Grants Available for Spotsylvania and Fredericksburg Educators Applications for Educators’ Grants Accepted November 1–January 7 Starting November 1st, The Community Foundation will accept proposals from teachers and other educators through the Haven Make a Difference Fund and the Trust for Public Education Fund. Although each fund has different guidelines, all grants support projects that benefit local students. Examples include funding for professional development, certification or continuing education for teachers, as well as projects that build character and citizenship among students. According to
Program Officer, Lisa Biever, these funds were established to help pay for the things that great teachers dream about for their students and often have to pay for out of their own pockets. Examples of last year’s grants include: • $2,000 to a Battlefield Middle School English teacher, to support her participation in the acclaimed Northern Virginia Writing Project summer fellowship program and to qualify her as a NVWP Teacher Consultant able to serve as a resource to her school and lead a professional learning group.
• $1,223 to a Rappahannock Regional Juvenile Center art therapist, for professional development and certification to create a Character Development Program at RRJC. • $2,000 to Spotsylvania High School for their Freshman Focus project to support the long-term success of incoming high school freshman through focused support sessions, mentorship and individual copies of Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens books and workbooks. For guideline materials and more information, visit: www.cfrrr.org or call Lisa Biever at 540.373.9292 x121.
William J. Kinnamon, Jr. Memorial Fund
Fredericksburg Counseling Services establishes the new William J. Kinnamon, Jr. Memorial Fund When Bill Kinnamon passed away earlier this year, Fredericksburg Counseling Services wanted to honor a gentleman who had been a faithful volunteer for 27 years. In the past nine years, he was particularly involved in the agency, serving as its Treasurer and working diligently to help the organization build financial stability. 2
“Fredericksburg Counseling Services meant a lot to Bill. He always wanted to help others and he saw a real need in this area,”
said Bill’s widow, Jo Anne Kinnamon. Founded in 1962 as a pastoral and supportive counseling service, Fredericksburg Professional Counseling Service transitioned in 1999 to meet community needs by providing clinicallybased professional counseling at no cost to residents who would not receive services elsewhere. Many Virginia communities provide free medical clinics to people who have no insurance and little money. Fredericksburg, however, is one of only three Virginia communities with a free mental health clinic. In 2011, Fredericksburg Counseling Services provided free mental health support services to 2,500 qualifying individuals.
more secure in their giving. Also, some people aren’t necessarily comfortable having their names associated with a mental health charity, but they do want to support us.
Building an endowment fund for operational support at The Community Foundation was the right choice for Fredericksburg Counseling Services.
Call The Community Foundation at: 540.373.9292
“We knew that The Community Foundation was professional and reliable in its stewardship of donations,” said Executive Director, Marci Bartley. “Giving our supporters another avenue to donate to Fredericksburg Counseling Services has several advantages. Through the Community Foundation donors can feel
“In his role as the agency’s Treasurer, Bill spent a lot of time here and he understood what we are trying to accomplish,” Bartley said. “Bill would have liked our board’s decision to set up a fund. He had such a good heart and he meant so much to us. He wanted to make sure the agency stayed open and this fund will help assure that.” Anyone interested in making a contribution may:
Donate online at: http://tinyurl.com/ Bill-Kinnamon-Memorial-Fund Mail a check, payable to: The Community Foundation PO Box 208 Fredericksburg, Virginia 22404 (include William Kinnamon Fund in the memo)
The Community Foundation's Fall 2012 newsletter.