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Over $85,000 donated; Free Clinic gets $35,000

Monday, Dec. 16 | By Julie Taylor
Rob Marino and Cole Johnson share a laugh.
Warrenton, VA—The Northern Piedmont Community Foundation awarded $85,213 in grants to local non-profit organizations from the Richard Lykes Rappahannock Community Fund, representing more than a 75% increase in grants from last year. During an inspiring ceremony hosted by John Anderson and Kathleen Robertson, friends of Richard Lykes, a short video highlighted the late Mr. Lykes, his love of Rappahannock County, and his perpetual gift to it in the form of grants to organizations that benefit county citizens.

Of the 13 grant recipients present at the Dec. 12 ceremony, The Fauquier Free Clinic received the largest sum, a $35,000 grant that will help outfit a new dental clinic, including a digital dental imaging system, dental chairs, drills, and other essential equipment. Since 1993, The Free Clinic has provided free health and dental care to low-income families in Rappahannock and Fauquier Counties, but the scarcity of dental care in rural Rappahannock has led the Free Clinic to being the sole source of dental care for a proportionally higher percentage of county residents.

“A dedicated dental clinic with enough chairs and equipment will allow us to expand to accommodate unmet patient demand,” said Fauquier Free Clinic Executive Director Rob Marino.

Rappahannock Pantry, Inc. was awarded $12,000 to help purchase a refrigerated truck to allow for greater flexibility in refrigerating perishable foods, which will help feed nearly 12% of county residents.
In addition, three organizations were awarded $5,000 each. Hospice of the Rapidan, which provides compassionate end-of-life care to terminally ill patients and their families, will use the funds to establish a satellite service center.

The Rappahannock Historical Society, devoted to the collection, interpretation, preservation, and dissemination of Rappahannock County history, will dedicate the grant money to costs associated with and electronic preservation processes.

The Scrabble School Preservation Foundation, founded to preserve the school and share its legacy, will use the funds to launch an exhibit entitled “Scrabble School: Realizing the Promise,” to teach children about segregation.

Headwaters Foundation will use the $4,665 grant to continue its mission of fostering educational excellence in Rappahannock by providing a summer remediation program for children in kindergarten, and first and second grades.

Preschoolers enrolled in Head Start will benefit from the $4,048 grant to Skyline Community Action Partnership which operates Head Start in six local counties including Rappahannock thanks to technology upgrades in the classroom.

Castleton Festival, which nurtures young artists and creates opportunities for shared cultural experiences in the community, will use a $4,000 grant to transition the successful “Opera Alive” pilot program into a comprehensive outreach program.

Rappahannock County Schools, in partnership with the Rappahannock County Sheriff’s Department will put a $3,000 grant to use by enhancing safety measures in vulnerable areas and improving public facilities.
Court Appointed Special Advocate's Children Intervention Services will continue its mission of helping abused, abandoned, or neglected children with a $3,000 grant to expand its service area to serve Rappahannock children while Aging Together/RRSCB will enhance services for older adults and their families with a $2,250 grant to implement the Stanford University Chronic Disease Self-Management program.

The Piedmont Environmental Council, dedicated to safeguarding the Northern Piedmont’s landscape, communities, and heritage, will use a $1,000 grant to support its “Rappahannock Buy Fresh Buy Local” program and lead outreach efforts in county schools during Farm-to-School week. RappCats, a cat rescue organization, will use a $1,000 grant to defray fuel costs for volunteers to get to the new adoption center.

Richard Lykes continues to have a positive impact on all of these issues in Rappahannock: health and dental care, food for the hungry, historical preservation, education and safety, the environment, and care for animals.

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