol and drug abuse through in-resident and community-based counseling.
Alzheimer’s Association – $750 to support the caregiver respite scholarship program in the Tri-Cities area. Made possible by A Round to Remember Fund in Memory of Jimmy Brantley.
Bensley-Bermuda Volunteer Rescue Squad – $2,844 to purchase new CPR training equipment and provide airway training for EMS providers as well as to provide CPR training for the public. Made possible by the Frederick T. Gray and Evelyn J. Gray Memorial Endowment.
Central Virginia Health Services – $155,000 to provide quality medical, dental, and behavioral healthcare for uninsured or underinsured people at the Hopewell-Prince George Community Health Center and to operate Susie’s Fund for Medication Assistance. Made possible by the Mission Fund and the Ursula M. Gibbs Medication Endowment Fund.
Children’s Home Society of Virginia -$12,500 to serve youths aging out of foster care without being adopted by providing life and skills training and guidance to help them live independently. This is the first grant made by the Foundation to them.
Conexus – $22,000 to improve student achievement by detecting and correcting vision problems at 35 public schools in Colonial Heights, Dinwiddie, Hopewell, Petersburg, Prince George, and Sussex.
Crater Community Hospice – $2,171 to provide quality in-home respite care and to support the caregiver respite program for people in the Tri-Cities area. Made possible by the Frederick T. Gray and Evelyn J. Gray Memorial Endowment and A Round to Remember Fund in Memory of Jimmy Brantley.
CrossOver Healthcare Ministry – $14,265 to provide quality, primary medical care for uninsured residents of Southern Central Virginia. Made possible by the Mission Fund, and the Frederick T. Gray and Evelyn J. Gray Memorial Endowment.
Dupont Elementary School – $12,500 to build “Piazza’s Path”-a new walking and jogging path at Dupont Elementary School in Hopewell for students, teachers and the entire community in honor of Cynthia Piazza. Made possible by the Mission Fund, the Cynthia Piazza Mind & Movement (M&M) Fund as well as Hopewell Recreation and Parks.
Feed More – $20,000 to support the Meals on Wheels program within the Tri-Cities area, providing more than 124,000 meals.
Hopewell Food Pantry – $40,000 to support access to healthy food for people in need in Hopewell.
Lucy Corr Foundation – $10,000 to support the expansion of oral health services for under and uninsured seniors in the Tri-Cities area.
Metropolitan Richmond Sports Backers – $10,000 to support the Kids Run RVA programs across the Tri-Cities area.
Reach Out for Life – $20,000 to support the Free Mammography Outreach Program in Hopewell, Prince George and the Tri-Cities area. At the cost of $150 each, over 130 mammograms will be provided to women who otherwise could not afford this invaluable diagnostic and early detection procedure.
SwimRVA – $20,000 to support the Learn to Swim program. This program partners with the Hopewell Recreation Center and Hopewell Public Schools to give each 2nd grader the opportunity to learn to swim, be educated about water safety and engage parents/guardians in water safety related educational programs.
Virginia Dental Association Foundation – $15,000 to improve the oral health of the elderly and adults with disabilities who cannot afford to go to the dentist.
Virginia Department of Health – Crater Health District – $15,000 to provide education and clinical preventative services to teens in the Tri -Cities area.
QUALITY OF LIFE
Commonwealth Catholic Charities – $6,000 to provide street outreach in the Tri-Cities area to connect individuals and families experiencing homelessness to available resources. This is their first grant from John Randolph Foundation.
Historic Hopewell Foundation – $38,649 to support maintenance and renovations at Weston Manor in Hopewell. Made possible by the Ursula M. Gibbs Endowment for the benefit of Weston Manor.
James House – $25,000 to support children and teens affected by domestic violence and stalking, and to prevent abuse through education in schools and in the community.
Maddie Mann Foundation for Accessible Play – $25,000 matching grant finalizing the Foundation’s $50,000 investment in a new regionally-based, barrier-free play park for children with and without disabilities and their families. Made possible by the Ursula M. Gibbs Memorial Endowment.
St. Joseph’s Villa -$20,000 to support the Hopewell Rapid Re Housing project addressing the housing needs of those facing crisis.
Appomattox Regional Library System – $28,688 to enrich, enlighten, and empower our communities though community-based libraries and the creation of a mobile STEAM makerspace. Made possible by the Mission Fund and the Appomattox Regional Library System Endowed Fund.
Colonial Heights Public Schools – $2,500 to support the Regional Heroin and Opiate Summit to be held Fall of 2019.
GRASP – Great Aspirations Scholarship Program – $7,500 to support In-School Financial Aid Advising at Hopewell High School for the 2019-2020 school year.
Hopewell City Public Schools – $30,000 to improve the graduation rate, increase college readiness, and provide Hopewell High School students an affordable pathway to a postsecondary degree or credential through the Tyler Early College Academy.
This post was written by Kevin Foster