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City of Hopewell approves plans for gateway project

Entering into a new endeavor that is anticipated to add to the city’s revitalization momentum, Hopewell city officials have agreed on plans to move forward with a community gateway project in partnership with The Cameron Foundation. City Council approved the preliminary concept for the project during its regularly scheduled meeting on September 13. Council also endorsed the recommendation to commission nationally recognized artist Ralph Helmick to create the sculpture that will serve as the gateway’s centerpiece. Although this is the second of The Cameron Foundation’s community gateway projects to be announced, the Hopewell venture is unique in featuring public art.

The site is located at the east end of the Route 10 Bridge over the Appomattox River, which is a key corridor for travelers entering the city. It is a targeted area for economic development that includes plans for a river walk and Boathouse restaurant overlooking the Appomattox. The art’s location also is near the trailhead of a multi-purpose linear park featured in the Friends of the Lower Appomattox River’s trail master plan for the community.

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Cameron announces over $2 million in June cycle for nonprofits serving Tri-Cities

The Cameron Foundation has made $2,066,337 in grants to support the work of 25 nonprofits operating in the Tri-Cities area of Virginia. The responsive grant awards, which resulted from a competitive application process, were approved by the Foundation’s Board at its June meeting. A second round of responsive grants will be decided in the fall.

Among the larger commitments made this round, a $555,000 award to YMCA of Greater Richmond provides continued support for youth development programs at the Chester branch, renewed funding for diabetes programming at the Petersburg branch, and multi-year support for the organization to make capital improvements to the Petersburg facility.

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Cameron and John Randolph foundations partner to assist Hopewell Food Pantry with relocation

The Cameron Foundation and John Randolph Foundation have partnered together to give a combined grant of $30,000 to Hopewell Food Pantry to help the organization move to a new, larger building at 903 W. City Point Road in Hopewell. Each foundation has committed matching funds of $15,000 towards the effort.

The pantry was asked to move out of its current location in the downtown Hopewell area earlier this year. The group turned what was at first a major problem into a major opportunity to accomplish one of its strategic goals — to find a larger space that will better serve more families in Hopewell.

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HistoriCorps to preserve Summerseat, explore local preservation school

HistoriCorps, a nationally recognized historic preservation organization based in Colorado, starts work this summer on a new project of local significance. Historic Summerseat, located in the Village of Ettrick and owned by Virginia State University (VSU), will undergo exterior preservation using a cadre of volunteers and students over a six-week period. This field school will serve as a demonstration project for HistoriCorps and creates the opportunity for the organization to establish a local preservation program to serve other historic structures in the region. HistoriCorps’s work in the Tri-Cities area is being funded through a $130,797 grant from The Cameron Foundation.

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