2010 Grant Recipients

$50,000 to Feeding America Southwest Virginia (formerly Southwest Virginia Second Harvest Food Bank) to establish a self-sustaining, restricted account, the Roanoke Women’s Foundation Purchased Food Program, which will provide a permanent stream of revenue for the food bank to grow the program to a projected 894,000 pounds of purchased food by 2013 and more in succeeding years.

$50,000 to Foundation for Rehabilitation Equipment and Endowment (FREE), which takes in donated mobility-related rehabilitation, sanitizes and refurbishes it, and gives it to those in the community who need it but cannot afford it. The grant will help increase FREE’s services to individuals by 25%.

$30,000 to Greenvale School, Inc., which has provided affordable, high quality childcare for low-income families since 1934. The grant will make possible the purchase of new computers and installation of a new network system to ensure data backup capacity and uninterrupted, efficient access to essential information. It will also enable the agency to renovate and paint the exterior of its facility.

$58,000 to Rescue Mission of Roanoke, Inc., the largest homeless shelter in Virginia. The grant will enable the Mission to add or replace existing bunk bed sets with metal, powder-coated, commercial grade units (122 equivalent beds). From 2007-2009 overnight lodgings at the Mission totaled 18,845, or the equivalent of 50 additional people each night seeking shelter, the largest increase in their history.

$30,000 to Smart Beginnings Greater Roanoke to further the work of coordinating a system of training opportunities for early childhood professionals, improving quality of care provided at childcare centers and coordinating a parent education system that reinforces parents’ roles in providing quality early childhood education experiences. United Way of Roanoke Valley serves as the program and fiscal agent for the collaboration.

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