June 3, 2022

Impact of Roanoke Women’s Foundation Grants Recounted

By Joanne Poindexter,  The Roanoke Times

 In 2021, the Roanoke Women’s Foundation distributed $340,000 to assist nonprofit and charitable organizations, and on May 10, foundation members, during their annual Power of the Purse event, heard about the impact of the funding from recipients.

The Adult Care Center of Roanoke Valley reported that it used $38,000 for an activity bus to provide clients with transportation to social events and other outings, while Children’s Assistive Technology Service spent its $40,000 for assistive equipment for speech therapy and continuing education for parents and therapists.

Kids Soar spent its $44,000 on kitchen renovations to enhance the ability to provide meals for children and their families and to make a community kitchen available; and Mountain Theatre used its $38,000 for Atelier air quality equipment replacement.

New Horizons Healthcare spent $105,000 on portable dental equipment to treat children at Head Start sites and schools as well as seniors and disabled adults in long term care facilities, while Renovation Alliance expanded its volunteer program with the purchase of two equipment trailers and developing training modules to grow a pool of skilled volunteers with its $75,000.

The Roanoke Woman’s Foundation has awarded a cumulative total of $4.5 million in grants to local nonprofit organizations during its 17-year history. Funds dispersed by the RWF are raised by the pooled gifts of its members.