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Community Foundation Serving Western Virginia Announces Grants to Support Programs for The Elderly

(L to R): Ellie Rigby, Renovation Alliance; Norma McCroskey, Local Office on Aging; Sam Lev, LEAP for Local Food; Melissa McLucas, Botetourt Resource Center; and Robin Ramsey.

Nonprofit organizations that provide services to the elderly received more than $250,000 in grants awarded by the Community Foundation.  As part of the Foundation’s Winter Grants Cycle, nonprofit organizations were given the opportunity to apply to the Foundation’s Mary Louise Home Fund and Marion S. and Willie Z. Camp Fund for Eldercare, both which support services to the elderly.

“We continue to see an increasing need for services to the elderly population.  The Foundation is thrilled to be in a position to award such large impact grants in an attempt to meet the need,” says Michelle Eberly, Community Foundation Director of Grants & Donor Engagement.

The following organizations are recipients:

  • Botetourt Resource Center received $34,142 to support its services to older adults. The Center offers services such as recreation, fuel assistance, co-prescription, home repair, basic needs as well as information assistance, referral to human resources, and advocacy to help balance the needs of older adults who struggle economically and socially on fixed incomes.
  • Foundation for Rehabilitation Equipment and Endowment received $20,000 for direct program services to the elderly in the Roanoke Valley. FREE collects gently used rehab equipment from the community and inspects, sanitizes, cleans, and repairs each piece to in turn gift that equipment to those who need it.
  • LEAP for Local Food received $13,228 to expand its senior-targeted mobile market stops, provide educational cooking demos, and provide year-round incentives to the elderly. These programs provide older adults the opportunity to access fresh, locally grown foods as well as teaching them how to cook healthy meals.
  • Local Office on Aging received $100,000 to support its programs for the elderly: Assisted Transportation, Personal Care, Homemaker, and Meals on Wheels programs. With assisted transportation, a certified nursing assistant (CNA) not only assists clients from their house into the vehicle, but also accompany clients to their doctors’ appointments. The Personal Care program provides basic care for its clients such as bathing and dressing.  The Homemaker program provides home services such as dusting, mopping, laundry and many other household chores, and Meals on Wheels provides a daily meal to its clients.  All these services allow for older adults to remain safely in their home.
  • Renovation Alliance was awarded $85,000 to provide critical roof repairs and replacements for elderly homeowners. This organization provides free-critical home repairs to low-income homeowners to ensure a warm, safe, dry, accessible, energy efficient, and healthy home.

Community Foundation Serving Western Virginia, the region’s community foundation, has served the Roanoke Valley for more than 30 years and currently administers 330 named endowment funds established by individuals and families on behalf of the community.  For more information about your Community Foundation, visit

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