Windy Hill Foundation
Navigating Troubled Times: an update on our communities
From Executive Director Robert Dale, III
ANSWERING THE CALL
These past few months have been a tremendous challenge for Windy Hill Foundation and our residents. Although the global pandemic is affecting all of us, many of our residents are especially vulnerable. As an example of one of the many ways our residents have been impacted, since March we have provided rental assistance to 24 residents, compared to two over the same period last year. I am grateful to the foundations, institutions, and donors like you who have ensured that Windy Hill Foundation can continue to support the basic needs of our residents.
The support that our community and local organizations has shown for Windy Hill Foundation - an organization that holds, at its core, the belief that everyone should have access to safe, decent, and affordable housing and educational opportunity - is especially poignant right now. It is a statement of unity in divided times, a confirmation of the deeply held belief that we all benefit when we work together toward a common goal. As we move forward, I want to reaffirm Windy Hill Foundation's continued commitment to embrace and be guided by the principles of inclusion and respect. The Board and staff remain dedicated to changing the lives of our residents and our community for the better. We will continue to pursue education programs that we hope will open a world of possibilities for all children of Windy Hill. At the same time, we will stay true to our fundamental mission - to provide an affordable home and foster self-improvement and self-sufficiency to those in need in Loudoun and Fauquier Counties.
Thank you for being a part of Windy Hill's journey.
To date, Windy Hill has secured over $136,000 in COVID-related grants, along with $49,000 from individuals, to support our mission. This will ensure our family services programs and operations can continue uninterrupted.
Windy Hill Foundation was one of only five non-profits to receive additional CARES funding through Loudoun County's Community Development Block Grant funds.
Summer on the Hill - Can't Stop These Kids
This year, because of COVID-19, summer camp is being offered virtually. Through a combination of weekly home-delivered “Camp Kits” and online activities, staff are working hard to provide two sessions of summer fun. This year’s theme is Summer on the Hill – Six Feet Apart. Depending on the day, campers focus on a different subject. Mondays -Geography; Tuesdays - STEM; Wednesdays - Cooking; Thursdays - Arts and Crafts; and Fridays - Movement.
Partnerships Making the Difference in Windy Hill Communities
Partnerships with a wide variety of local entities, including generous grants from our friends at the PATH Foundation, 100 Women Strong, and the Town of Middleburg have helped Windy Hill residents weather the impact of the coronavirus. As a result, Windy Hill has been able to ...
- Deliver over 400 meals from Middleburg restaurants to residents of Levis Hill House as part of the Town of Middleburg Restaurant Voucher Program;
- Provide much needed diapers, toilet paper, and paper towels to residents thanks to Loudoun Hunger Relief and Mobile Hope;
- Consistently deliver food throughout the pandemic because of our partnership with Seven Loaves Food Pantry, Salvation Army of Loudoun, and the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank; and
- Continue to provide masks for our residents due to an outpouring of support from the local community and Loudoun County. We believe that this will be an ongoing need and we appreciate all the masks we can get!
TGIF! Tom and Brandon (and Kim, not pictured) from A Place To Be put on an outdoor concert for residents at Levis Hill House on a recent Friday afternoon!
Thank you to all of our AMAZING partners and volunteers!
* Blue Ridge Area Food Bank donated 600 lbs. of shelf stable food.
* Dulles South Food Pantry provided snacks for 30 children.
* Friday’s Feast volunteers provided 26 bags of groceries for residents and have resumed the Friday meal delivery program at Levis Hill House.
* HomeAid donated 30 packages of disposable diapers and 10 packages of baby wipes.
* Local Loudoun County and Fauquier County residents made and donated cloth masks that were distributed to all Middleburg Windy Hill communities.
* Loudoun Hunger Relief donated 400 lbs. of food and paper products for 124 residents.
* Messiah’s Market donated 15 cases of shelf stable beans.
* Mobile Hope of Loudoun brought snacks and hygiene products to Llewellyn Village.
* Seven Loaves Food Pantry donated and delivered more than 1,000 lbs. of food.
* The Salvation Army of Loudoun distributes 30 boxes of food every other week to families at Llewellyn Village.
* The Town of Middleburg and local residents who donated restaurant vouchers that were distributed to Windy Hill residents.
* Wakefield School raised $500.00 from their Virtual 5k Race.
* Women Giving Back donated nonfood items and diapers.