"Any individual has the capacity to be a philanthropist."

-- Dr. Johnnetta Cole, RWF Awards' Luncheon Speaker

2013 Grant Recipients

Children's Trust - $75,000 to help child abuse victims find their "forever" homes, either by returning the children to their biological families or becoming adopted. Funds will be used to expand the role of the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program manager in order to server 50% more children in the program. CASA volunteers are often the primary, consistent source of support for children. Without a CASA volunteer, child abuse victims often spend years in the foster care system, moving from one foster home to another. The Roanoke community ranks high in the state in founded cases of abuse and neglect; the devastating effects on children's development reverberate in every aspect of their lives. The RWF grant will further build the capacity of Children's Trust to serve more children in need.

Family Service of Roanoke Valley – $60,000 to fund a technology upgrade to allow the agency to replace its aging computer network in order to be able to implement the requirement for electronic medical records (EHRs). Currently used software will not be supported after the end of the year and EHR is strongly encouraged for all health care providers (including mental health providers like Family Service). This upgrade was necessary for HIPAA compliance and is expected to increase staff productivity and ultimately strengthen client outcomes.

Free Clinic of Franklin County and Bernard Healthcare Center – $50,000 to support a move to become a Rural Health Care Center in order to strengthen the safety net and expand its services to the underserved in Franklin County, one of the highest populations of uninsured in the state. Funds from the RWF will serve as seed money to cover start up costs for an on-site laboratory, medical equipment for additional exam rooms, office equipment and partial salaries for a Physician’s Assistant and office staff to be located in an already funded, new 7500 sq. ft. facility.

Rebuilding Together Roanoke – $60,000 to fund its first full-time staff person who will work to increase the capacity of the organization and ultimately work to further RTR’s impact on the community by serving low-income homeowners in the Roanoke Valley. RTR works to maintain affordable home ownership while also revitalizing the community. The newly hired Program Administrator will be charged with identifying new funding sources, furthering RTR’s permanent supportive housing program, and establishing new fundraising activities in order to continue the growth of the organization’s operations. With a multi-year waiting list, the goal is to increase the number of homeowners RTR can serve each year. In 2012, 93 homeowners were served with more than 80% of those being 65 or older.

WVTF Public Radio – $43,000 to offset significant funding cuts and to encourage new members to support WVTF, especially from those listeners who have never contributed to WVTF in the past. Currently, only 13% of WVTF’s active listeners contribute to its work. Government support has declined by 31% since fiscal year 2011 and corporate underwriting support has been affected by the economic recession. RWF funds will be used to develop new marketing projects to attract the more than 160,000 unduplicated weekly listeners to WVTF, 89.1.

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