"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 - 2015

Harvest Youth Board grants $2,500 to Richard's Dinner

Dec 8, 2015 - Members of the Harvest Foundation Youth Board are giving back to the community with a donation to help a local Christmas tradition continue its mission. - Read More

CAFM offers new program

Dec 4, 2015 - Fifteen Eastman Chemical Co. employees learned the science behind their work in performance films and how to better detect and resolve problems in production at last week's "Web Dynamics" seminar in Martinsville. - Read More

MIX connects local industries with local teachers

Nov 25, 2015 - Area schools are teaching 21st century skills that are needed in local industries. - Read More

Local industry officials talk jobs, training at MIX

Nov 25, 2015 - Representatives from Bassett Furniture Industries and Hooker Furniture outlined industry operations, job opportunities and skills requirements to participants in the MIX -- Modern Industry Exchange -- program, during a tour on Nov. 17. - Read More

CAFM showcased at regional conference

Nov 18, 2015 - A delegation of community leaders from Martinsville and Henry County highlighted the Center for Advanced Film Manufacturing (CAFM), and the area's collaboration with local industry, during the annual meeting of the Southeastern Council of Foundations. - Read More

Local Entrepreneur Wins Under Armour Competition for $50,000 Award

Nov 17, 2015 - Local entrepreneur Leigh Cockram and her 10-month-old sports apparel company have won Under Armour's Future Show Innovation Challenge and its $50,000 prize. - Read More

Harvest awards PUP grant to PHCC

Nov 10, 2015 - The Harvest Foundation is signed on to support Patrick Henry Community College (PHCC) and its partners in bringing a national soccer tournament to Martinsville and Henry County. - Read More

Teachers leave classrooms, learn more about local industries

Oct 28, 2015 - Twenty area teachers left their classrooms for a day to tour two local industries where their students might find jobs in the future. - Read More

Poverty highlighted at leadership summit

Oct 26, 2015 - A welfare mother for 18 years who later became a judicial officer helped area nonprofit agency leaders understand poverty at a summit Thursday, Oct. 22. - Read More

2015 Nonprofit of the Year Award Winner

Oct 26, 2015 - The SPCA of Martinsville-Henry County received the 2015 Nonprofit of the Year Award during Thursday's 7th annual Nonprofit Leadership Summit at New College Institute. - Read More

Harvest Youth Board elects officers, plans community outreach

Oct 20, 2015 - The Harvest Foundation Youth Board is giving young people a voice in the community they did not have before, according to the board's chairman. - Read More

G.W. Carver students get a little ‘SPICE’

Oct 15, 2015 - Students at G.W. Carver Elementary School are adding some "SPICE" to their school day with a new tutoring program offered by Spencer-Penn Centre. - Read More

Piedmont Arts brings Celebración de las Artes to MHC

Oct 9, 2015 - The Harvest Foundation has awarded a $10,000 Pick Up the Pace! (PUP!) grant to Piedmont Arts for a celebration of Latino/Hispanic culture. - Read More

Upcoming event: Community Resource Day on Oct. 10

Sep 29, 2015 - Community Resource Day on Oct. 10 will bring services, information and activities directly to area residents who may not have easy access to them. The event will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 10 at Fayette Street between Market and Dunlap streets. - Read More

Harvest continues support of area K-12 education

Sep 28, 2015 - The Harvest Foundation continues its support of education in Martinsville and Henry County by approving a three-year grant for $1.8 million to support high-quality professional development for area teachers. - Read More

Harvest to host nonprofit summit

Sep 11, 2015 - The Harvest Foundation, with United Way of Henry County and Martinsville and the Martinsville Area Community Foundation, is gearing up for the 2015 Nonprofit Leadership Summit on Oct. 22 from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at New College Institute. - Read More

MHC Coalition receives four HRSA awards, totaling $147,771

Aug 27, 2015 - The Martinsville-Henry County Coalition for Health and Wellness has received four Health Center Quality Improvement Awards and the largest monetary award given to any center in Virginia by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). - Read More

Workforce program quickly responds to area skills gap

Aug 27, 2015 - A Bristol, Va., employer has issued a warning about the lack of a skilled workforce in that region. A similar concern in 2013 led local officials to create the Center for Advanced Film Manufacturing in Henry County. - Read More

