Thursday, October 16, 2014

Foundation for Roanoke Valley Announces Major Grant from its Arts and Culture Initiative

Foundation for Roanoke Valley announced today it has awarded a $40,000 grant to Mill Mountain Theatre under the Foundation’s three year, $300,000 Arts & Culture Initiative.  The grant will underwrite Mill Mountain’s Summer Theatre Program in Roanoke’s Market Square.

“Funding by Foundation for Roanoke Valley enables Mill Mountain Theatre to do two important things, said Ginger Poole, MMT’s Producing Artistic Director.  “It is critical to our ability to launch a whole new program of summer performances that animate Market Square and entertain Roanokers and tourists who are visiting our community.  It also is part of our core mission since 1983 when MMT was the anchor organization at the then-new Center in the Square.”

The Foundation's Arts & Culture Initiative, funded through its unrestricted Community Catalyst Funds, has two distinct focus areas.  "Arts at Work," through which this current grant is awarded, provides one major grant annually to a carefully selected Roanoke Valley arts and cultural project that has an important and identifiable economic development component, strongly contributes to the overall vibrancy of the community, and which otherwise might not be possible.  The production of public art work, the production of community-wide arts and cultural events and performances and bringing major arts and cultural exhibits to the Valley will be funded under this portion of its initiative.  "Educate. Inspire. Create." is designed to significantly enrich the arts and cultural experiences of preK-12 students of public and private schools within the cities of Roanoke and Salem and the counties of Botetourt, Craig, Franklin and Roanoke.

Foundation for Roanoke Valley, the region's community foundation, currently administers 300 named endowment funds on behalf of the community and works diligently to help local individuals and families establish permanent charitable legacies that will touch the community now and for generations to come.  Unrestricted endowments are particularly powerful as they provide the Foundation with the flexibility over time to seek out and fund highly effective programs across a wide range of community needs.  Individuals interested in establishing their own personal or family legacy through an unrestricted endowment or any of the many other types of endowment funds offered by the community foundation should visit www.foundationforroanokevalley.org or call (540) 985-0204.
  



 
Pictured L to R: Cynthia Lawrence, MMT Board Vice-President; Ginger Poole Avis, MMT Producing Artistic Director; Nancy Dye, FRV Board Member; Michelle Eberly, FRV Program Officer

Foundation for Roanoke Valley Awards Major Grant to New Horizons Healthcare

Foundation for Roanoke Valley announced today it has awarded $50,000 to New Horizons Healthcare to support its new Dental Clinic.  This grant comes from the Foundation’s unrestricted funds and The Hope Fund. The Clinic will provide affordable, accessible dental care to low-income uninsured and underinsured individuals and families of all ages.

“We are thrilled and grateful to receive this grant from Foundation for Roanoke Valley to help meet the community’s critical need for basic affordable dental care.  In particular, many adults without dental insurance and facing financial challenges have been waiting for months or years to find a ‘dental home.’  This funding will go a long way to enable low-income individuals and families to access dental care services that will relieve pain, improve overall health, and restore smiles!” said Eileen Lepro, Executive Director of New Horizons Healthcare.

“One of the specific priority areas within our Basic Human Needs grants focus is promoting quality oral health care for those in need.  We are in a position to provide this significant grant to New Horizons because of the concern and generosity of our endowment fund donors.  We look forward to seeing the positive impact that the grant will have on the community,” noted Alan Ronk, the Foundation’s Executive Director.



Foundation for Roanoke Valley, the region’s community foundation, currently administers 300 named endowment funds on behalf of the community and works diligently to help local individuals and families establish permanent charitable legacies that will touch the community now and for generations to come.  For more information, visit Foundation for Roanoke Valley’s website at www.foundationforroanokevalley.org or call 540-985-0204. # # #

Pictured L to R: Alan Ronk, FRV Executive Director; Kathleen Northern, New Horizons Dental Care Office Manager; Richard Newton, New Horizons Dental Care Dental Director;  Sherman Stovall, Vice Chair of New Horizons Board of Directors; Tim Steller, Chair of New Horizons Board of Directors; Linda Manns, New Horizons Healthcare Board Member; Eileen Lepro, CEO of New Horizons Healthcare; Lori Mullen, New Horizons Healthcare Finance Director; Damon Williams, FRV Board Member; and Michelle Eberly, FRV Program Officer


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Local Students Make a Big Decision

Foundation for Roanoke Valley’s Youth Leadership Committee (YLC) announced today that it has awarded a $15,000 grant to Family Promise of Greater Roanoke located in Salem, VA. 

