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Health & Wellness

River Counties Community Foundation maintains an ongoing interest in the health and wellness of our region with a simple goal in mind -- to ensure that local residents are safe and healthy. Our holistic view of health includes access to quality and affordable health care, appropriate use of a medical home and initiatives that empower individuals to develop active, healthy lifestyles that begin in childhood and continue through all phases of life. We also invest in programs that promote safe home, school and neighborhood environments.

Our goals:

  • Residents have access to comprehensive and coordinated preventative services and quality health care.
  • Residents are connected to resources that meet their health, nutritional and safety needs.


Northern Neck Food Bank


Recent Grants

Spring 2016

Alzheimer's Association 
$2,500 to provide respite assistance to primary caregivers of loved ones with dementia diseases in Lancaster, Northumberland and Middlesex counties.

Animal Welfare League of the Northern Neck
$2,500 to provide sterilization services and rabies shots to household pets and to feral cats and dogs to prevent overpopulation.

The Haven Shelter & Services, Inc.
$4,000 to support Rapid Re-Housing programming for families who have experienced domestic violence in Lancaster and Northumberland counties.

Hospice Support Services of the Norther Neck, Inc.
$10,000 to support technology upgrades and provide medical alert units to qualified clients in Lancaster and Northumberland counties.

Middlesex County Department of Parks & Recreation
$2,500 to support equipment upgrades at the Cooks Corner gymnasium.

Middlesex Family YMCA
$50,000 to support construction of a multi-purpose facility and capital improvements, facilitating new and expanded health and wellness programming, through a three-year matching grant.

Middlesex Pet Friends for Life
$5,000 to provide equipment and shelter updates ensuring a safe, healthy environment for homeless pets.

Northern Neck - Middlesex Free Health Clinic, Inc.

  • $10,000 to expand dental services for Middlesex County residents, through increased eligibility screenings and transportation to the clinic in Kilmarnock.
  • $16,556 to purchase supplies and equipment to sustain and expand the Dental Clinic operations.

Northern Neck Court Appointed Special Advocates
$3,000 to provide continuing education training to volunteers, including attendance at the state conference.

Northern Neck Food Bank

  • $5,000 to support the purchase of an off-road UTV, increasing productivity of volunteers when gleaning produce in the fields.
  • $5,000 to provide initial operating funds for pantry expansion in upper Middlesex County.

Rappahannock Westminster-Canterbury Foundation
$10,000 to provide a safe and secure outside space for patients with dementia and their families, including healing gardens and meditation areas.

Smith Point Sea Rescue, Inc.
$3,000 to support the rebuilding of the rescue vessel boathouse and pier, located on Cockrell's Creek in Reedville.

Upper Lancaster Volunteer Rescue Squad
$5,100 to support technology updates to more efficiently provide electronic medical reports.