Dominion Power boosts opportunities for Smith River

Aug 25, 2015 - Dominion Virginia Power announced at a press conference today, that it will modify the schedule to allow for hydro power generation on Saturday and Sunday through December, 2015. This economic development action will boost recreation on the Smith River. - Read More

Harvest welcomes two new board members

Aug 24, 2015 - The Harvest Foundation welcomes two new members to its board of directors, Rev. Jane Johnson of Grace Presbyterian Church and Dr. Paulette Simington, executive director of special education and student services for Martinsville City Schools. - Read More

Academic Coater unveiled at NCI

Aug 21, 2015 - A $1 million, one-of-a-kind machine that will provide hands-on experience for students pursuing careers in the performance film industry was unveiled Thursday, August 20, at the New College Institute (NCI). - Read More

State announces $700K grant for Bassett, Fieldale

Aug 18, 2015 - Henry County on Tuesday received a $700,000 Community Development Block Grant to partially fund the first phase of plans to revitalize Bassett, Fieldale and two other nearby areas in Henry County. The grant was one 12 announced by the state. - Read More

Collaborative praised as a true ‘community project’

Aug 18, 2015 - The state funds awarded Tuesday for the Smith River Small Towns Collaborative to launch a revitalization project in western Henry County is being praised as an investment in the future and recognition of "truly a community project." - Read More

Harvest raises $3,000 for area nonprofits

Aug 13, 2015 - The Boys and Girls Club of the Blue Ridge soaked Harvest Foundation President Allyson Rothrock at this year's Smith River Fest to deliver on a fundraising campaign that collected $3,000 for nonprofit organizations in Martinsville and Henry County. - Read More

Higher Achievement Richmond Tours Southern Virginia

Jul 23, 2015 - Forty-seven guests from Higher Achievement Richmond visited the area Wednesday and today for a tour of the Southern Virginia region. The group consisted of eighth-graders called "scholars" who are exploring unique higher education options throughout the c - Read More

Harvest to invest in program to correct hearing loss

Jul 22, 2015 - Hearing loss is a substantial physical ailment that many citizens of Martinsville and Henry County grapple with controlling, and often, it's not given the highest priority over other health issues. Paul E. Ashbrook, founder, owner and operator of Ashbrook - Read More

Raise summer funds and have summer fun

Jul 22, 2015 - Harvest Foundation President Allyson Rothrock is willing to get soaked to help raise funds for local nonprofit organizations. Rothrock has agreed to be sprayed with water for up to 15 seconds with a Super Soaker, or large, pump-action water pistol, during - Read More

Bike Barn serves thousands with fun and fitness

Jul 20, 2015 - The Bike Barn is combining fun and fitness on the Dick & Willie Passage. Since it opened several years ago at the Doyle Street trail head, the Bike Barn has loaned bicycles to thousands of people for exercise and recreational use on the trail. - Read More

'Doctor's Orders' at YMCA transforms lives

Jul 10, 2015 - People under "Doctor's Orders" to improve their health can get a helping hand at the Martinsville-Henry County Family YMCA. - Read More

Harvest names Youth Board members

Jun 26, 2015 - Thirteen area teenagers have been named to the new Harvest Foundation Youth Board, which will develop projects and initiatives that are important to young people of Henry County and Martinsville. - Read More

YMCA programs will continue after grant

Jun 17, 2015 - The Miles in Martinsville Challenge Series of runs, as well as two other programs, will become self-sustaining when Harvest Foundation grant funds expire at the end of this year. - Read More

Harvest intern focuses on helping others

Jun 16, 2015 - Bria L. Hairston is using her Harvest Foundation internship to launch her career goal of helping people and the community. - Read More

Harvest Names Impact Officer/Team Leader

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Harvest Names Director of Communications/Grants Administration

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JMU grad finds dream job here at home

May 27, 2015 - Bryan McAlexander is working at his dream job --project engineer for Henry County. "I got lucky with the county. I think they saw I was local, and I was in the right place at the right time," he said, and added that he began his new job Aug. 18. "The - Read More

On stage at Rooster Walk

May 24, 2015 - A stage purchased with the help of funds from the Harvest Foundation is in use at this weekend's annual Rooster Walk Music & Arts Festival at Pop's Farm near Axton. - Read More

Grant OK'd for dental clinic, new PHCC programs

May 24, 2015 - The Harvest Foundation board has approved funding for the final three years of a five-year grant for the Community Dental Clinic in Martinsville as well as new dental programs at Patrick Henry Community College. - Read More

Dental coordinator program first in Va.

