What is the Nelson County Community Fund?
The Nelson County Community Fund (NCCF) is the only community-based non-profit organization 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.All donations to the NCCF are tax-deductible.
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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.”
“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.”
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The BridgeLine, a case management, and residential and day program provider for adults with traumatic brain injuries (TBI), has launched an information outreach program in Nelson County, thanks to a grant from NCCF. TBI’s are commonly caused by falls, auto accidents, and athletic injuries. They are estimated to affect 1 out of every 60 Nelson County residents, based on national averages.
The BridgeLine runs case management, residential, and drop-in service programs in Charlottesville, some of which are free or low-cost. For more information or to schedule a BridgeLine presentation to your community group, visit https://TheBridgeLine.org, or email Michael Nafziger at firstname.lastname@example.org; phone: 434-327-9010
The Bridge Line’s Beth Elliot (L) and Michael Nafzinger (R) told NCCF board members about the pressing need for more support to those with traumatic brain injuries.
Another NCCF grantee, The Blue Ridge Medical Center’s Medication Assistance Program, is credited with helping a 26-year old Nelson County resident get back on her feet and back to work. The NCCF grant was applied to MAP’s RxRelief program, which helped the young woman obtain necessary prescriptions to manage her chronic disease conditions. The program coordinator counseled the client on applying for Medicaid benefits and qualifying for free and reduced cost prescriptions. The young woman returned to work healthier and more productive.
Sadly, a Nelson County family of five lost their Arrington home to fire over the December 2019 holidays. American Red Cross volunteers were on the scene within a few hours and provided for the family’s immediate, emergency needs. Bill Brent of the ARC said the family received $1,135 in immediate financial assistance, and disaster case workers are continuing to assist the family in getting additional resources. Brent noted grants from the Nelson County Community Fund have helped make it made it possible for ARC to provide the victims with both help and hope.
NCCF president Peggy Whitehead, assisted by board members Carolyn Frahm and Sue Klett, found a very attentive audience in the Wintergreen Mountain Women for her recent presentation on NCCF’s grant-giving activities. Known for their generosity with bedding and clothing drives, the women’s group listened to NCCF’s update on challenges serving Nelson County residents, with individual members promising to help NCCF spread the word on efforts to meet pressing community needs.
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, Inc.
P.O. Box 253
Nellysford, VA 22958