Irvington, VA – The River Counties Community Foundation Advisory Board (“RCCF”) presented its annual Report to the Community at a reception at the Steamboat Museum on November 15, according to RCCF chair Bill Vose. The reception was a celebration of RCCF’s 21 years of service to the residents of Lancaster, Northumberland and Middlesex counties.
This year’s report, highlighted by its cover, shows oysters as a metaphor for RCCF. Similar to the power of many single oysters in a reef, the Foundation aggregates component funds and the Together.Stronger. annual giving program to target and respond to changing needs in the community. “The more we come together to financially support philanthropic needs – the bigger our reef – the better we are at making lasting change in our community,” shared Vose.
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Thanks to a $3,000 grant from the River Counties Community Foundation, an affiliate of The Community Foundation Serving Richmond & Central Virginia, GReat Aspirations Scholarship Program, Inc. (GRASP), a college access organization, can continue its financial aid services and mentoring to students at Lancaster and Northumberland High Schools for a fifth year.
Bettsy Heggie, GRASP COO, expressed her gratitude for the grant saying, “GRASP continues to enjoy providing financial aid counseling and assistance to students at Lancaster and Northumberland High Schools. The grant provided by the River Counties Community Foundation helps ensure that our goal of expanding students’ opportunities to learn is accomplished.”
GRASP, a Virginia non-profit, implements its services via advisors who provide free, confidential, one-on-one counseling to students seeking financial aid and scholarships for continuing education after high school – whether that is at a technical school, community college or a four-year university.
GRASP advisors now serve students and families in 76 Virginia schools, from the greater Richmond area, to Highland County in the west, to Lancaster County in the east, and to Sussex County in the south. The highly trained, GRASP advisors are adept at navigating the maze of the college and post-secondary education financial aid process. They also have a passion for helping today’s youth grasp infinite opportunities.
During the 2017-2018 academic year, GRASP advisors met with 122 students individually at Lancaster and Northumberland High Schools, helping them with their plans for education after high school. Additionally, GRASP awarded five Last Dollar scholarships totaling $3,000 and four “2+2” scholarships (for students planning to attend a community college and then transfer to a four-year college) totaling $4,000 to students at those schools, providing additional financial assistance toward their educational goals.
GRASP was co-founded in 1983 by Senator Walter Stosch and Dr. Ray Gargiulo. GRASP advisors work one day per week at each school. Appointments, which are free of charge, can be made through the schools’ counseling offices. More information about GRASP is available at the website, www.grasp4va.org
GRASP Media Contact: Paula Buckley, 804.527.7705, firstname.lastname@example.org
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RCCF is now celebrating its 20th year of service. Just 20 years ago, RCCF invested $1,500 in its first year of grantmaking. The entire community should take great pride in the philanthropy this growth reflects. Despite the very significant growth in the funds supporting local nonprofits, our needs continue to exceed our ability to fully support requests.
The primary purpose of the annual fundraising drive is to highlight the importance of philanthropy in the community and to provide a way to gain broad participation. Many residents have strong philanthropic instincts but may not know for sure just how to follow them. The results in the first two years has been amazing and gratifying, Pittman added.
Prior to the Together.Stronger. initiative, funding for competitive grants had come primarily from endowment funds often with specific geographical and charitable purposes.
Donations to Together.Stronger. can be made online at www.RiverCountiesCF.com or by mail at RCCF, PO Box 222, Kilmarnock, VA 22482.
The devastation of the 2017 hurricane season is far-reaching, with catastrophic flooding in Southeast Texas to battered towns across Florida. Lives and communities are forever changed. While rescue efforts and emergency response are underway, we know from past disasters that recovery efforts will span years.
If you would like to support response and recovery efforts, we have compiled a list of trusted partners who will put your resources to work in the areas that need it most.
Emergency response addresses immediate needs like food, water and medical care.
Recovery efforts not only address needs that emerge once news coverage wanes, such as safe drinking water and transitional shelter, but also long-term initiatives that address chronic social and environmental challenges.
Natural disasters often lead to independent or fraudulent fundraising efforts. Please do not hesitate to contact a member of our Philanthropic Services team at 804-330-7400 if you wish to discuss a particular donation or grant recommendation.
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