May 24, 2015 - Patrick Henry Community College will be the first institution in the state to offer training for community dental health coordinators this fall. - Read More

Commonwealth Crossing getting attention

May 22, 2015 - Commonwealth Crossing Business Centre is attracting attention from prospective companies even though the grading project there is seven months from completion. - Read More

Rooster Walk's new location taking shape

May 8, 2015 - About 150 acres in Axton are being transformed from Pop's Farm into a music venue that could host about 4,000 fans in two weeks. - Read More

Want to go to Rooster Walk?

May 8, 2015 - Rooster Walk 7 will be held May 21-24 at the farm at 675 Hobson Road, Axton. - Read More

Scenes of Cinco de Mayo festival

May 2, 2015 - Crowds filled uptown Martinmsville on Saturday for the first local Cinco de Mayo festival. - Read More

Cinco de Mayo festival gets PUP grant

Apr 30, 2015 - The sights, sounds and tastes of the Latino community will fill Church Street on Saturday at the first Cinco de Mayo Festival in uptown Martinsville. - Read More

Fieldale center key in grant plans

Apr 27, 2015 - The Fieldale Community Center may be closed now, but it remains a key part of future revitalization plans for the village. - Read More

Area runners join Race for the Cure

Apr 24, 2015 - About 60 area residents are expected to take part in the Blue Ridge Race for the Cure run Saturday in Roanoke. The run, sponsored by the Virginia Blue Ridge Affiliate of Susan G. Komen, will be held at the River's Edge sports complex. - Read More

Health Connect Center opens in uptown

Apr 24, 2015 - Health Connect has opened an office in uptown Martinsville to serve people who need help with health care. - Read More

Group gets Harvest grant

Apr 19, 2015 - Martinsville Bulletin: The Harvest Foundation has awarded a $10,000 grant to help a community group in Sandy Level develop an after-school program for children. - Read More

Infinity Acres invites public to debut of its new facility

Apr 15, 2015 - Martinsville Bulletin: School soon will be in session at Infinity Acres Ranch. - Read More

Turnout strong for tax program

Mar 26, 2015 - Martinsville Bulletin: The local United Way Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program is on track to serve even more people than last year, according to volunteer and program coordinator Julia Hollandsworth. - Read More

Chancellor seeks business input

Mar 26, 2015 - Martinsville Bulletin: DuBois meets with local leaders at PHCC - Read More

Survey ranks localities by health

Mar 26, 2015 - Martinsville Bulletin: City, county near bottom in Virginia - Read More

Details shared about proposed academies

Mar 26, 2015 - Martinsville Bulletin: A program that will move fifth-graders to a school-within-a-school at Martinsville Middle and another that would provide a site for certain high school students who are trying to catch up are part of the city schools' effort to help - Read More

Commonwealth Crossing Business Centre construction moving along

Mar 23, 2015 - Dirt is being moved, skills are being learned and hopes for growing the area's industrial base all are occurring at the Commonwealth Crossing Business Centre. - Read More

A Public Hearing on the CDBG application for the Smith River Small Towns Collaborative will be help 3/24

Mar 20, 2015 - A public hearing will be held Tuesday on the application for a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for a Smith River Small Towns Collaborative project. - Read More

Harvest's president speaks to Episcopal men's group

Mar 17, 2015 - The Harvest Foundation is successful if the community is better off thanks to the foundation's investment. - Read More

NCI to begin search for its third director

Mar 8, 2015 - Martinsville Bulletin: The New College Institute (NCI) is starting the search for its third executive director. - Read More

Positive reviews for film

Mar 1, 2015 - Martinsville Bulletin: On history of Baldwin Block and Fayette area - Read More