The overall goal and purpose of Family Promise is to provide children and their families with safety, shelter, food, basic needs and assistance as they seek permanent housing.  Family Promise of Greater Roanoke is unique in that it does not split up families during their crisis and is the only emergency shelter in the Valley that serves only families.  This grant will provide intensive case management and child care subsidies to enable the families in the program to move into permanent housing and obtain self-sufficiency.

Marie Muddiman, Executive Director added, “For the able-bodied parents in our program, obtaining employment and finding affordable housing is a full-time job. But those with young children simply cannot afford quality childcare while seeking employment. This grant will allow parents to pay for childcare so they can focus on learning job-seeking skills and actively pursue employment with the help of our Program Manager. The children will benefit from the consistency of a stable, enriching environment, helping them cope with the stress of homelessness and prepare them for success in school.” 

The YLC received 16 grant requests totaling $240,000 and were charged with the very tough task of gaining consensus among the group on a single project to fund.  “Part of Family Promise’s mission is to change people’s understanding about homelessness, so I think involving students in deciding a grant allocation is a great idea.   The Youth Leadership Committee asked thoughtful questions and showed true concern about the well-being of the children. I enjoyed seeing the dawning of their deeper understanding of the barriers faced by families living in poverty. These are students who may become our community leaders, and taking part in The Philanthropy Project is an important step not only in the development of their empathy and compassion but also their ability to effect practical and positive solutions.  It was rewarding to learn that the students said they were interested in giving a ‘hand up not a handout,’ and they felt that Family Promise does just that,” said Muddiman.

The Philanthropy Project was established in 2006 by Foundation for Roanoke Valley to introduce high school students to the world of philanthropy, both in terms of philanthropy’s role in being a productive citizen of the community and philanthropy as a possible career option.  The program also develops leadership and consensus-building skills.  This latest large-impact grant has now taken the YLC over the $125,000 level in cumulative grants.  For more information about the Youth Leadership Committee, please visit www.foundationforroanokevalley.org. 














Pictured L to R: Carly Oliver, FRV Associate Director; Marie Muddiman, Family Promise Executive Director; Aaron Dowdy, Family Promise Program Manager; Will Robinson, Family Promise Board Member

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Foundation for Roanoke Valley Announces Grant to Franklin County YMCA

Foundation for Roanoke Valley announced today it has awarded $17,720 to the Franklin County YMCA to support the organization’s Senior Advantage Program.  The grant comes from the Foundation’s Mary Louise Home Fund, which primarily supports and cares for elderly residents of the Roanoke Valley.  The grant funds will be used for a number of programs specifically available for older adults.

Jim Currie, YMCA CEO, noted, “Foundation for Roanoke Valley's award of this grant is the next step in the turnaround of the Franklin County YMCA.  The Foundation's trust and investment in our work is further confirmation that our programs are crucial in Franklin County and to the seniors we serve through our Senior Health Advantage Program.  Due to the tremendous growth in the population of seniors in our area, this grant from the Mary Louise Home Fund will help us meet the ever-increasing health needs of our community."

 “One of the Foundation’s primary interest areas within our Basic Human Needs focus is promoting healthy lifestyles, nutrition, and fitness.  We felt that the Mary Louise Home Fund was a perfect fit with helping the older adults of Franklin County stay healthy and active,” added Alan Ronk, Foundation Executive Director.

Foundation for Roanoke Valley is the community foundation serving this region.  The Foundation has worked for over 25 years to administer and make grants from hundreds of named endowment funds on behalf of the community.  For more information, visit Foundation for Roanoke Valley’s website at www.foundationforroanokevalley.org or call 985-0204.


Pictured L to R: Michelle Eberly, FRV Program Officer; Jim Currie, YMCA CEO; and Pam Turman, YMCA Director of Fitness

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Foundation for Roanoke Valley Awards Second Year Grants from Educate. Inspire. Create.

