Local nonprofits get a little help doing a lot of good this year thanks to the Millers Foundation.
Millers and the Millers Foundation are committed to developing relationships and programs that support the local community. Many of the charities that receive contributions from the Foundation are well known to Millers customers and employees; others are grass-roots groups who are meeting an unmet need. Regardless, everyone knows that these efforts benefit people right here in Hampton Roads.
The Millers Foundation works to identify and support organizations that really make a difference. This year the Foundation awarded grants to:
Armed Services Arts Partnership (ASAP) Comedy Bootcamp $2,000
Designed to help veterans find support, purpose and resilience, ASAP’s Comedy Bootcamp teaches participants the basics of stand-up comedy and prepares them to present original material to an audience. As the first of its kind for veterans, ASAP is as the forefront in facilitating reintegration through comedy and the arts.
Children’s Center $3,500
The Millers Foundation grant will underwrite early childhood hearing screenings for children in Suffolk’s Children’s Center, Head Start and the Pruden Center. Hearing loss is the most common birth defect in the United States and undetected hearing loss is a common barrier to school readiness.
Edmarc Hospice $5,000
With this grant, the Millers Foundation continues its support of Camp MAGIC which is now in its 26th year. This unique camp experience helps families and children cope with the disabling effects of pediatric illness, loss and bereavement. The weekend-long camp helps families decrease their sense of isolation and assists in normalizing their experiences and feelings.
Hurrah Players $5,500
Millers Foundation funds provide renovations for new classroom space at Hurrah Player’s flagship location on St. Paul’s Boulevard in Norfolk. Hurrah Players is a performing arts program for children and youth.
Lee’s Friends $3,500
This is an on-going partnership with Lee’s Friends’ to provide a nutritional program for patients with head and neck cancers. Meeting an often overlooked need, this program provides the specialized diets essential to survivors of these diseases. Lee’s Friends offers support services to cancer patients for free.
Park Place Health and Dental Clinic $3,000
With the help of The Millers Foundation, Park Place Dental can provide dental health care to low income and under-served patients in Norfolk. The Clinic seeks to increase services and involve more community volunteers through this grant.
REACH will use grant funds for three read aloud programs in local homeless or domestic violence shelters. In addition to read aloud sessions, this program will also provide family literacy awareness to engage the parents in literacy success and give hands-on literacy based activities to families in the identified shelters.
Western Tidewater Free Clinic $5,000
After partnering with Sentara Obici to provide screenings, the Western Tidewater Free Clinic still could not help patients treat their sleep apnea. Thanks to this grant, the clinic will be able to purchase equipment needed to treat their patients’ sleep disorders.
The Millers Foundation will partner with the YWCA’s Education Fund to help survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Grant funds will go toward GED preparation classes and exams as well as vocational training.
We are honored to have served many other organizations and individuals since 2004, including:
- Camp “Gunnawannagoagain” F.A.C.T.
- An Achievable Dream
- Edmarc Hospice
- Chrysler Museum of Art
- Imagination Stage
- Samaritan House
- Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
- The Hurrah Players
- The Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia
- Equi-Kids Therepeutic Riding Program (and Equi-Vets Programming)
- St. Mary’s Home for Disabled Children
- Virginia Arts Festival
- Sterlitz Early Childhood Center
- Junior Achievement of Hampton Roads
- Lee’s Friends
- Chesapeake Bay Academy
- Duck United Methodist Church
- ForKids, Inc
- The Muse Writers Workshop
- Habitat for Humanity of South Hampton Roads
See our Guidelines and Application in the sidebar for more information on applying for a grant. Our grants are awarded annually in August. The deadline for applications is June 15th.