'A Raisin in the Sun' to debut tonight

Feb 27, 2015 - Martinsville Bulletin: The TheatreWorks cast is hoping, finally, for "A Raisin in the Sun" instead of an empty theater in the snow. - Read More

Bassett Country Club clubhouse to re-open soon with new aim

Feb 26, 2015 - Martinsville Bulletin: The clubhouse at Bassett Country Club should soon re-open its doors, according to Jim Farrell, executive vice president of The Lester Group. - Read More

Council honors Hankins at meeting

Feb 11, 2015 - Martinsville Bulletin: Martinsville City Council on Tuesday presented a proclamation in honor of Glenwood E. Hankins, who was one of the area's two remaining survivors of the D-Day invasion in France before he died Saturday. - Read More

Heath: City schools may get hike in state funds

Feb 10, 2015 - Martinsville Bulletin: Martinsville City Public Schools would receive approximately $197,000 extra under Gov. Terry McAuliffe's proposed budget, Superintendent Pam Heath told the Martinsville School Board at its meeting Monday night. - Read More

Hall: 'Things are going better'

Feb 5, 2015 - Martinsville Bulletin: County posts two straight years of net job growth - Read More

Marina on track to run surplus in second year

Feb 4, 2015 - Martinsville Bulletin: Philpott Marina is expected to break even in its first full fiscal year, and next year, it should begin to build a moderate surplus, according to a county official - Read More

County schools' website revamped

Feb 4, 2015 - Martinsville Bulletin: Henry County Public Schools has updated its website to make it more user-friendly. - Read More

Food stamps buck trend

Jan 30, 2015 - Martinsville Bulletin: Number of children on aid down locally but up nationwide - Read More

Supervisors to discuss school funds

Jan 26, 2015 - Martinsville Bulletin: The Henry County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday will consider appropriating $255,359 in state funds to county schools. - Read More

Artist residency brings student work to the public

Jan 26, 2015 - Martinsville Bulletin: Piedmont Arts has permanently installed 37 mobiles in local schools and businesses as part of Mobilizing Our Community, a four-week mobile-making artist residency sponsored by the museum. - Read More

YMCA plans to add room to Collinsville facility

Jan 23, 2015 - Martinsville Bulletin: Thanks to a recent grant, big changes are coming to the Collinsville YMCA - Read More

Hearing held on school budget

Jan 23, 2015 - Martinsville Bulletin: Lone speaker: Step, salary increases are needed - Read More

Rockwell enters seventh year as manager at Philpott

Jan 23, 2015 - Martinsville Bulletin: At 58, Rockwell is entering his seventh year as operations manager for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Philpott Lake. - Read More

Hardide to bring 29 jobs

Jan 22, 2015 - Martinsville Bulletin: A U.K.-based company is expected to be up and running by the end of the year after selecting Henry County as the location for its first Virginia operation. - Read More

Smith River collaborative meeting draws a crowd

Jan 21, 2015 - Martinsville Bulletin: At least 90 people attended a plublic hearing Tuesday night on a pending $700,000 grant application for projects related to the Smith River Small Towns Collaborative - Read More

Input is sought on grant

Jan 19, 2015 - Martinsville Bulletin: Grant funding for projects related to the Smith River Small Towns Collaborative will be the topic of a public hearing in Bassett on Tuesday night. - Read More

Redd has role in revamping SAT college entrance exam

Jan 19, 2015 - Martinsville Bulletin: The SAT college entrance exam is being revised to make it more relevant to what high school students learn, which should make it easier for them to do well on the test, according to a local educator involved in the effort. - Read More

Demolition is nearly done at former hotel

Jan 16, 2015 - Martinsville Bulletin: Interior demolition needed to redevelop the former Henry Hotel is nearly finished, and construction of new apartments in the historical structure is starting, according to Martinsville officials. - Read More

Med school gets funds

Jan 14, 2015 - Martinsville Bulletin: Tobacco commission gives $800,000 for proposed college - Read More

City is investigating possibility of an amphitheater uptown

Jan 2, 2015 - Martinsville Bulletin: Martinsville officials are targeting a new location uptown to develop an outdoor area where concerts and other performances could be held. - Read More



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