Hampton Roads Nonprofits Receive Support From Local Businesses

by Ryan Miller

Several Hampton Roads nonprofits recently received generous donations and grants from local businesses and community organizations during the fall:

AB Cares Hosted 2nd Annual Find Your Cause Volunteer Fair

Atlantic Bay Mortgage Group’s philanthropy program, AB Cares, hosted their second annual Find Your Cause Volunteer Fair on Sept. 12 at Atlantic Bay Headquarters in Virginia Beach, where local nonprofits gathered to help the community find volunteer programs that interested them. More than 150 attendees and 67 nonprofit organizations were in attendance.

Forever Home For Every Child Golf Tournament

In September, Second Act Communities and the Virginia Beach Community Development Corporation hosted the Forever Home for Every Child Golf Tournament at Topgolf to support their efforts to provide stable housing options for children and their families. Both organizations focus on creating quality homes, while building supportive communities where people can not only survive but are empowered to live their best lives.

Girls On The Run Awarded $62,500 In Grants From The Hampton Roads Community Foundation

Girls on the Run Hampton Roads was recently awarded two grants from the Hampton Roads Community Foundation. A $60,000 Community Grant will help expand a Health Literacy and Exercise for Girls program to area Title 1 Schools, and a $2,500 grant from the foundation’s Community Leadership Partners giving group supports the Prevention of Psychosocial Risks of School Girls Living in Poverty program in area Title 1 Schools.

Virginia Beach Housing Resource Center Receives $250,000 Donation From Charles Barker Automotive Employees

In October, Mayor William D. Sessoms Jr., joined Pastor Ray Bjorkman, chair of VB Home Now, to accept a $250,000 donation given by Charles Barker Automotive employees through the Champions for Kids foundation. The donation will support the Virginia Beach Housing Resource Center, a one-stop-shop of essential services, housing and shelter for homeless and at-risk families and individuals.

The Housing Resource Center will provide housing and shelter for families, single adults and youth; supportive services; a health clinic; learning center and other community resources in one facility, making it the first of its kind in the region. ​ The $30 million center is under construction at 104 N. Witchduck Rd., near Southern Boulevard, and is expected to open this spring. ​

The City of Virginia Beach is paying the full cost of construction and most of the facility’s operating costs. The Champions for Kids donation to VB Home Now will be used to directly help homeless and at-risk families and individuals with education, training, transportation, health care, security deposits and rent.

Foodbank Of Southeastern Virginia And The Eastern Shore Receives $20,000 Grant From The Joy In Childhood FoundationSM

The Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore has received a $20,000 grant from the Joy in Childhood Foundation. The Foodbank is one of nearly 20 Feeding America® member foodbanks to receive funding from the Joy in Childhood Foundation as part of a $1.5 million commitment over three years to support child hunger relief efforts nationwide.

At the Foodbank, .35 cents buys a single nutritious meal. With the Joy in Childhood Foundation’s donation of $20,000, the Foodbank will be able to provide over 57,000 nutritious meals.

“We are proud to be a part of the Joy in Childhood Foundation’s commitment to addressing childhood hunger, says Dr. Ruth Jones Nichols, CEO of the Foodbank. “Hunger deprives kids of more than just food—it robs them of the energy to focus, engage, learn and grow. This funding is critical to ensuring that children in our communities have access to programs that help keep them healthy so that they can reach their full potential.”

Langley For Families Charity Golf Classic Raised Over $233,000

The 3rd Annual Langley for Families Charity Golf Classic successfully raised over $233,000, thanks to the generosity of many sponsors and participants. On Sept. 11 140 golfers enjoyed a beautiful day at the Golden Horseshoe Golf Club in Williamsburg to raise money and awareness for Hampton Roads charities.

In addition to golf, two impressive prizes were awarded to participants in the Shootout Challenge. The first was an all-expenses paid trip to Scotland and the second was a package to play in David Ortiz’ Celebrity Golf Classic in La Ramona, Dominican Republic.

To commemorate the anniversary of 9/11, a moment of silence was held for the victims and first responders. A $2,500 check was presented to Vigilant Watch, Inc. to provide support to first responders and their immediate families in Hampton Roads.

TowneBank Fall Extravaganza

In October TowneBank welcomed nearly 2,500 guests to its campus in Harbour View for the annual TowneBank Foundation Fall Extravaganza. The event has raised millions for charities over the years, all of which are dispersed within the communities TowneBank serves. At this year’s event, a check for $435,000 was presented on the main stage to the TowneBank Foundation.

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