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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 2017

Middlesex Family YMCA – Final year of a five-year matching grant for the newly opened multi-purpose facility for expanded services and programs and a planning grant to explore collaborative middle school summer programming

Northern Neck - Middlesex Free Health Clinic
- New initiatives for the Clinic Nurse Navigator to increase patient access to the Dental Clinic and Medication Access Program

Northern Neck Food Bank – Expansion of warehouse freezer space by nearly 3x to accommodate growth, as the region’s distribution point for food pantries

 Together, Let's Save Lives – Purchase, training, and installation of Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) in churches in Lancaster County, in partnership with Rapphannock General Hospital

Lower Middlesex Volunteer Fire Department – Replacement of self contained breathing apparatus air bottles on the aerial ladder, to comply with current standards

Animal Welfare League of the Northern Neck – Boarding, care, and spay/neuter services for stray and feral cats

Upper Lancaster Volunteer Rescue Squad - Updated medical equipment including pediatric safety seats for patient transportation, CPAP circuits, and an oxygen tank lift

Rappahannock Westminister-Canterbury Foundation - Creation of two Memory Clubs to improve the quality of life for RWC residents and community members with cognitive impairment such as Dementia and Alzheimer's disease

Ledwith-Lewis Free Clinic – Expanded initiatives to support and increase patient primary care and wellness visits, and healthy living options to uninsured Middlesex residents

County of Lancaster Department of Emergency Services – Continued development of citizen-responders to assist during emergency or disaster, including increasing the number of trained volunteers