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Southside Health Education Foundation to receive community service award

After competing alongside other exceptional nonprofit organizations in the Tri-Cities area, Southside Health Education Foundation (SHEF) has been selected to receive The Cameron Foundation’s 2016 Cleveland A. Wright Award for Outstanding Community Service. The Foundation will make its presentation to SHEF during its annual ceremony on October 27. The Foundation also will honor the organization with a $20,000 unrestricted gift during the event.

By supporting education through scholarships, SHEF’s mission centers on growing the number of health care workers who live and work in Southside Virginia.

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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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