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Augusta Health Foundation Awards $125,000 in Single Year Grants

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

The Augusta Health Foundation, established by the Augusta Health Board of Directors in 2001 to support health initiatives and support partner health-improvement organizations in the community, has awarded $125,000 in single year grants to 13 local agencies.

"This year, 2011, is a landmark year for the Augusta Health Foundation," says Linda Gail Johnson, Executive Director of the Augusta Health Foundation. "Since 2001, the Augusta Health Foundation has provided $2.5 million to support the health and well-being of our community through projects like the ones that received funding this year.

In 2011, single year grants were awarded to:

  • Blue Ridge Area Food Bank for their Back Pack Program that serve 2,573 children;
  • Boys & Girls Club of SAW for the SMART Moves programs for children age 6-15;
  • Crossroads to Brain Injury Recovery for case management services in Augusta County;
  • Family Resource and Referral Center's Project Star for supervised visits with parents of 0-3 year olds and their 211 Service;
  • Office on Youth for the Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program that serves 2,500-3,000 students;
  • Rebuilding Together for home repair and modification projects;
  • Ride with Pride for the Cowboy Poetry program that serves 64 youth;
  • Special Olympics for support for programs and games;
  • Salvation Army-Waynesboro for their Emergency Services Program;
  • Valley Children's Center for support for forensic interviewing of victims of child abuse;
  • Valley Hope Counseling Center for low-fee counseling services;
  • Valley Mission for support of the ASK life skills program; and

The Augusta Health Foundation supports the mission of Augusta Health through effective collaboration, active partnerships, and funding of local non-profits with similar missions to improve the health and well-being of the community. In addition to single-year awards, the Foundation also awards multi-year grants, scholarships to young adults for health career education, funds to staff and support specific programs such as Working on Wellness, and funds to staff and support the Community Health Forum.

"Augusta Health Foundation is committed to improving the health of the residents in our community by working to make appropriate health care and services available to those who need them," added Johnson. "We look forward to continuing that commitment to our partners and the community in 2011 and for many years to come."

The Augusta Health Foundation is a service of Augusta Health. Augusta Health is an independent, nonprofit community hospital with a mission to promote the health and well-being of our community through access to excellent care. In 2010, it was the only hospital in Virginia—and one of only 74 of the 5000 hospitals in the United States—to receive both the Patient Safety Excellence Award and the Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence from HealthGrades. These awards place Augusta Health in the top 5% of US hospitals for both patient safety and quality. For more information about Augusta Health, its programs or its services, please contact Public Relations at (540) 245-7329 or (540) 221-7329, or visit the Augusta Health website.