Stories of Impact

In celebration of our 25th anniversary, The Community Foundation will be posting 25 stories of impact with images and quotes from 2020 grant recipients. Check back each Thursday evening for that week’s story!

Also check out our “Throwback Thursday” posts on Facebook, beginning May 20, 2021, featuring 25 archival stories and images from The Community Foundation’s history!

25 Stories of Impact: Story #1

Caswell County Parish, 2020 Community Foundation of the Dan River Region Competitive Grant Recipient

“Families faced with termination of utility service or who have empty tanks and no funds with which to buy LP gas or oil or kerosene are in crisis, especially in cold weather when it comes down to the possibility of having to leave the home to stay warm and preserve food.  The stress level of those coming in for assistance is extremely high and the relief they exhibit when a plan is finally devised and assistance is provided is immense.  There are tears and many expressions of gratitude.  These are not people who casually check to see what is available.  Their backs are against the wall.  They are not between a rock and a hard place.  They are ON the rock with nowhere else to turn.  We are their last resort.”


25 Stories of Impact: Story #2

Danville Life Saving and First Aid Crew, Inc., 2020 Community Foundation of the Dan River Region Competitive Grant Recipient

For many years, The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region has worked with Tommy Pruett, Executive Director of the Danville Life Saving Crew. The Foundation extends our condolences to Tommy’s family, friends, and colleagues at the Danville Life Saving Crew.

“For over 30 years, the Danville Life Saving Crew has provided an Emergency Medivac Heliport for the specific purpose of extending to our local hospital the ability to send patients to an acute care facility that can better serve the patient health care needs in emergent situations. The helipad was deteriorating and had reached the point of being obsolete. The concrete pad had severe cracks and its lighting was now outdated. When the project was completed, operation of our Heliport resumed. We hardly “missed a beat” in providing for air transports. Signage has recently been installed in public view that gives credit to The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region and to SOVAH-Health Danville for making this improvement possible.”


25 Stories of Impact: Story #3

Boys & Girls Clubs of the Danville Area, 2020 Community Foundation of the Dan River Region Competitive Grant Recipient

“Boys & Girls Clubs of the Danville Area (BGCDA) would not have been able to purchase [the computers] without the reallocation. This reallocation has provided BGCDA to work with students from 7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., currently running virtual school support for members in Danville and Pittsylvania County. Members always have a backup Chromebook or one to use to research. It has also allowed staff to work with members during the “afterschool” programming hours from 2:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. on key BGCDA programming areas.”


25 Stories of Impact: Story #4

Northern Pittsylvania County Food Center, 2020 CFDRR Competitive Grant Recipient

According to NPCFC: The monies received from CFDRR have helped us provide food to those in need in the northern portion of Pittsylvania County. We know that these food items have gone a long way in adding nutrition for individuals and families in need. We are fortunate to be able to help in this way. It would be nice to say that we could eliminate the need to provide food to our area families, but we know that the need will continue to be with us – now more than ever. Even though we can’t eliminate this need, we help to bring hope to those who need it most.


25 Stories of Impact: Story #5

Caswell Cancer Resource Fund – Caswell Family Medical Center, 2020 CFDRR Competitive Grant Recipient

According to CFMC:  The funds received from CFDRR have been imperative in providing cancer patients with assistance they otherwise would not have received.  Examples of assistance provided to patients include gas cards to help with transportation to appointments, cards to purchase food because their stay for treatment is more than a day, or co-pays so patients can attend their actual appointment.


25 Stories of Impact: Story #6

SPCA of Pittsylvania County, 2020 CFDRR Competitive Grant Recipient

According to SPCA: With grant funds we received from CFDRR, we were able to spay 20 dogs for citizens whose dogs had given birth to unwanted litters of puppies, and we were able to provide TNR (trap-neuter-release) services for 100 feral cats living in feral communities cared for by county residents.  It is very gratifying to know that we are giving a better quality of life not only to animals, but also to their caregivers and community as a whole.


