Letter – Birdsong Trust Fund grants over $100,000 to local charities

Published 7:37 pm Tuesday, December 26, 2023

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Dear Editor,

The Birdsong Trust Fund Trustees met on Dec. 19 and awarded over $100,000 to 11 worthy local organizations in the Suffolk/Isle of Wight area. Some of the recipients include the Suffolk Nansemond Historical Society, Suffolk Youth Athletic Association, Bennetts Creek Little League, Meals on Wheels of Isle of Wight and Suffolk, Western Tidewater Free Clinic, Suffolk Art League, Salvation Army, Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts, and more.    

We are excited and gratified to be able to assist so many good and worthy local organizations to serve this community better.   It warms our hearts to see the various needs of so many people being met, and their lives made a little bit better by financial help and the help of others!   We as trustees take our job seriously and we carefully vet every recipient to make sure requests are legitimate and that the moneys given are used as they were so purposed. 

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We are always looking for local needs which fit the Trust criteria and I would encourage local organizations and charities to reach out to us for necessary and worth capital improvement projects! It is our desire to help fund those worthy endeavors which will help improve the lives of our citizens and “make a difference.”   Written requests should be made to the Birdsong Trust Fund, c/o PO Box 916, Suffolk, VA 23439.

It is our hope that the Founding Fathers of the Trust would be thrilled to see how so many citizens and organizations of the Suffolk/Isle of Wight area are still being helped by what they started so many years ago with great foresight and care. Other members on the Trust are Kent Spain, Secretary/Treasurer, Richard Savage, Dr. Ralph Howell, and Clifton Harrell. 

The Birdsong Trust Fund was established in 1943 and this year marks our 80th anniversary. 


Billy Chorey

Chairman, Birdsong Trust Fund Trustees