The Power of Change

2018-Recipients

  • The Table at St. George’s Episcopal Church - purchase food for the market style food pantry, serving individuals and families in need
  • Historic Port Royal - roof painting/repair to keep the Old Port Royal School building open for class trips, lessons and tours
  • Free Clinic of Culpeper - provide free medical care and prescription medications to uninsured, low income adults
  • Family Promise of Shenandoah County - provide food, shelter and support services to homeless children and their families
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Virginia - recruit, screen, train and match the 25 men and 25 boys accepted into their one-year mentoring program
  • Fremont Street Nursery - install an Intercom/PA system in each room for safety and improvement of communication to nursery that provides day care to low income families with children
  • FailSafe-ERA - help fund the Community Day of Service Project
  • Downtown Greens - bring gardening and healthy eating knowledge/choices to low income preschool aged children and their families
  • Culpeper Literacy Council - support the ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) and Basic Literacy program
  • Adult Community Education - purchase teaching resource materials to assist Louisa County residents with basic literacy needs
  • Fredericksburg/Rappahannock Chapter of Izzak Walton League - establish new bee apiary to replace apiary established three years ago that was recently wiped out by mites
  • People Helping People of Fauquier County - provide emergency financial assistance to Fauquier County residents in need due to loss of employment, medical issues, death in the family, etc.
  • Barns of Rose Hill - support an Art Mobile/moving exhibit to bring the collections of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts to students and senior citizens
  • Honor Flight/Top of Virginia - transport World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit and reflect at their memorials
  • Montpelier Center of Arts & Education - support the 2019 Children’s Theater Program
  • Piedmont Regional Dental Clinic - provide free dental care to low-income Virginia veterans
  • Front Royal Oratorio Society - purchase music scores to enable the Society to perform four free public performances


2017-Recipients

  • Blue Ridge Center for Therapeutic Horsemanship – replace the original mounting block, purchase a waterproof storage box and schooling helmets
  • Families Reaching Out Group - renovate the upstairs room to provide enhanced and additional services for foster children, children in need and children at-risk
  • The Fork Church - help with maintenance and repair of equipment (chain saws, hydraulic wood splitters, etc.) to provide firewood for disadvantaged individuals and families who heat/cook with wood
  • House of Hope/Warren County Shelter for the Homeless - purchase videos, training manuals and workbooks for work sessions led by local professionals to include training in money management, life skills, relationship building and communications skills
  • Literacy Council of Madison County - support early childhood and adult literacy via book distribution
  • Living Water Community Clinic - purchase necessary medications for individuals and families in need
  • Madison County Education Foundation - support Camp Unakite (Middle School) for at-risk students
  • Piedmont Environmental Council - support the protection of riverbank buffers via planting of trees and shrubs
  • Rappahannock Regional Uplift and Scholarship Foundation - enhance and expand the Passport to Manhood Program
  • Riverside Foundation for the Performing Arts - expand the two-week musical theater camp for economically disadvantaged children
  • Stafford Junction - fund the “Tide Me Over” program which will provide healthy food to underage disadvantaged youth
  • Blessings in a Backpack - provide food to children facing weekend food insecurity
  • 516 Project - building ramp access to homes for the disabled
  • Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Virginia, Madison Club - after school education programs for youth at and/or below poverty level
  • Drive Smart Virginia - provide interactive traffic safety activities at high schools
  • Fredericksburg Counseling Services - increase the number of student intern counselors
  • Girls on the Run Piedmont - provide coaches with materials and girls with first aid kits/CPR training and snacks
  • Goochland Free Clinic and Family Services - provide medical, mental health and dental services to low-income residents
  • Orange Free Clinic - provide medical assistance to medically uninsured residents suffering from Type I & Type II diabetes
  • Rappahannock Refuge - support for the Child Services Program for children living in the organization's rapid rehousing locations
  • St. Jude of Massaponax, Knights of Columbus Council #13599 - purchase food for needy families
  • St. Luke Community Clinic - provide dental care to low income and uninsured residents of Warren County
  • Service Dogs of Virginia - provide advanced training and veterinary care, food, equipment and transportation for service dogs
  • Windmore Foundation for the Arts - support theater scene vignettes on drug and alcohol abuse followed by a town hall symposium

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Your Change at Work

REC members who participate in The Power of Change are making an impact.

Ann Cushman

Ann Cushman - vice president & food bank coordinator, FISH. " We used the funds to purchase a cooler that can store fresh vegetables to feed the hungry in our community. I don't know if we would be able to thrive and give back to our community without the support of organizations like The Power of Change."

Taylor, camp participant

Taylor - camp participant - "I love the camps. They help me and they help so many little kids. This experience is so valuable because it helps me grow as an actor and a singer, and it helps me take chances. I want to be a sports broadcaster or a Broadway star so this opportunity is helping me achieve my goals."

Donna Hess of FISH

Donna Hess - FISH Volunteer
"Our organization helps those in need. If we think about it we're all only a few paychecks from being in need ourselves. The overwhelming gratitude from clients who come in for support echoes the gratitude we have for The Power of Change and the funding donated that helps us continue to serve."