25 Stories of Impact: Story # 7

HAVEN of the Dan River Region, Inc., 2020 CFDRR Competitive Grant Recipient

According to HAVEN: With funds from the CFDRR grant, our agency was able to receive an up-to-date website that is user-friendly and informative.  HAVEN had an outdated website for a long period of time, and it has been beneficial to receive funds to have a site that is professionally created.  The outcome of this project allowed us to present more information about our services, gather donations to help maintain continued services to victims, and to provide awareness information about the dynamics of intimate partner violence.


25 Stories of Impact: Story # 8

Danville-Pittsylvania County Habitat for Humanity, 2020 CFDRR Competitive Grant Recipient

According to Danville-Pittsylvania County Habitat for Humanity: Crystal was looking for a better quality of life for herself and her three children. Their housing conditions were, and remain to be unfitting, with concern about living in an unsafe neighborhood. Her children are afraid to go outside. Every time they hear a loud noise, they are scared it is gunshots, which happen frequently in their neighborhood. Their Habitat for Humanity home will provide them with a large front and side yard for the kids to play outside and feel safe. This four-bedroom home will also allow each member of the family to have their own space and not be in a crowded apartment.


25 Stories of Impact: Story # 9

NC MedAssist, 2020 CFDRR Competitive Grant Recipient

According to NCMA: The purpose of this funding was to provide free prescription medication for low-income, uninsured residents in Caswell County. Funding from CFDRR allowed us to serve 21 patients and dispense 324 prescriptions with a value of $126,436.48. This funding came at a crucial time, as many of our patients are in the high-risk category for contracting COVID-19.  Thanks to this funding opportunity, our patients were able to receive their medication, mailed directly to their homes, decreasing their likelihood of exposure to the virus. NC MedAssist is incredibly grateful for the opportunity to have partnered with CFDRR this past year, as we are seeing more people in need of our services than ever before. Without this funding, we do not believe we could have been as successful in our outcomes as we were.


25 Stories of Impact: Story # 10

Danville Science Center, Inc., 2020 CFDRR Competitive Grant Recipient

Danville Science Center gives special thanks to The Community Foundation of the Dan River Region for enabling them to bring an excellent exhibit to the region during 2020. In January, the Danville Science Center hosted a traveling exhibit titled “Sportsology.” This exhibit was a hit with families and children from across our area.


25 Stories of Impact: Story # 11

Friends of the Danville Public Library, 2020 CFDRR Competitive Grant Recipient

According to Friends of the Danville Public Library, they were able to start the Second Chance Book Club, bringing a book club into the Women’s Jail Annex. Seventy-one women, most of whom are self-described non-readers with an average third-grade reading level, have read 25 novels. The children of the women in the club have even downloaded the books they are reading so they can talk about them during visits.


25 Stories of Impact: Story # 12

Southern Area Agency on Aging, 2020 CFDRR Competitive Grant Recipient

According to SAAA:  Seventy individuals, 60 and older, with income at or near the poverty level, received direct assistance with critical needs.  Thirty-one individuals received assistance with payment of utilities, home heating fuel was purchased for two clients, twenty-three clients received assistance with housing-related expenses (rent or mortgage), nine clients received help with vital home repairs, four older citizens received help with the purchase of medications, and one older adult received help with payment of utilities and housing.


25 Stories of Impact: Story # 13

Pittsylvania County Public Library, 2020 CFDRR Summer Reading Program Grant Recipient

According to PCPL: To promote summer reading, Pittsylvania County Public Library worked with the Pittsylvania County Public Schools to provide summer reading information packets with the weekly food distribution efforts.  During the 2020 Summer Reading Program, 165 adults and 182 children participated.  This is lower than a typical year, but still an achievement during the early stages of a pandemic.  Although many children were disappointed by a lack of in-person summer reading programs, they enjoyed getting personal attention from library staff while they were selecting their books to read at home.  One young girl proudly offered her library card at the checkout desk and grandly offered to pay for her whole family’s books with her library “credit card.”