8th Annual Giving Back Awards: Coastal Virginia's Top Nonprofits

Honoring Nonprofits Making a Difference for Those In Need

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Alzheimer’s Association of Southeastern Virginia

Serves as the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research. The association’s 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.


Animal Resources of Tidewater

Provides resources to support a no-kill community by keeping at-risk pets in their homes, providing free and low-cost spay and neuter and advocating for lifesaving programs and policies. The organization focuses on shelter-intake diversion, increasing the save rate by decreasing litters and advocating to ensure better laws for animals and the people who love and serve them.


Chesapeake Care Clinic

Provides compassionate, patient-focused care including medical and dental services to underserved coastal individuals. In 2018, the clinic provided nearly $6 million in healthcare including medical and dental visits, chronic disease management and specialty care. In 2018, the clinic provided nearly $6 million in healthcare including medical and dental visits, chronic disease management and specialty care.


C.H.I.P. of South Hampton Roads

Works with families living in poverty who are committed to creating a better life for their children and themselves to break the cycle of poverty. C.H.I.P. utilizes a unique team approach that includes the guidance of both a nurse and a certified parent educator using evidence-based curriculum and focusing on health, school readiness and self-sufficiency.


d'Art Center

Connects the community and artists to create an appreciation for visual art by providing a unique opportunity to watch, create, learn, collect and enjoy work from diverse artists in an interactive environment. D’Art offers art education, programming, outreach, and events, most of which are free and open to the public. 


Evelyn’s Wildlife Refuge

Provides professional rehabilitative care to sick, injured and orphaned wildlife native to Virginia for release back into their natural habitat, educating the public to better understand local wildlife and recognize when animals need assistance from humans and providing access to training for rehabilitators.


Faith in Action

Provides assistance with everyday tasks of life to seniors 60 and older living  Williamsburg, James City County and the Bruton District of York County (Greater Williamsburg Area). Some services include transportation, caregiver support, visiting, well-check calls, grocery shopping, assistance with chores and yard work.


Fear 2 Freedom

Helps restore hope and dignity to survivors of sexual assault while empowering students and communities to combat sexual violence, providing After Care Kits to victims and offering a series of programs to colleges, universities and community locations.


Girl Scouts of the Colonial Coast

Builds girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. The Girl Scouts are the premier leadership organization for girls in grades K–12 with a focus on giving back to the community on a local and national scale through take-action projects and reaching girls in underserved areas through community outreach initiatives no matter their socioeconomic status.


Hampton Roads Community Action Program

Connects people to educational, social and economic programs that create self-sufficiency, thereby changing lives, creating hope and making our community a better place to live. The organization aims to break the poverty cycle through programs and strategies in education, training, work experience, housing, emergency services and more, equipping families and communities for success.


Horizons Hampton Roads

Provides summer learning opportunities to public school children living in poverty through a robust, six-week summer academic enrichment program that includes daily swimming, hands-on STEM learning activities, field trips, reading, meals, special projects and more.


Judeo-Christian Outreach Center

Works to empower low-income individuals to become productive members of the community. Feeding programs prevent homelessness for those low-income households having to decide between paying rent or buying groceries. Assistance for homeless men and women focuses on finding permanent housing solutions and equipping them for success, thus minimizing the chance of returning to homelessness.


Peninsula Fine Arts Center

Provides a balanced and stimulating exhibition program, is a resource for local artists, fosters education for students of all ages and serves as a social hub to build a stronger community through art. The Healing Arts enables active-duty soldiers, veterans and their families to address the emotional and psychological effects of combat experience with art therapy services developed in partnership with EVMS.


Project Lifesaver International

Provides timely response to save lives and reduce potential injury for adults and children with the propensity to wander due to a cognitive condition. The organization gives law enforcement, fire and rescue and caregivers a program designed to protect, and when necessary, quickly locate individuals with cognitive disorders who are prone to the life-threatening behavior of wandering.


Salvation Army Hampton Roads

Offers programs and locations that serve families in need with emergency assistance, housing, substance abuse treatment, youth enrichment opportunities, spiritual care and emergency disaster services. An international movement, the Salvation Army, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian church. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.


Stop Abuse Powered by Spectrum Puppets

Aims to prevent child sexual abuse through education, detection and referral using a four-part comprehensive program developed for schoolchildren, K–5. The Emmy Award-winning marionette program Simon Says Just Tell teaches children to recognize, prevent and disclose sexual abuse in a gentle, non-threatening environment.


Toby’s Dream Foundation

Helps to ensure that children with life-threatening illnesses, living in the Coastal Virginia region and beyond, have the opportunity and resources to imagine and experience their most fantastic dream. The foundation creates dream experiences for children facing an uncertain tomorrow because of a life-threatening illness.


Williamsburg House of Mercy

Provides quality compassionate human services to all people regardless of faith including a safe and welcoming place for the area homeless to find respite, receive services and work toward ending their homelessness. The organization’s a goal is to promote long-term independence and stability to break the cycle of poverty for families in our area.


Youth Volunteer Corps Hampton Roads

Creates and increases volunteer opportunities to enrich youth, address community needs and develop a lifetime commitment to service. YVCHR engages youth in volunteering that positively impact the lives of others and builds skills, including recent construction projects through which young people gained hands-on building experience and incorporated math and engineering concepts.


How Were the Nonprofits Chosen?

Online nominations were accepted May 31–July 24. Based on those nominations, a panel determined the 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 significant differences they are making in Coastal Virginia. A sincere thank you to the guest members of this year’s Giving Back Awards Panel: Jessica Larche of WTKR News 3 and Joan Steele of Toby’s Dream Foundation, last year’s Giving Back Awards first-place winner.

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