"Without support and funding from Harvest, we would be unable to develop, promote and sustain initiatives to address health issues and work toward a healthier future for Martinsville and Henry County. "
- Barbara Jackman, Executive Director - MHC Coalition for Health and Wellness
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News Releases - 2007

Harvest aims to be more open in its latest annual report

Dec 4, 2007 - Martinsville Bulletin: In keeping with its pledge to become more open about its work, The Harvest Foundation has included information on grant recipients, program updates and financial information in its latest annual report. - Read More

Area gets tips for 'Smart Growth'

Oct 29, 2007 - Martinsville Bulletin: Improving the area's quality of life makes good business sense, the former governor of Maryland told The Harvest Foundation staff and board Friday night. - Read More

Guides help students fulfill college plans

Oct 23, 2007 - Martinsville Bulletin: The recent University of Virginia graduates who are working as college guides in area high schools have an advantage when it comes to helping students prepare for tests and fill out financial aid and college application paperwork. - Read More

Students pound the pavement to 'activate' community health

Oct 4, 2007 - Martinsville Bulletin: A number of schools worked with BikeWalk Virginia, an organization that is managing a $1.5 million Harvest Foundation "Activate Martinsville-Henry County" grant, to promote biking, walking and safe routes for walking to school. - Read More

BikeWalk to seek ways to get area up, moving

Oct 3, 2007 - Martinsville Bulletin: Thirty people present heard a presentation from Allen Turnbull, executive director of BikeWalk Virginia, about a three-year, $1.5 million multi-partner Harvest Foundation grant BikeWalk will be managing. - Read More

Area schools urge parents to 'Be There' for children

Oct 2, 2007 - Martinsville Bulletin: Henry County and Martinsville schools, as well as Carlisle School near Axton, are the first schools in Virginia to participate in a nationwide "Be There" campaign to encourage parental involvement in children's education. - Read More

Walking, biking focus of efforts

Oct 1, 2007 - A Harvest Foundation-supported group wants to make Martinsville and Henry County more biking, hiking and walking friendly, and they're starting small. Or at least, their first converts are. - Read More

Smith River Sports Complex is winning name for the outdoor recreational facility

Sep 30, 2007 - Officials with The Harvest Foundation and the Southern Virginia Recreation Facilities Authority announced Friday that Smith River Sports Complex is the winning name for the outdoor recreational facility planned in Henry County. - Read More

Outdoor Learning Key for Kids

Sep 14, 2007 - Martinsville Bulletin: An expert in what is called natural learning stresses the importance of developing diverse outdoor spaces where children can learn, explore, get exercise and work out their imaginations. - Read More

Community change is a fact of life

Sep 12, 2007 - Martinsville Bulletin: Communities need to continually reposition themselves to compete for business and talent in the knowledge-intensive and speed-driven economy of the 21st century (Jim Johnson, Ph. D) - Read More

Better planning targeted

Sep 2, 2007 - Avoiding haphazard growth in the region is the goal of Ben Starret, executive director of the Funders' Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities. Attendees learn how foundations such as Harvest can help a community's governments and residents plan - Read More

'Placemaking' key to success

Aug 30, 2007 - Placemaking - or the process of turning a neighborhood, town or city from a place you can't wait to get through into one you never want to leave - is essential to the future success of an area, according to Fred Kent of Project fo Public Spaces. - Read More

PAA has big plans for Harvest grant

Jul 8, 2007 - Martinsville Bulletin: Piedmont Arts plans to use Harvest Foundation grant money to enhance its programs and bring bigger and better exhibits to the Henry County-Martinsville Area. - Read More

Harvest shifts grant focus

Jul 1, 2007 - Martinsville Bulletin: The nearly $2 million in grants announced last week by The Harvest Foundation represents a shift in the focus of the organization's grant-making process, said Executive Director Rich Killingsworth. - Read More

Harvest's impact spreading

Jul 1, 2007 - Martinsville Bulletin Editorial: Last week's Harvest Foundation grants stand good chances of having an impact on the quality of life in this area. - Read More

Harvest to fund initiative - Quality of life, health targeted

Jun 29, 2007 - Martinsville Bulletin: The Harvest Foundation will provide $1.56 million over three years toward an initiative aimed at improving the Henry County-Martinsville economy by improving the area's quality of life as well as the health of the community and its - Read More

Harvest gives MURA $89,250 for Uptown Events

Jun 28, 2007 - Martinsville Bulletin: The Harvest Foundation on Wednesday announced an $89,250 grant to fund a series of outdoor entertainment events this summer in uptown Martinsville. The grant, to the Martinsville Uptown Revitalization Association, focuses on enhanc - Read More

Fieldale Community Center Awarded Grant

Jun 27, 2007 - Martinsville Bulletin: The Harvest Foundation on June 26 announced a $28,000 operational grant for the Fieldale Community Center. - Read More

Grant to boost arts in area

Jun 26, 2007 - Martinsville Bulletin: The Harvest Foundation on Monday announced a $263,000 grant for Piedmont Arts Association designed to ignite interest in and improve access to the arts in Henry County and Martinsville. - Read More

SVRFA hires first Executive Director

Apr 30, 2007 - The Southern Virginia Recreation Facilities Authority (SVRFA) has hired its first Executive Director, and it's a Virginia boy returning to his roots. - Read More

Harvest director vows changes coming

Apr 29, 2007 - Martinsville Bulletin: Changes are in the works at The Harvest Foundation, according to its new executive director. Richard Killingsworth was hired as executive director Feb. 2 after a nearly yearlong search. One of his priorities is to make the foundati - Read More

New Harvest director asks 'How successful do we want to be?'

Apr 29, 2007 - Martinsville Bulletin: Richard Killingsworth, the new executive director of The Harvest Foundation, wants to help Henry County and Martinsville rebound from years of factory closings and job losses. - Read More

Harvest Foundation and Economic Development Corporation announce expanded funding for economic development

Apr 4, 2007 - The Harvest Foundation of the Piedmont and the Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation (M-HCEDC) announced today an increase of commitment and expansion of scope for a previously awarded economic development grant. - Read More

Bob Davis likes what he sees about the Martinsville area

Apr 3, 2007 - Martinsville Bulletin: When Robert "Bob" Davis sees the Martinsville area, he likes what he sees now and envisions that it can be an even better place to live. - Read More

Soccer complex on schedule

Jan 11, 2007 - Martinsville Bulletin: Area youngsters may be playing soccer at a brand new, state-of-the-art complex as early as spring 2008. - Read More

Harvest Leader Named

Jan 7, 2007 - Martinsville Bulletin - Richard E. Killingsworth, program director of a foundation in Flint, Mich., has been named the new head of The Harvest Foundation. - Read More

Harvest Director has Long Resume

Jan 7, 2007 - Martinsville Bulletin - Richard E. Killingsworth, who will become the executive director of The Harvest Foundation by March, currently is program director for the Ruth Mott Foundation in Flint, Mich. - Read More

Harvest elects McClain to board

Jan 3, 2007 - The Harvest Foundation announced Tuesday the election of a new board member, James McClain II. - Read More



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