Hampton Roads Community Foundation Blog

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Turn your passion into reality. Our community foundation donors are passionate people with a common mission: inspiring philanthropy and transforming the quality of life in southeastern Virginia. Since 1950, we’ve invested over $225 million on behalf of generous people, who live, work and strive to make Hampton Roads a great community.


The Hampton Roads Community Foundation and United Way of South Hampton Roads have teamed up to improve dental care and access for low-income residents of the South Hampton Roads region of Virginia.

Florence Smith’s respect for good doctors came to her naturally as the only daughter of Dr. Hy Smith and his wife Julia. Hy Smith was a Civil War surgeon who treated Yellow Fever victims in the 1870s and ‘80s and later had a medical practice i Norfolk, Virginia. He passed away in 1915.

In April 2014 James W. Lewis moved into permanent housing in Chesapeake, Virginia and became the inaugural Housing First client of the Virginia Beach-based Judeo-Christian Outreach Center. His new home came with services designed to help him remain there.

The Community Leadership Partners is a fun and effective Hampton Roads Community Foundation giving group whose forward-thinking members pool their resources to tackle community needs. Since 2010, the Partners giving group has put $1 million into action in southeastern Virginia helping more than 45 Hampton Roads nonprofit organizations do their best work – including these 2015 grant recipients: An Achievable Dream, Club Sandwich, Girls on the Run South Hampton Roads and Tidewater Wooden Boat Workshop (pictured in the short, time-lapse video above). Grants typically focus on positively impacting area children from low- or moderate-income families.