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What is the Nelson County Community Fund?

The Nelson County Community Fund (NCCF) is the only community-based, tax-deductible fund that makes grants available to diverse non-profits serving educational and humanitarian needs in Nelson County. Like a “community chest”, it directs your donations to organizations benefiting school-age children, adults in need, and community services. Grants are made possible through generous donations, and partnering with area businesses to sponsor fund-raising events. For details on NCCF’s mission and governance, click here. Also visit us on FaceBook

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“Without your help, Georgia’s Healing House would not be able to help our women heal from their wounds inflicted by addiction and mental health trauma…. This award will help the women of GHH rebuild new, productive and meaningful lives.”

Heather Kellams

Georgia’s Healing House

“You are the engine that keeps our truck on the road. Your support will help us help our rural neighbors by increasing access to wholesome food—including fresh produce. Your generous decision to support the Nelson Mobile Food Pantry benefits the lives of more than 170 vulnerable households each month.”

Michael McKee

Blue Ridge Area Food Bank

“Thank you very much for donating to Girls on the Run for Prince Edward. You are the very best.”

Student from Prince Edward Elementary School

These heartfelt “thanks” (above) comes from NCCF grantee Girls on the Run of Central Virginia. Run girls, run!

News & Upcoming Events

NCCF’s Winter 2019 Grants Cycle Yields $76,000 to Support Nelson County Nonprofits

Support for first responder training, college prep for high school students, and medication assistance for persons struggling with high prescription costs are among the grants awarded this February by the Nelson County Community Fund.

Other NCCF Grant recipients for the Winter 2019 cycle are as follows:

  • Blue Ridge Medical Center for its rural health outreach services, and medication assistance program
  • The Monticello Area Community Action Agency for its rural outreach/emergency assistance program, and its “Project Discovery” college preparatory program for low income students
  • Blue Ridge Interfaith Ministry for its utility assistance to needy families
  • The Wintergreen Nature Foundation for its environmental and cultural education programs, and STEM-related teacher training

Big Crowds Yield a Big Donation From Nelson 151’s Christmas Fundraiser

Check presentation to the NCCF

Members of the Nelson 151 business coalition presented the Nelson County Community Fund with a check for $4,720 from the 9th annual “Twelve Days of Christmas on Nelson 151” fundraiser. Pictured in front of the Rockfish Valley Community Center are (L-R) Barbara Joynes (Valley Road Vineyards), Lindsay Dorrier (Bold Rock Hard Cider), Donna McCurdy, co-chair of NCCF/Nelson County Advisory Committee, Todd Rath (Blue Toad Hard Cider), Sarah Jane Stewart, co-chair of NCCF/Nelson County Advisory Committee, and Christine Riggleman (Silverback Distillery).

Bigger and better is one way to describe the 2018 Christmas season, which drew large and thirsty crowds to the wineries, breweries, distilleries, and other establishments that make up the Nelson 151 business coalition. The businesses shared their largess by designating a portion of their sales to the Nelson County Community Fund through the 9th annual “Twelve Days of Christmas on Nelson 151.” Nelson 151 business owners presented NCCF with a check for $4,720. The funds will go a long way toward making grants to nonprofits meeting the humanitarian needs of Nelson County residents. This year’s combined donation check was higher than last year’s donation, noted Nelson 151 president Lindsay Dorrier of Bold Rock Hard Cider. Larger crowds coming to the area to ski, and better publicity, were probable factors. “We are truly thankful for the enduring support of the businesses that make up the 151 coalition,” said NCCF/Nelson County Advisory Committee co-chair Sarah Jane Stewart. It’s all about neighbors helping neighbors.

Ruritan Meeting Picture

In a continuing effort to raise the profile of NCCF in the community, advisory committee co-chair Donna McCurdy (pictured) and committee member Sue Klett spoke to the Massies Mill Ruritan Club at its February dinner meeting. For 68 years, the club has supported many community activities from the volunteer fire department, to the Future Farmers of America, to Nelson County Public Schools. The NCCF presentation met with a warm reception. Donna noted that the mission of the Ruritans somewhat overlaps with NCCF’s mission to address local humanitarian needs through grant-making to nonprofits serving the same constituents. She asked Ruritan members to consider ways in which the two organizations could collaborate on fund raising and serving Nelson residents, and to help NCCF get the word out on our grant-making efforts. For more information on the Ruritans, visit the Massies Mill Ruritan Club website or their Facebook page.

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Please get in touch with us if you are interested in learning more about the Nelson County Community Fund. We also welcome your questions, comments, and suggestions.

Nelson County Community Fund
P.O. Box 253
Nellysford, VA 22958

(434) 260-1843

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