Suffolk Foundation Awards $85,000
In December 2012, the Suffolk Foundation made its Annual Grant Distributions at the Foundation office. This year the Foundation was able to disburse $85,000 to twenty-four (24) different nonprofit agencies. Since the Foundation received its 501 (c) (3) nonprofit community foundation status in October, 2007, it has awarded over $1,100,000 in unrestricted and donor-advised grants and scholarships. The Foundation funded agencies seeking support in the following areas: Cultural Arts, Education, Environment, Health, and Human Need. As the invested funds continue to grow, the Board anticipates being able to support more agencies, and a diversity of needs, with more funds.
The 2012 Suffolk Foundation Grant Recipients were:
- Access College Foundation – $5,000: Funds provide operating support for the Access program in Suffolk’s three high schools, two middle schools, and 13 Virginia university/college campuses to assist Suffolk students during the 2012-2013 school year.
- Bon Secours Maryview Foundation – $3,000: Funds support the Care-A-Van program by providing medication assistance (prescriptions and medications) at no cost to help those in need.
- Boys and Girls Clubs of Southeast Virginia – $5,000: Funds help students who are repeating their grade through the Club’s tutoring program and help support the Kid’s Cafe which serves students meals and snacks.
- Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters -$2,000: Funds assist in providing medical, mental health, and forensic services to children suspected of being abused and neglected.
- Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia – $4,000: Funds assist in supporting the mission of eliminating hunger through the Suffolk Healthy Mobile Pantry Pilot.
- ForKids – $5,000: Funds help provide housing and services for homeless families in Western Tidewater with portions used for client transportation.
- Nansemond River Preservation Alliance – $2,500: Funds partially support the Comprehensive Community Environmental Education Program in the City of Suffolk, which encourages all residents to be environmental stewards and protect the Nansemond River watershed and waterways.
- Nansemond-Suffolk Academy – $2,500: Funds assist NSA in meeting their diversity initiatives through education of staff and students.
- Paul D. Camp Community College – $2,000: Funds maintain a Career Coach Program in three Suffolk public high schools. Students are assisted by career coaches who help students achieve their educational and financial goals.
- Southeastern Virginia Areawide Model Program – $5,000: Funds provide rides to medical appointments for Suffolk seniors and individuals with disabilities.
- Suffolk Art League – $1,000: Funds assist in supporting programs that provide education in the arts for Suffolk citizens, such as artist’s workshops, as well as gallery tours, activities, and hands-on activities in Suffolk’s high schools, middle schools, and 4th and 5th grade gifted and talented students.
- Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts – $5,000: Funds assist in supporting the Center’s Student Matinees and Artists in Schools Programs for 2012-2013, exposing students to the magic of live theater and allowing them to enjoy performances that support the SOLs.
- Suffolk Family YMCA – $5,000: Funds address the Suffolk area’s child care crisis by supporting an afterschool program for 35 low-income children and one week of summer camp for 10 children.
- Suffolk Humane Society – $1,000: Funds provide cat food and litter to adoptable cats in 2013.
- Suffolk Literacy Council – $2,500: Funds help support the day to day operation of the Suffolk Literacy Council, which includes the Tutor Coordinator and supplies, reading materials, and books.
- Suffolk Meals on Wheels – $5,000: Funds assist in providing nutritious meals for the financial need-based recipients in Suffolk.
- Suffolk Salvation Army – $5,000: Funds help provide basic services of food, shelter, and energy in Suffolk and the surrounding area.
- Suffolk Special Olympics – Area 29 – $2,000: Funds assist in supporting the costs incurred for hosting the Area 29 Suffolk Games and cover the costs of State Games and Fall Championships.
- The Children’s Center – $2,500: Funds used for scholarships for Suffolk children in Early Intervention/Pediatric Therapy who need additional services to enhance their therapy.
- The Genieve Shelter – $5,000 ($2,000 of grant funded by Schaubach Donor-Advised Fund): Funds help operate CJ’s Suffolk domestic violence shelter and provide transportation source and driver to the emergency shelter.
- Suffolk Partnership for a Healthy Community, Inc. – $2,500: Funds help implement a community-wide comprehensive well care management program called the Positive Lifestyle Commitment Program, which empowers individuals with knowledge, tools, and access to the resources to take responsibility for their own health.
- Virginia Legal Aid Society – $5,000: Funds help support the Strengthening Families with Children Program, which incorporates legal advice and representation to strengthen low-income families in stress.
- Virginia Symphony Orchestra – $2,500: Funds help enable the Symphony to provide the Young People’s Concert to all Suffolk Public Schools’ fifth grade students free of charge.
- Western Tidewater Free Clinic, Inc. – $5,000: Funds help provide full and partial dentures to patients to help improve their overall health, self-esteem, and employability.
24 Grantees, 24 Grants
Total Unrestricted Funds Awarded $82,000
Total Donor Advised/Designated Funds Awarded $3,000
Grants Total $85,000