Residents of the Fredericksburg Region have a rich history of generosity, philanthropy and kind-heartedness. Each year, area businesses donate millions of dollars to fund worthy causes such as healthcare for needy children, sheltering the homeless and feeding the hungry. Individuals tutor at-risk schoolchildren, help elderly shut-ins and counsel those battling substance abuse problems. Students in area primary schools, at Germanna Community College and at University of Mary Washington perform all manners of community service.
If you’re seeking an opportunity to be involved, there is no shortage of worthy causes in the Fredericksburg Region.
The Chamber would like to thank the following nonprofits that advertised on these pages for helping make possible this part of the Community Profile.
Fredericksburg Area Food Bank
Created in 1982, the Fredericksburg Area Food Bank is the resource for receiving and distributing food to the 76-partner faith-based and nonprofit organizations in order to satisfy the needs of the hungry in the counties of Stafford, Spotsylvania, Caroline and King George, as well as the City of Fredericksburg. Programs serving all of Planning District 16 include the Emergency Food Distribution Program, Food for Life, the School Food Pantry Program, Club Kids, Mobile Food Pantry Program, USDA Commodity Distribution, the Community Garden Program and our newest children’s program, the Food-4-Kidz Weekend Feeding Program.
Fredericksburg Area HIV/AIDS Support Services
FAHASS is a local, community-based organization that serves HIV-positive clients in 11 counties surrounding Fredericksburg. FAHASS provides access to outpatient medical care services through regional providers; provides medical case management and support services; and operates an outreach clinic in partnership with the Fauquier Hospital. The agency also offers prevention services including community health education, free HIV rapid testing at its office in Fredericksburg and testing at regional community events.
Greater Fredericksburg Habitat for Humanity
Greater Fredericksburg Habitat for Humanity helps working families build affordable homes. Habitat families build dignity by investing hundreds of “sweat equity” hours into their homes. The families and volunteers build relationships, finding common ground through physical labor. In the process, they build a community. Habitat’s ReStore sells used and new goods to the public at greatly reduced prices, which keep tons of materials out of local landfills. ReStore proceeds support home building in Stafford, Spotsylvania and King George counties and the City of Fredericksburg.
Rappahannock Area American Red Cross
When disaster strikes, the volunteer responders of the Rappahannock Area American Red Cross spring into action by setting up free mass-care shelters and feeding stations, thanks to the generosity of the American people. Before a calamity hits, we provide free disaster preparedness education, which helps small businesses beat the odds and survive. We also help keep people safe by offering CPR, First Aid and Aquatics training programs. The American Red Cross furnishes nearly one-half of the nation’s blood supply, due to the giving spirit of those who take the time to donate.
Rappahannock Area YMCA
The Y is a nonprofit organization committed to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Every day we work side-by-side with our neighbors to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. Our mission is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all.
Rappahannock United Way
RUW is a local nonprofit organization that has been serving the City of Fredericksburg and the counties of Caroline, King George, Spotsylvania and Stafford for over 70 years. RUW collaborates with community partners to advance the common good and impacts the areas of education, income and health in our community. By answering the call to action: “Give. Advocate. Volunteer.,” community members Live United and create lasting change.
Last year S.E.R.V.E. provided emergency food pantry assistance for 3,026 low-income families from the City of Fredericksburg and the counties of Stafford, Spotsylvania, Caroline and King George. We also helped 325 families with emergency financial assistance for rent and utilities. S.E.R.V.E. works to enroll seniors and disabled adults into the Food for Life Program, as well as promoting enrollment in the USDA program. We also work with the Stafford Hospital Center Foundation to help Stafford residents with their community pharmacy needs.
The Salvation Army
For more than 125 years, the Salvation Army has done the work of God in the Fredericksburg Region – serving thousands throughout the City of Fredericksburg and the counties of Stafford, Spotsylvania, Caroline, King George and Westmoreland. Each year, the Salvation Army distributes thousands of pounds of food, helps those in need pay their rent and utilities and distributes Christmas toys and winter coats to children in need. The Salvation Army relies on the generosity of the community to help it “do the most good” every day.