Health & Wellness

Mathews Community Foundation maintains an ongoing interest in the health and wellness of our region with a simple goal in mind -- to ensure that local residents are safe and healthy. Our holistic view of health includes access to quality and affordable health care, appropriate use of a medical home and initiatives that empower individuals to develop active, healthy lifestyles that begin in childhood and continue through all phases of life. We also invest in programs that promote safe home, school and neighborhood environments.

Our goals:

  • Residents have access to comprehensive and coordinated preventative services and quality health care.
  • Residents are connected to resources that meet their health, nutritional and safety needs.

Mathews Family YMCA

Recent Grants

Spring 2018

Mathews County Public Schools - $10,000 to replace damaged equipment on the Lee-Jackson Elementary School playground, which serves the school and is open to the public.

Hands Across Mathews Interfaith Council Inc.
- $8,000 to support programs that aid local families who have suffered some crisis and are in need of the basic amenities of food, clothing, shelter, prescription medications, or fuel.

Gloucester Mathews Care Clinic
- $8,000 to support medications for uninsured Mathews residents, especially those with chronic conditions such as diabetes and hypertension.

Partners for Mathews Students
- $6,000 to provide supplemental nutritional support for at risk students at Thomas Hunter Middle School and the Headstart Program who are food insecure and/or compromised nutritionally.

Mathews Family YMCA
- $6,780 to provide youth a safe, nurturing place to learn, stay healthy and build friendships in the summer.

Bay Aging
- $5,000 to support the non-emergency medical transportation needs of Mathews seniors and people with disabilities to reach specialized health care services outside of the Bay Transit service area.

Mathews Department of Social Services
$3,000 to support a friendly and safe environment to conduct interviews of children involved in abuse and neglect cases and collaborate to identify and implement effective intervention and prevention services for families.

$3,000 to provide assistance to residents ages 18 to 64 who have a basic need but fall in the gap of eligibilty through DSS.

Mathews Family YMCA
- $3,000 to support the Y's efforts to build confidence in and around the water among youth, regardless of income.

Avalon Center
- $2,000 to support those affected by domestic and sexual abuse in the county through counseling, legal advocacy, hospital accompaniment, shelter and youth programs.

Alzheimer's Assocation
- $1,000 to provide increased awareness and utilization of the Association's 24/7 Helpline,  participation in TrialMatch and Early-Stage programming.

Mathews County TRIAD
- $500 to support TRIAD's Senior Safety Fair held each year in May for nearly 150 Mathews seniors.

The Giving Garden Foundation
- $500 to support the building of two additional "can cottages" to be used to collect aluminum cans that are recycled for funds to support our programs supporting local cancer patients.