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.

Healthy Harvest Food Bank

Recent Grants

Summer 2022

Total Amount Awarded: $371,020

Addy's Colors – for general operating support for centralized and coordinated medical and mental support services for chronically ill children in the River Counties and their caregivers.

Avalon Center – to support residents of Middlesex County affected by domestic/intimate partner violence, sexual assault, stalking, and human trafficking through evidence-based services, including emergency and transitional housing, support services, and prevention education.

Bay Aging – to support Bay Aging’s services providing older adults with access to healthy, nutritious meals in emergency situations or inclement weather in the River Counties.

Callao Rescue Squad – to support efforts to provide Northumberland County citizens and visitors with reliable emergency medical transportation, staffed with well trained volunteers

Hartfield Volunteer Fire Department – to support the upgrade and implementation a 5" Large Diameter Hose program to ensure resources are available to deploy an adequate water supply during firefighting operations.

Healthy Harvest Food Bank – to support construction of an educational center and aquaponics production facility to provide fresh, nutritious food to those in need through an innovative aquaponics project.

Kiwanis Club of Middlesex – to support construction of a fully-accessible playground for the children of Middlesex at Cooks Corner.

Ledwith-Lewis Free Clinic – to support ongoing efforts to provide the region with access to mental health counseling services (Individual, couples, family, chronic disease, addiction) via tele-behavioral health at no cost to the patient.

Lower Middlesex Volunteer Fire Department – to support the enhancement and expansion of Lower Middlesex Volunteer Fire Department's vehicle stabilization and rescue capabilities.

Middlesex Volunteer Fire Department – to support the replacement of hydraulic rescue tools that have limited capabilities with modern vehicle construction with a new NFPA 1936 compliant hydraulic rescue tools.

Middlesex Water Authority – to support low- and moderate-income applicants with connection to Middlesex County's new public sewer system.

Northern Neck Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) – to support new CASA advocate training and to aid in the continuing education of our dedicated current advocates.

Northern Neck-Middlesex Free Health Clinic – to support access to health care for low-income residents by funding a portion of annual supply and equipment costs, cost for a second medical provider for one year, and a portion of the annual cost to transport and house VCU dental students.

Smith Point Sea Rescue – to support the purchase of a replacement for Rescue I, SPSR’s 25-year-old primary heavy-weather all season rescue boat.  

The Doorways – to support the Patient and Family Access Program and its direct service to those who must travel away from their homes to access lifesaving, critical or specialized medical care at hospitals and treatment programs in Richmond, VA.

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

Three Rivers Health District – to support the Medical Reserve Corps Community Investment Program provide wellness outreach to the D/AFN community to include but not limited to homebound vaccinations, blood pressure screening, glucose checks, emergency preparedness, & nutrition education. 

Upper Lancaster Volunteer Rescue Squad – to support daily operations of emergency medical services provided to our community.

Upper Middlesex Volunteer Fire Department – to support the replacement of hydraulic rescue tools that have limited capabilities with modern vehicle construction with a new NFPA 1936 compliant hydraulic rescue tools.