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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 2019

Gloucester United Emergency Shelter Team - $3,000 to support the operating expenses for providing shelter, resources, and advocacy for the homeless population of the Middle Peninsula.

Mathews County TRIAD - $1,500 to support the implementation of TRIAD's Senior Safety Fair, which is held annually in May and attended by nearly 150 senior citizens of Mathews.

Gloucester-Mathews Humane Society - $1,000 to lessen the financial burden of owning a pet, while also performing a public health service, by offering Middle Peninsula residents an option to have their pets vaccinated against rabies for free and micro-chipped at a low-cost ($20/pet).

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

Mathews Volunteer Rescue Squad - $8,000 to maintain five LifePaks, which are the most critical device used in assessing and treating critical patients. This device is a combination of EKG, AED, blood pressure device, and other functions required to evaluate critical patients.

 Mathews County Public Schools - $2,500 to replace the swing set on the Lee-Jackson Playground, so every child in Mathews County between the ages of five and twelve years can have a safe place to play.

Mathews Department of Social Services - $3,000 to help Mathews Social Services close the gap for citizens 18 to 64. Who needs assistance but do not meet the criteria for current programs.

Mathews Department of Social Services - $4,000 to support seniors and disabled persons in Mathews who need mental health treatment, or need treatment in their homes.

Alzheimer's Association Greater Richmond Chapter - $2,900 to improve the quality of life for persons with dementia and their family care partners by providing four caregiver education programs throughout the year and one early-stage social engagement program in Mathews County.

Partners for Mathews Students - $3,500 to assist Partners for Mathews Students provide weekend nutritional support for nutritionally compromised students of Head Start and Thomas Hunter Middle School.

Gloucester Baystars FC - $1750 to make travel soccer through Baystars FC accessible to young women residing in Mathews County through scholarship support.

Peninsula Metropolitan YMCA - $6,780 to help kids overcome obstacles related to hunger, health, learning, and safe spaces by providing a safe, nurturing place to learn, stay healthy, and build friendships throughout the summer.

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

Bay Aging - $6,000 to assist seniors and the disabled gain access to health care services outside Mathews County or outside Bay Transit’s service region of the Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck.

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

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