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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

Summer 2021

Total Amount Awarded: $277,000

Avalon Center - support for residents affected by domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, or human trafficking through evidence-based, trauma informed services: counseling, prevention/awareness education, legal advocacy, hospital accompaniment, and emergency shelter.

Bay Aging - home-delivered meals for home-bound older adults in the river counties. 

County of Gloucester - the Community Strides program to support counseling services for individuals and families in Middlesex County.

County of Lancaster Department of Emergency Services - to establish AREDN (Amateur Radio Emergency Data Network) in Lancaster County and provide the interconnectivity through radio links to networks in Richmond and the Williamsburg to Virginia Beach networks. 

Gloucester United Emergency Shelter Team - shelter services for homeless residents of Lancaster, Middlesex and Northumberland Counties.  

Hartfield Volunteer Fire Department - the enhancement and expansion of Hartfield Volunteer Fire Department's vehicle stabilization and rescue capabilities.

Healthy Harvest Food Bank - the purchase of a refrigerated box truck for transporting and delivering food to partner agencies. 

Lancaster County Lions Foundation - ongoing services provided to the Lancaster community in the areas of health and wellness and education success.

Ledwith-Lewis Free Clinic - to support the Ledwith-Lewis Free Clinic in providing access to mental health to all patients via telehealth. 

Middlesex Department of Social Services - providing interim care options and services for vulnerable adults in Middlesex County to help them remain safely in their homes.

Middlesex Volunteer Fire Department - the replacement of antiquated hydraulic rescue tools that have limited capabilities with modern vehicle construction with a new NFPA 1936 compliant hydraulic rescue tool equipment package (aka “Jaws of Life”) for the Department's heavy rescue unit.

Northern Neck - Middlesex Free Health Clinic - equipment and supply needs for the Free Health Clinic to maintain Medical Clinic and Dental Clinic operations for un- and underinsured residents living on limited incomes. 

Northern Neck Court Appointed Special Advocate, Inc. (CASA) - the training of a facilitator, the printing of 30 copies of the new training manual issued by National CASA for CASA programs nationwide (350 pages) and the in-service training and pre training classes for instruction.

S.L. Mentoring - support a new summer program that will allow children in the Northern Neck region an opportunity to participate in activities geared towards the athletics and arts that are critical to their emotional, mental, and spiritual development. 

Smith Point Sea Rescue - the purchase/installation of a FLIR (Forward Looking InfraRed), Thermal Imaging/Low Light Camera and Side Scan Sonar System to provide needed improvements to SPSR's night/foul weather and bottom search and rescue capabilities.

The Animal Welfare League of the Northern Neck - a cooperative effort between AWL and the Healthy Harvest Food Bank.  AWL provides dog and cat food and HHFB distributes the food to 21 food pantries in the Northern Neck and expands our spay/neuter program to point of contact. 

The Bay Center - to support development, planning, and launching of additional programming to support the health and well-being of community residents.

The Doorways - the Patient and Family Access Program which provides lodging, meals, and support services to those who must travel away from their homes to access life-saving, critical or specialized medical care at hospitals and treatment programs in Richmond, VA.

The Haven Shelter & Services - the health and safety of individuals in the Virginia counties of Lancaster and Northumberland who are in need of crisis services, advocacy, support, or shelter due to experiencing intimate partner or sexual violence.

Town of White Stone - to support a town-wide Enhanced Emergency Communication Project in our community.

Upper Lancaster Volunteer Rescue Squad - the general daily operations of the volunteer rescue, providing medical equipment that aids in preventing back injury to our EMS providers. 

Upper Middlesex Volunteer Fire Department - the enhancement and expansion of Upper Middlesex Volunteer Fire Department's extrication and forcible entry capabilities.