Thursday, June 13, 2013

Foundation for Roanoke Valley Awards Grants to Local Nonprofits from Doran Fund

Foundation for Roanoke Valley announced today it has awarded more than $47,000 to local nonprofits from the Foundation's Earl D. and Carrie Leigh Doran Fund.  The Doran Fund, established through the estate of local barber Earl Doran, has a number of purposed, including supporting agencies that help individuals and families confronting catastrophic, life-altering circumstances and to agencies that provide support to battered woman.
Brain Injury Services of Southwest Virginia was awarded a grant of $25,000 to expand its life skills training program for brain injury survivors.  According to the Centers for Disease Control, at least 18,000 individuals living with long-term effects from brain injury reside in BISSWVA’s service area. Over the last decade, medical technology coupled with improved service delivery has increased the national brain injury survival rate.  Mae Johnson, Director of Development and Marketing, noted, “With this grant, we will now be able to provide more brain injury survivors with individualized, intensive training sessions designed to enhance the quality of life and improve independent life skills.  We are honored and grateful to receive this grant.”

Children's Miracle Network was awarded a grant of $10,000 to support a "Good Samaritan Fund" to offer assistance to patients and families with expenses such as gas, food vouchers, and hotel accomodations.  "Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, support Carilion Clinic Children's Hospital, is beyond grateful to accept this gift from the Earl D. and Carrie Leigh Doran Fund.  This money will help east the difficult conditions that unexpected hospitalizations can create." adds Erin Hildreth, Executive Director of Children's Miracle Network.
The ALS Assocation, Inc. was awarded a grant of $7,830 to purchase durable medical equipment for its loan closet located in Roanoke, VA.  ALS is a progressive and fatal neuromuscular disease that causes the progressive loss of voluntary muscle control.  Most health insurance plans do not cover that necessary equipment and services needed to allow ALS patients to maintain a confortable quality of life and few resources are available to help those diagnosed with ALS and patients depend on our help.  "With the cost of care and medical equipment for a person living with ALS topping $250,000 a year, the free care services our Chapter provides are crucial," says Judy Taylor, Interim Executive Director, "One of the most important services for the Roanoke area is our free medical equipment loan closet which can help to make daily tasks easier and keep these individuals independent."
Sexual Assault Response and Awareness, Inc. was awarded a grant of $5,000 to provide care and assistance to battered women.  SARA, Inc. is the sexual assault crisis center for the Roanoke Valley and provides 24-hour crisis intervention, emotional support and advocacy to victims as they negotiate the medical and legal systems after experiencing the trauma of sexual violence. SARA provides free, on-going counseling as victims rebuild and move forward with their lives. “The grant award from the Doran Fund will enable SARA, Inc. to continue to provide services to victims of sexual violence and abuse through our 24-hour crisis hotline and will allow us to revamp and revitalize our volunteer programming and in the long run, strengthen our volunteer corps. 

Foundation for Roanoke Valley is the community foundation serving this region.  The Foundation has worked for more than two decades to administer and make grants from hundreds of named endowment funds on behalf of the community.  For more information, visit Foundation for Roanoke Valley’s website at or call 985-0204.

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Thursday, June 6, 2013

Foundation for Roanoke Valley announced today it has awarded $60,000 in grants to four organizations under its new three-year, $300,000 Arts & Culture Initiative.  This initiative, funded through the Foundation's Community Catalyst Funds, has two distinct focus areas.  "Educate. Inspire. Create." is designed to significantly enrich the arts and cultural experiences of preK-12 students of public and private schools within the cities of Roanoke and Salem and the counties of Botetourt, Craig, Franklin, and Roanoke.  Artist-in-residence or master class programs, the purchase of innovative technology, and in-school performances built around a specific educational topic and conducted by local arts and cultural non-profits are all parts of this effort.  "Arts at Work” will provide grants to carefully selected Roanoke Valley arts and culture projects that have an important and identifiable economic development component, strongly contribute to the overall vibrancy of the community, and which otherwise might not be possible. The production of public art work, the production of community-wide arts and cultural events and performances and bringing major arts and cultural exhibits to the Valley will be funded by the community foundation under this portion of the initiative.

The following grants are the first awards from “Educate. Inspire. Create.”  Jefferson Center Foundation receives $30,000 to support an interactive Song Project.  This project will focus on expression, literacy, self-esteem, collaboration and cultural awareness, as artists lead local students through the process of songwriting, from brainstorming to writing lyrics, creating musical accompaniment, performing and recording.  Roanoke Children’s Theatre receives $11,500 to support the “Making History LIVE! Jamestown!” program.  The program targets 4th grade students in all Roanoke City and County elementary schools and will introduce students to theatre and the production process.  The students will rehearse, create, design, and perform a play based on the history of Jamestown. Craig County Public Schools receives $9,425 for Craig County High School’s Art Department to purchase new, innovative technology in order to encourage students to pursue graphic design studies. Boys and Girls Clubs of Southwest Virginia receives $9,075 to support its ImageMakers program.  ImageMakers encourages Club members to learn and practice black-and-white, color, digital and alternative process photography, it exposes the youth to cutting-edge technology curriculum and provides opportunities to showcase their artistic talents, and it enables them to express and develop their creativity with still-images and videos.

“This award allows Music Lab at Jefferson Center to expand its impact on young people in our region through the power of song,” says Dylan Locke, Artistic Director at Jefferson Center. “The Foundation’s generous support means we can take the Song Project into four Roanoke area schools. The exciting new program provides elementary age students the guidance and drive to find their voice through a collaborative song writing process with professional musicians and instructors. Each Song Project culminates with a full, professionally recorded album to showcase the talents of our area students and highlight what they have learned throughout the artistic process, and the CDs can be sold to support the school.”   

Jon Murrill, Art Educator at Craig County High School, noted "Our goal as art educators is to inspire our students to become successful and enjoy careers they are passionate about. This grant provides our students with wonderful new technology that will allow them to access that first step in the ladder to a successful career, potentially in graphic design."

Amanda Mansfield, Director of Development for Roanoke Children’s Theatre, said “This grant reaches to the core of our mission, which is to creatively educate and inspire young people.  It is everything we do, every day.  We can't tell you how much it will mean to us to be able to share our spark with every 4th grader in Roanoke City and Roanoke County Schools!” 

Kayla Hastrup, Development Associate with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Southwest Virginia, added “We are thrilled to be the recipient of this grant. Through our ImageMakers photography program we will actively engage Club members in innovative, nontraditional arts experiences that will advance their academic success through technology and demonstrate their creative awareness through varies art platforms.  This is a fabulous opportunity for our kids; one that will provide lifelong learning, as well as joyful memories."

 Applications for the Foundation’s Arts at Work will be available online at beginning August 1st. 

Foundation for Roanoke Valley, the community foundation serving this region, has worked for 25 years to administer and make grants from hundreds of named endowment funds to benefit the community.  For information, visit Foundation for Roanoke Valley’s website at or call 985-0204.


Pictured L to R:  Alan Ronk, Executive Director at Foundation for Roanoke Valley; Kayla Hastrup, Grant Write & Development Associate at Boys and Girls Clubs of Southwest Virginia; Dylan Locke, Artistic Director at Jefferson Center; Pat Wilhelms, Executive Director at Roanoke Children’s Theatre; Jon Murrill, Art Educator at Craig County High School; Amanda Mansfield, Director of Development at Roanoke Children’s Theatre.