Some call it pinch hitting or rolling with the punches, others call it vamping, still others, flying by the seat of your pants. Whatever you call it, everyone seems to be doing it. We’re all trying to do the best we can under the circumstances created by the COVID-19 pandemic. Every day presents new challenges and long-term plans are hard to maintain. Uncertainty is one thing we all share, but life and work go on in some fashion.
So, our Board of Trustees and staff pinch hitters all stepped up to bat and 19 nonprofit organizations received $481,384 in the spring grant cycle; 90 students were awarded $129,650 in scholarships; and the newly created Disaster Respond Fund provided $92,703 in grant support to 15 food pantries, family services, and healthcare organizations. The process was a little different this spring, but home runs were scored!
The JRF blog stories we’d planned for 2020 to celebrate the work of some of the terrific organizations we’ve supported in our 25 years were scuttled by the protective constraints on our everyday routines. However, we are running a series in a local newspaper about nonprofit organizations doing great work in the community with grant support from JRF and we’ve decided to share these “shorts” here. We hope you will enjoy them.
Southside Transformation Opportunities for Residents and Youth (STORY) is committed to providing access and exposure to programs and services that renew minds and restore hope for low-income individuals and families in Southside Virginia.
John Randolph Foundation has supported STORY’s Math, Literacy and Leadership Youth Development Program (ML2) for students in the Thomas Rolfe Community of Hopewell since 2016 with $116,824 in grant funding. ML2 provides afterschool, summer and mentoring services and focuses on math and literacy improvement through homework assistance, tutoring and group activities, and leadership skill building.
STORY transforms lives one story at a time.
For more information, click on: https://storyva.org/
Tags: Grantee Spotlight, STORY - Southside Transformation Opportunities for Residents and Youth, Tri-cities, Youth Development
This post was written by Ann Easterling