Colonial Heritage Community Foundation (CHCF) receives National Lutheran Community Impact Grant

Colonial Heritage Community Foundation, Inc.

21 December 2016
Contact: Melissa Rehm, Executive Director (443.735.5073)

CHCF receives National Lutheran Community Impact Grant

Williamsburg, VA - For the third year in a row, Colonial Heritage Community Foundation (CHCF) received a grant to support its Senior Champion Program from the National Lutheran Community and Services (NLCS). The 15 thousand dollar grant will fund CHCF's innovative Senior Champion Programs (SCP) at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, Norge, VA and New Zion Baptist Church, Williamsburg, VA.

"We are blessed to receive this grant from NLCS for the third year. The foundation is striving to strengthen its donor base not only to sustain the Senior Champion Program, but also to expand the program from one day a week at each site to two days," stated CHCF's president, James P. Nickols.

Ms. Kathryn Baerwald, NLCS' chief philanthropy officer, stated, "Awarding grants through our Community Impact program allows us to partner with other organizations that are passionate about providing seniors the best services possible."

Colonial Heritage Community Foundation was one 5 grantees out of 30 that was 15 thousand and above. National Lutheran Communities and Services' 2017 grants totaled $253,500 thousand dollars.

The SCP was conceived to address the growing need in greater Williamsburg for innovative, quality day care for seniors. With a $10,000 grant from Langley Federal Credit Union, CHCF began the first program in March 2014 at New Zion Baptist Church, Williamsburg followed by the second program in April 2014 at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, Norge both programs were immediately successful.

There are 14 participants and 7 volunteers at New Zion Baptist Church and 14 participants and 7 volunteers at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church. The day's activities include evidence-based programs like Music Therapy, Gardening with the Master Gardeners from James City County Cooperative Extension, exercise and a healthy lunch. Both locations can accept new participants.

Currently, there is no fee to participate in the program. However, donations are welcome.

For more information about the SCP, please contact Melissa Rehm at 443.735.5073 or visit CHCF'S website at

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