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Disaster Relief Fund

An effective response, regardless of where a natural disaster occurs, requires sustained involvement on behalf of donors, responding organizations and a myriad of other actors.  The bulk of disaster dollars are often allocated during the emergency humanitarian relief phase (with a focus on emergency food, shelter, water, sanitation and health care).  Emergency relief is vital.  Still, experts agree that disaster relief dollars are insufficient to meet the medium- and long-term needs of disaster-affected communities. 

 Community Foundation of Western Virginia, Inc. (d/b/a Foundation for Roanoke Valley and Martinsville Area Community Foundation) has established a Disaster Relief Fund in order to respond to  catastrophic events as they occur.

 How will the Disaster Relief Funds be used?

100% of all donations (except any online credit card processing fees) will be used to respond to the complete timeline of the disaster management effort: from immediate relief to recovery, and then to reconstruction and rebuilding.

Who will the funds support?

The Disaster Relief Fund will support nonprofit organizations and public entities that have a defined role in short-term and long-term recovery efforts by providing critical services to individuals, families and communities impacted by the disaster.  Each nonprofit or public entity who receives disaster relief funds will be carefully vetted by the Foundation to insure the most effective and efficient use of the monies raised.

How can I make a donation?

Donations can be made online here. Checks can be mailed to Martinsville Area Community Foundation at P.O. Box 1124, Martinsville, VA  24114. Please designate your gift for “Disaster Relief”.  Donor Advisors may also recommend a grant to the Disaster Relief Fund by submitting a Donor Advised Fund Grant Recommendation Form.  All gifts are tax-deductible.

Grant Recipients

2017

-$10,000 awarded to Boys and Girls Club of the Blue Ridge to implement a Teen Empowerment program in partnership with the YMCA.
-$10.000 awarded to Grace Network of MHC for its Crisis Intervention program that provides financial assistance, combined with mentoring and referrals to families and individuals in crisis. 
-$10,000 awarded to Piedmont Community Services to provide the “Strengthening Families” program, a nationally recognized parenting and family strengthening program for high risk and general population families.
-$10,000 awarded to Tackfully Teamed Riding Academy to install a roof over one half of the riding ring to accommodate those riders with sun sensitivities and lessons can continue on hot and rainy days.

2016

- $13,000 awarded to The Piedmont VA Dental Health Foundation for the Community Dental Clinic.
-$11,000 awarded to The Martinsville-Henry County Family YMCA for  relocating the Early Learning Center to Smith Memorial United Methodist Church.
-$10,000 awarded to Safetynet to provide further emergency financial assistance to area residents.

           2015

-$16,000 awarded to Grace Network to provide further crisis intervention services to area residents.
-$14,000 awarded to FOCUS on Youth/CASA for their "Court Appointed Special Advocate" program. 

2014

- $18,000 awarded to The Piedmont VA Dental Health Foundation for the Community Dental Clinic.
- $10,000 awarded to Citizens Against Family Violence for their "Guest Assistance" program.

2013

- $18,000 awarded to The Martinsville-Henry County Family YMCA for the "Activate Bike Barn" and "Miles in Martinsville" programs.
- $10,000 awarded to Grace Network of MHC to provide financial assistance to qualified clients who are at risk of becoming homeless.

 2012

- $20,000 awarded to Tackfully Teamed Riding Academy to create the "Health, Horses and Heroes" program.
- $10,000 awarded to Citizens Against Family Violence for emergency shelter operations and support services for clients. 

 2011

- $20,000 awarded to The Martinsville-Henry County Family YMCA to fund the "Girls on the Run" program.
- $10,000 awarded to Safetynet to provide further emergency financial assistance to area residents.

 2010

- $27,000 awarded to The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Blue Ridge for its "Steel Drum Orchestra" program.



*For more information on the Women in Philanthropy grant recipients and their stories, see our "Press Release" section.