Foundation for Roanoke Valley announced today it has awarded $60,000 in grants as part of its three-year Arts & Culture Initiative.  This initiative, funded through the Foundation’s Community Catalyst Funds, provides grants to non-profit organizations or local school districts based on two objectives: 1) Educate. Inspire. Create. and 2) Arts at Work.  The following grants were awarded through objective Educate. Inspire. Create:

Jefferson Center Foundation was awarded $15,000 to support its interactive Song project.  This project will focus on expression, literacy, self-esteem, collaboration and cultural awareness.  Artists will lead students in the processing of songwriting, from brainstorming to writing lyrics, creating musical accompaniment, performing and recording.  Students will complete the project with performances and the production of a CD that can be sold to support the schools.

Roanoke Children’s Theatre (RCT) was awarded $5,000 to support RCT Kaleidoscope camp.  The camp will allow Roanoke Children's Theatre to partner with local school resource/special education teachers to conduct theatre arts educational programming with and for developmentally disabled K-12 students onsite at RCT.

Smith Mountain Lake Good Neighbors, Inc. was awarded $5,000 to support a free four-week summer day camp and after school programs at Burnt Chimney Elementary School and Sontag Elementary School in partnership with the Roanoke Children’s Theatre.  RCT will use theatre to enhance participant reading, writing and communication skills.

VH1 Save the Music Foundation was awarded $25,000 to restore an instrumental music education program in one Roanoke City Elementary School and assist with the purchase of new instruments.  The VH1 Save The Music Foundation is dedicated to creating systemic change in the American public school system by rebuilding instrumental music programs in public elementary and middle schools and by raising awareness about the importance of music education.

Boys and Girls Clubs of Southwest Virginia was awarded $10,000 to support its ImageMakers program.  ImageMakers encourages Club members to learn and practice black-and-white, color, digital and alternative process photography. The program exposes youth to cutting-edge technology curriculum and provides opportunities to showcase their artistic talents. It enables them to express and develop their creativity with still-images and videos and equips them with essential digital literacy skills.

“The SML Good Neighbors strategic plan calls for development of after-school programs for elementary school children from families with limited resources,” says Russ Baskett, at SML Good Neighbors, Inc. “The Educate. Inspire. Create. funding is allowing us to implement an out-of school theatre program in Franklin County—Student Enrichment in the Theatre Arts—in partnership with the Roanoke Children’s Theatre. We will have activities in our Summer Enrichment Day Camp program and after-school programs during the school year in two elementary schools. This program in the arts adds excitement, depth and texture to the programs for our Good Neighbors children.”  

"Our work in Roanoke City Public Schools is an inspiring story," adds Paul Cothran, Vice President & Executive Director of the VH1 Save The Music Foundation. “Through a successful partnership with the Roanoke City Public School District that began in 2009, we are one step closer to completing our major rebuild in all 17 elementary schools in the District, ensuring that all Roanoke students have access to the many benefits of comprehensive instrumental music education.  This is possible because of the generous support of donors like Foundation for Roanoke Valley; and we eagerly look forward to joining the District and community in celebrating the success of our efforts in the coming year.”

Applications for objective Arts at Work will be available online at www.foundationforroanokevalley.org beginning August 1st


Foundation for Roanoke Valley is the community foundation serving this region.  The Foundation has worked for more than 25 years to administer and make grants from hundreds of named endowment funds on behalf of the community.  For more information, visit Foundation for Roanoke Valley’s website at www.foundationforroanokevalley.org or call 985-0204.
Photo L to R: Laurie Gibbons, Chief Operating Officer at Boys and Girls Clubs of Southwest Virginia; Amanda Mansfield, Director of Development at Roanoke Children’s Theatre; Cari C. Gates, Supervisor of Fine and Performing Arts at Roanoke City Public Schools; Dylan Locke, Artist Director at Jefferson Center; Amy Milberger, Director of Development at Jefferson Center; and Russell Baskett, Executive Director at SML Good Neighbors, Inc.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Foundation for Roanoke Valley Awards Grant for Meals on Wheels Program

Foundation for Roanoke Valley announced today it has granted $23,724 to the Local Office on Aging (LOA) to support the organization’s Meals on Wheels program.  The grant comes from the Foundation’s Marion S. and Willie Z. Camp Fund for Eldercare, which addresses the needs of the elderly in the Roanoke Valley. 

