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Community Foundation awards three grants
from Anne Felder and Aune Sturdy Funds


The Community Foundation of the Rappahannock Region awarded almost $15,000 in grants to three local non-profits from its Anne Felder Fund and Aune Sturdy Animal Protection Fund.

The Anne Felder Fund was established by the late Paula Felder to honor her daughter Anne. This fund provides support that helps to improve and enrich the lives of intellectually disabled and disadvantaged people in Fredericksburg and surrounding counties. This is the second year that grants have been made from this fund.

A $3,700 grant from the Anne Felder Fund has been made to the Rappahannock Area Community Services Board (RACSB) for its Parent Education-Infant Development Program. The grant will enable RACSB to provide five free community recreational events, allowing families with intellectually disabled children to meet with other families and interact with peers. This is the second year that The Community Foundation has awarded a grant to this successful program through the Anne Felder Fund.

The second Anne Felder Fund award went to MICAH Ecumenical Ministries for its Residential Recovery Program "MICAH Respite." The fund will provide $4,552 in prescriptions and transportation expenses for MICAH's clients – a large number of whom are affected by mental illness or intellectual disability – when they are recovering from medical or mental health hospitalizations.

The Aune Sturdy Animal Protection Fund was established last year at The Community Foundation. The fund's focus is on providing for the care, support and protection of animals in Fredericksburg, Spotsylvania and Stafford. The fund's first grant of $6,000 goes to The Virginia Kincheloe Spay/Neuter Clinic for its "Community Cats" project to spay and vaccinate feral cats in Spotsylvania County.


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Pouches' Community Corner

This month Pouches learned about a very important resource for families who have lost loved ones to sudden tragedy, an organization called LLOST.

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The foundation has helped 44 hospitals in 22 states through their Treasured Memories program. The program sends nurses to bereavement training, and provides or supplements the $55 memory boxes that include clothes, booties, handknot blankets, pictures, foot prints, hand prints, clipped hair and other mementos.