22 Organizations & 3 Educators Honored

August 13, 2018 11:59 am Published by

Thanks to everyone who joined us for the Grant Awards Ceremony on Thursday, July 12, 2018 at the Foundation’s office in downtown Hopewell. Grants were awarded to 22 organizations and three local educators receiving over $560,000.  Mike Williams, Grant Committee Chair, shared that “We are so proud of the grantees being awarded and the fantastic work  being done to make our communities healthier and to create  brighter futures.  Each grant cycle seems to get increasingly more competitive, and I am humbled and honored to be able to review and help select grantees that fit our mission and our donor’s wishes.”

Coretha Claiborn with Alamo Addiction Recovery Center accepts a grant from Linda Ault, President of the JRF Board of Trustees.

Awards are listed according to the Foundation’s funding priorities: health, quality of life, and education.


Alamo Recovery Center – $9,000 to save lives and restore hope in people affected by substance abuse through in-resident and community-based counseling.

Bensley-Bermuda Volunteer Rescue Squad – $3,551 to purchase video laryngoscopes for quick intubation with a consistently clear, real-time view of a patient’s airway .  Made possible by the Frederick T. Gray and Evelyn J. Gray Memorial Endowment.

Central Virginia Health Services – $95,000 to provide quality medical, dental, and behavioral healthcare for uninsured or underinsured people at the  Hopewell-Prince George Community Health Center.

Conexus – $13,424 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 – $1,775 to provide quality hospice care to people in the Tri-Cities area. Made possible by the Frederick T. Gray and Evelyn J. Gray Memorial Endowment.

CrossOver Healthcare Ministry – $80,326 to operate Susie’s Fund for Medication Assistance for uninsured residents in Hopewell and the surrounding areas, and to provide quality, primary medical care for uninsured residents of Southern Central Virginia. Made possible by the Ursula. M. Gibbs Medication Endowment Fund, the Mission Fund, and the Frederick T. Gray and Evelyn J. Gray Memorial Endowment.

FeedMore – $20,000 to support the Meals on Wheels program in Colonial Heights, Charles City, and Hopewell.

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 an uninsured seniors in the Tri-Cities area.

Metropolitan Richmond Sports Backers – $20,000 to support the Kids Run RVA and Fitness Warrior 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 allow each 2nd grader the opportunity to learn to swim, be educated about water safety and engage parents/guardians in water safety related educational programs.

Tri-Cities Road Runners – $7,000 to purchase an enclosed trailer, cones, timing equipment, and supplies to support local 5K’s and kids fun runs, which benefit local charities,  and promote health, fitness, and fellowship for runners in the Tri-Cities area.

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.


Appomattox Regional Library System – $20,910 to enrich, enlighten, and empower our community. Made possible by the Appomattox Regional Library System Endowed Fund.

Beacon Theatre 2012, LLC – $46,521 to attract more musical performances with lighting upgrades while lowering operating costs.

Historic Hopewell Foundation – $45,377 to support maintenance and renovations at Weston Manor in Hopewell. Made possible by the Ursula M.  Gibbs Endowment for the benefit of Weston Manor.

STORY – Southside Transformation Opportunities for Residents & Youth – $15,000 to provide facility and technology improvements that will enhance the Math, Literacy, Leadership program and the after school programming at Thomas Rolfe Community Center in Hopewell.

The James House – $20,000 to support children and teens affected by domestic violence and stalking, and to prevent abuse through education in schools and in the community.


GRASP – Great Aspirations Scholarship Program – $7,500 to support In-School Financial Aid Advising at Hopewell High School for the 2018-2019 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 post-secondary degree or credential through the Tyler Early College Academy.


Coach Ricky Irby hugs Dr. Melody Hackney, Superintendent of Hopewell Public Schools, as he accepts his award.

Preston and Anne Leake Teacher Recognition Award – $1,000 to Mr. Ricky Irby, a Physical Education Teacher at Hopewell High School and the Head Football Coach.

John Randolph Medical Center Nurse Educator Award – $2,500 to Mrs. Connie Merlot, Nurse Educator from Chesterfield Career and Technical Center, Chesterfield County Public Schools.

Drs. Singh and Bhuller Tri-Cities Outstanding Educator of the Year Award – $3,000 to Ms. Elaine Moore, 8th Grade English Teacher from Carter G. Woodson Middle School, City of Hopewell


Thanks to our local paper for covering the event! Read The Progress Index’ article here.


John Randolph Foundation partners with donors and organizations in the Tri-Cities area to build healthy communities and bright futures. Since 1995 the Foundation has invested over $17.7 million in the community through grants and endowments and over $1.6 million in scholarships. Through the generosity of our donors, we currently manage nine endowment funds, 65 scholarship funds, and three educator award programs.

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