Twenty-seven nonprofit organizations providing support to Shenandoah County residents were selected to receive community grants in 2022. The total amount awarded this year was $106,490. The recipients included:
The American Red Cross of the Greater Shenandoah Valley
Funds from this grant will provide families and communities with home fire preparedness information and tools to prevent home fires and avoid injuries or death when one occurs as well as help families meet basic needs after surviving a fire and offer case management assistance to help victims recover from fires.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Harrisonburg-Rockingham County
Funds will be used for the sustainability and growth of one-on-one mentoring services in Shenandoah County.
Blue Ridge Habitat For Humanity
Grant will be used to help with critical home repairs for senior residents or disabled veterans in Shenandoah County.
Brain Injury Connections of the Shenandoah Valley
Grant will help the organization grow its outreach and services to Shenandoah County and establish a brain injury support group for residents.
Grant will aid in the redesign and republication of supporting documentation: brochures, flyers, signs, phone number cards, etc.
Enrich Program Strasburg UMC
Funds will be used to support a summer program for 25-35 children, ages 6-12, who have been referred by Strasburg public schools with specific academic and social needs. The 5-6 week program will provide transportation, breakfast, lunch, and enrichment activities four days a week.
Funds will provide materials to meet the basic needs of children and their families (i.e., seasonal clothing, diapers, toiletries, gas cards, etc.).
Grant will be used to provide one book per month for a year to 100 registered children in Shenandoah County (birth-5 years of age).
Friends of the North Fork of the Shenandoah River
Funds will be used for the North Fork Conservation Corps (NFCC), a youth corps summer program that focuses on community-based projects and the acquisition of outdoor knowledge and skills. This program is provided at no cost to Shenandoah County teens, utilizing volunteer mentors and experienced leaders.
Funds will support the Self-Pay Program, which helps individuals living in the Shenandoah Valley who are in need of residential-based services but cannot afford, or do not have access to, other options. The individuals primarily served struggle with substance abuse and/or mental health challenges.
Humane Society of Shenandoah County
Grant will cover the cost to purchase hygienic stainless steel litter pans for cats being sheltered in foster homes.
Lord Fairfax Community College Educational Foundation
Funds will be used in support of dual enrollment scholarships for high school students in Shenandoah County.
Potomac Riverkeeper Network
The grant will be used to help fund the 2022 RioPalooza event, to foster environmental stewardship, and raise awareness of recreational opportunities in and around the Shenandoah River among the Latino population.
Shenandoah Alliance for Shelter
Funds will be used for funding to help provide necessary items for clients such as utility payments, vehicle repair, appropriate clothing for employment, and other necessary items to enable clients to prevent homelessness and achieve independence.
Shenandoah Area Agency on Aging
Funds will aid in providing home-delivered meals and daily personal check-ins for homebound seniors aged 60 and older.
Shenandoah Community Health Clinic
Funds will aid in replacing 10 outdated computers, to facilitate telehealth services to about 30% of SCHC patients.
Shenandoah County Historical Society
Grant will be used for the publication of booklets written by local authors about the history of Shenandoah County for the county’s 250th anniversary.
Shenandoah County Library System
Grant will fund the continuation of its oral history project, to help collect, preserve, and share the history of Shenandoah County. Funds will be used to hire a trained individual to conduct an additional 50 interviews.
Shenandoah County SEARCH
Funds will be used to re-seal the basement walls of the Group Home for intellectually challenged adults to prevent moisture build-up and mold.
Shenandoah Education Foundation, Dolly Parton Imagination Library
Funds are requested for the Dolly Parton Imagination Library to help cover the cost of mailing books to Shenandoah County youth; postage exceeds $25 per child per year.
Shenandoah Memorial Hospital Fund
The “Noah’s Piggy Bank/Charity Care Fund” assists uninsured and underinsured patients with medical needs, such as prescription assistance and the purchase of medical equipment.
Shenandoah Valley Teen Challenge
Teen Challenge is a 12-month residential drug and alcohol treatment program. Funds will be used to help with the installation costs of a new HVAC system in the men’s dormitory.
Shenandoah Valley Lutheran Ministries
Grant will provide funds to purchase a 3-month supply of diapers (83,000) to be distributed to local families.
Shenandoah Valley Music Festival
Grant will help fund the July 30, 2022 production of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, in honor of his 252nd birthday, by the Richmond Symphony Orchestra and Shenandoah Valley Choral Society.
Strasburg Community Library
Funds will be used to repair, paint, and preserve the historic building that houses the Community Library.
Strength In Peers
The grant will be used to provide mentoring services to the children of parents/guardians who struggle with substance use and mental health challenges in Shenandoah County.
Funding will support the “Making Trash Bloom” project at the Shenandoah County Landfill, planting native meadows on sealed trash cells to offer crucial habitat to wildlife and pollinators and provide better erosion control.