Stories of Impact: Making a Difference

Generosity of spirit. This is what the Mathews Community Foundation relies upon and receives over and over again from people like you. Our donors, our board, our volunteers and our nonprofits are a diverse group united in their passion for their community and their belief that they can ensure its success.

"There is a culture of volunteerism and charity in Mathews and when combined with that talent, you have a powerful force for good works." 

Bob Roper, Donor


Mathews Y Sends Thank You to MCF!

“On behalf of our Board, Staff and the hundreds of Mathews children we will impact at Summer Camp and our Learn to Swim programs, I want to thank your (Endowment) Committee for entrusting our Y with your generous resources. The Mathews Community is blessed to have the Foundation investing in the future and providing access to ALL to be equipped to live Healthy, Productive and Meaningful lives. Thank you for your commitment!” Buzz Lambert, Mathews & Middlesex Y Executive


Tiffany Gordan, Director of Mathews Social Services

Tiffany Gordon, Director of Mathews Social Services had this to say about the Mathews Community Foundation’s grant to keep people from being disconnected from power, “We appreciate this more than you know. In this time of extreme heat no one wants to lose their power and I know these funds will make a difference for those folks. Thank you so much”




Help with THMS' Library Needs Improves Learning

Mrs. Hartlove's 8th grade classes read, The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton. As their culminating project, they created their interpretation of major themes throughout the story dividing the "greasers" on one side, and the "socs" on the other, unified by the sun (in the middle). I wanted to send you a picture of their amazing work. They truly captured the story (and were able to do so utilizing LEGOs - amazing!) Thank you again for your generosity to make this possible at THMS-Library!


Mrs. Jenny Ewell, M. Ed.
Library Media Specialist
Thomas Hunter Middle School


Community Engagement Leads to Positive Change

Since moving to Mathews, Bob and Kathy have lent their talents to numerous endeavors to help the residents of the County and Virginia. "It was time to give back to our community and society in a meaningful way," Bob said. Bob and Kathy established the Robert and Kathleen Roper Family Fund in 2000. Their goal was to support general charitable purposes with priority given to organizations meeting the needs of at risk children. The fund has provided grants to support the Boys and Girls Club, the Fresh Start Program at Hands Across Mathews, the Continental Society and art programs for underprivileged children at the Bay School.

Read more about Bob and Kathy's passion for giving back.

An Amazing Gift

In 2013 the Mathews Community Foundation received a gift that will serve the residents of Mathews for many generations to come. Long-time county residents, Tony and Judy Hannold, donated their estate, Samarkand, to the Foundation. The recent sale of Samarkand will add almost $1,000,000 to the Foundation's unrestricted endowment fund. The community foundation's unrestricted endowment, which will receive the bulk of the proceeds from the estate sale, allows the foundation's board to use its collective discretion to decide which of the county's needs are the most pressing in any given year.

Read more about the Hannold's transformative gift.