Suffolk Foundation gives grants

Published 9:38 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012

Representatives from the Suffolk Foundation and 24 nonprofit organizations that recently received grants from the foundation pause for a photo after Monday’s grant award breakfast.

The Suffolk Foundation on Monday announced $85,000 in grants to 24 nonprofit organizations serving citizens in and around Suffolk.

Needs supported included health care, college scholarships, assistance for low-income individuals, the arts, animal welfare and more.

Since distributing its first grants in 2008, the Foundation has distributed annual unrestricted grants, donor advised grants, and scholarships valued at more than $1 million.

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More than 90 percent of the nonprofit agencies that made application this year were funded.

Agencies receiving grants at the awards breakfast reception held at the Obici Healthcare Foundation Building, where the Suffolk Foundation has an office, were as follows:

  • Access College Foundation — $5,000 to provide operating support to the Access program in Suffolk’s three high schools, two middle schools, and 13 Virginia university/college campuses to assist Suffolk students during this school year.
  • Bon Secours Maryview Foundation — $3,000 to support the Care-A-Van program by providing medication assistance at no cost to help those in need.
  • Boys and Girls Clubs of Southeast Virginia — $5,000 to help students who are repeating their grade through the club’s tutoring program and help support the Kid’s Café, which serves students meals and snacks.
  • Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters — $2,000 to assist in providing medical, mental health and forensic services to children suspected of being abused and neglected.
  • Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia — $4,000 to assist in supporting the mission of eliminating hunger through the Suffolk Healthy Mobile Pantry Pilot.
  • ForKids — $5,000 to help provide housing and services for homeless families in Western Tidewater.
  • Nansemond River Preservation Alliance — $2,500 ($1,000 of grant funded by Schaubach Donor Advised Fund) to partially support the Comprehensive Community Environmental Education Program in Suffolk. The program encourages all residents to be environmental stewards and protect the Nansemond River watershed and waterways.
  • Nansemond-Suffolk Academy — $2,500 to assist the school in meeting its diversity initiatives through education of staff and students.
  • Paul D. Camp Community College — $2,000 to help fund a Career Coach Program in three Suffolk public high schools. Career coaches help students achieve their educational and financial goals.
  • Southeastern Virginia Areawide Model Program — $5,000 to provide rides to medical appointments for Suffolk seniors and individuals with disabilities.
  • Suffolk Art League — $1,000 to help fund programs that provide arts education for Suffolk citizens, including artist’s workshops, gallery tours and hands-on activities in Suffolk schools.
  • Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts — $5,000 to assist in supporting the center’s Student Matinees and “Artists in Schools” programs for this school year. The program will expose students to the magic of live theater and enjoy performances that support the SOLs.
  • Suffolk Family YMCA — $5,000 to support an after-school program for 35 low-income children and one week of summer camp for 10 children.
  • Suffolk Humane Society — $1,000 to provide cat food and litter to adoptable cats in 2013.
  • Suffolk Literacy Council — $2,500 to help support the operation of the Suffolk Literacy Council, which includes the Tutor Coordinator and supplies, reading materials and books.
  • Suffolk Meals on Wheels — $5,000 to assist in providing nutritious meals for financial need-based recipients in Suffolk.
  • Suffolk Salvation Army — $5,000 to help provide basic services of food, shelter, and energy in Suffolk and the surrounding area.
  • Suffolk Special Olympics Area 29 — $2,000 to help support the costs incurred for hosting the Area 29 Suffolk Games and to cover the costs of State Games and Fall Championships.
  • The Children’s Center — $2,500 for scholarships for Suffolk children in the 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) to help operate CJ’s Suffolk domestic violence shelter and to provide transportation source and driver to the emergency shelter.
  • Suffolk Partnership for a Healthy Community Inc. — $2,500 to help implement a community-wide comprehensive well care management program called Positive Lifestyle Commitment Program.
  • Virginia Legal Aid Society — $5,000 to 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 to 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 ($2,000 of grant funded by Schaubach Donor Advised Fund) to help provide full and partial dentures to patients to help improve their overall health, self-esteem and employability.