7th Annual Giving Back Awards: Coastal Virginia's Top Nonprofits

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Top Nonprofits In Alphabetical Order


Alzheimer’s Association of Southeastern Virginia

The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Their mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Their vision is a world without Alzheimer’s disease. Alz.org/SeVa


An Achievable Dream

An Achievable Dream develops independent, productive citizens through a social, academic and moral education. Through unique public/private partnerships with Newport News Public Schools and Virginia Beach City Public Schools, and a unique certified academy partnership with Henrico Public Schools, An Achievable Dream operates four schools dedicated to the belief that all children can learn and succeed and that education can break the cycle of poverty. AchievableDream.org


Blankets for the Homeless

Their mission is to encourage and inspire as many people as possible to join them in helping the homeless and to change the way people view the homeless. They provide blankets, coats, hoodies, jeans, clothes, hats, gloves, shoes, backpacks, tents tarps, toiletries and lunches to people in need. BlanketsForTheHomeless.org


Center for Child & Family Services

Their mission is to deliver quality counseling programs and support services that empower individuals and families to improve their lives. Their passion is to empower people to face life’s challenges. KidsAndFamilies.com


CHIP of Virginia

The mission of CHIP is to build a healthy community by building a healthy child. The agency strives to fulfill this mission by providing a continuum of support, education and referral services to young children and their families. Specific services include children's health assessments and health education, developmental screenings and referrals and one-on-one and group parent education. CHIP's vision is that all children enter school healthy and ready to learn and succeed. CHIPOfVirginia.org


Connect With a Wish

Connect With a Wish works to connect the wishes and needs of children in Virginia Beach foster care with the generosity of our community. They provide the resources and support needed to give these children the opportunity to grow into positive and productive members of our community. ConnectWithAWish.org


Daniel’s Grace

Daniel’s Grace provides sustenance, ease of financial burden and support for daily living for families stricken with cancer. They help with rent, mortgage assistance, insurance assistance, groceries, meals and goods, transportation assistance, scholarships, as well as other assistance in an effort to help cancer families survive and thrive. DanielsGrace.org


The Elder’s House

They assist young people by enabling them to remain focused in life, by having an opportunity to be successful and productive and by developing their spiritual maturity in Christ. The Elder’s House is currently designed to house, nurture and provide direction and spiritual guidance to teens until they graduate from high school and embark on a bright future. TheEldersHouse.com



Their mission is to provide, promote and support equine assisted activities for individuals who have mental, physical, emotional, social or learning disabling conditions. EQUIKids.org


Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore

Since 1981, the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore, a member of Feeding America™ and the Federation of Virginia Food Banks, has been providing food for hungry people throughout Southeastern Virginia and on the Eastern Shore, helping to fulfill their vision of a hunger-free community. FoodbankOnline.org


Hope House Foundation

Hope House provides services to adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities exclusively in their own homes or apartments, regardless of how complex their disabilities may be. Hope-House.org


Horizons Hampton Roads

Horizons Hampton Roads is an academic, cultural and recreational program designed to encourage a diverse group of students from low-income families in Norfolk, Portsmouth and Virginia Beach to realize their full potential. HorizonsHamptonRoads.org


Judeo-Christian Outreach Center

Judeo-Christian Outreach Center’s mission is to empower homeless families and individuals to recover from crisis situations and return to being self-supporting, productive and independent members of our community. JCOC provides that much needed second chance as they help their clients exit from emergency situations into permanent housing feeling hopeful, encouraged and empowered to lead a better life. JCOC.org


Lynnhaven River NOW

Lynnhaven River NOW works with residents, businesses, faith communities, schools and community leaders to restore and protect Virginia Beach waterways. With everyone’s help, their dream of clean, healthy waterways is possible. LynnhavenRiverNOW.org


Mercy Chefs

Principally focused on providing disaster relief, the Mercy Chefs team regularly responds to national emergencies and natural disasters at home and abroad. In addition to emergency response, they make use of their equipment skills and volunteers by meeting existing needs within urban communities, establishing permanent kitchens in places with ongoing hardship and installing water purification systems for communities without access to potable water. MercyChefs.com


Newport News CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates)

Newport News CASA is committed to advocating for the best interests of children involved in the Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court process. The Newport News CASA program recruits, trains and supervises competent volunteers dedicated to representing the needs of abused and neglected children. The program promotes safe, permanent homes for all children and seeks to educate the community concerning the needs of abused and neglected children. NNCASA.org


THRIVE Peninsula

Their mission is to encourage, educate and empower Peninsula neighbors in need toward transformed and self-sustaining lives. They provide emergency food and financial aid, motivate, mentor and equip people to resolve their financial hardships, advocate cooperation between people and creditors, refer to appropriate supportive resources and more. THRIVEPeninsula.org



Troopster Care Packages is inspired by the courageous men and women serving in the United States Armed Forces who are stationed abroad or deployed. Troopster works to find the best ways to get care packages to our troops no matter where in the world they may be or what missions they might be serving. Troopster.org


Virginia Beach CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates)

Virginia Beach CASA recruits, trains and supervises competent volunteers dedicated to advocating for the needs of abused and neglected children currently in court proceedings. The program promotes safe, permanent homes for all children and seeks to educate the community concerning the needs of abused and neglected children. VirginiaBeachCASA.org


Virginia Beach Justice Initiative

They are a faith-based nonprofit with a purpose to end human trafficking in Hampton Roads through awareness, prevention initiatives and intervention strategies that meet the needs of trafficking survivors. They introduce trafficking victims to the possibility of a new beginning through advocacy and their innovative jail program. VBJI.org


Virginia Beach SPCA

It is the mission of the Virginia Beach Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (VBSPCA) to create a more humane and responsible community by eliminating animal suffering while increasing human compassion. VBSPCA.com


Virginia Peninsula Foodbank

Established in 1986, the Virginia Peninsula Foodbank has been the leading hunger relief organization across the greater Peninsula region, serving the one in seven Virginians who struggle with hunger in the cities of Hampton, Newport News, Poquoson and Williamsburg and the counties of Gloucester, James City, Mathews, Surry and York. HRFoodbank.org



How were the nonprofits chosen?

Online nominations were accepted June 1–July 20, and then a panel of individuals gathered to discuss and determine the 27 organizations that excel at transforming our communities and enriching the lives of others. The top five organizations were decided based on their inspiring generosity, their motivated and passionate work ethic and the significant differences they’re making in Coastal Virginia.

A sincere than you to the members of this year’s Giving Back Awards panel: Jessica Larche, anchor at WTKR News 3, and Olivia Smithberger, client services director at H.E.R. Shelter (chosen as the 2017 Giving Back Awards winning nonprofit).

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