The Meals on Wheels program enables seniors to stay in their home by providing a daily meal during the weekdays, and it also serves as a safety check provided by the volunteers.  One of the primary goals of this program is to increase the nutritional intake of each recipient by providing a healthy meal.  However, budgets cuts through federal sequestration forced LOA to decrease the number of clients it could serve and to eliminate its emergency meal bag program for snow days and other closings.     

“Thanks to this generous grant from the Foundation of Roanoke Valley, we are able to alleviate our waiting list so we no longer have anyone waiting to receive a meal.   This is the first time in a year that we can say that we do not have any clients on a waiting list and that everyone who needs a hot meal is getting one.  Additionally, we will have the resources to accept a number of new clients into the program instead of placing them on a waiting list as the need arises” said Michele Daley, LOA’s Director of Nutritional Programs.

 “The Meals on Wheels program plays such an important role in our community, and we are thrilled to be in a position to support it in this way through the generosity of Mrs. Camp ” added Alan Ronk, Foundation Executive Director.

For more information about LOA contact Aimee Lawson at 540-345-0451, info@loaa.org or visit www.loaa.org.


Foundation for Roanoke Valley is the community foundation serving this region.  The Foundation has worked for 25 years to administer and make grants from hundreds of named endowment funds on behalf of the community.  For more information, visit Foundation for Roanoke Valley’s website at www.foundationforroanokevalley.org or call 985-0204.

L to R:  Susan Williams, LOA Executive Director; Michele Daley, LOA Director of Nutritional Programs; Michelle Eberly, Foundation Program Officer.

Foundation for Roanoke Valley Awards $50,000 To American Red Cross

Foundation for Roanoke Valley announced it has awarded $50,000 to the American Red Cross - Roanoke Valley Chapter to support the organization’s Hope is Fireproof Campaign.  The grant comes from the Foundation’s Earl D. and Carrie Leigh Doran Fund, which, among other purposes, supports agencies that help individuals and families confronting catastrophic, life-altering circumstances. 

The local American Red Cross serves families in crisis by providing emergency hotel stays, food, clothing, toiletries, and other immediate needs after a fire.  In the light of total devastation, the Red Cross is there to help before first responders leave the scene.  There has been a major spike in fire events lately, with the Red Cross responding to events in the local region impacting 1,114 individuals since October 2013.  In addition to the increase in the number of fires, the number of individuals in impacted households has also risen.  The current average number of local people assisted after a fire is 5.4 compared to 3.2 a year ago.  

Lee Clark, Regional CEO for the Red Cross, noted: “With this unforeseen spike in house fires, as well as the unexpected burden it has placed on our local disaster relief account, we are especially thrilled Foundation for Roanoke Valley has stepped forward in such a significant way to help American Red Cross replenish our Disaster Relief Fund as part of our Hope is Fireproof Campaign.  This grant not only maintains the ability of American Red Cross to continue to respond to our neighbors but also encourages others to help as well.  House fires are the most common disaster American Red Cross responds to, and with more cold weather remaining, we anticipate there will be a continued need.”  

 “Part of the mission of the community foundation is to step forward quickly when there is a critical need facing the residents of our Valley.  Through the foresight and generosity of folks like Earl Doran, we are in a position to help the Red Cross do their vitally-important work to bring comfort and some sense of stability to these families in crisis.  It is our hope that the Foundation’s grant will bring attention to, interest in, and additional support for the Hope is Fireproof Campaign” said Alan Ronk, Foundation Executive Director.

For more information about the local American Red Cross contact Lee Clark, CEO, at 540-985-3540, Lee.Clark@redcross.org or visit www.redcross.org.

Foundation for Roanoke Valley is the community foundation serving this region.  The Foundation has worked for 25 years to administer and make grants from hundreds of named endowment funds on behalf of the community.  For more information, visit Foundation for Roanoke Valley’s website at www.foundationforroanokevalley.org or call 985-0204.


L to R: Alan Ronk, FRV Executive Director; Christina Hatch, American Red Cross Regional Chief Development Officer; Lee Clark, CEO American Red Cross; Carly Oliver, FRV Associate Director; Michelle Eberly, FRV Program Office; Steve Musselwhite, FRV Board Member