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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 2019

Kiwanis Club of Middlesex - $15,880 to support a summer nutrition program for the children of Middlesex County, and providing a safe space for socialization and personal growth.

Three Rivers Health District - $11,461 to recruit and train additional volunteers and the equipment to expand our ability to provide quality training and education for individuals, families, communities, and health care systems struggling to cope with substance use, misuse, and substance use disorders.

Northern Neck - Middlesex Free Health Clinic - $25,000 to support the ongoing costs for equipment and supplies the Clinic needs to operate its Medical Clinic and Dental Clinic for low-income, underinsured residents.

Middlesex Department of Social Services - $25,000 interim care options for vulnerable adults in Middlesex County.

American Red Cross of Capital Virginia - $2,500 recruitment and training of 120 local volunteers in mass feeding and sheltering to serve the counties of Northumberland, Lancaster, and Middlesex counties in times of large-scale disasters, such as tornadoes and hurricanes.

Virginia Cooperative Extension, Gloucester County 4-H Youth Development - to support the cost of purchasing new cooking equipment, cooking utensils, supplies, and a round of supplementary food for the next Fall Food Pharmacy program.

Ledwith-Lewis Free Clinic - $5,000 to provide financial and professional support to maintain primary patient care & wellness visits, healthy eating options and access to behavioral health to uninsured residents of the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula Regions of Virginia.

Lower Middlesex Volunteer Fire Department - $14,999 updated turn-out gear is expensive but necessary equipment so that our volunteer firefighters can perform life-saving duties across the community.  

Healthy Harvest Food Bank - $100,000 to support the capital campaign for construction of a new facility that will meet future demand, distribute product more efficiently, and provide future educational programs.

Alzheimer's Association Greater Richmond Chapter - $1,000 to present an educational program on lifestyle changes designed to improve the quality of life and reduce the likelihood of a cognitive decline in adults over the age of 65.

Upper Lancaster Volunteer Rescue Squad - $10,000 to update old equipment with new and safer models.

The Haven Shelter & Services - $10,000 to support Phase II to improve the safety and therapeutic value of the emergency shelter with the addition of an annex that will allow us to serve better children who have experienced family or sexual violence.

Northern Neck Family YMCA - $10,000 Capital Campaign for an indoor six-lane, 25-yard competitive pool, and an outdoor family play pool with a double turn slide and play features. Both feature zero-depth entries.

Middlesex Family YMCA/Rural Infant Services Program - $7,000 help begin a playgroup for children (with disabilities and typical development) between the ages of 15 months and three years in Middlesex County.

Avalon Center - $1,000 support those affected by domestic and sexual violence with advocacy, shelter, 24-hr crisis helpline, counseling, supervised visitation/exchange, and youth programs.

Northern Neck Court Appointed Special Advocate, Inc. (CASA) - $1,000 supports advocates in their pursuit of looking out for the best interests of abused and neglected children by helping them with the resource materials needed.

Smith Point Sea Rescue, Inc. - $3,500 to support the long term operation of Smith Point Sea Rescue's largest, and most often used, rescue vessel.

Rappahannock Westminister-Canterbury Foundation - $5,000 to support those living with dementia in the community, and supporting those with dementia, caregivers need education and guidance on the best ways to care for their loved ones with dementia.