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 2022

Total Amount Awarded: $53,613.00

Alzheimer’s Association Greater Richmond Chapter – 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 programs in Mathews County.

Avalon Center – to support residents of Mathews County affected by domestic/intimate partner violence, sexual assault, stalking, and human tracking through evidence-based services, including emergency and transitional housing, support services, and prevention education.

Bay Aging – to support Bay Aging’s services providing older adults with access to healthy nutritious meals in emergency situations or inclement weather in Mathews.

Gloucester Mathews Care Clinic – to support medical and dental care and medications for uninsured and underinsured Mathews County adults.

Hands Across Mathews Interfaith Council Inc. – 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 medication, or fuel.

Mathews County Public Schools – to assist in buying food for food packages for after school hours and to provide personal care products for boys and girls.

Mathews County TRIAD – to support the Senior Summer Health and Safety Fair.

Mathews Volunteer Fire Department – to purchase 5 4-gas detection meters for our fire apparatus.

Partners for Mathews Students – to provide nutritional support over the weekend for food insecure and/or nutritionally insecure students from Head Start and Thomas Hunter Middle School.

Peninsula Metropolitan YMCA – to support the YMCA’s efforts to build confidence in and around the water among youth, regardless of income.

The Doorways – to support the Patient and Family Access Program and its direct service to those who must travel away from their homes to access lifesaving, critical or specialized medical are at hospitals and treatment programs in Richmond, VA.