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RCCF awards grants totaling $45,000

Grant recipient Buzz Lambert (left), branch director of the Middlesex Family YMCA and Mary Lib Hoinkes, president of the Middlesex YMCA, accept the YMCA grant from RCCF board member Dick Wilson.

River Counties Community Foundation (RCCF) recently awarded its annual competitive grants at a reception at Rappahannock Westminster-Canterbury in Irvington.

RCCF Chair J.B. “Jay” Wallin welcomed those present. He recognized RCCF Advisory Board members in attendance and praised the board’s newly-established 2009 Safety Net Fund. “This fund will allow RCCF to make both strategic and emergency grants in response to our troubled economy,” he said.

Margaret Nost, regional director, spoke of four new funds established with RCCF over the past year—the Maria Laqueur Scholarship Fund, the Moran Charitable Fund, the River Counties Youth Fund, and the Wendall and Gloria Wallace Fund. 

“2008 was a challenging year for the foundation, yet there remain many encouraging signs,” said Nost. “Each of these funds reflects the unique ways a donor can work through River Counties to accomplish charitable giving.”

An additional new fund, the Beverly and John-Michael King Charitable Fund, was received by River Counties in August of 2008.

In making the presentation, Grants Committee chairman Leland James noted RCCF’s ability in 2009 to increase the amount of grant money awarded from last year, despite the tough economic climate. Letters of intent were received from more than 50 worthy organizations and 17 selected grant recipients received over $45,000. 

Northern Neck Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) received a $1,000 grant for equipment to train volunteers. 

Hospice Support Services of the Northern Neck Inc. was awarded $3,000 to help with supplies.

The Haven Shelter and Services received $3,000 for the Healthy Relationships Program for 9th-graders in Lancaster and Northumberland counties.

The Family Maternity Center of the Northern Neck was given $3,300 to help with its Healthy Baby Program.

Lancaster County Virginia Education Foundation received $4,000 to help with the advancement of the new math program at Lancaster Middle School.

Middlesex County Family YMCA was awarded $3,000 to help with the cost of operating transportation for school-age children to participate in YMCA programs.

The Northumberland Public Library received a $1,700 grant to support the “Northumberland County Students Read” program for Pre-K through 8th-grade students.

The Boys and Girls Club of the Northern Neck received an award of $5,000 for transportation, equipment and program supplies.

Partners for Lancaster County Schools Foundation was given $5,000 to help with operating costs as the foundation grows its support base and operations.

Middlesex County Volunteer Rescue Squad of Deltaville received $1,375 to help purchase “CPR Anytime Kits.”

Kilmarnock Volunteer Fire Department was awarded $2,000 to purchase protective gear for structural fire fighting.

Hands Across Middlesex was awarded $2,500 to help cover costs associated with its home repair program and water systems.

Lancaster/Northumberland Habitat for Humanity was given $2,400 to help purchase basic office equipment.

The Westmoreland Players received a $2,000 grant to assist with the cost of a summer drama camp for children.

Smith Point Sea Rescue was given $3,000 to help with the purchase of life-saving equipment.

Rappahannock General Hospital was awarded $2,200 to train instructors for its Diabetes Education Program.

Additionally, Connect Rappahannock was awarded a $3,000 grant earlier in the year to support web-based resources for non-profit business and government organizations serving citizens in the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula. 

RCCF component funds that contributed toward these community grants include the Catherine B. Chilton Endowment Fund, Charles Winfield Paul Fund, Robert S. and Martha S. Scheu Fund, William and Sally Spotswood Fund, the Dewey and Vivian Stallard Charitable Fund and the River Counties Youth Fund. Also supporting the grants is the Frances R. Parker Fund of The Community Foundation of Richmond.

For more information about River Counties Community Foundation, call Nost at 438-9414 or visit

posted 07.20.2009

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