$25,000 IN GRANTS

The Chain of Checks charitable fund sponsored by the Community Foundation of the Northern Shenandoah Valley is proud to announce that $25,000 in grants have been awarded to five local non-profits. $5,000 grants were given to:
  • Blue Ridge Habitat For Humanity to help seniors, veterans and people with disabilities make home repairs.
  • St. Luke Community Clinic Dental Program will buy needed equipment and provide extra days that a dentist will be on duty.
  • Winchester Rescue Mission will renovate their reception space to make it more welcoming and comforting to homeless families seeking shelter.
  • Sinclair Health Clinic will create ‘A Place For Moms’, a pregnancy-centered care space at the current location.
  • The Adult Care Center will convert their grant into building a better nutrition program for their participants.

Applications for the grants were submitted online through the Community Foundation NSV, and then reviewed by the Foundation’s community-conscious selection committee.

The $25,000 campaign dollars were accumulated from a variety of sources:

  • Chain of Checks corporate sponsors, Bill and Lois Reynolds, and White House Foods (the Gum family)
  • Earnings from the Chain of Checks endowment overseen by the Community Foundation NSV
  • Half the proceeds from opening night of Frederick County Parks and Rec’s ‘Winter Wonderland’
  • A golf tournament at Rock Harbor in October
  • Clarke County Community Band’s Christmas concerts
  • Canisters (change jars to change lives) at various businesses including 15 Handy Mart locations
  • Beautiful on-line and mailed-in donations from individuals and businesses.

Barry Lee, founder of the Chain of Checks said: “These grants will impact so many lives in so many ways. We are blessed in this community to be surrounded by people with huge hearts.”

Applications for the 2023 Chain of Checks campaign will open through the Community Foundation of Northern Shenandoah Valley website in late spring at

For more information contact Nancy Silva, Executive Director of the Community Foundation (email: and the Chain of Checks website,



The Chain of Checks campaign to support local non-profits was founded by Barry Lee in 1986. In 2013 the Community Foundation of Northern Shenandoah Valley became the campaign’s fiscal agent and helped create an endowment that will serve community charities forever.  

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Community Foundation of Northern Shenandoah Valley:
540-869-6776, Nancy Silva, Executive Director

Chain of Checks:
Barry Lee, 540-409-6929 (