News - 2020

2020 Wrap Up

Dec 21, 2020 - 2020 has been a challenging year, one that brought added hardships and hard conversations. Like many of you, the Harvest Foundation had plans for 2020, many of ours focused on effecting long-term change for our community. We had goals we believed would su - Read More

From the President: November - The month of giving thanks and being grateful

Nov 18, 2020 - November. The month of giving thanks and being grateful. Research shows that individuals who regularly express gratitude are happier, less depressed, more rested, and with reduced inflammation. - Read More

Applications are open for new homes in Martinsville

Nov 9, 2020 - The Five Points neighborhood will include new townhomes and cottages for sale, funding available through USDA-Rural Development. - Read More

'We're starting our Equity Journey at Harvest'

Oct 21, 2020 - The Harvest Foundation is working with CommonHealth Action, a DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion) consulting firm, to assess Harvest’s culture and practices and to educate our staff and board about DEI. - Read More

Commonwealth Crossing Business Centre receives $1.5 million ARC POWER grant award

Oct 14, 2020 - Commonwealth Crossing received a $1.5 million ARC POWER grant award for site improvements at the business park. - Read More

Harvest Youth Board, Harvest Foundation partner to support local foster care program

Oct 9, 2020 - Martinsville, Va. — The Henry-Martinsville Department of Social Services (DSS) is enhancing its foster care program with the installation of a new playground and visitation area for families. - Read More

Kate Keller's First Two Months at Harvest

Sep 16, 2020 - Welcome to Martinsville-Henry County: Read about Kate's first two months in our community serving as president of The Harvest Foundation. - Read More

New resources available for local childcare needs

Aug 14, 2020 - Martinsville, Va. — A new website, located at, is available for parents, caregivers, and providers to help navigate childcare resources in Martinsville-Henry County. - Read More

COVID-19 and Record Unemployment Leave Many Virginians Without Health Insurance

Jul 23, 2020 - In Virginia, an estimated 525,208 adults have lost both their jobs and their health insurance due to COVID-19. Through the Martinsville-Henry County Coalition for Health and Wellness, local outreach workers are available to help newly-unemployed adults en - Read More

Martinsville Bulletin: Harvest Foundation and Virginia 30 Day Fund have more funds to give away after helping 100 small businesses

Jul 9, 2020 - A Harvest Foundation partnership to help small businesses cope with the financial fallout from COVID-19 just marked a milestone of 100 awards in less than a month — and there’s still $700,000 left to give away. - Read More

Virtual farmers' market coming soon to Martinsville-Henry County

Jun 29, 2020 - The Harvest Foundation provided a $15,000 Pick Up the Pace! grant to the Martinsville-Henry County Chamber of Commerce’s Partnership for Economic Growth (C-PEG) to open a virtual farmers' market for local patrons. - Read More

The Harvest Foundation names Kathryn Keller new president

Jun 19, 2020 - Martinsville, Va. — The Harvest Foundation Board of Directors announced today that Kathryn (Kate) E. Keller of Cincinnati, Ohio has been named to serve as the foundation’s new president. - Read More

Harvest Foundation & Virginia 30 Day Fund Launch $1 Million Small Business Partnership

Jun 10, 2020 - Massive Investment By Harvest Foundation Will Support At-Risk Small Businesses In Martinsville & Henry County - Read More

Harvest launches incentive program for nonprofits, licensed childcare centers

Apr 30, 2020 - The Harvest Foundation has partnered with the United Way of Henry County and Martinsville to create an incentive program for nonprofit organizations and licensed childcare providers. - Read More

Community partners establish emergency food program

Apr 10, 2020 - The Harvest Foundation will fund a short-term, collaborative feeding program to support families who are food insecure as a result of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) crisis. - Read More

Local COVID-19 testing site open

Apr 8, 2020 - The site is located at the Martinsville Speedway, 340 Speedway Road, in Ridgeway, Virginia. - Read More

Local COVID-19 task force works to establish testing site

Mar 30, 2020 - (MARTINSVILLE, VA — March 30, 2020) Planning for a COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) testing site is underway in Martinsville Henry County at the Martinsville Speedway. - Read More

Harvest Foundation deploys relief fund to aid in COVID-19 response

Mar 20, 2020 - The Harvest Foundation will partner with the United Way and Smart Beginnings Martinsville Henry to provide a $150,000 Emergency Childcare Relief Fund to aid priority healthcare and first responders in meeting short-term childcare needs. - Read More

Community members rally to coordinate COVID-19 response

Mar 16, 2020 - Local leaders and members of nonprofit and governmental organizations throughout Martinsville-Henry County convened over the weekend to kick off a task force focused on supporting the community during the response to coronavirus (COVID-19). - Read More

Census count underway in Virginia

Mar 15, 2020 - After months of public awareness campaigns about the upcoming census and the importance of taking part in it, the headcount begins this month and will continue to April. - Read More

United Way works to increase local census engagement

Mar 2, 2020 - Engaging the community to improve census participation is the primary focus for the United Way of Henry County & Martinsville’s new part-time census engagement coordinator, Chad Martin. - Read More

Volunteers needed for local census committee

Feb 20, 2020 - Volunteers are being sought for a committee that will help spread the word about the importance of taking part in the 2020 U.S. Census. - Read More

BTW21: Henry County Fair will be held at Martinsville Speedway in September 2021

Feb 20, 2020 - HENRY COUNTY, VA – Martinsville Speedway and Henry County will team up to present the 2021 Henry County Fair, officials with both entities announced Tuesday. - Read More

The Harvest Foundation releases 2019 annual report to community

Feb 7, 2020 - The Harvest Foundation, located in Martinsville, Va., has released its 2019 annual report, which summarizes financial information and grants awarded from fiscal year 2019. - Read More

Harvest PUP! grants focus on 2020 census in Martinsville-Henry County

Jan 13, 2020 - The Harvest Foundation has awarded two grants with one ultimate goal: To help area residents realize the importance of their participation in the 2020 census. - Read More

Hodge, Prillaman, Van Dyke join The Harvest Foundation Board of Directors

Jan 1, 2020 - Litz Van Dyke, Leeland Prillaman and Judy Hodge will join The Harvest Foundation Board of Directors this year. - Read More


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