This page highlights the work of some of the organizations the Agua Fund supports.
The Blue Ridge Area Food Bank is the largest organization alleviating hunger in western and central Virginia. We serve 25 counties and 9 cities through distribution centers in Charlottesville, Lynchburg, Winchester, and Verona. We provide nutritious food to more than 145,000 different people each year through a far-reaching network of food pantries, soup kitchens, schools, churches, and nonprofits.
Christ Church Cares (CCC) operates a local outreach ministry, located in the Bishop's Chapel on the grounds of Christ Church, that provides food and other necessities to the community. The pantry has done its best to replicate the grocery experience for clients with open shelves, small grocery carts and products in the same place every month. Clients now can wait their turn out of the weather, seated on pews and chairs, and can do so with the assurance that they will be treated with the utmost respect.
The Laurel Center provides emergency housing and support services to victims of domestic violence and their children.
Mid-Atlantic Food Resilience and Access Coalition (MAFRAC) aims to coordinate efforts to keep people fed, farmers growing, and small food businesses operating in the face of COVID-19 and other crises. Local food systems feed communities — they drive economies, reflect diversity, provide nourishment, and employ countless people from farm workers to dishwashers. The small farms that form the backbone of local food systems are in a moment of extreme vulnerability, as many of the buyers they rely on (universities, K-12 schools, restaurants) shut their doors or trim their operations, with the growing season just around the corner. It is imperative that we invest in the local food system now, both to keep farms and food businesses a viable and stable source of food production, and to provide equitable food access to the most vulnerable in our communities.
Phoenix Project ensures freedom from all forms of domestic violence through empowerment, education, and community. They respect the inherent dignity of each person with a commitment to an environment of honestly, trust, and safety which empowers and promotes personal growth. Phoenix Project reflects the strengths of the community through the building of collaborations, relationships, and partnerships. Phoenix Project works towards stable, long-term solutions for our clients and the community.